Time is of the essence and if you’re a Rotorua local, you’ve just been granted more time—until October 15 in fact—to provide feedback on Rotorua District Council’s (RDC) Urban Design Framework, which seeks to provide an overarching concept and direction for new and existing developments and activities in the city centre.
Urban Design Framework displays at the RDC Civic Centre, library and City Focus, along with a recent public open day, have proved popular and the council says it has received around 30 responses before the original 17 September deadline.
RDC chief executive Peter Guerin says he agreed to extend the deadline following numerous requests from the community.
“While the document does a good job of simplifying some complex urban design concepts I agree there’s a lot to take in.”
He says the council has also received detailed letters from individuals and business owners and that a number of government agencies, consultants and Te Arawa Lakes Trust have also provided formal input into the process.
The framework is a long-term project that will be delivered in a series of smaller projects that will likely lay the direction for the next fifteen plus years. Some of these smaller projects have already started, such as the strengthening of the Eat Streat activity, the Night Market, and the delivery of the Lakefront Development Concept.
With projected growth in tourism, some of the proposed outcomes of the framework include attracting visitors to the city and also improving the quality of their experience, as well as improving economic growth and city centre tourism.
The key precincts and activity areas are the:
- Tutanekai street Precinct
- Lakefront Precinct
- Haupapa street Precinct
- Southern Edge Precinct
The precincts provide a focus/theme for certain areas of the city centre. The Lakefront precinct focuses on bringing together the northern-most areas of the city centre with the public areas of the Lakefront. Building on the success of Eat Streat, the northern end of Tutanekai street is seen as a key area, as is the importance of the city centre spine that Tutanekai street provides. Te framework reinforces these different areas while also integrating the different parts.
Displays will remain at the RDC Civic Centre, library and City Focus until October 15, before RDC summarises the feedback which will then be presented to the mayor and councillors later in the year.
Detailed information on the framework, which includes an economic and urban design analysis, is available here.