Feed­back sought on District Plan

Northern Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - EMMA DANGER­FIELD

The Waimakariri District Coun­cil’s plan­ning team has been hard at work on the District Plan re­view to come up with a se­ries of is­sues and op­tions for dis­cus­sion.

It may sound rather dry, but de­vel­op­ment plan­ning man­ager Trevor El­lis said coun­cil was very keen to hear from the com­mu­nity on topics that mat­tered to them.

Six doc­u­ments have been in­tro­duced: trans­port and util­i­ties; her­itage and open spa­ces; ru­ral zone; nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments; re­tail, commercial and in­dus­trial ac­tiv­i­ties; and res­i­den­tial zones. Topics in­cluded a po­ten­tial lot size in­crease for ru­ral de­vel­op­ments, for which there was a lot of sup­port, El­lis said.

Be­cause of the speed of de­vel­op­ment across the district, it was also im­por­tant to get the zon­ing right to al­low for growth with­out putting un­due pres­sure on ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture. The in­dus­trial and commercial sec­tor also needed to be able to keep up with and sus­tain the re­gion’s growth, he said.

The pa­pers can be found online or in hard copy from the coun­cil. The dead­line for feed­back is Oc­to­ber 27, with a draft doc­u­ment in place by the end of 2019.

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