Council wants feedback on development proposal

Council wants feedback on development proposal

Friday, November 27, 2015

Consultation on this has now closed.

As preparations for Hawera’s first town centre redevelopment project (Campbell Lane) get underway a major new private development is being considered for the town.

South Taranaki Mayor Ross Dunlop says the Council has been approached by a local development company to see ifit would sell some Council-owned land (at the Victoria Street end – see map below), currently used for public car parking, to build a new supermarket.

“The development company already owns the adjacent property and before we make a decision we are consulting with our residents to get feedback on the proposal,” says Mayor Dunlop.

“From Monday 30 November Council staff will be doing some pamphlet drops around the area as well as having feedback forms available from various locations in the town centre and on the Council’s website so residents can have their say.”

STDC Chief Executive Craig Stevenson says if the Council decides to sell the property, the local development company plans to start the consenting process to build a new, larger supermarket on the existing public car parks at the Victoria Street end.

The existing supermarket would then be demolished and replaced with new (2 hour) time restricted car parks for supermarket customers.

Mr Stevenson says while people would no longer be able to park all day in the supermarket car park the Council already had projects underway to counter that and ultimately there would be more car parks in the CBD.

“As part of our town centre revitalisation project Council has recently purchased two buildings on High Street which will be demolished and developed to ‘open up’ and improve access to the CBD from the underused Cornish’s and Napier St Car Parks, which offer free all day parking. We also have plans in place to increase parking on Nelson and Union Streets and these projects will help off-set any reduction of car parks on Victoria Street,” he says.

Mr Stevenson says the most important thing to consider about the proposal is that it would mean that a key anchor business is kept in the town CBD.

“It’s an exciting time for the town. One of the key goals underpinning the Hawera town centre strategy was that it would be a catalyst to drive change and to encourage private enterprise to invest in the town centre – and that is exactly what we are seeing happen. We are starting to see some real momentum develop,” says Mr Stevenson.

For more information and feedback forms on this proposal go to Council’s Administration Building on Albion Street, Bizlink Hawera offices on Union Street, Paper Plus or Hawera LibraryPlus on High Street. Alternatively residents can give feedback online at www.southtaranaki.com/Council/Consultation/

Consultation runs until 5pm Monday 14 December.