Council to consider exciting new plan

Major plan is complex and district council will consider all implications before it decides whether to approve it.

Major plan is complex and district council will consider all implications before it decides whether to approve it.

The CBD is in for some changes. Picture by Liam Clayton

A MAJOR redesign and new concept plan for Awapuni Road and Grey Street will be an important part of the new urban strategy that will also include major changes for the central business district for Gisborne and the Tairawhiti Navigations Project, the Regional Transport committee was told last week.

Outlining the draft strategy, policy planner Janic Slupski said the transformation that would be seen in Awapuni Road and Grey Street was one of the most exciting parts to him.

The master plan for the central business district would include the revitalisation of the city centre associated with the library extension, the pedestrianisation of Lowe St as a temporary market venue, connections to the War Memorial Theatre, street trees in Gladstone Road between Grey Street and Roebuck Road, access to the Taruheru River from Grey Street to the Botanical Gardens and tree planting to improve the urban landscape.

The aim was to create a master plan for the central business district and the roads and streets within that space were critical for the strategy.

The Grey St–Awapuni Road revitalisation was probably the most exciting area for development.

These were two fundamental road corridors. Grey Street could include the possible relocation of the Te Hau ki Turanga meeting house, changes to the entrance to the holiday park and a possible new I-site. It was a case of how to accommodate parking and pedestrian and cycle access.

The Tairawhiti Navigation project would include the development of the riverside walkway, a pedestrian bridge to the slipway area, the restoration of Titirangi (Kaiti Hill), the inner harbour development and the construction of a clip-on cycleway on the Gladstone Road Bridge.

Rakaiatane Road was a core connector between the inner harbour and Te Poho o Rawiri Marae and the Cook landing site. These had been recognised as key destinations for the community.

“How we connect them up is really fundamental,” said Mr Slupski.

There was a crossover between policy, urban design and roading projects. How these projects were rolled out would depend on collaboration, strategic planning and funding support.

There would need to be consultation with Tairawhiti Roads, which was responsible for the roading projects. At this stage the strategy was conceptual, it was just a matter of getting a taste and getting everyone engaged.

“If we can bring those conversations together and find that intersection we have a got a really good strategy,” he said.

Rehette Stoltz said the draft strategy was exciting.

Larry Foster said in the case of Awapuni Road there was obviously safety concerns with truck movements along the road but he thought the concept was fantastic.

Committee chairman Roger Haisman said this was a complex subject and the district council would have to consider all the implications before it decided whether to run with it.

A MAJOR redesign and new concept plan for Awapuni Road and Grey Street will be an important part of the new urban strategy that will also include major changes for the central business district for Gisborne and the Tairawhiti Navigations Project, the Regional Transport committee was told last week.

Outlining the draft strategy, policy planner Janic Slupski said the transformation that would be seen in Awapuni Road and Grey Street was one of the most exciting parts to him.

The master plan for the central business district would include the revitalisation of the city centre associated with the library extension, the pedestrianisation of Lowe St as a temporary market venue, connections to the War Memorial Theatre, street trees in Gladstone Road between Grey Street and Roebuck Road, access to the Taruheru River from Grey Street to the Botanical Gardens and tree planting to improve the urban landscape.

The aim was to create a master plan for the central business district and the roads and streets within that space were critical for the strategy.

The Grey St–Awapuni Road revitalisation was probably the most exciting area for development.

These were two fundamental road corridors. Grey Street could include the possible relocation of the Te Hau ki Turanga meeting house, changes to the entrance to the holiday park and a possible new I-site. It was a case of how to accommodate parking and pedestrian and cycle access.

The Tairawhiti Navigation project would include the development of the riverside walkway, a pedestrian bridge to the slipway area, the restoration of Titirangi (Kaiti Hill), the inner harbour development and the construction of a clip-on cycleway on the Gladstone Road Bridge.

Rakaiatane Road was a core connector between the inner harbour and Te Poho o Rawiri Marae and the Cook landing site. These had been recognised as key destinations for the community.

“How we connect them up is really fundamental,” said Mr Slupski.

There was a crossover between policy, urban design and roading projects. How these projects were rolled out would depend on collaboration, strategic planning and funding support.

There would need to be consultation with Tairawhiti Roads, which was responsible for the roading projects. At this stage the strategy was conceptual, it was just a matter of getting a taste and getting everyone engaged.

“If we can bring those conversations together and find that intersection we have a got a really good strategy,” he said.

Rehette Stoltz said the draft strategy was exciting.

Larry Foster said in the case of Awapuni Road there was obviously safety concerns with truck movements along the road but he thought the concept was fantastic.

Committee chairman Roger Haisman said this was a complex subject and the district council would have to consider all the implications before it decided whether to run with it.

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