Currently zoned for race training, Palmerston North City Council proposes to change the land to the residential zone. Proposed Plan Change C, to be known as the Kikiwhenua residential area, will enable land development to accommodate approximately 220 homes and will include cultural and recreation areas.
The area of land lies between Te Wanaka Road, Pioneer Highway and the Mangaone Stream. Kikiwhenua residential area is stage one of the Kakatangiata (formerly City West) residential growth area.
Fact sheets have been delivered to affected and interested parties, however anyone is welcome to make a submission.
City Planner David Murphy said rezoning the land area would not trigger the need for any significant new infrastructure and recreation areas, but this would be required as the broader Kakatangiata area is developed in the future.
“The Proposed Plan Change also addresses issues regarding stormwater, vegetation, cultural impact and noise sensitivity using objectives, rules and policies specific to Kikiwhenua.
“The approach taken by Plan Change C is to apply the same objectives, policies and rules as in the the Whakarongo residential area.”
Council proposes to exclude the historic Kikiwhenua meeting house site from the residential development.
Submissions can be made online on the Council’s website or in writing, but they must be lodged before 18 December 2018.