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Have your say on the future of Levin Town Centre

The draft Transforming Taitoko Levin Town Centre Strategy aims to guide how the town centre will look and work in the future. Now’s your chance to have your say.

Following on from our initial Levin Town Centre consultation in 2016, Council has highlighted six big considerations that we think will help us to make Taitoko/Levin a better place to live, work and play.

Mayor of Horowhenua, Michael Feyen, said that this is a great opportunity for everyone in Levin and across the District to have their say on how Levin will look in the future.

“It is not just about growth and the bypass, it is also about making our downtown area safer for pedestrians, providing more outdoor areas for people to relax in, managing the burden of earthquake-prone buildings on small retailers, and making it easier for everyone to get around.”

Mayor Feyen said there are some really big ideas in the draft strategy, including a ring route around the town centre, making Queen Street a green street, creating a transportation hub, and, probably most transformational of all, a change of focus.

The draft strategy is being championed by Mayor Michael Feyen and two Levin Ward councillors who also run businesses in Levin – Cr Bernie Wanden and Cr Victoria Kaye-Simmons. Already, they and Council’s Strategic Planner Lauren Baddock have held meetings with businesses downtown to talk about the draft strategy, and now it’s time to take the strategy to residents.

Ms Baddock said the draft strategy includes six big considerations:

· activating and diversifying the town centre

· changing the focus of the town centre from north-and-south to east-and-west

· earthquake-prone buildings

· the proposed expressway

· transportation options

· town centre identity.

“We need to hear your thoughts on the town you want to live, work, shop, dine and play in,” said Ms Baddock.

The consultation period starts on 26 April and runs until 4pm on 25 May 2018.

The public are invited to visit the Transforming Taitoko pop-up in the carpark at Te

Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō to find out more or have a chat with a Council Officer.

The consultation document can be found on Council’s website on the Have Your Say page or in any Council service centre or library.

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