Council & City

Sustainable growth

A major focus of ours over the next 10 years is enabling sustainable growth for Palmerston North. We want to ensure that we have the land and essential infrastructure to create a city that offers small city benefits, with big city ambition.

Read more about our catalyst projects to enable:

Photo shows cyclist negotiating central city roundabout sandwiched between parked and moving cars.

The proposed regional ring road will reduce heavy traffic in the city.

Sustainable industrial growth

One of the key projects in helping us achieve sustainable industrial growth is the wastewater treatment plant upgrade.

Like a lot of infrastructure in New Zealand, Palmerston North’s wastewater system is aging. At the same time it’s under increased pressure from a growing population, and higher expectations around discharge standards and river water quality. Hence the treatment plant needs upgrading.

We are calling this project Nature Calls. It will help us take a fresh look at the way we manage wastewater. It's a four-year planning, investigating and engagement project that will result in the delivery of the best practicable wastewater treatment option for all.

Transport is another major component of sustainable industrial growth.

This includes the proposed regional ring road. This important project will help reduce heavy traffic and improve safety in the city centre and suburban streets, as well as supporting the growth in city jobs – especially in distribution businesses. Most of these businesses are located at Longburn and the city’s northeast industrial zone.

We’re working with other councils and the New Zealand Transport Agency to develop a regional ring road around the city. This also includes an additional road bridge across the river.

This project is dependent on NZTA funding and is linked to the transport agency's Manawatū Gorge replacement project, Te Ahu a Turanga. Council is seeking commitment from NZTA as to the route that a regional ring road will follow and which parts should be the responsibility of NZTA as a state highway.

Water and stormwater are also important for sustainable industrial growth. 

You can find more information about what we’re doing to encourage sustainable industrial growth in our strategies and plans, in particular the ones listed below.

The District Plan is also important. It controls the effects of the use, development and protection of land within the context of promoting sustainable management.

Sustainable residential growth

Palmerston North is growing – and we want to accelerate the city’s growth and prosperity. Council has a major role in this by zoning land and providing infrastructure for growth in a timely way.

The majority of greenfield housing development is currently at Kelvin Grove and Aokautere. Whakarongo is zoned for the next major greenfield housing development. City west is identified for greenfield housing development in the medium to long term.

We’re also ensuring that a range of housing is available – as well as traditional houses the District Plan enables infill housing, multi-unit housing development, minor dwellings and apartments.

Council is developing some of our own land at Whakarongo for housing. This is to ensure that there is a good range of affordable houses in the market. We’re building the subdivision infrastructure like roading, water, and wastewater, and offering affordable sections to the market.

We've done this in the past – for example, Waterloo Crescent and Dahlstrom Grove – and it has the potential to provide many benefits. These include more housing choice for buyers, as well as revenue for Council. It will also allow us to lead by example in providing good urban design for new subdivisions.

You can find more information about what we’re doing to encourage sustainable residential growth in our strategies and plans, in particular the ones listed below.

The District Plan is also important. It controls the effects of the use, development and protection of land within the context of promoting sustainable management.