After decades of no growth, Central Hawke’s Bay is growing again. The Council and the community wanted to manage this growth to maximise the opportunities and manage the potential community, character and economic impacts. The Integrated Spatial Plan will enable Central Hawke’s Bay to manage growth across their three main towns.
Veros led a talented, multi-disciplinary team to deliver an integrated spatial plan for the three main towns in Central Hawke’s Bay – Ōtāne, Waipawa and Waipukurau.
The wider project team included Isthmus (Urban Design), VCV (Infrastructure Planning) and Squillions (Economics and Demographics). Our Strategic Advisory team’s understanding of growth, development and the local government context provided seamless delivery for Central Hawke’s Bay District Council. Our experienced local government team ensured that the Spatial Plan aligned with Long Term Plan, District Plan, Infrastructure Strategy and Council Policy requirements. This has enabled Central Hawke’s Bay District Council to begin to implement the Spatial Plan immediately through its District Plan review and 2021 -2031 Long Term Plan processes.
Through our facilitation methods we also, alongside Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and Isthmus, were able to deliver an Enquiry by Design workshop series and subsequent Social Pinpoint online engagement process that truly engaged the community in decision making about the future of their communities.
One of the biggest challenges during the project was the impact of COVID-19 and the inability for our team to travel to Central Hawke’s Bay. The team adapted the methodology to enable the project to proceed to the original timeline by shifting to digital engagement platforms. An induction visit to Central Hawke’s Bay meant that the team, including Central Hawke’s Bay District Council staff and elected members, had a great overview of the places and our approach. Luckily, New Zealand came out of lockdown in time for us to deliver the Enquiry by Design process in person. However, we still used digital engagement for the consultation on the draft Plan.
Veros were proud to be part of the delivery of the Integrated Spatial Plan. The Plan reflects the community outcomes established by Project Thrive – the vision for the future of Central Hawke’s Bay, the NPS – Urban Development and the proposed NPS – Highly Productive Land.