The Karamū Master Plan is a study, incorporating input from a wide range of affected people and groups, that will ultimately guide the land use and development of the eastern side of Hastings (see map below) for generations to come.
The outcomes of the project are business cases and implementation plans of priority projects for development to provide a platform for long-term regional productivity gains.
The Karamū Master Plan (formerly known as Hastings Eastside Master Plan) will identify and evaluate cultural, social and environmental aspects and limits of the area, then use this information to develop business cases and implementation plans. The Master Plan will unlock economic, environmental and social and cultural benefits, to the advantage of the entire district.
An important consideration of the Master Plan is guiding the land use and development of this area to integrate plans, strategies and projects to create better outcomes for our communities. Demand in many sectors is outgrowing supply, from housing for our people to protection of existing natural resources. Demand must be balanced against what impact this may have on the highly valuable soils that drive our economy.
This project has received some government funding (from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF)) to enable economic development, lift productivity and ensure people in the region can reach their full potential. The PGF is committed to ensuring the regional economy of New Zealand is built in a sustainable, inclusive and productive manner.
While the study area is a subset of the Hastings District, it is important to note this Master Plan will not be viewed in isolation; a broader selection of strategic information and data will feed into this, and benefits will wider reaching than the selected area.
A master plan is a long-term plan including analysis, recommendations, and proposals that connect physical, social, cultural, community and environmental aspects of an area.
Based on existing reports, input from public, and planning initiatives, the plan provides the overall future development framework, ensuring that appropriate services and infrastructure are available to support economic and community growth, including employment opportunities.
The purpose of a master plan is to create a cohesive plan the places appropriate emphasis on community, cultural, environmental and economic aspirations while also looking at required infrastructure, and utilising and protecting existing resources to meet intended outcomes.
A well-considered master plan has an important role in determining the shape of the urban environment. The Karamu Master Plan, with its associated business case(s) and implementation programme(s), will consider all factors to minimise inefficiencies, conflicts and issues if each of these projects work in isolation. It will provide a flexible framework that is able to respond to the changing needs of our community, environment and the economy over time.
The Karamū Master Plan will:
|Recognise and incorporate mana whenua interests and aspirations in both resource protection, enhancement and development.|
|Provide ongoing involvement by key project partners, and with stakeholders.|
|Establish and evaluate cultural, social and environmental qualities and challenges of the area.|
|Produce a master plan for land use, area development and infrastructure supported by a business case for implementation.|
HDC and Mana Whenua are partnering to co design the Master Plan.
HDC has engaged a consultant team consisting of GHD and Boffa Miskell to apply their specific expertise to this project. This team is working on other master plan projects in New Zealand and has already delivered other projects for HDC in the past.
Development of this master plan will include extensive engagement and consultation with directly affected parties and the wider public to best understand stakeholder’s views and aspirations for the future. We encourage your participation – see below for further information.
The Ruahāpia and Waipatu marae hapū (people) and communities hold historically recognised mana whenua status by virtue of being two of the original grantees, awarded title to the Heretaunga Block by the Māori Land Court in 1866 and the Karamū Reserve in 1889. These communities sit at the heart of the area within the Karamū Master Plan; they have had an important role to play from the outset of this journey and will continue to be instrumental in the ongoing development.
It is intended that on completion of the final feasibility case and master plan we will:
The final feasibility and business case, and master plan will be delivered by the end of August 2020.
This project consists of the following stages:
We will provide regular updates throughout this project.
If you would like to speak to someone about the Karamū Master Plan please email the Project Manager Diana Paynter.
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