Last week, the Waikato District Council’s Strategy and Finance Committee recommended the Council should not advance a separate plan to introduce residential zoning changes for Tuakau.
Instead, they have suggested to let the zoning ‘lie on the table,’ and include its intent in the District Plan Review due to be notified early next year.
Residents and ratepayers are invited to a drop-in session in the Supper Room at the Tuakau Memorial Hall at 2-4pm on Monday 4 September, if they want to discuss the move with Council staff.
Plan Change 16 was notified in July last year to give effect to Stage One of the Tuakau Structure Plan that was adopted in 2014 to provide a 30 year planning framework to manage Tuakau’s future growth.
Waikato District Council General Manager Strategy and Support, Tony Whittaker says since Plan Change 16 was notified, a number of national and regional policy changes have come into effect, including the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity, the Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017, and a North Waikato Business Case on sub-regional development, all of which have a bearing on Plan Change 16. “All these changes have made it much more complex to proceed with Plan Change 16 and it will be easier to deal with the intent of the proposed changes through the District Plan Review next year instead,” he said.
Mr Whittaker says 52 submissions were received on Plan Change 16, but many of them had either requested its withdrawal or its deferral until matters raised could be dealt with in a more comprehensive way through the District Plan Review.Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post