Closed consultation

Below you can find the outcomes of recently closed consultation with our community.

Background

The Dunback tennis pavilion was built through community effort and an insurance payment following a fire in the Green Valley Hall. 

A lease of the tennis courts and building to the Dunback Tennis Club was in place until 2007 when the tennis club dissolved. As landowner Waitaki District Council has inherited ownership of the building. 

In 2011 discussions with the Dunback Hall Committee, the Waihemo Community Board and New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) resulted in an intention to lease the pavilion to NZMCA for their use in return for their maintenance of the building and continued community access and use.  This was never formalised.

In 2015 concern over maintenance and availability for community use resulted in further discussions and a need to clarify and formalise a lease.  An alternative trust has also expressed an interested in leasing the pavilion on behalf of the community. The Waihemo Community Board have considered the options and have recommended the pavilion be leased to NZMCA as;

  1. There was prior intention to lease to NZMCA.
  2. NZMCA has the financial means to maintain the building.
  3. NZMCA will provide access for community use.

Why are we recommending this?

Waitaki District Plan

23 Domain Road is designated ‘recreation’ in the Waitaki District Plan.  Use of the pavilion for gathering to support recreational activities including camping is consistent with this designation. 

Reserves Act and Draft Reserves Management Plan

The land is Crown land, vested in Council as a Recreation Reserve under the Reserves Act 1977. 

Waitaki District Council is authorised by section 54(1)(a) of the Reserves Act 1977 to grant leases on recreation reserve they administer for certain purposes including to ‘lease to any person, body, voluntary organisation, or society (whether incorporated or not) any area set apart for public recreation or enjoyment’. 

The Reserves Act requires leases or licenses to be assessed to ensure activities are consistent with the purpose of the reserve and the management plan (if any), and to show that the relevant statutory requirements have been met. 

The proposed use is consistent with these requirements in that:

  1. The activity for which the building will be used is recreational. 
  2. The activity will have little or no effect on other activities on the reserve. 
  3. The activity will have no additional effects on neighbours of the park.  
  4. The scale of activity is consistent with that on recreation reserves.

Section 54(2) of the Reserves Act requires that before granting any lease or licence the administering body shall give public notice specifying the lease or licence proposed to be granted and shall give full consideration to all objections and submissions in relation to the proposal.

Notice of Intention to Grant Lease over Recreation Reserve – Dunback Tennis Pavilion

PURSUANT TO SECTION 54 RESERVES ACT 1977 the land described in the Schedule to this Notice (the Land) is vested in Waitaki District Council (Council) pursuant to Section 26 of the Reserves Act 1977 as Recreation Reserve.  The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association is seeking a lease over the Dunback Tennis Pavilion. The land is located at 23 Domain Road in Dunback.  Council is considering granting the appropriate lease pursuant to Section 54 of the Reserves Act 1977.  Pursuant to Section 119 of the Reserves Act 1977 Council has an obligation to publicly notify its intention to grant such lease by way of this Notice. The reserve is legally described as PtS: 25 Blk: VIII SD: Moeraki.  

Proposed lease terms

 

Term   5 years   
 Renewal Lease review after 4 years, with a lease extension or renewal a consideration  
 Purpose  For the use as a communal meeting place.
 Free holding rights  Nil.
 Rent  $1 per annum if demanded.
 Termination  The land leased shall be used solely for purpose specified.
 Compensation for improvements  On termination of the lease or surrender of the lease the land, together with all improvements, shall revert to the lessor without compensation payable to the lessee unless Council requires the lessee to remove the improvements or Council determines the improvements are of value to them and offers to pay to the lessee the value of the improvements or the improvements may be sold to an incoming Lessee.
Erection of buildings Council approval is required for any construction or modification.  NB: Lessee must still comply with and obtain any necessary consents eg Resource or Building consent.  
Statutory Compliance   Lessee shall comply with all legislative requirements including the Reserves Act, Reserve  Management Plan, District Plan, Council Bylaws, Health Regulations, HSNO requirements, Resource Consent Conditions, Health & Safety Requirements.
Lessee shall comply with any requirements of any land covenants and easements including those between Council, Crown and Meridian Energy.
 Standards  Lessee will be required to maintain the building in a presentable, usable and hygienic state.
Outgoings    Lessee will be responsible for any maintenance costs and compliance costs.
 Access NZMCA will make the building available for local community group use and for bookings by other responsible domain users. A local phone number and contact for key pick up must be clearly visible to visitors of the domain from the outside of the building.

 

Consultation closed 5pm, 29 October 2021.   

