Careful planning for retail development

How would Rotorua’s central business district be affected if trade activities were developed nearby?

This was the critical issue that our planner, Richard Coles, had to address in preparing an application for a land use consent on behalf of Pukeroa Properties No2 Ltd.

Trade-related activities had already been approved for the 4-hectare site in 2011. However, there was demand for complementary driveby retail space as well. By obtaining an economist’s opinion, Richard was able to determine which activities would be in conflict with the CBD and exclude those from the consent application. This formed the basis of the application and was supported by Council. Consent was granted in early 2013, enabling the development of 2,100 m2 of complementary drive-by retail space.

1 August 2013