Te Putahi Ladies Mile – take the reins
May 3 2021 by Scott Stevens
Change is the one constant in life and Ladies Mile has seen plenty of it since the early days of being lauded a safe stretch of road for women to ‘take the reins’.
Right now, we all have the opportunity to take the reins and guide how this area can grow and change for the benefit of the existing community and future generations.
It’s well known that the wider Te Pūtahi Ladies Mile is special to locals. Over the years it’s become an increasingly popular place to live. I have a personal attachment to it myself. That’s why I’m encouraging all of you to take a look at the draft Masterplan and planning rules and have a say.
Ladies Mile has been under increasing development pressure since 1998 when Lake Hayes Estate was rezoned into a low density area for housing. Since then, a number of other key planning decisions means the area is now home to around 1,600 sections. That’s larger than Arrowtown.
The pressure to build more housing in this area is mounting and is difficult to stop for a number of reasons. The area is flat, hazard free, sunny, serviceable and a convenient location to nearby Frankton. Combined with the recent National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020, which seeks to enable greater housing supply and more responsive planning, Council’s ability to restrict future development comes under pressure.
That’s why the Council initiated the master planning process. So that together, Council and the community could give developers a really clear direction and set planning rules around how the area could change in the future.
The proposals we’ve released for comment come after some eight months of conversations with stakeholders and the community. It provides an impression of what the area could look like in the future including a mix of development densities and opportunity for improved bus services, local facilities like a town centre, primary and high school and a community/sports centre. The aim is to provide more localised services meaning people don’t need to travel over the bridge as much. That said, it would be naive to think that further development won’t bring more traffic movements and as I’ve said before, I’ll need to be satisfied that there is a workable, robust plan in place that ensures the traffic snarl up’s we already see are not added to before any development takes place in the future.
Now it’s over to you. Get informed, open your mind to what it could be like for future generations and have your say. All the details can be found at letstalk.qldc.govt.nz/ladies-mile-masterplan or the Council office and library. Or pop along to the community session at Shotover Primary School at 7.00pm, 5 May.