Mercer local area blueprint

Mercer

Population: 140 (2016 estimate) with little change predicted by 2045.

We came to Mercer in August 2018 and heard what was important to you. We heard what you wanted to see in your community in the future. We heard lots of great ideas and a number of these initiatives can be found below. 

We came back to you in 2019 to hear what your top three priorities are for Mercer.

These top priorities will be used by Council when they’re making decisions.

Download the Waikato District Blueprint for more information.


In early 2019 we asked you for your top three priorities from the below:

  • Identity

    • Build a strong identity based on the river corridor, and the unique qualities of the local area. Consider tourism – wine, cheese and skydiving
  • Nature

    • Explore opportunities for wetland preservation and a park.
  • Iwi

    • Identify and preserve Maaori landmarks. Restore and commemorate historical marae.
  • Communities

    There are no specific priorities relating to this topic for Mercer. For district-wide priorities on this theme, see Communities.

  • Growth

    There are no specific priorities relating to this topic for Mercer. For district-wide priorities on this theme, see Growth.

  • Economy

    • Produce a village centre plan, placing an emphasis on destination, specialty retail and tourism, recreation, visitor and environmental aspects. Consider incorporating the relevant strategic opportunities proposed in the Local Area Blueprint.
    • Identify if, how much and where possible additional employment land for office development is needed beyond the zoning in the Proposed District Plan.
    • Identify if, how much and where possible additional employment land for retail development is needed beyond the zoning in the Proposed District Plan.
  • Transport

    • Increase parking and improve roading infrastructure. Consider a new overbridge and the relocation of the sliproad.
  • Infrastructure

    • Consider providing appropriate facilities to address impact of freedom campers
  • Governance

    • There are no specific priorities relating to this topic for Mercer. For district-wide priorities on this theme, see Governance.