Waikato Plan to be served up in chunks

Hamilton city councillor Martin Gallagher.
Waikato Times

Hamilton city councillor Martin Gallagher.

A far-reaching plan tasked with forming a big picture view of the Waikato will be delivered to community leaders in "bite sized chunks".

The Waikato Plan is a key initiative of the Waikato Mayoral Forum and is being driven by a joint committee.

The mayoral forum includes the region's 10 mayors and Waikato Regional Council chairwoman Paula Southgate.

To date, the spatial plan has cost ratepayers about $1 million.

The plan aims to look at where the region is at, and analyses information in the context of where the region wants to head, long-term.

Its overall goal is to give the region a collective voice on high priority issues affecting the Waikato.

In June, the mayoral forum held a workshop to address concerns that insufficient progress was being made on the plan.

A report presented to Hamilton City Council said the plan's project stages and milestones had been rescoped to focus on key priorities.

Priorities include maximising opportunities for the Waikato through better planning and understanding population changes.

The plan would now be delivered in "bite sized chunks" while the full draft plan was expected to be finished by December 2016.

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City councillor Martin Gallagher said the Waikato Plan was an "incredibly important" piece of work and looked forward to discussing the plan's details in an open workshop.

 - Stuff

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