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Waikato District Council has big plans for Pookeno’s future after purchasing more land

The strategic development of Pookeno’s town centre is the reason behind Waikato District Council’s recent purchase of two key parcels of land.

The acquisition of 16 Market Street and 11 Regina Street provides Council with strategic land holdings in Pookeno, a town that has experienced rapid growth over the past several years.

Council already owns land at 19 Market Street, which houses the current community hall, as well as the adjacent property at 10 Market Street. The recent purchase of number 16 is a piece of the jigsaw that connects all three areas of land, providing convenient access to amenities and linking Market Street with Marlborough Street.

The 606 sqm property also contained a fire-damaged building, long-considered to be an eye-sore by the local community. This building was immediately demolished after the purchase was confirmed, leaving Council with strategically placed land in the centre of Pookeno town and an abundance of development opportunities to serve the community.

The second purchase at 11 Regina Street is located next to a potential future railway station site, providing Council with a number of development options. This property contains three dwellings and is 3,265 sqm. Under one title, the three dwellings would provide some holding income from residential tenants.

“The portfolio of land we now hold puts Council and the community in a great place to consider options for the proposed Pookeno community hub and community hall, as well as the provision of potential parking, green spaces, and park and ride connections,” says Anthony Averill, Deputy General Manager – Service Delivery at Waikato District Council.

Waikato District Mayor Jacqui Church says Council is excited to serve the growing population of Pookeno and begin developments alongside the community.

“The strategic purchases support the rapidly growing residential community of Pookeno, giving us the opportunity to address their needs now and in the future by considering transportation options, community facilities, and the development a thriving hub in the heart of the town.

 “We look forward to the opportunities these purchases provide for future development,” she says.

The acquisition of both sites is based on the concept provided under Waikato 2070 Growth & Economic Development Strategy and The Pookeno Public Realm Concept Plan, which identify Market Street as a possible future main street in Pookeno.

The strategy takes a broad and inclusive approach to growing and developing communities over the long term, considering economic, social, environmental, cultural, and physical dimensions.

The upgrade of Pookeno town centre and the provision of new community facilities and amenities are priorities identified in Council’s Long-Term Plan.