The vision for living in the city is to establish a resident community of scale (circa 4,000 people by 2050 up from the current 1,000 people) with a strong neighbourhood connection that enjoys what urban Ngāmotu New Plymouth has to offer – food, hospitality, events, arts, culture and nature on its doorstep. Specifically, a new walkable residential neighbourhood east of Liardet Street is established with Devon Street East (of Liardet) becoming its vibrant local shopping street.
This enlarged resident community is conscious of the ‘home-grown’ philosophy, actively supporting the local retail, service and hospitality to the benefit of all. It is also attracted to, and will make a significant contribution to, public life that unfolds in the city centre. Walkability and good access to public transport is an absolute expectation.
Residents enjoy a range of apartment and townhouse choices at various price points for households of all sizes. Housing ranges from converted character buildings to apartment and townhouse new builds that meet the highest levels of NZ Green Building Council Homestar accreditation – some offering breath-taking views of the city, coast and mountain.
Preparation of a development framework for the city’s Eastern Neighbourhood that comprehensively considers how the area east of Liardet Street can be revitalised as a residential-led mixed-use neighbourhood. This development framework will provide NPDC and partners with direction around the future look, feel and function of the neighbourhood; an indication of necessary planning policy changes to enable outcomes identified in the framework plan; and public amenity/infrastructure projects required to support residential living in the Eastern Neighbourhood.
City living is a key outcome for the strategy and a suite of initiatives are aimed at making it more convenient for property owners and developers to assist with delivering homes. These include: apartment design guidelines; a dedicated city centre NPDC team; streamlining advice/consents for shop-top residential retrofits; and NPDC collaborating to deliver an exemplary residential development.
To support residential living and attract prospective development, infrastructure and public realm upgrades within the Eastern Neighbourhood will assist with demonstrating NPDC’s commitment to the revitalisation of an area. Enhanced pedestrian amenity, additional planting, seating and public space can improve perceptions of an area, attracting greater interest and investment.
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