The New Plymouth District Blueprint is a high level spatial plan for the district that supports and implements the Shaping our Future Together vision and outcomes and will help guide Council decision-making to deliver more integrated social, economic and environmental outcomes for the community.
We are working to deliver the key directions into our long term planning with the current focus on the District Plan Review.
On 9 June 2015 the Council approved the eight Blueprint key directions as part of the Long-Term Plan deliberations. You can read the report to Council which gives the background and reasoning behind the key directions.
Next steps: We are developing a Blueprint Implementation Framework which will include actions for delivery. This will be integrated into the Council's District Plan review, long term planning, and ultimately how it delivers services to the community. The development of the Blueprint Implementation Framework will require involvement from internal staff and key stakeholders.
Blueprint key directions
The Blueprint is supported by eight key directions that will be the Council’s focus for planning during the next 30 years. The directions are summarised below and provide a clear signal to other agencies, businesses, industries and the community on how the Council will focus its resources and deliver on the community outcomes.
Environment – Enhance the natural environment with biodiversity links and clean waterways
The district is home to a unique natural environment with significant areas of indigenous vegetation, and rivers and waterways that flow from the mountain to the sea. Enhanced biodiversity will not only be positive for the natural environment and clean water but will also have significant cultural and economic spin-offs. Biodiversity outcomes will be achieved through collaborating with landowners and agencies – a multi-agency approach is required to achieve the desired environmental outcomes.
Communities – Strengthen and connect local communities
New Plymouth District is made up of many communities and neighbourhood centres. Strengthening and connecting local communities ensures that they become successful, safe and liveable environments for residents. The Council’s role is to support community, business and industry initiatives by providing high-quality public infrastructure and a pragmatic regulatory response that helps our community achieve their goals.
Citizens – Enable engaged and resilient citizens
Engaging and enabling citizens will help to build community resilience. Encouraging community participation in events that are run in our parks and places will promote community connectedness and overall well-being. It is the Council’s role to build strong strategic partnerships and encourage public and community sector collaboration, leading to more sustainable social, economic and environmental outcomes.
Growth – Direct a cohesive growth strategy that strengthens the city and townships
Our district is growing and we need to consider how we provide for growth into the future. As a result of the anticipated population growth, new growth areas will be required in the city and towns to provide for additional dwellings during the next 30 years. Determining the appropriate locations for growth will contribute to all the community outcomes. The Council needs to be clear on how and where it will accommodate growth into the future, through providing adequate land supply and planning for network infrastructure in appropriate locations.
Industry – Strengthen and manage rural economy, industry, the port and the airport
Our economy has a strong agricultural base and a nationally significant oil and gas sector. It also has a fast-growing poultry sector with significant expansion likely in the short term. Protecting and strengthening these industries will be important for ongoing economic growth and the subsequent benefits for the community. The Council’s role is through its funding of economic development initiatives (Venture Taranaki Trust) to help drive economic activity in the region. The Council can also support industry through appropriate infrastructure provision and a pragmatic solutions-focused District Plan and regulatory framework.
Talent – Grow and diversify new economies that attract and retain entrepreneurs, talented workers and visitors
The New Plymouth District economy is strong, supported by agricultural economies, oil and gas and small business. There is a need to focus on growing a more diverse economy based on our ability to attract and retain talented workers, entrepreneurs and visitors. The Council has a role in ensuring that the highly-regarded Taranaki lifestyle is maintained, supported by our unique landscape, recreation opportunities, rich culture and history.
Central City – Champion a thriving central city for all
The central city of New Plymouth is the social, cultural and business hub for the district and the wider region. However, retail in the central city is facing a challenging transition in the face of new format retail experiences and online retail sales. The central area will need to deliver a diversity of speciality retail, entertainment, cultural and social experiences. The Council has a role in working with business and other stakeholders to develop a strategic approach to drive the success of the central business area.
Destination – Become a world-class destination
Our natural assets – our parks, rivers, coast and Maunga Taranaki – are what make the district a unique and special place to live and visit. A ’flagship’ initiative to lead this direction is the Taranaki Traverse – a world-class recreational, environmental and cultural tourism experience. This is a long-term initiative that will require time, focus and a collaborative, multi-agency approach.