City Hub Strategy

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City Hub Strategy

A City Hub Strategy is being developed to pull together the Council and community actions needed to enable the regeneration of a vibrant, thriving, sustainable Timaru CBD. The successful Strategy will provide a framework for future public and private investment supporting a wide range of commercial, social, cultural and environmental uses and wellbeings.

We are currently working on a new webpage to host information about the City Hub Strategy. You can check out our refreshed page in October, in the meantime you can read some of our recent newsletters!

Project to Revitalise City Begins

Following the recent adoption of its Long Term plan the Timaru District Council has committed $47.1m to enable the regeneration of the Timaru City Centre over the next ten years.

This funding will be used to renew streets, footpaths, community spaces and places, toilets, signage, street furniture, and plantings. It will also be used to “activate” the streets and to support both community and business led programmes and events that attract people to the City Centre.

This significant investment in public spaces will give local business and building owners the confidence to invest in private property and commercial enterprises including retail, hospitality, recreation, and service offerings for our communities and visitors.

Project Steering Group Confirmed

The Project Steering Group (PSG) formed of elected members, council staff, mana whenua and stakeholder representatives has now been confirmed. It will oversee the timely and robust preparation of the City Hub Strategy which will underpin all funding decisions, future development and associated work programmes.

The project steering group recently met to start work on the development of the Strategy. One of the first actions was agreeing the overall project plan including the release of a tender for the preparation of an urban master plan which sits at the heart of the Strategy. The project steering group also agreed to a suite of updated strategic elements that will drive the wider Strategy as follows
  • Traffic circulation and pedestrianisation
  • Streetscape and amenity
  • Infrastructure renewals
  • Buildings (public sector)
  • Buildings (private sector)
  • Enabling Council (policy and regulations including BID (Business Improvement District) Policy)
  • Culture and diversity
  • Sustainability and climate change
  • Promotion and events
  • Community and stakeholder engagement
  • Private sector investment and impact
Workstreams for each of these interconnected elements are underway and council staff are working to formalise stakeholder advisory groups that will enable local land and building owners and tenants, business operators, business and sector associations, government agencies, industry groups, utilities operators, health, wellness and advocacy groups, cultural groups, senior and youth groups, interest groups, service clubs and community groups to contribute during the planning phase for specific proposals


Project Steering Group Members

  • Mayor Nigel Bowen
  • Councillor Allan Booth
  • Councillor Steve Wills
  • Councillor Barbara Gilchrist
  • Councillor Sally Parker
  • Karl Jackson (Arowhenua General Manager)
  • Nigel Gilkison (Chairman of CBD Group)
  • Shaun Stockman (Managing Director Stockman Group Ltd)
  • Andrew Dixon (General Manager Infrastructure)
  • Nigel Davenport (Chief Executive Officer Venture Timaru)
  • Rosie Oliver (Development Manager)

Experimentation and Feedback

A key part of the Strategy will be combining ideas from previous consultation with successful concepts from other centres and ongoing research and testing of what works in Timaru.

A new web page will be launched in October 2021 where you will be able to keep up to date on present and upcoming projects and trials, provide feedback and check out our decision making timelines and criteria.

When new ideas are being trialled you may see physical changes such as planters, art installations, signage or street furniture. We will also provide you with concept images of what permanent changes to those spaces would look like if a decision was made to adopt the change. The project may also introduce some temporary changes to the layout of roads, footpaths, parking and public spaces as advised by our technical experts and informed by community engagement and feedback to date.

We expect to start making small changes over the summer of 2021-22 with more significant changes anticipated for the summer of 2022-23. What we learn from our research and public feedback on the trials and concept designs will be used to inform more permanent changes in the future.

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