The Welcome Bay supermarket project is about identifying whether the community supports the development of a supermarket on a public reserve, park or open space in Welcome Bay.
For a number of years, Welcome Bay residents have voiced their desire for a supermarket in Welcome Bay through numerous channels such as Community Plans, consultation carried out as part of LTP submissions, and various media articles. However, privately-owned land supply suitable for the development of a supermarket is very limited in the Welcome Bay catchment area.
Council undertook a strategic assessment into the potential development of Council-owned land in Welcome Bay, which was presented to Councillors at the Community & Culture Committee Meeting on 14 March 2017.
Community & Culture Committee Meeting – full report 14 March 2017 (4.6mb pdf)
At the meeting, Councillors approved that engagement with the Welcome Bay community could commence, so that Council could gather feedback on the principle of developing a supermarket in Welcome Bay on Council-owned land.
On 11 July 2017, the results of the community engagement were presented to Councillors. A decision was made to progress with the review of a potential supermarket development at only two sites – Waitaha Reserve and Owens Park – in alignment with the Welcome Bay and Ohauiti Planning Study.
Community & Culture Committee Meeting – full report 11 July 2017 (11.7mb pdf)
The decision to progress in alignment with the Planning Study will enable Council to gain a better understanding of the area’s potential to accommodate additional growth, and will give further clarity on how a supermarket may fit in with the future plans for the area.
Council’s next steps will be to assemble legal and procurement elements to understand how it can obtain credible and accurate concept information that will allow for a more detailed and informed community engagement period to occur, should the Committee wish to pursue the investigation further.
Once the Planning Study has been completed (expected to be in early 2018), the outcome will be presented to Councillors for further consideration, along with potiential next steps for the project.
Three sites were initially identified as being feasible in terms of size and location for a supermarket development – Waipuna Park, Waitaha Reserve and Owens Park. However, at the Community & Culture meeting on 11 July, Councillors agreed to progress with Waitaha Reserve and Owens Park, while Waipuna Park would be removed from further consideration.
While some of Welcome Bay’s community facilities and amenities at the remaining two sites may be impacted, there would be a commitment from Council to ensure no loss of service.
Have your say
The Welcome Bay community were encouraged to have their say on whether they supported the potential supermarket development on Council-owned land between 10 April and 2 June.
A total of 1,937 survey responses were received, with 66.5% in support of the potential development. Of those in support, 56.3% indicated preference for Waitaha Reserve, 25.3% for Owens Park, and 18.4% for Waipuna Park.
Two public open days were also held to give the community an opportunity to speak to Council staff and councillors about the project.
Additional public engagement and consultation will occur, should elected members wish to pursue the investigation further.
At this stage, no decision has been made to build a supermarket on Council-owned land.
Last Reviewed: 03/04/2018