Economic Development Work Programme

In this section find out what we've completed, what's in the pipeline now and what's coming up in our Economic Development programme.

Economic Development Strategy and Productivity Plan underway

Please refer to our Economic Development Strategy

In December 2018 Council endorsed a Productivity Plan that is the actions to fall out of the Economic Development Strategy.

The Productivity Plan outlines how we can partner with central and regional government agencies, local councils, industry, iwi (to facilitate Maori economic development) and the community to catalyse a positive change that stretches outside our normal remit as a Council. The Plan is focused on high value opportunities, with five targeted work streams proposed:

  1. Land use
  2. Land productivity.
  3. Connected journeys – roading, data connectivity, water and air transport.
  4. Aquaculture 
  5. Destination management and tourism.

The Productivity Plan aims to achieve these objectives through:

  • Improved land use productivity that supports better employment opportunities and corporate investment.
  • Improved spatial planning for the district to support targeted economic growth.
  • Improved roading, blue highway and skyway access to and connectivity around the district.
  • Expansion of aquaculture farming and supporting industries.
  •  Improved offering and coordination of the district as a food destination. 

An off-shoot of the aquaculture work stream in our Productivity Plan is the Kopu marine servicing facility business case project. This considers the merits of upgrading Kopu to link in with developments within Coromandel Harbour (specifically infrastructure to support commercial aquaculture growth at the Sugarloaf Wharf).This was granted $8.2m Provincial Growth Funding and design and consenting is underway, with construction to start in 2020.

We have also received $20m from the same fund to progress Te Ariki Tahi/Sugarloaf Wharf in Coromandel Harbour for aquaculture purposes, while still retaining recreational facilities. You can read more about this project here.