• MRAI Secretary

MRAI Press Release - 27 June 2019

Updated: Jun 30, 2019

The Matarangi Ratepayers Association Inc. (MRAI) welcomes the decision of the Environment Court to disallow the appeal of Golf (2012) Ltd against the zoning of their land in the new District Plan issued by the Thames Coromandel District Council. It has taken six years to confirm the Open Space zoning proposed by Council in the original Draft District Plan (2013).


We are delighted that the land at the western end of the Matarangi spit is to be retained as open space, preserving the high natural character of the area and allowing its continued use for recreation.


The walk around the spit end is very popular with residents and visitors and the challenging golf course remains a significant amenity that distinguishes Matarangi as a seaside community.


MRAI thanks the Mayor and Councillors and their staff for their commitment and is pleased to have given Council strong support as it resolutely defended the Open Space zoning.


This fantastic outcome rewards the virtually unanimous resolve of the Matarangi community, which was amply demonstrated in public meetings and the media and through increased membership of MRAI. Matarangi residents showed just how much they value

generous open space.


The decision is significant for all property owners, as it removes an uncertainty hanging over Matarangi that has negatively impacted buyers and sellers since the Hanover/Allied Farmers debacle of 2009-11.


MRAI will continue to strongly represent the interests of its ratepayer members. Currently it is making strong representations to ensure appropriate infrastructure is put in place by Council and the developer to support the 234 lot residential subdivision that is being developed on land to the south of Matarangi Drive. This land has been zoned for residential purposes for many years. Areas of particular concern include potable water supply, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, and the provision of reserves, including walkways.


Alastair MacCormick

Chair

27 June 2019

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