An effective town centre strategy needs to be based on sound urban design principles. The principles upon which we are basing the Hawera Town Centre Strategy are as follows:
Need to define a core
Use a civic anchor project as a catalyst for regeneration.
Use existing retail/parking anchors to drive activity between
Add quality public green space
Retain heritage buildings of group value
Allow for residential opportunities closer to the Town Centre
Create an attractive and vibrant Town Centre
Promote wider strategic connections
Connect to and between Town Centre anchors.
Create better arrival points and routes to the Town Centre
Enhance pedestrian/cycle network and encourage public transport
Use lighting to provide safe connections at night
Culture and Community
A place for people to spend time - culture change
Enhance physical features such as heritage buildings
Emphasise distinctiveness of Hawera - fire, water & earth
Recognise Hawera’s rural context
Create more opportunities for speciality retail
Provide opportunities for new architecture/technologies.
Actively coordinate, advocate and champion
Lead by example
Incentivise - awards, advice re heritage, Council/Bizlink