Feedback sought on District Plan
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.