Looking in on Rotorua’s future city

Looking in on Rotorua’s future city

The new look Rotorua CBD and lakefront is one step closer to becoming a reality with the release of a document that lays out the desired future look of the city centre. The Rotorua District Council’s (RDC) Urban Design Framework provides an overall concept and direction for new and existing developments, proposes a new zone for the lakefront area, and offers a series of recommendations to attract economic growth and tourists to the city centre.

RDC chief executive Peter Guerin says the first step taken for improving the vibe in the city centre was the Revitalisation Strategy developed in 2006. 

“City centre revitalisation was identified as one of the top priority actions following extensive community consultation. Some successful projects already contributing to the overall direction of the city centre include Eat Streat, the Lakefront Concept Plan and the Rotorua Night Market.” 

Guerin says the framework will bring ongoing positive change to the city. “A good design for our city centre will encourage economic growth, create a safe environment and attract investment.”

Projects featured in the framework will be delivered in stages and will collectively achieve an integrated approach for improving the city centre. 

Community feedback on the framework is being sought and must be submitted by September 17.

The framework will be available on the RDC website shortly, and information packs can also be picked up from City Focus, Rotorua District Library, or RDC Civic Centre.

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