 

 

A Council hearing was held on 18 October to hear the 295 community submissions received on the location of the Waitaki Indoor Sports and Events Centre. 90% of submitters supported the recommended location for the Waitaki Indoor Sports and Events Centre – at Centennial Park, Ōamaru between the existing grandstand and Taward Street.

Following consideration of submissions from the community, On 26 October 2021 Council confirmed the location of the Waitaki Indoor Sports and Events Centre as Centennial Park. 

Link to Additional Council Meeting 26 October 2021

The site 

The proposed site is a Recreation Reserve managed by Waitaki District Council under the Reserves Act 1977. Multi-use recreation facilities and buildings are anticipated at Centennial Park under the Waitaki Reserves Management Plan. Council, Sport Otago, Sport Waitaki and other key stakeholders have identified Centennial Park as the preferred location.

Centennial Park location

Figure 1. Location of proposed Indoor Sports and Events Centre and adjacent parking in Oamaru

The benefits

Centennial Park is the preferred location as it would complement the wide range of sports already established at Centennial Park, and leverage the use of existing parking, toilets and changing rooms. 

The proposed sports-hub facility will encourage greater participation in sports, attract new codes and attract regional events. It is also anticipated to improve the wellbeing, fitness levels and general overall health outcomes for residents.

Why consult?

Council is consulting with the community around the use of the site for an indoor Sports and Events Centre as provided for under section 53 (g) of the Reserves Act 1977. The proposed development will change the use of the site from an outdoor sport field into a developed indoor space for recreational activities and supporting events.

More information

You can find more information in the supporting documents below:

How to have your say

Submissions closed 1 October 2021

 

Key dates

 Consultation opens   Monday 30 August 2021
 Consultation closes  Friday 1 October 2021 (5pm)
 Council Hearing (if required)   Monday 18 October 2021

 

 

Submissions closed 5pm, 2 August 2021.

Council is currently reviewing the Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw (2016) for the Waitaki district. Your feedback will help us make the best possible decision on how effective the current bylaw is in managing freedom camping issues.  

Purpose

The Waitaki District Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw 2016 enables Council to effectively deal with issues caused by freedom camping through identifying district-wide standards for freedom camping, and specific locations within the Waitaki District where freedom camping is prohibited or restricted on Council managed land.

Background

Freedom camping is defined in the Freedom Camping Act 2011 (the Act) as camping in a tent or other temporary structure, a caravan, car, campervan, house-truck, or other motor vehicle in locations other than at a camping ground within 200 metres of a motor vehicle area, formed road, Great Walk or mean low-water springs.

Currently, the Waitaki District Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw 2016 provides for freedom camping in all areas of the Waitaki District, except in areas designated as ‘Restricted and Prohibited in Part 2 and Schedule 1 and 2 of the bylaw (except for reserves where camping is managed and restricted under the Reserves Act 1977 through the Waitaki Reserves Management Plan). A bylaw can only regulate freedom camping in defined locations - no district-wide blanket ban is allowed under the Act. A bylaw cannot regulate freedom camping on non-Council land e.g., Department of Conservation, Land Information New Zealand, New Zealand Transport Agency e.g., Katiki Strait.

In reviewing the need for a bylaw, Council must be satisfied that a bylaw is necessary for one or more of the following reasons (under the Act) at specified locations in the district:

  1. To protect the area; and/or
  2. To protect the health and safety of people who may visit the area; and/or
  3. To protect access to the area.

Other non-regulatory management options that Council have undertaken to complement the freedom camping bylaw include education, signage, provision of additional facilities, liaison with other agencies and territorial authorities, sharing of services with other agencies, and on-going monitoring of the issue.

Since the implementation of the 2016 Bylaw, the number of community generated complaints have declined from 32 in 2017 to 10 in 2020. From 2016 to 2018, officers issued 513 infringements, with only 2 infringements being issued from 2019 to 2021.

Monitoring of freedom camping sites has shown high levels of compliance and a good knowledge and understanding of the Waitaki district's Responsible Freedom Camping 2016 Bylaw. The Freedom Camping Ambassador initiative has allowed Council to identify areas of high usage and to target education to those areas. For these reasons Council officers believe the Bylaw is working as designed and that no changes are proposed. However, we welcome the community’s input if they feel some areas of the bylaw are not working.

Draft Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw 2016 Review Statement of Proposal

In the Draft Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw 2016 Review Statement of Proposal you will see some information on the reasons for the current district wide standards and general conditions, and site-specific restrictions and prohibitions, a copy of the current bylaw. A copy of the submission form can be found within the Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw 2016 Review Consultation Document.

Make a submission

Submissions have now closed. If you've made a submission and indicated that you'd like to speak to it at the Council hearing on 16 August, we will contact you to arrange a time.

