Palmerston North's population is expected to swell to more than 94,000 within the next 10 years, increasing demand for natural resources.
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 Sustainable City 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 planning changes needed. 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 and encourage 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.