What is TD2050?
Taupo District 2050 (TD2050) sets the landuse pattern for the District and ensures that we have enough residential, commercial and industrial land to meet our current and future development needs.
Why review TD2050 now?
TD2050 was originally drafted in 2006, so it is now over ten years old, and there are several factors that have led to its review.
- Updated population projections
- New legislative requirements to plan for growth
- The Taupo District Plan is due for review
How much is the Taupo District going to grow?
Overall our District is projected to grow modestly until the late 2030’s when the usually resident population then peaks. It is anticipated that the District’s population will start declining beyond this point. Historically approximately 30% of the houses in the District have been holiday homes and we
have assumed this trend will continue.
How much land do we need?
What has changed and why?
Based on more recent population projections, the Taupo District no longer requires all of the growth areas identified in 2006, as we have sufficient land to meet demand within areas already zoned and adjacent to existing settlements.
Structure plans have already limited the extent of some growth areas, but because of continued refinement of the District’s population projections it is proposed to remove some growth areas. Further information on the implications and potential risks of oversupplying land can be found in Section 4 of the strategy document
which is the basis for TD2050.
The Mapara Valley growth area is no longer required because
- It was structure planned and zoned due to significant projected population growth which is no longer anticipated;
- It would be dependent on the West Kinloch Arterial (WeKA) to provide transport connections as well as water and wastewater services from Taupo town;
- Infrastructure provision would be very expensive; and
- It is more efficient to consolidate around Taupo town where we can make the most of existing infrastructure.
Whareroa North is included as a future growth area on the basis that it has previously been identified in planning documents and Council has recently received a private plan change seeking to have the zoning changed. It will need to be demonstrated that there is demand for this land and that costs to the community can be appropriately managed. Ultimately its future will be determined through the private
plan change process.
Multiply-owned Maori LandIn TD2050 2006, there were areas of multiply-owned Maori land that were identified as future growth areas. It has become clear over time that a conventional approach to development has not worked for these areas so it is proposed that these growth areas be removed from TD2050. Further work with these landowners will be needed through the District Plan review to establish better mechanisms to
develop multiply-owned Maori land.
Five Mile BayFive Mile Bay is one exception to the reduction of growth areas. This area was owned by the Department of Conservation and was not available for consideration as an urban area, but in 2017 the Crown and Tūwharetoa agreed that the area would be vested in Ngāti Tūwharetoa as freehold land with an anticipation of future development.
Due to this change, along with its unique lakeside location between existing urban areas and the ability to service this area efficiently, it has been identified as a future growth area.
Where will growth go?To make development as efficient and affordable as possible this growth is planned to go next to or within our existing settlements wherever possible. The maps below show where we are planning for residential and industrial growth.
Map 1 - Northern growth areas
Map 2 - Southern growth areas
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