Published 9 December 2007
Franklin District Council has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Pokeno Landowners Consortium which aims to put in place a policy framework outlining when the council should consider taking a collaborative approach to growth.The memorandum outlines how the council & consortium will work towards developing a structure plan and notifying a plan change for Pokeno which have good social, economic, cultural & environmental outcomes for current & future residents.The council’s district planning manager, David Pentz, said: “It is important to understand that it doesn’t take away any of the resource management process. Council is still 100% committed to a fair & consultative process.” Pokeno is identified as a growth area in the district growth strategy. “If the council was to try to provide for all growth ourselves, there would be a huge burden on the ratepayer for infrastructure. By co-operating with those who own land in areas we have identified for growth, the council can have certainty about growth without the need to burden ratepayers, while developers can also have more certainty.”
Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.