Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Regional council supports spatial plan development

Regional council supports spatial plan development


The regional council has confirmed its support for the development of a draft spatial plan for the Waikato at a meeting this week.

In supporting this Waikato Mayoral Forum workstream, councillor Bob Simcock said: “Spatial planning is core business and it's essential that all decision-makers for the Waikato have a common voice and use the same base data.”

A report to the meeting said the objective of a spatial plan would be to contribute to the region’s social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing through a comprehensive and effective long-term strategy for Waikato’s growth and development.

“It's pleasing to see the majority of the region's local councils working collaboratively to create a resource which will contribute to greater local government efficiency and co-ordination in Waikato,” said chairperson Paula Southgate.


The council’s decision to support a spatial plan comes after the mayoral forum, made up of district and city council mayors and Ms Southgate, agreed earlier this year that there was enough evidence to progress developing such a spatial plan, and sought a commitment from interested councils to support it.

The forum’s governance and planning working party has suggested such a plan could help save millions of dollars over time, create greater efficiencies and facilitate a collective Waikato voice on key issues when dealing with central Government.

The report to this week’s council meeting said there was no current mechanism in Waikato through which high priority regional issues and opportunities can be explored, other than statutory committees such as the Regional Transport Committee.

“A Waikato spatial plan provides an opportunity for the Waikato to have a strategic conversation to identify priorities that contribute to the Waikato’s social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being over the next 20-30 years,” the report said.

It said a draft spatial plan was due to be completed by the end of 2014.

The council also agreed with progressing the draft spatial plan under the direction of a joint committee involving representatives from the region’s councils. The draft structure and terms of reference will be brought back to the council for further discussion.


Cr Southgate noted the importance of involving iwi “at the front end of the conversation due to their recognised strength in the region”.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street...

Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news