The Waikato District Blueprint (Blueprint) will work to achieve the overall vision established by Council for the district, which is to create Liveable, Thriving and Connected Communities- He noohanga aahuru, he iwi what ora, he hapori tuuhono tahi. The aim of the Blueprint is to provide a high-level ‘spatial picture’ of how the district could progress over the next 30 years, address the community’s social, economic and environmental needs, and respond to its regional context.
In 2018 we visited a number of towns around the district to hear what was important to these communities and what they wanted to see in their community in the future. During these workshops we heard lots of great ideas and inspiration.
In early 2019 we asked for feedback on the top three priorities for these towns, along with priorities for the district. These priorities were then used by Council to help make their decisions.
In June 2019 the Waikato District Blueprint was adopted by Council.
In June and July 2020 we hosted a further round of community meetings to check in with each community about their priorities, to find out which initiatives the community wanted to lead, what Council should be taking a lead in and what we could do together.
This feedback was considered as part of the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan and work continues to progress priorities and initiatives outlined in the Blueprints.
It’s important to note that just because a project or initiative might be in the Blueprint, it doesn’t mean it will happen straight away, or even at all. If it does happen, the project may not necessarily be Council funded. Instead this might be a perfect opportunity for a community to drive, with funding from other agencies and Council’s support.
Gordonton and Port Waikato Local Area Blueprints
The development of the Waikato District Blueprint highlighted the need for Local Area Blueprints to be developed for both Port Waikato and Gordonton. The development of the Local Area Blueprints for both Port Waikato and Gordonton will help realise the communities' aspirations, that will be integrated into Council's wider strategic and planning documents. The Local Area Blueprints are intended to be adaptable in order to continue addressing the changes that will take place across the district.
We are initially undertaking the work on the Gordonton and Port Waikato Local Area Blueprints with the questionnaire found below.
Your knowledge and ideas about your community’s wants and needs, now and in the future, will help shape liveable, thriving and connected communities and will be key information for your Local Area Blueprint. By participating in the questionnaire, you can tell us what services or infrastructure you might need, such as more libraries or parks. We want to hear what is important to you, and how we can address or facilitate those needs and aspirations.
The questionnaire below is the initial engagement that is being done, due to the restrictions that have been placed by the COVID-19 levels. Once the COVID-19 levels allow, we will host workshops with these two communities.
Port Waikato Questionnaire
Take our questionnaire and have your say on the development of a Local Area Blueprint for Port Waikato. Submissions close 5pm Friday 28 January 2022