Key Dates

Consultation opens
Friday 2 July 2021
Consultation closes
Monday  2 August  2021 (by 5pm)
Hearing Monday 16 August 2021
Council decision – Bylaw is amended or continues without amendment
Wednesday 8 September 2021
Letters sent to submitters
By mid-October 2021
Implementation of reviewed bylaw and confirmation of non-regulatory approaches
By 21 October

 

 

The Long Term Plan 2021-2031 consultation closed at 12 noon 21 May 2021.

All councils must prepare a long term plan every three years outlining their ten year budget explaining what projects and activities they intend to carry out and how these will be paid for.

Waitaki District Council's Long Term Plan (LTP) is our commitment to delivering the services and infrastructure our district needs to thrive. The LTP consultation provides an opportunity for everyone to shape the future of our district for the next 10 years. The consultation process ran from 21 April to the 21 May 2021. The Waitaki District Council Long Term Plan 2021-2031 was adopted on 29 June 2021 - read it here.

We review our plans regularly to make sure they're still appropriate. Any changes can be incorporated into our annual plans (our one year budgets) which gives us an opportunity to change course more quickly if we need to.

LTP Consultation Timeline

May - November 2020 Policies, strategies and projects are developed
December 2020 - February 2021 The consultation document and supporting information are developed
1 - 30 March 2021 The consultation document and supporting information is audited
19 April 2021 The consultation document and supporting information is adopted by Council
21 April - 21 May 2021 Formal consultation with the community
24 and 25 May 2021 Hearings and deliberations
29 June 2021 Adoption of the 2021-31 Long Term Plan;
Rates set for the 2021-22 rating year
1 July 2021 New rates effective
July 2021 Post engagement with the community

 

Read our Long Term Plan 2021-2031 Consultation Document

 (PDF, 13MB)Waitaki LTP 2021-2031 Consultation Document.pdf(PDF, 13MB)

This Consultation Document provides the community with a summary of the overall direction Council intends to take over the next 10 years, in line with Council's legal obligations, infrastructure needs and community priorities. The document includes an overview of our key issues, what we're planning, how we propose to fund the activities and services, and the impact this may have on ratepayers.

It is a balancing act between service realities, community needs and aspirations, and the community's willingness to pay.

The plan is underpinned by the supporting documentation below which provides more detail in regard to the infrastructure, financial budgets and activities of Council.

Consultation closed at 12 noon on 21 May 2021.

Purpose

The purpose of the Revenue and Financing Policy is to set out how Council proposes to fund the operating and capital expenditure of the activities it undertakes. The policy also demonstrates how Council has complied with section 101(3) of the Local Government Act. Council’s current approach is to review this policy every three years.

Draft Revenue and Financing Policy Statement of Proposal and Policy

In the Draft Revenue and Financing Policy Statement of Proposal you will see some information on how the policy was developed and an overview of the proposed changes. View a copy of the Draft Revenue and Financing Policy Statement of Proposal and the Draft Revenue and Financing Policy:

 

Key Dates

Consultation opens
Wednesday 21 April 2021
Consultation closes
Friday 21 May 2021 (midday)
Council hears submissions(1)
Monday 24 May and Tuesday 25 May 2021
Council deliberates on submissions
Monday31 May and Tuesday 1 June2021
Council adopts the 2021 Revenue and Financing Policy
No later than Tuesday 29 June 2021

Consultation closed at 12 noon on 21 May 2021.

The purpose of the Policy on Development Contributions and Financial Contributions is to set out how Council proposes to calculate and levy development contributions. Under current legislation (Local Government Act 2002) Council is required to review this policy at least every 3 years.

Draft Policy on Development Contributions and Financial Contributions - Statement of Proposal and Policy

In the Draft Policy on Development Contributions and Financial Contributions Statement of Proposal below you will see some information on how the policy was developed and an overview of the proposed changes. View a copy of the Draft Policy on Development Contributions and Financial Contributions - Statement of Proposal and Draft Policy documents here:

 

Key Dates

Consultation opens
Wednesday 21April 2021
Consultation closes
Friday 21 May 2021 (12 noon)
Council hears submissions
Monday 24 May and Tuesday 25 May 2021
Council deliberates on submissions
Monday 31 May and Tuesday 1 June 2021
Council adopts the 2021 Policy on Development Contributions and Financial Contribution
No later than Tuesday 29 June 2021

150 individual submissions were received on the St John Proposal to Lease Part of Awamoa Park(PDF, 566KB)  for a new purpose built ambulance base. (including one submission with an additional 25 signatures attached to it). Of the individual submissions, 59% of the community were in support of the proposal, 37% against and 5% maybe. The 25 signatures were all opposed to the proposal.

