Have your say on Tairāwhiti’s future housing strategy


Council wants feedback from the community on the draft Future Development Strategy (FDS) which will shape where and how much housing will happen in Tairāwhiti.  Consultation on the draft strategy started today and closes on 31 January.

Tairāwhiti has a housing crisis and the FDS is one of the tools to solve it by highlighting where new homes can be built.

Our population is expected to continue to grow over the next 30 years, with an expected 5,000 new homes needed by 2052.

Jo Noble Director of Sustainable Futures says the strategy needs to happen now. “We need to plan for the future so we don’t end up with another housing crisis in 30 years’ time.”

“Last November, we asked our community where to build more homes, and it’s clear that we need to redevelop existing urban areas and build smaller but high-quality homes.  This can bring housing costs down and help create sustainable communities. But we also need to allow for more subdivision.”

“We’re asking Tairawhiti to tell us what they think about the growth strategy in the FDS and whether we have the right balance between redeveloping existing urban neighbourhoods and allowing for expansion.”

Once completed, the FDS will map-out where and what different types of homes should be built over the next 30 years.  The final strategy will inform changes to the zoning and rules for urban areas in the Tairāwhiti Resource Management Plan review.

Read the draft strategy, ask a question, find out about our community information and feedback webinars and events, and have your say now via our consultation portal.

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