In June 2018, the council selected Warren and Mahoney/Boffa Miskell to deliver a masterplan. They came up with four masterplan options that we have sought community feedback on.
Each of the options put a high priority on people and public space. This was based on feedback from some key stakeholders and those who attended a public meeting in July.
All options look to use some of the existing buildings in the area, including the Great Lake Centre and library, and strengthen the green open spaces and the connections with one another to create new public areas for the community to enjoy.
The options all include a new museum and a building for council's administration functions.
In all options, car parking will not be compromised and will be merged into the landscape design and located as clusters within the site and on the bounding roads.
Cultural Precinct Project masterplan options (PDF, 7.5MB)
Here is the matrix assessment the master planners used to look at the pros and cons of each of the four options.
Matrix assessment (PDF, 633KB)
Survey and feedback
Thank you for all the feedback received. A copy of all survey responses can be found here along with a document that summarises the key principles and points raised.
Survey feedback (PDF, 20MB)
Key principles and points raised (PDF, 49KB)
Preferred masterplan option
Following a council workshop on November 12, the council chose a preferred masterplan option for development. That option was option B.
The draft of that masterplan was presented to the council at a workshop on December 5.
Cultural Precint masterplan draft (PDF, 14.6MB)
This is the final version of the masterplan with a few minor changes asked for by Council. This included the following wording:
Bowling and Tennis: Relocation of these facilities will be in alignment with TDC Sport and Recreation Strategy and the Tongariro Domain Reserve Management Plan which are underway and due for review respectively.
There has also been some cross section information added, and formatting changes.
Cultural Precinct masterplan final (PDF, 17.5MB)
What happens next?
We will consult with the community again on all potential sites for the council's administration functions, and the potential costs, in a more formal way before a final decision is made. That is likely to take place early next year.
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions (PDF, 165KB)
Phase one feedback and insights
Videos and interviews