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Design phase of Westport’s Infrastructure Acceleration Funding projects commences

Buller District Council is progressing important design work for planned infrastructure projects in Westport, which will help unlock land for development. The detailed design phase is expected to be complete by the end of 2024.

The IAF funding is specifically applicable to infrastructure projects that enable new housing and cannot be transferred to flood recovery work.

The projects underway relate to provision of transport and water services which is supported by $13.6 million in Crown funding from the Infrastructure Acceleration Fund (IAF).

Westport is currently experiencing significant long-term unmet housing demand across its greater residential area, and the IAF-supported infrastructure will assist in opening up new developable land in an area at lower risk of flood and earthquake damage.

It is expected the infrastructure will enable up to 400 new homes to be built within the Alma Road development area over a 15-20-year period.

With its naturally raised aspect, this location will provide the Westport community with increased future-proof housing options, away from existing flood-prone areas.

Developing new housing options on higher ground is compatible with the aims of the Resilient Westport flood management programme, which operates under the Protect, Avoid, Retreat and Accommodate (PARA) framework.

The planned infrastructure projects include design of new stormwater culverts, freshwater and wastewater mains, an arterial road and bridge upgrade, and an extension of the new cycleway and footpath along Alma Road between the temporary village and McPaddens Road.

Buller District Mayor Jamie Cleine says: “These projects will allow us to open up development in an

area that is far more suitable for the future location of Westport based on our knowledge of what

the river can do, and will do, more regularly in the future.

“Demand for housing in Buller continues to grow alongside strong employment and economic growth in the region. The IAF-supported projects will help ensure Westport continues to grow and flourish”.

Increasing the accommodation options available will help ease the strain on housing, better providing for both transient and permanent workforces, alongside strengthening the community’s resilience against future climate events.

 

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