Contributed to a plan change application for mixed-use development in Dargaville, including masterplan concept development and planning provisions, market demand analysis, economic impact assessment and social impact assessment.
The Dargaville Racecourse plan change was lodged with Kaipara District Council early in 2022. TUA provided an Economic Impact Assessment (with Castalia Advisors and The Property Group), a Social Impact Assessment, Urban Design Assessment and Concept Design (with Matakohe Architecture and Urbanism) and Market Demand Analysis reports including engagement, housing survey, retirement focus groups and consultation. This evidence base will support the plan change Section 32 report, and also provide the Tripartite group with practical insight and guidance for future work related to this development. The initial brief for the Racecourse site development was not an easy proposition, given the rural context and mix of aspirations and activities. However, with consideration for the current and future challenges facing Dargaville, we have provided technical and design input to the plan change that could enable a wellbeing-focused, commercially feasible and well-functioning proposal, with appropriate mitigation for sensitivities and balance of priorities among stakeholders.