Thames Coromandel Update with Mayor Sandra Goudie
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Posted November 09, 2021
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Brian Gentil spoke to Mayor Sandra Goudie to catch up on what’s happening with housing, particularly in Thames and surrounds.
Mayor Sandra told Brian Thames is beyond critical in terms of housing supply. There’s an urgent need to accelerate housing for Thames so council is working with Kāinga Ora’s (Government’s Housing Department) to help speed up housing opportunities and unlock infrastructure (water, wastewater and roading) investment for some parts of the Thames area.
At the end of this month and through summer TCDC will be seeking people’s views on “Your Thames, Tomorrow”, which will help with considerations for land use change, infrastructure development and delivery, environmental management and recognition of cultural values.
Council has already done a large amount of work on the principles and objectives of Your Thames, Tomorrow as well as early conversations with iwi, agencies and community and business focus groups. Mayor Sandra explained how Council is now at the point where it’s about sharing progress much wider and seeking input on their direction.
There’s an immediate and urgent need for housing and affordable housing for permanent residences in Thames, in particular.
Many employers have difficulty attracting workers to well-paying jobs due to the shortage of housing to accommodate them permanently.
It’s difficult to find residential, commercial and industrial land in Thames and Kopu that is free from natural hazards and commercially viable to develop.
A lot of evidence and data has been gathered which will be shared around infrastructure and current land use issues, while also working alongside the Shoreline Management Plan project team, which is looking at proposed adaptive pathways developed to help with planning new growth outside of coast inundation areas, so the overall risk profile of the Thames community is reduced.
“But there’s also a wealth of information within our communities that we also want to listen and find out more about,” Mayor Sandra said.
This is a collaborative exercise to produce an evidence-based, future-focused (30-year plus) strategy that outlines an agreed vision and direction for Thames and its surrounds.
It will help with planning for the future, allowing Council to get ahead of the challenges the community is facing and create a great place to live, work and play for everyone.
For landowners, business owners and developers this will be important because it provides a strategic direction to make long term decisions.
For Council, it’s important because it informs decisions made during changes to the District Plan, will inform infrastructure planning and investment decisions and ultimately improve community outcomes. This is not a statutory document, but it will help inform any planning/rezoning work down the track.
An online survey will be going public at the end of this month and TCDC will be hosting online meetings so you can chat to them from your home.
There’ll be targeted letter drops to property owners.
Drop-in sessions at venues around the Thames ward later this month.
You can find out more online at www.tcdc.govt.nz
Contact Mitch King, the project lead directly firstname.lastname@example.org to provide feedback.
All feedback will be received with an open mind and be given due consideration in decision making. Mayor Sandra said, “We are here to genuinely listen and consider what people have to say.”
See more here www.tcdc.govt.nz/Your-Council/News-and-Media/News-and-Public-Notices/News-Archived-Articles/May-2021/Housing-options-for-Thames-and-surrounds-to-be-accelerated