Subdivision with lake proposed
Designs for a new Palmerston North suburb built with a lake in a park, a school, shops and close density housing in the centre have been revealed in a private plan-change proposal.
Pioneer City West's request to rezone 73 hectares of rural land for residential development bordering Longburn-Rongotea Rd and No 1 Line has been publicly notified and is out for submissions.
The development is at the opposite end of the city to the council's preferred option for growth at Whakarongo, which is further through the District Plan change process.
The city council earlier opted to defer residential development on land between Pioneer City West and the current urban boundary because of liquefaction risks.
But Pioneer City West Ltd said further geotechnical investigations on its land showed the risks were similar to those throughout the city, and could be managed.
Pioneer City West director John Farquhar said the council should be providing people with choices, not just one location for new housing.
Mr Farquhar has said the company would pay for all of its own infrastructure, without expecting the council to fork out for laying on services and building roads.
The Pioneer City West proposal argues there is "an increasingly serious shortage of land" for Palmerston North's growth needs.
It said its land was one of the best locations for urban growth as there was a low risk of flooding and it was close to existing city services.
Proposed development plans include a range of features to encourage environmental sustainability, such as on-site rainwater collection, solar power generation, energy efficient housing and stormwater management.
At the heart of the subdivision the landowner proposes a lake and a shared, open public space.
Land would be set aside for a school, and for "special use" such as a retirement village.
Central areas would be dominated by smaller sections and medium density housing, including two and three-storey apartments.
The proposal said areas of increased urban density, designed to a high standard, would reduce the need for urban sprawl.
The clustering of apartments with small gardens or outdoor living courts would enable more older or disabled people to enjoy living in their own homes for longer.
The homes would look out onto the central park to give them a greater sense of openness.
Access to the subdivision would be from No 1 Line, Rongotea Rd, Westberg Rd and Pioneer Highway, with provision to link to future urban development areas.
The city council's planning and policy committee meeting on Monday will discuss making a submission that strongly opposes the Pioneer City West proposals.
Submissions close on Friday.
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