Coun­cil clar­i­fies process

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Kaik­oura Dis­trict Coun­cil has this week pub­lished a draft Sig­nif­i­cance and En­gage­ment Pol­icy which seeks to clar­ify how de­ci­sions are made by the coun­cil and how the pub­lic par­tic­i­pates in the process.

The pol­icy sug­gests dif­fer­ing lev­els of en­gage­ment at dif­fer­ent stages of the process

It states that in gen­eral the more sig­nif­i­cant the is­sue, the greater the need for com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

The ini­tial draft from Oc­to­ber re­ceived one writ­ten sub­mis­sion, which coun­cil­lors re­ferred to as ‘‘ ar­tic­u­late and well- rea­soned,’’ and which the coun­cil de­cided should re­ceive a writ­ten re­ply.

At a meet­ing on Novem­ber 19th, the coun­cil de­bated the def­i­ni­tion and in­volve­ment of stake­hold­ers, and the dis­cus­sion touched on which should come first in a pro­posal, the is­sue or a de­tailed plan.

In the coun­cil decision mak­ing process, it was gen­er­ally held that with­out is­sues to present to the pub­lic in the form of a de­tailed pro­posal, there will there­fore be noth­ing to dis­cuss and hear feed­back on.

Coun­cil CEO Stu­art Grant said that coun­cil has to have a pro­posal be­fore it can ex­pect sub­mis­sions

The sub­mis­sion re­ceived from Kathie Roberts ques­tions how much the pub­lic has been con­sulted about projects re­quir­ing ma­jor ex­pen­di­ture.

In the sub­mis­sion she as­serts that the pur­chase of the PGG build­ing was un­af­ford­able.

She wrote that this should have qual­i­fied as re­quir­ing pub­lic en­gage­ment.

She also states the new civic build­ing dif­fers markedly from the two-storey mu­seum project in the Long Term Plan (LTP).

The draft pol­icy states that if the coun­cil makes any decision that is in­con­sis­tent with its poli­cies it must ex­plain that in­con­sis­tency.

She ques­tions why the Kaik­oura En­hance­ment Group and the Kaik­oura Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­i­ties are listed in the As­set Man­age­ment Strat­egy when ‘‘they look more like li­a­bil­i­ties.’’

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