We want our town centres to be vibrant, diverse and thriving - places where people want to spend their time and where they can access the services they need.
The Expressway is here and we need to ensure our two largest town centres, Paraparaumu and Waikanae, remain attractive places for people to do business, invest and spend time.
Since 2014 we’ve been working with the community, tāngata whenua, local businesses and others to develop a vision and plan for transforming our town centres. Budgets have been agreed through our FutureKāpiti Long term plan 2015-35 and we’re rolling out a 14 year programme of work.
Our goal is to create vibrant, diverse and thriving town centres that are easily accessible, reflect the unique flavour of each town’s centre, attract visitors and investment alike, and have more people working locally in higher paid jobs.
Some of the work we are doing to transform our town centres intersects with our Stride n’ Ride Kāpiti Coast initiative and work to make the existing State Highway 1 a local road.
In early 2017, we completed the first project – a shared pathway between Arawhata Road and Ngahina Street.
Coastlands new two-storey retail space, Takiri House, (adjoining Rimu Road) opened at the end of May 2017. The Council and Coastlands have been working together to share and align ideas for developments that will transform Rimu Road into the main street of Paraparaumu. (Click here to view Coastlands information.)
We are investigating plans for a signalised crossing on Rimu Road to improve the connection between Coastlands and the civic precinct. (Click here for details on the crossing.)
Construction on improvements for the Kāpiti Lights area is well underway and is planned for completion at the end of October 2017. (Click here for more on the Kāpiti Lights improvements.)
We are investigating plans for improving the civic precinct.(Click here to view Civic Precinct information).
If you would like more information on the town centres project check out the town centres summary report here. Or contact Michelle Parnell, Infrastructure Programme Delivery Manager, phone 04 296 4675.
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