Te Puna Village commercial area development plan.
Western Bay of Plenty District Council is looking into the future development of the Te Puna Village commercial area.
Feedback from people have identified five key areas of concern.
It includes wastewater treatment.
Businesses are concerned about the poor performing existing system.
Traffic concerns centre on the difficulty of pedestrians getting from one side of the state highway to the other.
There is also a need to look at the adequacy of the internal roading, particularly on the Farmlands and BP service station corners.
Views differ on the future growth of the commercial area and the types of activities that could take place.
There is demand for further commercial activities that will increase the range of services provided to the local area.
This is on the proviso that any expansion is well managed by appropriate planning controls.
Council’s Policy Committee recommends holding further discussions with the primary commercial landowners on potential expansion opportunities.
Feedback has suggested a central community meeting place is essential and will add to the village’s sense of place.
The committee recommends the Council act as a facilitator for community projects centred on creating a village theme and promotion of local arts and culture within the commercial area.
Looking to the future, the committee recommends a structure plan be formalised for the commercial area.
It says the key to any development in the village will be finding a solution to the disposal of wastewater.
The Committee recommends investigating options for wastewater for the Te Puna commercial zone and to investigate options for strengthening District Plan rules relating to future development.
The full council will consider the recommendations at its meeting at the end of the month.