Since our last newsletter, we have been working to develop the Draft Framework for the region. Our partners (local government, central government and iwi partners in the area) are currently going through a process to endorse the Draft Framework.
The Draft Framework is a blueprint for regional growth in the Wellington region (including the Wairarapa) and the Horowhenua over the next 30+ years and envisages a region which could accommodate another 200,000 people.
Project Director Kim Kelly says planning for this sort of growth helps the region take a long-term perspective in responding to challenges and opportunities that are already evident. “We’re currently facing issues around housing, infrastructure investment, employment, transport, and the environment. The Framework gives us a way of looking at these things and planning for the future across a much wider geographical area.”