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Below is summary of progress to develop an Urban Design Framework for the redevelopment of Leith Place in 2017. You can download a pdf version of this summary here.
The Tokoroa CBD upgrade pushes ahead with positive engagement around the future of Leith Place.
The community took the opportunity to give their views at the Workshop held on 27 October 2016
- What is the purpose of Leith Place?
- What are the visitor / retail / community uses and activities in Leith Place?
- What is the message you want to send to the world about Leith Place and Tokoroa?
- What are the visual qualities you want for Leith Place?
Participants working in groups then reporting back to workshop.
These ideas featured most.
The community inputs led to a series of exciting ideas which were incorporated in the design options
Design responses were well received at the second public presentation on 30 November 2016
The ideas gained from the public were worked into a wide range of options as illustrated below.
The community inputs led to a series of design objectives and options
Ideas and thoughts were distilled into a series of objectives which were later used as criteria to evaluate the design options.
Proposed Urban Design Framework Options for Leith Place.
Many supported the preferred option, some wanted a ‘flip’ option and a few wanted no action
At the presentation workshop many supported the preferred design (Option 4C), however some requested that a ‘Flip’ (Option 3B) option be investigated which has now been done.
The Preferred Option (4C) and the ‘Flip’ (3B-1) are evaluated below Option 4C: ‘Preferred’
Option 3B-1: the ‘Flip’ (after the presentation workshop)
Logic suggests that Option 4C will best meet the objectives derived from the public consultation
A core opportunity is to attract higher visitation off State Highway 1 in order to expose visitors to Tokoroa’s significant attributes. Some may spend more at the shops, in the future others may invest in local businesses or even move to Tokoroa.
The Tokoroa CBD Upgrade (previously Leith Place Development Project) is a significant project of Council. Progress and detail can be tracked here.
Following the submission process, the Steering Group was disbanded and a new Working Party formed consisting of:
- three community representatives
- a representative from Raukawa
- five Councillors.
The Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive, along with urban design, architectural and traffic design consultants will provide technical advice and assistance. The only members who will have voting rights will be the community representatives, Raukawa representative and Councillors.
The focus for the Working Party will be on Stage 1 Development (Leith Place) and the wider impact on the development and branding for Tokoroa. This will include broadly scoping out later stages of the wider project so that Stage 1 Development (Leith Place) does not conflict with later development.
The general feeling from the submissions was that the Tokoroa business district needs a major revitalisation rather than just a minor 'tidy-up' so Council agreed to that approach. $2.7 million has been allocated to Stage 1 and Council decided that Stage 1 should continue because of demonstrated community and project momentum.
The Working Party has been tasked to come back to Council with one scope and design proposal for final approval by the end of September 2016.
The primary focus for the Stage 1 development is:
- adequate and appropriate parking for visitors, locals, business owners and employees
- safe and easy access on and off SH1
- safe and simple traffic flow off SH1
- safe and simple traffic flow in the CBD once off SH1 open sight lines into the new development and Tokoroa from SH1
- the development of new toilets, i-SITE, recreational/shared open space which will give Tokoroa a point of difference, ie a WOW factor to encourage visitors to stop and stimulate community pride
- an i-SITE development which best promotes Tokoroa and the South Waikato District using the most appropriate design and technology tools available
- integration of Talking Poles into the Tokoroa CBD development plan leveraging off an overall brand for the town.
The Working Party will also start to consider funding options for the unbudgeted and unfunded later stages of the project.
The project is guided by nine Development Principles, the overall Vision and a three phased approach to the project. Further detail on these are linked below.
Vision and Objectives
We are clear on our Vision. We understand our Objectives. This section also details the life cycle of Phases 1, 2 and 3, including detail of current status.
The purpose of this is to provide guidance to the Urban Designers (Bossley Architects) and the team of how wide their thinking for designs could go. It is not a check list of what must be included, but what should be considered in any potential designs for Leith Place.
When considering redevelopment there are many facets that need to be taken into consideration. What are our needs, what do our people want, what do we want our place to have, what will our future look like for the project. These guiding principles are applicable for all work that may be considered or done, including traffic designs, urban designs, architectural designs, landscaping designs etc.
History of the project
This project has been discussed for several years. This is outlined here.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are some common queries that we are getting in relation to the project. We do not have all the answers as yet - but we trust that this will cover some of the key questions that you may have. Please feel free to contact the Chief Executive Craig Hobbs or the Project Manager Sarah Flavell on 07 885 0340 if you have any specific questions that are not answered through this information.
Contact Project Manager, the project manager here here.
Leith Place Concept Plans - Consultation process
Consultation on the Leith Place Concept Plans is now closed.
Public hearings were held at the end of May.
The documents are still available here for your information.
Below also are the background, goals and objectives of the Leith Place project for additinal information.
Two other documents are linked below for your further interest: parking options and potential traffic changes.