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Development ideas wanted

25 Jun 2010

Development ideas wanted

The coastal area between the port and Pacific Street has the potential to be developed in a way that could really put Gisborne on the map.  Mayor Meng Foon is calling a public meeting to ask the public for their ideas on how this potential could be realised. The meeting will be held in the Lawson Field Theatre Rose Room at 4pm on Monday 28 June.

The intention to develop the area was signalled in council’s Urban Development Strategy. The focus is on attracting high amenity activities to the area that will transform it. The Urban Development Strategy suggests the area needs more sports and recreation activities, things for tourist to do and high quality residential developments.  All would benefit from being situated close together in such a high profile position.

Council has owns a significant amount of land in the area including reserves. The proposed beachfront walkway, hockey turf on Churchill Park and navigational project will provide further impetus. Council is talking to key stakeholders such as iwi leaders, the Eastland Community Trust and land owners in the area. Mayor Foon says that it is important to give all people in the district a chance to come up with ideas.