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As a farmer with land adjacent to lifestyle development it may seem strange that I am strongly in favour of limiting the city housing spread. Common business decisions suggest that I should encourage housing on my land because of the huge increase in the value of said land. However the Poverty Bay flats are some of the most productive and fertile land in the country and it is imperative that it is protected for food production. Once lost to housing we can never get it back. It is time to consider multistory dwellings closer to the CBD where people can live and easily commute to work without transport ?
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Thane Houston-Stevens
There should be a focus on aligning development strategies with reinvigorating the central district. Mixed use and higher density housing within the CBD will encourage activity in this area.
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» How do we make better use of our town centre? less generic shops, more boutique local shops

» Should we have less cars in our CBD? yes, have none!

» Do we need to make the CBD:

> more compact? yes

> mixed use?

» How can we future proof our settlements? cycleways/walkways/green spaces/energy efficient

» How do we support the growth and development of our rural townships? more funding, playgrounds, parks., toilets
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The newly redeveloped (LJ Hooker) building on Reads Quay has introduced a quality of material and architectural design that is very much lacking along this important river-city interface. I would like to see future development along Reads Quay continue to be of this calibre. This includes nicer and wider footpaths, no more driveways, no more multi level carparks, roller doors or loading bays or garish colour schemes. It's clear that most of the buildings in this block are nearing the end of their useful life - so having some guidance about how they should look and function (when re-developed) will help this part of the city eventually become a really high quality - and well used public area.
In the shorter-term, this area could be made easier, safer and more attractive to use if the parking ticket machines were moved from the middle of the footpath (on the river-side of road) and the bridge-side corners of Peel Street-Reads Quay were widened so people - particularly with prams and motor scooters - aren't so exposed to vehicles while waiting to cross the road.
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Absolutely opposed to the plan of Heipipi park as "town square". Exposed to traffic, surrounded by uninviting buildings such as Court house and Police station. Cycle way along Taruheru River must be completed linking Wainui to Campion College. This safe way of moving young people to schools in the west of the city will enhance physical activity for young people but also grow cycle tourism in our city. I support the idea of tree lined boulevard along Grey St to the beach. This is our city's link to our main tourist asset - the beach.
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There is such on opportunity to have medium density housing around the CBD. With the addition of a small park, city square and added population, the city could have a new life to it.

Obviously, with that quality walking and cycling paths are a must.
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I support the 'compact city' concept, and would like to see a plan that describes increasing the levels of service in those residential areas already in the urban boundary where more new homes are obviously being built.
For example on Hacche Rd, Darwin Rd, Riverside Rd, Wheatstone Rd and Scarlys Way the only 'service' is rubbish/recycling collection. These homes are all on water and septic tanks (so don't use town water or wastewater services), don't have access to the ultrafast broadband fibre network, don't receive NZ postal service and don't have footpaths.
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Plan to patch up the holes in the fibre network. There are still spots within the Gisborne urban area that only have access to (the most expensive) copper wire internet service. This is because the fibre network hasn't been installed to service the area, and there is little-to-no mobile coverage - which prevents wireless internet service.

If you live in one of these areas (like outer Kaiti) you dont even have the option of signing up to the 'deals' being offered by Spark etc because those deals only apply where fibre is available. You are also forced to pay for a landline - because mobile coverage is so unreliable.

This is an issue of inequality. If you cant afford to pay a premium for this service - your access to online information, programming and learning/study opportunities is limited. You also miss out on the security of reliable mobile communication. Isolated pockets of infrastructure- related deprivation definitely need to be addressed.
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Plan to patch up the holes in the fibre network. There are still spots within the Gisborne urban area that only have access to (the most expensive) copper wire internet service. This is because the fibre network hasn't been installed to service the area, and there is little-to-no mobile coverage - which prevents wireless internet service.

If you live in one of these areas (like outer Kaiti) you dont even have the option of signing up to the 'deals' being offered by Spark etc because those deals only apply where fibre is available. You are also forced to pay for a landline - because mobile coverage is so unreliable.

This is an issue of inequality. If you cant afford to pay a premium for this service - your access to online information, programming and learning/study opportunities is limited. You also miss out on the security of reliable mobile communication. Isolated pockets of infrastructure- related deprivation definitely need to be addressed.
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