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A Small Time Community Development for Featherston


This update is a summary of what we have been doing in Featherston, north of Wellington NZ.

The basic proposal is for ~100 small and tiny homes in a sustainable community setting of productive landscapes, and useful shared spaces.
We have created a specific Featherston webpage and a Facebook presence for this development.

Prior to lodging the Resource Consent we have consulted with the community at the Featherston Expo, written items for the Featherston Phoenix newsletter, run an online survey, spoken with the Community Board and many individuals. We also had a write up in the Wairarapa Times Age.

We are really thrilled that the response so far has been predominately positive. We are also aware that we needed to be a better job of communicating information about what we are about. Hence, we have now updated the project website with both a general Q and A and more specific Featherston project information.

Definitions of house sizes
Our recent survey show the predominant interest is in affordable housing
Of those people potentially interested in living on the Harrison Street East site, affordable housing is the stand out desire and this is no surprise as its why I formed the company; to address this pressing need.

The other top 4 desirable features show people are also looking for quality homes in an attractive and productive garden environment. (see the consultation survey opposite) This is exactly what we are proposing!

As we move forward, we will continue to discuss infrastructure and transport aspects with Council to ensure that these matters are well managed. My background in local government engineering is very useful in this regard.

Our next stages are to prepare the subdivision Resource Consent and continue our conversations with members of the community to better understand what issues need managing and exactly what is desired in terms of features and facilities on the development site that will be of benefit to both the residents and the existing Featherston Community.

Hence, we welcome your ongoing comments via the website, Facebook, mail or email.

My next stop is Tasmania as there is some potential for a project in the Apple Isle.

Ian McComb
Project Facilitator

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