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Rotorua lakefront development concepts presented
9 August 2018
Rotorua lakefront development concepts presented
The concept design for Rotorua’s lakefront development features a curved 600m boardwalk that reflects the lake’s scalloped shoreline and represents the footsteps of Te Arawa’ ancestors.
 
Two tukutuku bridges “stitched” into the land will provide access to the central part of the boardwalk which will be 5 metres wide and will sit higher than the current lake edge. It will provide a focal point, making the most of views out to Mokoia Island and beyond.
 
The concept design was revealed to elected members in a presentation at today’s Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee hui/meeting.
 
Also proposed:
  • Te Arawa waka moves to yacht club end of lakefront with potential to build a waka storage facility;
  • New building replacing the current makeshift ticketing offices used by lakefront operators;
  • Scout hall is removed, providing new view shaft;
  • Carparking is moved away from lake edge to near market space with some disability parking retained at lake edge;
  • New toilet facilities near carparking area;
  • Revamped playground;
  • Village Green retained.
 
Go here to view a bigger version of what’s proposed at the lakefront
 
Cultural design co-ordinator Karl Johnstone explained how the concept would incorporate Te Arawa narratives, celebrating the past and future and connecting land to lake, while designer David Irwin of Isthmus explained the design elements.
 
The designs are at concept only stage right now and need to be further developed, with input from key stakeholders, which means there could be changes to ensure the design works for everyone. Sustainability and biodiversity are key considerations.
 
Sir Bob Harvey, who chairs the project’s strategic advisory group, said in his view it was an international design and a national tribute to Rotorua and the lakefront. It would be something locals could be very proud of and would preserve the natural beauty of the area. He said the aim was to ensure that the enhancements were “gently” placed on to the lakefront and that the project would enhance the area for future generations.
 
The committee was told engagement and consultation with key stakeholders including iwi, Ohinemutu residents and lakefront operators was continuing and application to the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund for matched funding of $19.9m to deliver the project had been lodged.
 
The fund allocated $811,000 for development of business cases for proposed lakefront and forest developments to enable applications for funding to deliver the projects, which are included in Council’s 2018-28 Long-term Plan (see pages 31-33).
 
Click on THIS LINK to view the slides from today’s lakefront development presentation which provide information on what has been done so far, images of waterfront developments in other provincial centres (Napier, Whangarei, Gisborne, New Plymouth and Tauranga), images relating to the concept design and next steps for the project.
 
Proposed reserve management plan amendments
 
A second item related to the lakefront sought a recommendation from the committee to go to public consultation on changes to the existing Reserve Management Plan for the lakefront.
 
The amendments are supported by the Ngati Whakaue Gifted Reserves Protocol Committee and are required to enable the proposed development to occur.
 
The committee heard that the current plan was extremely prescriptive and did not allow for any flexibility.
 
Following discussion the committee agreed it will recommend to the Full Council that it adopts the proposed amendments for public consultation, once they have been reviewed by the Resource Management Act Policy Committee.
 
The committee will also recommend that the panel to hear submissions on the proposed amendments consist of portfolio leads councillors Karen Hunt, Charles Sturt, Tania Tapsell and Dave Donaldson, along with a member of Te Tatau o Te Arawa and a member from the Rotorua Lakes Community Board.
 
The requirement for the RMA Policy Committee to review the amendments and having Te Tatau and Lakes community board members on the hearings committee were added to the recommendations following discussion.
 
See p12 of the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee agenda for the full report on this.