A lot of work is underway in Tuakau and Ngaruawahia with the development of a structure plan for each of the towns.
Tuakau is a strategic industrial node in the Future Proof Growth and Development Strategy. As an integral part of the Waikato district, its close proximity to Auckland and its housing price attractiveness means large growth is expected in this area.
The Waikato District Council has identified the need for appropriate infrastructure to support this growth and the structure plan will see land use and infrastructure planning being undertaken in an integrated manner to ensure environmental sustainability.
Following a public open day in March 2014, a draft concept plan for the Tuakau town centre and greater Tuakau area was produced. Technical reports have now been commissioned and a draft structure plan is expected to be ready by October 2014 for public consultation. Another town in Future Proof’s settlement pattern is Ngaruawahia. The development of the Ngaruawahia Structure Plan (including its surrounding areas) is progressing well with more public consultation scheduled for June.
A preliminary scoping report for Ngaruawahia was presented to the Waikato District Council in September 2013. Since then public open days have been held and technical reports commissioned. Council will continue to engage with community committees, local iwi and other stakeholders in June to inform the development of the structure plan.