Kerikeri enjoys an enviable climate, location and affordable lifestyle and these attributes are the primary driver for ongoing population growth for the town. In order to manage that growth we need to have planning and infrastructure in place.
We saw rapid expansion in the first half of the last decade and were unprepared for it from a planning perspective. Development has been ad-hoc with little regard to the roading and sewage infrastructure impact which results in unaffordable servicing costs and ultimately higher rates.
The very liveability that draws people to Kerikeri could esily be lost if we continue with this approach.