Pomare redevelopment plan out for public consultation
A public meeting at the Pomare Community Hall today marks the start of consultation on the draft Pomare redevelopment plan.
The plan was developed by Housing New Zealand’s development partner, City Living and the ‘Pomare Redevelopment Project Working Group’. The Working Group is made up of representatives from the community and other key stakeholders.
“We are certain that once finalised this plan will provide the direction for reinvigorating the community through its proposed mix of housing including homeownership, social and third sector,” says General Manager, Asset Development, Sean Bignell.
“The current plan also proposes several new improvements to the community including better access to public transport, a new community and learning centre, shared green spaces and community gardens as well as other potential shared community facilities.”
City Living Director Graeme Cromie says “The Working Group contributed to how we should approach consultation. They felt strongly that a community open day in the area was the best method to start consultation off.”
“We are excited about sharing the plan with the wider community and outlining how it meets current and future housing needs. We think the draft plan not only achieves this but it also offers other improvements the community wanted such as better access to public transport."
“At the same time the plan integrates and maximises existing assets such as the health centre, taniwha and harakeke (flax) and most importantly the integration of the development into the wider Pomare and Taita community.”
Sean Bignell adds “The plan shows our commitment to retaining up to 20% of the final redevelopment as state housing. The new houses will be modern, warm, dry and better suit the size of state housing required in the area and the wider housing requirements of the community."