Waitomo Caves Village Structure Plan

What is a Structure Plan?

A Structure Plan is used in areas where we expect growth to happen. It helps us to identify where that growth should be located and how we can service it. It also establishes what we would like our towns to look and feel like. These plans also support the District Plan by providing important information about community aspirations and by identifying matters we should address through our rules. 

How does the draft Waitomo Caves Village Structure Plan work?

WDC has collected the community feedback and now we would like to share the draft plan to make sure what we have identified properly reflects community aspirations, and most importantly, is practical to implement. This means we will also need to understand how and if we can fund these projects once the document is finalised, and that might mean making applications for funding from other sources.

This is the draft Waitomo Caves Village Structure Plan:

(PDF, 5.73 Mb)

This draft plan outlines four Key Moves for Waitomo Caves Village. These key moves were identified by the community as being important to support future development and growth in Waitomo Caves Village. All of the key moves are equally important:

  • Strengthen the visitor experience for Waitomo Caves Village.
  • Establish a distinct character for Waitomo Caves Village that differentiates it from the wider Waitomo District.
  • Identify future land uses and their character to ensure future developments meet the needs of the village as well as reinforcing the identity of the village.
  • Improve the pedestrian connectivity within the village to enable safer and more legible connections between the activities.

Using these key moves as themes, we took the community’s ideas and developed them into actions and plans to create a MAP. The diagram below shows how this is structured and the draft Structure Plan document provides details about how the MAP might be prioritised and implemented.

How can I provide feedback?

If you would like to comment on the draft Waitomo Caves Village Structure Plan, you can provide your feedback here.

You can see a hard copy of the plan at the Waitomo Caves Museum/I-Site.

In February we will be holding an open day so that you can talk with us about the draft Structure Plan. We’ll remind you closer to the time. Staff will be available on:

  • Wednesday 20 February 2019 at the Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre between 12 midday and 3pm.


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