Mayoral Introduction

The Waimakariri District Council is pleased to present the updated Draft Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan. This Plan presents a renewed vision for the future of Kaiapoi as ‘New Zealand’s Best Rivertown’ and provides our community, the council and other stakeholders with a framework that will cultivate positive growth over the next 10 years and beyond.

It represents the culmination of significant work that has gone into planning for the future of the Kaiapoi town centre and we are grateful to everyone who has contributed, both during the development phase and now through the consultation process. Our task is to maintain the regeneration momentum by building on the successful and unique elements that already exist in the heart of Kaiapoi, including projects that were completed as part the previous 2011 Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan.

For the first time, we can include master plans for the Mixed-Use Business Areas that were established following the Canterbury earthquakes. Given their location, they provide a unique opportunity to support the town centre and we know residents will be excited to see a vision for the future of these spaces.

In the Plan, we’ve outlined projects that will help achieve that renewed vision for Kaiapoi. It’s important to note however, that this Plan is still just a draft, and we’d like to hear your feedback before the final Plan is released later this year.

Ideas are easy; implementation is everything and together with the community, businesses, developers and key stakeholders, we look forward to making it happen.