Structure plan green light for Comvita New Zealand

In 2012, Boffa Miskell assisted Comvita New Zealand to obtain the necessary planning approvals the company needed to redevelop and expand its commercial and manufacturing headquarters at Paengaroa in the Bay of Plenty. Stage 1 of the redevelopment is now well underway.

Comvita is an international natural health and beauty products company that sells into more than 18 countries It is committed to basing its products on credible scientific research.

With an increasingly diversified product range and growing export market, the company realised it needed to make sustainable plans for the future expansion of its physical company facilities. The vision was to create a business campus, in line with its company health and sustainability values, which would both enable its own growth and also enable complementary businesses to establish and operate alongside.

After acquiring six hectares of rural land adjacent to their existing site at Paengaroa, Comvita engaged Boffa Miskell to provide planning and landscape architecture services to help it realise the vision.

“Comvita needed a comprehensive planning framework that would ensure a sustainable basis for its future growth while protecting the quality of the surrounding environment,” says Boffa Miskell planner, Matt Allott.

The resulting Comvita Campus Structure Plan was successfully incorporated into the Western Bay of Plenty District Plan in 2012. The plan includes a mix of commercial and industrial zoning together with a site-specific suite of planning

provisions designed to deliver anticipated and desired outcomes over staged development. Key resource management issues that needed to be addressed were industrial land supply considerations, traffic related matters, and character and amenity values.

“As Paengaroa is a small rural settlement, it was important to consult closely with the community and with key stakeholders,” Matt says. “That consultation contributed to the successful outcome of the plan change process.”

As well as preparing the plan change application and supporting documentation, and managing the associated consultation and statutory processes, Boffa Miskell completed the site development master plan, and undertook the design of the landscape framework and low impact stormwater/wastewater system.

As the development ‘rolls out’ on the ground, Boffa Miskell continues to provide planning and design advice to Comvita, including project management and the supervision of site works.

Stage 1 – the expansion of the company’s visitor and commercial hub, and the development of the site’s stormwater and landscape framework – will begin in early 2013 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

For further information please contact Matt Allott or Morné Hugo

25 February 2013