Changes to be aware of
You are invited to help shape our Waikato District Blueprints
We are taking a new approach to town master planning to help conduct more detailed planning across the entire district in this growth climate. This new approach is called Blueprints or Local Area Blueprints.
The term ‘master planning’ may be familiar, but the term Blueprint may not. The concept of Blueprints has been pioneered by Kobus Mentz of Urbanismplus Ltd in New Zealand to help manage growth impacts and integrate community aspirations into
Councils plans, policies and strategies to determine a holistic and strategic approach with clearly defined priorities and outcomes.
The Blueprints will contain ‘Master Plans’ however these will be referred to as ‘Town Centre Strategies’. This is because a master plan can often misinterpreted as a fixed design, whereas Town Centre Strategies are designed to
be flexible and adaptable.
The Blueprints address growth, infrastructure, social, community, environmental, economic and transport issues. At a local level (Local Area Blueprint or ‘LAB’) these are more detailed and specific to the place. At district-wide level these
are articulated as networks. In combination, they serve as a strategic tool with which the Council, informed by the community, can determine a holistic and strategic approach with clearly defined priorities and actions.
We are inviting you to attend a workshop on the following dates:
| Township|| Date and time|| Venue|
| Tuakau||Wednesday 15 August, 6:30pm - 8:30pm|| Tuakau Memorial Hall |
| Te Kauwhata||Monday 6 August, 6:30pm - 8:30pm|| Te Kauwhata Rugby Club|
| Huntly||Tuesday 7 August, 6:30pm - 8:30pm|| Riverside Rooms|
| Meremere||Wednesday 8 August, 6:30pm - 8:30pm|| Meremere Hall|
| Pokeno and Mercer||Thursday 9 August, 6:30pm - 8:30pm|| Pokeno Community Hall|
Your knowledge and ideas about your community’s aspirations and needs, now and in the future, will help us shape liveable, thriving and connected communities and will be key information for your Local Area Blueprint. This is a chance for you
to share your future wants and needs for your community, not for us to rely on those that do attend to bring your collective view. Your first-hand thoughts on what you want your town to be are vital. e.g. if you want to see more libraries, parks,
police or other social services, you need to come along to the public workshops and tell us just that so that we know that it is important for you.
If you have any questions about the Blueprints, please bring these along to your closest workshop, or visit www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/blueprints.
We are currently working on the content and this will be updated frequently as the Blueprint project progresses.