The Ōtaki township has a rich cultural heritage and identity. The township has been the focus of significant market led growth, which is forecast to continue, as demand for affordable housing, lifestyle and improved access to Ōtaki continue to attract people to the area.
However, growth is exacerbating current pressures on the community, including the ability to access core services and facilities. Housing affordability has been significantly impacted, with new development not meeting local housing needs, increasing displacement of existing residents, particularly affecting local iwi.
There are a number of opportunities underway or planned that can help to shape and support sustainable quality growth and investment in the Ōtaki area that will help meet current and future housing needs in the community. This includes government funding to improve the resilience and capacity of infrastructure, development of town centres to meet the changing needs of the community, employment opportunities, and better public transport access.
The high-level purpose is to take a planned and coordinated approach to current and future development within Ōtaki that:
- Retains the unique characteristics and cultural identity of Ōtaki
- Addresses current and future housing needs for residents and mana whenua
- provides a framework to coordinate planning and provision of infrastructure, services and facilities to support the needs of the current and future population.
The scope of the Otaki PDA is being finalised with local elected representatives, Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki community and other key partners.
Engagement – early 2023
Project scoping – early-mid 2023
(including stakeholder and community workshops)
Formalise scope and project group – Mid 2023
Read more about the Ōtaki PDA at: A blueprint for Ōtaki – Kāpiti Coast District Council (kapiticoast.govt.nz)