Posted by on 17/06/2014
The Waikato Mayoral Forum met in Hamilton on Monday and it has reported that good progress is being made on shaping a more prosperous and efficient future for the Waikato region.
The forum is chaired by the regional council chair and made up of Waikato mayors.
A topic of discussion for the mayors was the Waikato Property Councils proposal for local government re-organisation which would see a single large council for most of the region.
The forumâ€™s approach has been to do a Waikato spatial plan - to clearly identify challenges, opportunities and where Waikato should head in future - before considering any local government re-organisation.
A new regional spatial plan is being developed by the Waikato Mayoral Forum and Allan Sanson, the mayor of Waikato District said, â€œThe forum disagrees with the Property Councilâ€™s proposal. The forum believes we should concentrate our energy on making efficiency gains now and use the spatial plan, being developed under a clear timeline, to guide any discussions on the shape of local government.â€
â€œThe forum has stressed it is open to other organisations applying for the non-council positions on a multi-council joint committee being set up to oversee the spatial plan process.â€
A recently completed Waikato Economic Development Strategy, known as â€œWaikato Means Businessâ€, is due by the end of the month and a group of key Waikato business leaders has agreed to participate in the development of the plan.
â€œWe want to work with the community on the way ahead and would welcome applications from interested parties. We also encourage people to be part of the discussion going forward as we engage with stakeholders on the spatial plan, due to be ready next year,â€ said Mr Sanson.
â€œItâ€™s vital that we continue to hear the views of regional stakeholders and the wider community as we progress these issues on the regionâ€™s behalf.â€