What Makes a Good Town Centre?

A good town centre is not just a place to shop; it has many functions. When business activities such as shops and offices are co-located with community, recreational and entertainment facilities, they create a place where people like to spend time.

It requires a distinctive look and feel, with well-designed buildings that support local character, physical attractions such as parks and reserves and the provision of high quality public spaces for walking, sitting, enjoying art and community events. Kaiapoi’s point of difference is the river - we need to ensure we promote and make the most of our town’s iconic river setting.

This plan is underpinned by a desire to ensure that Kaiapoi survives economically and therefore good urban design is crucial. Making the town centre more attractive for both residents and visitors will also benefit businesses and Kaiapoi as a whole.