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Omokoroa Domain revamp gets go-ahead

The concept plan.

Development plans for the Omokoroa Domain and Esplanade have been approved by Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s policy committee.

The first changes will take place over the next 12 months, according to a council media release.

“The concept plan for Omokoroa Domain and Esplanade details the specific changes to the area resulting from community feedback gained at public open days, stakeholder workshops and sessions with Tangata Whenua earlier this year.

“The project includes wide ranging changes to recreational space, access to the beach, use of the jetty, pontoon and swimming area and parking availability for short and longer term parking.

“It aims to find a balance between retaining the seaside and natural character of the Domain and foreshore while making sure the area caters for growth and multiple use.”

Local tangata whenua – Pirirakau and Ngati Taka hapū – will also have their identity recognised through cultural interpretation within the design elements of the Domain development, says council.

“The first work will be in place this summer with new signage and preparation of the northern end of the Domain for overflow parking. Detailed design work for the redevelopment of the playground / family area is also underway and physical works are due to commence in the second half of 2019.

“Council would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide feedback through the public open days and online survey, and a special thanks to stakeholders and Tangata Whenua for their initial input into preparing the draft concept plan.”

The plan will be implemented over the next four years (2018-2022).

To view the Concept Plan and for more information on the project visit Council’s website.

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