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Future Three

 
 
This page contains information about one of the three alternative futures, Future Three, that have been developed for discussion and feedback.
Updated: 22/07/2010 1:34 p.m.
 

Future Three: Satellite Town/Rural and Coastal Villages

Future Three represents a controlled, consolidated development path based upon a structured five tier settlement pattern. This hierarchical arrangement is as follows:

First tier

Whangarei City as the primary district and regional urban centre with a strong, protected and enduring CBD. This is characterised by the following:

  • the greater Whangarei urban area grows to around 75,000 people (25,000 in the central city).
  • Whangarei City retains its status as the main urban, commercial and business centre for the district and region.
  • a strong and vibrant CBD closely linked to the Town Basin with good urban design principles incorporated into both CBD and Town Basin developments.
  • 20/20 Plus vision implemented with the development of mixed use in and around the CBD and Town Basin.
  • the main centre for health and educational services, e.g. hospital and tertiary facilities.
  • main centre for banking, business and professional services.
  • the civic centre for the district with local and central government services.
  • the entertainment centre for the district with development of theatre, music, cinema, restaurants and bars;
  • the recreational hub for the district and region with a multi-event stadium and major sporting facilities.
  • cultural and community centre with well developed community facilities, museum, library, art gallery, etc.
  • improved public transport, cycleway and walkways.

Second tier

A satellite town at Marsden Point/Ruakaka which complements (but does not compete with) Whangarei City. This is characterised by the following:

  • Marsden Point/Ruakaka grows to a town of around 15,000 people with planned residential, commercial and industrial development.
  • residential development a mixture of permanent residences, retirement villages and holiday homes;
    develops into an industrial hub for the district and region based around the deep water port and refinery at Marsden Point.
  • major residential/commercial marina development;
    business and commercial development that complements Whangarei City but does not rival it.
  • wide range of medium size retailing, large supermarket facilities, gas stations, restaurants, bars.
  • health care facilities that support Whangarei Hospital as main regional hospital.
  • primary and secondary schools but no separate tertiary institution except possibly an outpost of Northland Polytechnic associated with aquaculture research facility at Ruakaka.
  • strong transport links to both Whangarei and Auckland including rail and road.
  • development of a public transport system both locally and linked to Whangarei.

Third tier

Five urban villages within greater Whangarei urban area, characterised by:

  • development of suburban nodes at Kamo, Tikipunga, Onerahi, Maunu and Otaika growing to around 10,000 people each.
  • strong urban containment provisions preventing urban sprawl around the fringes.
  • mixed use residential, commercial with limited light industrial development.
  • commercial development consisting of retail shops, supermarkets, gas stations, pubs, post offices, suburban banking, restaurants, coffee shops, and local professional services.
  • local recreational and entertainment facilities;
    some infill residential development around the commercial centre.
  • good urban design principles retaining the identity and character of the locality.
  • suburban nodes linked to each other and CBD by public transport system and system of cycleways and walkways.

Fourth tier

One rural and two coastal growth nodes, characterised by:

  • a rural township at Hikurangi of around 5,000 people servicing its rural hinterland and parts of the northern coastal area.
  • two coastal townships of up to 5,000 people, one at Parua Bay servicing the north harbour, Pataua and Whangarei Heads areas and the second at Waipu, servicing the southern Bream Bay area.
  • strong urban containment provisions limiting urban sprawl around the fringes.
  • mixed use residential, commercial and light industrial development.
  • commercial development consisting of retail shops, supermarkets, gas stations, pubs, post offices, suburban banking, restaurants, coffee shops, and local professional services.
  • local recreational and entertainment facilities.
  • good urban design principles retaining the identity and character of the locality.
  • townships linked to Whangarei by public transport service.

Fifth tier

Two rural villages along with eight coastal villages, characterised by:

  • rural villages at Maungatapere and Maungakaramea of around 2,000 people.
  • coastal villages at Oakura, Matapouri, Tutukaka, Ngunguru, Pataua, Mcleod Bay/Reotahi and Urquhart Bay/Taurikura of around 2,000 people.
  • strong urban containment provisions to limit sporadic and ribbon development between villages.
  • mainly residential with limited commercial development and little or no industrial development.
  • commercial development mainly small scale local retail shops with some aimed at the tourist market, small supermarkets, local garage, pub, hotels, back packers, guest houses, home stays, camping grounds, tourist ventures, etc.
  • some local community facilities and small scale recreational and entertainment facilities.
  • natural character of the coast protected from inappropriate development and public access to the coast maintained.
  • rural residential development in identified areas and widespread sporadic development restricted.
  • high class soils and productive farmland protected and reverse sensitivity issues greatly reduced and rural amenity enhanced.
  • natural hazards avoided or mitigated.
  • connected together and to Whangarei City by coastal tourist loop roads.

Overall there is:

  • strong direction as to the spatial arrangement of land uses with increased control over future growth patterns.
  • the provision of infrastructure (hard and soft) is proactive, orderly and efficient – facilitating development rather than responding to development pressures.
  • the effects of development on the environment (natural and cultural) are more likely to be managed sustainably.

Select from the following links to read about the other Alternative Future scenarios on this website.

Future OneFuture Two

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