Central Otago picked as top-10 ‘regional hotspot’
The Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago regions are wellplaced to handle 29 per cent projected growth forecast in an Infometrics economic report.
The report covers 10 key places around New Zealand that are set to experience rapid population growth over the next decade. Central Otago is picked as the seventh top growth area in New Zealand with a 29 per cent population growth.
Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult said growth was nothing new to the region and it was well placed to handle the growth projected over the next 10 years or so.
‘‘Council is constantly revising and relooking at our planning through our annual plans and long term plan. This ensures we are well placed to deliver the services that our district needs while managing growth in a sustainable way. While the strong growth we’ve seen over the past few years can be a challenge for us at the council – it’s fair to say it’s a challenge that many other parts of the country would envy.
‘‘Growth is nothing new to our region, it’s how we manage that growth that is important. A key aspect to this is ensuring that our infrastructure development can keep ahead of any forecast expansion, and this is an important element in how we are approaching growth as a council.‘‘
Central Otago economic development manager Warwick Hawker said the Central Otago District Council was ‘‘very conscious’’ of the population growth occurring and it was ‘‘front of mind’’ in its planning.
‘‘The renewal and extension of Cromwell’s wastewater infrastructure, the new water supply for Alexandra and its surrounding area, and the Clyde wastewater demand study are examples of projects the council is implementing to cater for the increasing demand. Availability of affordable accommodation both for permanent and seasonal worker population is also well recognised.’’
The district plan provided the framework to manage growth and development of land. Ensuring land was zoned appropriately would be covered in the district plan review process.
Infometrics forecaster Gareth Kiernan said the region’s population was forecast to increase by 5880 people between 2013 and 2023.
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