Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee


14 September 2017

Rotorua’s spatial plan, setting out how and where development and growth will occur in the district, will become Council’s “umbrella document” once finalised and adopted.

The spatial plan will set out how the community wants the district to look in future, where development should occur, what kind and how much and other future-based planning, such as infrastructure planning, will need to align, allowing for where and how future growth will occur, Council’s Strategy, Policy and Finance Committee members were told today [Thursday 14 September].

The committee is recommending to the full Council that a draft plan presented at today’s hui (meeting), subject to minor adjustments, be approved for public consultation. The recommendation will go to the full Council for it consideration later this month.

The draft Spatial Plan:

  • Sets objectives for the district’s growth and development, which support the aspirations and strengths identified in Rotorua 2030;
  • Provides a district-wide context within which neighbourhood and district planning policies can be set;
  • Helps to improve understanding of issues and implications that have geographical, physical or spatial dimensions;
  • Helps us talk about how we balance the environmental, social, economic and quality of life factors affecting our community;
  • Guides the district in its allocation of resources, such as the use of land and the construction of capital works (core infrastructure like roads, water supplies, parks and playgrounds);
  • Sets the framework for spatially-based future decision making and outline the actions needed to achieve the strategic direction for the district across the next 30 years.

The draft plan includes key themes from the informal consultation that was held, summarises how our district is changing and identifies how Rotorua’s 2030 objectives could be achieved, illustrated through maps that identify proposed areas in the district for various types of development (eg residential, commercial, industrial) and recreational purposes and areas identified by iwi as locations they aspire or plan to develop.

The process:

  • Council conducted informal consultation and engagement, based on a discussion document, earlier this year.
  • Written feedback was received (from 19 individuals or groups, about 1000 people attended 56 workshops  and provided feedback verbally or through exercises conducted during the workshops and feedback was also received online).
  • All feedback was collated into overall themes and messages and was taken into consideration in developing the draft spatial plan.
  • Today [14 September] the SP&F Committee resolved to recommend to the full Council that it (the full Council) approve the draft plan for public consultation, “using the special consultative procedure” ie submissions and hearings.

Next steps

  • The recommendation from the committee will go to the next full Council meeting on 27 September for its consideration.
  • If approved for consultation, the draft spatial plan will go out to public consultation on 9 October until 17 November (people will be invited to make formal submissions and will also have the opportunity to attend engagement events and/or meetings)
  • There will be hearings in December.
  • Deliberations and adoption of the final spatial plan is scheduled for late February 2018.

To view the discussion document which preceded the draft plan and to find out more about the purpose of a spatial plan visit Council’s online engagement hub Let’s Talk – Korero Mai HERE.

The draft plan will be available to the public when submissions open on 9 October.

See p54 of the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee agenda for the full report on this matter.

The presentation of this matter is about 47mins38 into the livestreamed recording which you can find at THIS LINK on Council’s website.


Support for Draft Rotorua Visitor Economy Strategy

The Committee also gave its support for a draft Rotorua Visitor Economy Strategy, providing feedback before passing a resolution to recommend to the full Council that the strategy be adopted.

It is one of four sub-regional tourism strategies within a Bay of Plenty framework aimed at supporting ongoing collaboration, with a strong focus on critical infrastructure required to sustain tourism growth and enhance visitor experience.

The Rotorua Visitor Strategy sits within the broader Rotorua 2030 framework with the four key areas of strength identified in The Rotorua Way, the refresh of the 2030 vision (active environment, strong culture, easy lifestyle, diverse opportunities), guiding the identification of priorities within the strategy.

The overall strategy is increasing value, as opposed to volume, of tourism to the local economy and identifies three key areas of focus:

  • Destination infrastructure - Lifting the quality of infrastructure
  • Network and connectivity - Making it easier for visitors to get to and around Rotorua
  • Capability – deepening the cultural experience, supporting Te Arawa investment and lifting capability of staff and tourism leadership.

The strategy makes no funding commitments beyond existing budgets with delivery to be progressed through Council governance processes with its airport and economic development CCOs, through the next Long-term Plan and through identifying opportunities for Central Government funding.

Go to p23 of the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee agenda for the full report on this matter.

The presentation of this matter is about 3mins30 into the livestreamed recording which you can find at THIS LINK on Council’s website.


New community board member welcomed

New Rotorua Rural Community Board member Bryce Heard was welcomed at the start of the hui when he made written and oral declarations to fulfil his electoral responsibilities. A morning tea was held after the brief ceremony to welcome him to the board.

Mr Heard was elected unopposed to the rural board following a by-election to fill a vacancy.

The declarations Mr Heard made today are required under the Local Government Act 2002 and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.


Today’s hui was livestreamed. The recording, committee agenda and presentations made can be accessed HERE on Council’s website






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