Unlike many other cities' concerns with rising sea-levels, future water supply and air quality, these are not areas for concern for Palmerston North in the short-to-medium term. However, with the population expected to swell to 94,000 by 2031, and an increasing demand for natural resources, there are a number of areas that present some challenges.
Future sustainability challenges for the city include having a bigger, more diverse population, warmer, drier summers, wetter winters with more wind, and rising fuel prices.
The strategy highlights the need to review our energy consumption rate, look at more appropriate land uses and promote efficient transport modes.
The strategy identifies a number of tools for change that will help the city make the necessary planning changes. These include:
- Reviews to urban design and the District Plan to ensure sustainable future land use in the city.
- A focus on public transport, which will help reduce fossil fuel dependency whilst encouraging access to services and social activity.
- Affordable, healthy housing will reduce energy consumption, improve people's health and support the local economy.
- A greener city will improve biodiversity, making the city a healthier, more interesting place to live.
Palmerston North City Council adopted the Sustainable City Strategy on 30 June 2010.
- Sustainable City Strategy 2010 4.4MB pdf