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Sustainable Futures 30/50 Project

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This page contains a summary of the 'Sustainable Futures 30/50', project which is our long-term planning project for the district, developed through consultation with the community.
Updated: 13/06/2019 11:54 a.m.

The 'Whangarei District Growth Strategy: Sustainable Futures 30/50' is our strategic planning document, which was produced in response to growth in the district over the period 2001-2008. It was adopted by Council in 2010.

Planning for future growth

Although growth in the district is slowing in line with global and national trends, future growth is projected to continue and in some areas has the potential to be substantial. 

There are a number of planning challenges associated with the projected growth which include:

  • provision of infrastructure,
  • managing cumulative effects of development on the environment, and
  • implications for the productive potential of agricultural land. 
Research and analysis was undertaken on the environmental, social and cultural constraints and consequences of anticipated development.

Sustainable Futures 30/50

We developed 3 broad scenarios to stimulate debate with the community about the preferred future development path for the district.

After extensive consultation, a long term, integrated, strategic planning programme was then developed, based on principles which will assist the sustainable development of the district over the next 30-50 years. 

This timeframe was chosen deliberately to enable us to plan for longer term natural cycles (eg climate change, land use patterns) as well as development of transport and infrastructure to tie in with national strategies.  

The strategy integrates the four sustainability criteria contained within the concept - sustainable economy, environment, society and culture. This is in recognition that if development is to be beneficial to the district over the long term, it must not be at the expense of the natural environment.

Sustainable economy

The economic profile of the district, drivers of growth, development strategies, minerals and aggregates, and energy resources were examined.

Sustainable environment

Land use, natural hazards, biodiversity, landscape/natural character, air and water quality, contaminated land, climate change and ecosystem services were analysed.

Sustainable society

Demographic trends, socio-economic indicators, health, education and public safety, sense of place, local character and urban design were examined.

Sustainable culture

Included an analysis of ethnic diversity, historic and cultural heritage, and arts, culture and civic amenities.

Sustainable infrastructure

Looked at land transport, air and sea transport, telecommunications, along with local infrastructure and services. 

Draft Whangarei District Growth Strategy

To make sure we get the planning right, we are reviewing the District’s Growth Strategy, and looking for feedback from the community. 

Follow the link below to read the plan and provide feedback. 



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