Draft district plan adopted

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Cen­tral Hawke's Bay District Coun­cil adopted the draft of the new district plan dur­ing its Oc­to­ber 31 coun­cil meet­ing.

The cur­rent district plan was adopted by the coun­cil in 2003 and must be re­viewed within 10 years of be­com­ing op­er­a­ble.

The cur­rent district plan re­flects the as­pi­ra­tions of Cen­tral Hawke's Bay 20 years ago. CHB Mayor Alex Walker says that the coun­cil has con­fi­dence in how the re­view of the district plan has been aligned to the pri­or­i­ties iden­ti­fied dur­ing Project Thrive.

“At the start of our term, we made it clear that re­view­ing our district plan was an ur­gent pri­or­ity for coun­cil to be do­ing their job prop­erly for this com­mu­nity. Project Thrive high­lighted to us that we needed to create a frame­work that bal­anced pro­tect­ing our en­vi­ron­ment and iden­tity, with the vi­sions for growth and op­por­tu­nity,” says Mayor Walker.

District plan man­ager He­len O'Shaugh­nessy says that the team is thrilled to have com­pleted the bulk of the tech­ni­cal work.

“With 20 years to catch up on, this has been a sub­stan­tial body of work and we're not fin­ished yet. We're bal­anc­ing tak­ing the time to get this right with the ur­gency of the need to re­view the plan. The next phase is to fi­nalise a few re­main­ing ar­eas of the draft plan be­fore we go out for con­sul­ta­tion.”

“We're de­sign­ing a sched­ule that al­lows us to con­nect with our ru­ral com­mu­nity, iwi and busi­ness com­mu­nity, as well as the wider district over the next 12 months.”

If peo­ple have ques­tions about the plan re­view con­tact the District Plan Re­view Team on 06 857 8060 or email [email protected]

■ To learn more about Project Thrive, head to www.chbdc.govt.nz/thrive

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