1. Village Character

Planning advice:

Regardless of final design form – a village green is an active space.

To achieve this – as well as encouraging pedestrians and cyclists to use the space –  vehicle access also should be included.

Vehicles can be slowed down by use of one-way systems, use of different road surfaces etc – but need to be included.  Location should be as close to existing hub as possible or within a hub area designed for long-term growth.

 

CONCLUSIONS / ACTIONS

 

1.1 Village Characteristics

People have told us that they value the existing characteristics of Patumahoe village and would like to see them retained throughout any growth.

Although the Franklin DGS attempted to define the identity and characteristics of Patumahoe, these aspects and values need to be community defined rather than committee or planner designed.

Throughout this process we have invited comment regarding this issue and feel that this will be a continuous activity.  Given the responses so far, the priority for most seems to be retaining the existing rural village “feel” and scale.

Methods of achieving this may include:

  • Planning growth needs to reflect the village feel and rural environment – ie.  limit to size of retail and commercial enterprises in the village centre,
  • Control of type of businesses permitted in this area – eg.  Use of category in zoning.

Nearly all respondents mentioned that they would like the village centre to be retained and enhanced, instead of degraded, by any growth.

Mauku Road - Patumahoe village centreSuggestions from participants

  • Inclusion of village green or plaza in central area,
  • Concentration of new retail, office or similar businesses in the central area,
  • Hanging baskets
  • Retention of current aesthetics in built form – heritage village?
  • Considered study of the requirement for a community centre
  • New buildings should be of heritage style built form to reflect the history and character of the village,
  • Should contain an open space that can accommodate a Farmer’s market,
  • Current old shops along Commerce Street need to be upgraded and reverted back to retail,

 

Village green design

  • A space that has indoor / outdoor merging,
  • Part of the space has no cars,
  • Opens out / right next to some commercial space (eg bottom floor cafes etc or upper story offices),
  • Linked closely to suitable community centre spaces,
  • Sheltered, some greenery, some cobble areas etc,
  • Small playground?,
  • Completely paved area – such as plaza or Italian piazza,

Other considerations

  • Any new spatial plan needs to connect any village green or centre to the existing hub which is centred around the intersection of Patumahoe – Kingseat – Woodhouse – Mauku Roads and Commerce Street.
  • Consideration should also be given to the impact on existing services and businesses.

Planning advice:

Regardless of final design form – a village green is an active space.

To achieve this – as well as encouraging pedestrians and cyclists to use the space –  vehicle access also should be included.

Vehicles can be slowed down by use of one-way systems, use of different road surfaces etc – but need to be included.  Location should be as close to existing hub as possible or within a hub area designed for long-term growth.

 

CONCLUSIONS / ACTIONS

 

<Patumahoe Village - character1.1 Village Characteristics

People have told us that they value the existing characteristics of Patumahoe village and would like to see them retained throughout any growth.

Although the Franklin DGS attempted to define the identity and characteristics of Patumahoe, these aspects and values need to be community defined rather than committee or planner designed.

Throughout this process we have invited comment regarding this issue and feel that this will be a continuous activity.  Given the responses so far, the priority for most seems to be retaining the existing rural village “feel” and scale.

Methods of achieving this may include:

  • Planning growth needs to reflect the village feel and rural environment – ie.  limit to size of retail and commercial enterprises in the village centre,
  • Control of type of businesses permitted in this area – eg.  Use of category in zoning.

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