Let's Talk: Draft District Development Strategy

Published: 12-Jun-2017

What will the Waimakariri District look like in 2048? What would you like to see? Answers to these and other questions are proposed in the Waimakariri District Council’s Draft District Development Strategy: Our District, Our Future – Waimakariri 2048.

WDDS_ThumbA draft Strategy outlining population and household projections for the next 30 years, and proposed growth directions for development in the District (both residential and business) has been put together, which will assist with strategic planning for the future.

This was presented and approved for public consultation by Council at a recent Council meeting on 6 June.

The formal public consultation is now underway, allowing you to have your say!

As a District, Waimakariri is one of the fastest growing in New Zealand. Our population grew from 33,000 in 1996 to 57,800 estimated population last year, at an annual average growth rate of 2.7%. To put that figure in perspective, the national population growth rate in the 1996-2016 period was 1.2%; less than half of that experienced in Waimakariri. In real terms, this means the District could be home to an additional 15,000 houses in 30 years and that has ramifications for almost every aspect of life for its residents.

How big will our main towns be? Where will the houses go, and what areas will be reserved for business activity? What environmental considerations must be taken into account when planning our growth directions to avoid risks posed by natural hazards?

The draft Strategy has been designed to ‘point the way' forward as discussion about the future of the District comes into focus.

The consultation will run until 14 July and a full draft District Development Strategy and summary version is accessible from the District Development Strategy webpage. Hard copies can also be picked up from Council libraries, service centres and online/hard copy feedback forms are  available to fill in.

A final Strategy based on comments received, and any further information, is intended to be considered by Council for adoption towards the end of this year. We are talking about your future. Make sure you have your say.

Let's Talk

District Development Strategy

The Council would like to hear your views on the future of the Waimakariri District, and is inviting formal submissions on the draft Strategy until 14 July 2017.

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