After 20 years of population decline, we are now seeing an increase in population in our district, including Putāruru! But that means we are experiencing a shortage of houses and land on which to build new houses... so what to do?
The South Waikato District Council and Putāruru Moving Forward are working together on a Putaruru Growth Plan to help combat the lack of housing and land available for building.
Following a very successful open public meeting on Wednesday 10 June, the draft plan was amended further and made available for further public comment. We received an additional 52 responses. The plan has gone back to the consultants for further amendment based on this additional feedback a, further staff investigation and continued discussions with landowners. This new draft here (this file is 2.7mb) (and below, as an image) will be going to Council in July.
There will be other opportunities for feedback. Ultimately this growth planning project will formalise into a District Plan Change - this too will have engagement and consultation opportunities.
Why is growth planning important?
- Growth planning helps ensure we consider the future of the town and how it might look in the future so we avoid unplanned development, sprawl, poor design outcomes etc.
- Growth planning involves looking at where we could provide for new subdivisions for houses to be built.
- Growth planning is essential to manage our infrastructure like water supply, stormwater and wastewater, in relation to a growing population.
Please join us to help plan the way forward for our growing town.