What's happening: Raglan – a town with plenty of soul
There’s no denying that Raglan is one cool little town, with beautiful surf beaches, great shops and a relaxed atmosphere.
It’s a thriving hub of fashion, arts and crafts, jewellery, gift shops and fantastic cafes. A large number of talented and creative artists have made Raglan their home. You can discover original art, pottery, weaving, stone carving, jewellery and photography.
And there is plenty to do here, with lots of great activities – everything from surfing, kite boarding, kayaking and fishing to tramping and horse-trekking.
Raglan is home to around 3500 people but it’s also a popular destination for weekend visitors and holiday-goers. The population grows by 300 to 400 per cent during summer.
The town has grown over the years, as people have realised that they can live on the coast and work nearby.
As part of the growth there’s a new development on the Rangitahi peninsula. The development allows for 500 more residential dwellings and will create its own infrastructure including new roading and the new bridge, currently under construction.
This development will be done in stages over the next 10 to 15 years. It will feature architecture that respects the natural surroundings – anything from 1-2 bedroom houses to larger family homes – and all the houses will be near the waters’ edge.
According to its website (rangitahi.co.nz) and Facebook page, there are currently only 3 sections left in the first stage and 43% of the sales to date have been to existing Raglan families.
The technical bits:
- The land was rezoned to Rangitahi Living Zone in 2015 following the decision of Independent Hearing Commissioners on Private Plan Change 12.
- The Plan Change decision introduced the Rangitahi Structure Plan and new objectives, policies and rules into the Waikato District Plan. There are seven physically discrete but connected Precincts to be developed. The Rangitahi Structure Plan comprises a number of separate plans, including a land use plan and several Neighbourhood Outcome Plans (one for each Precincts A to G).
- Resource Consent was granted in March 2017 to subdivide and develop Precinct A in the Structure Plan to provide 89 single dwelling lots, 3 mixed use lots, 1 comprehensive residential development lot, 1 commercial lot, 1 recreation reserve and 2 drainage reserves, local integrated walkways and cycle ways, several shared access lots and roads to vest.
- A related project is the upgrade of Opotoru Road inclusive of the existing bridge/causeway. There was an existing resource consent for this work in place prior to the Private Plan Change, which was amended by decisions of the Independent Commissioners for the Plan Change in 2015, to ensure alignment.