How will the Manawatū grow?

Did you know that since 2002 the location of new house construction has been split between:

New direction means we should be keeping highly productive land for land based primary production. Approximately 40% of the Manawatū District meets the interim definition, being Land Use Class 1, 2 or 3.

We need to start thinking about our growth plans and where future housing and commercial businesses will be based. This project is called the Manawatū Growth Strategy. You can help inform the Growth Strategy by letting us know your thoughts on where should we plan for residential growth by submitting your answers to the questions below?

The image below shows examples of Feilding Intensification, Feilding Greenfield, Large Lot / Lifestyle (not highly productive), Rural Villages and Rural (not highly productive).

Our draft strategic objectives.

  1. New housing is focused in areas where people have good access to jobs, services and amenities by public and active transport, and in locations where people want to live.
  2. Urban form supports reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by integrating land use and transport.
  3. A range of housing choices are provided that meet different needs of the community, including papakāinga and affordable options
  4. Sufficient residential and business land capacity is provided to meet demand.
  5. New infrastructure is planned, funded and delivered to integrate with growth and existing infrastructure is used efficiently to support growth.
  6. The Feilding Urban Area is consolidated and intensified, and is supported by a network of smaller Villages.
  7. Impacts on the natural environment are minimised and opportunities for restoration are realised.
  8. Impacts on the natural environment are minimised and opportunities for restoration are realised.
  9. The Manawatū is resilient to the risk of natural hazards
  10. The Manawatū’s highly productive land is prioritised for primary production.
  11. All change helps to revive and enhance the mauri of Te Taiao.

Council is reviewing our former growth plan (Feilding Framework Plan) and looking at all options. We need to be thinking about growth in short (0-3 years), medium (3-10 years) and longterm (10-30 years). Your feedback will help us plan ahead and make sure we’ve got enough land available for future housing and commercial growth of the district.