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What is happening now?

We have developed an interim draft of our community spatial plan.

It considers what the future of Waipā could look like in 30 years’ time including what our towns and villages will look like, how we will manage growth and how we’ll care for our environment among other things.

It is a starting point only and we are looking forward to working alongside our communities in early 2023 to further develop and refine it.

Highlights of the plan, which illustrate Waipā could look like by 2050,include:

  • The populations of Cambridge and Te Awamutu have nearly doubled, and our villages have grown too.
  • None of our towns or villages have grown beyond their boundaries (set out in the Waipā 2050 District Growth Strategy), with the exception of Ōhaupō.
  • Ōhaupō has become a small town (2045 and beyond) following a carefully planned increase in population and the creation of a growth strategy alongside our Future Proof partners. This would only occur after reticulated wastewater services and frequent public transport services were available.
  • In Cambridge and Te Awamutu, the housing supply has diversified, and there are more duplexes, townhouses, and small apartments providing a wider range of housing choices and affordability.
  • Karāpiro has become a renowned recreation destination following the completion of the new State Highway 1 Cambridge to Piarere extension and investment into the network of parks and open spaces along the river.
  • Within our towns and villages, we can walk or bike to meet most of our day-to-day needs.

Also outlined in the plan are the actions Council would need to consider e.g. create a long-term investment plan for Karāpiro, to make this future a reality.

You can view the interim draft plan below. This is the version that was viewed by Council's Strategic Planning and Policy Committee. Minor tweaks will be made to this plan prior to community engagement. 

When can I have my say?

Now that we have the bones of a draft plan, we’d like to get your thoughts on whether we have got it right and will be asking for your feedback from mid-February to March 2023.

During this time, we’re planning to carry out a roadshow across the district so we can speak to each of our communities to find out what is important to them for their town or village and the district as a whole.

We’ll be asking:

  • Is this the future you would like for yourself and your children?
  • Is there anything we have missed?
  • What should our priorities be?

We are looking forward to having some open and honest conversations with our communities and hearing their thoughts about what is important to them for their towns and villages.

The feedback we gather will be used to confirm the draft spatial plan, and to inform the next Long Term Plan.

We’ll have more information on the upcoming consultation to share in the coming months and will continue to keep you updated as we progress.

What has happened so far?

To get to this point, we’ve:

  • Reviewed all strategies currently in place such as the Cambridge Town Concept Plan Refresh and the Long Term Plan 2021-2031
  • Considered other strategies that are not owned by Council but will affect our district such as the Future Proof Strategy (a sub-regional strategy to manage growth)
  • Established what our non-negotiables are. These are the things we will have to address and provide for in the plan e.g. climate change
  • Reviewed all the feedback we have received from our communities during previous consultations including the Long Term Plan 2021-2031
  • Developed five future scenarios to explore what the future could possibly look like
  • Sought early feedback from Mana Whenua partners and organisations across the district

You can take a look at the future scenarios that were developed using the button below.

We are still at the start of our journeyand have a long way to go until the plan can be finalised. We are looking forward to taking the next steps alongside our communities.

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