10 oral submitters presented at the Council hearing on 13 April 2021. Deliberations took place on 19 April 2021 when Waitaki District Council voted against leasing a portion of Awamoa Park to St John for a new ambulance base. The council voted to assist St John in finding another location for its facility.

 

A Waitaki Waste Management Survey was carried out in Nov 2020 as part of our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) as required by the Waste Minimisation Act of 2008. To assess its progress against the plan, the Council requires a statistically robust measure of how the district's residents are currently managing waste disposal. The research shows the relative differences in waste management by households, businesses, and farms in the Waitaki District. 

The aim of the survey was to find out the main facilities and services used by Waitaki residents and whether these amenities are meeting their needs, identify issues residents might be encountering with regard to waste disposal, record their views and look at how we can improve the current waste disposal processes and systems. Read all the survey results here:

Waitaki District Council - Waste Management Survey Draft Report 19102020(PDF, 10MB)

 

The feedback period for public consultation of the Roading Bylaws 2020 closed on 20 July 2020. The results of the consultation were presented at the 22 September 2020 Assets Committee meeting. The Council will consider adopting the recommendations at the 6 October 2020 meeting with the Roading Bylaws 2020 becoming operative from 1 November 2020. Check out the feedback: Roading-Bylaws-Report-Assets-Committee.pdf(PDF, 245KB)

 

The feedback period for the final round of Speed limit review public consultation closed on 20 July 2020. Council recieved over 300 submissions on the final proposal with the results presented at the 22 September 2020 Assets Committee meeting. The Council will consider adopting the recommendations at the 6 October 2020 meeting with the new speed limits effective from 1 November 2020. Check out the report on the Speed Limit Review here: Speed Limits Report - Assets Committee(PDF, 250KB) 

 

The feedback period for the Oamaru Gardens Waterplay Space is closed. Feedback is being included into planning for the redevelopment.

The masterplan for Ōmārama has been developed to assist in setting out the community’s vision for how and where the township will grow.  A vision for the future will support the community to understand what future growth in the area could look like and identify key components needed to enable that growth. The survey for feedback on the Ōmārama Masterplan Discussion document(PDF, 12MB)  closed on 6 September, 2019. A summary of the feedback we received can be found in the Ōmārama Feedback Summary document.(PDF, 3MB)

The Ōmārama Masterplan 2020 report can be viewed here: Omarama Masterplan 2020(PDF, 8MB)

 

The masterplan for Otematata has been developed to assist in setting out the community’s vision for how and where the township will grow.  A vision for the future will support the community to understand what future growth in the area could look like and identify key components needed to enable that growth. The survey for feedback on the Otematata Masterplan Discussion Document(PDF, 9MB)  closed on 6 September, 2019. A summary of the feedback we received can be found in the Otematata Feedback Summary Document.(PDF, 4MB)

The Otematata Masterplan 2020 report can be viewed here: Otematata Masterplan 2020(PDF, 7MB)

 

The feedback period for the Moeraki toilet replacement closed on 21 June 2019. The Council heard and considered submissions. Community agreed with proposed site. New toilet placed on this site.

After a period of public engagement, we used the feedback you gave us to make a draft plan for the Oamaru Harbour area. In August 2020 we ran a round of public engagement and asked you what you thought of the draft Oamaru Harbour Plan. This feedback was collated and presented to Council and the Harbour Area Committee. Read more about the project background and engagement process here.

The submissions were used to inform changes to the draft plan and help shape the final version of the Oamaru Harbour Plan which was published in February 2021. Read the Oamaru Harbour Plan in the link below:

Oamaru Harbour Plan 2020 and Beyond(PDF, 11MB)

 

Public consultation on the District Plan Review Discussion Document closed on 16 August 2019. The Discussion document was a first look at what may be in the new District Plan. There were no maps or detailed rules because we’re still working on those. It looked at the big picture and asked you: Are we on the right track? Are these the key issues? Are we dealing with them the right way?

We had over 50 responses to the District Plan Review Discussion document online feedback form plus many others via email, post and in our public engagement meetings. We have been analysing your feedback and we are using it to help draft the new District Plan for Waitaki. A summary of the feedback we received can be found in the Waitaki 2030 District Plan Review Discussion Document Engagement Summary Report(PDF, 3MB) . We plan to release the draft District Plan in mid-2020 for another round of public consultation and feedback.

 

The feedback period for the Moeraki toilet replacement closed on 16 August 2019. The Council heard and considered submissions. Community agreed with proposed site. New toilet being placed on preferred site. Check out the Assets Committee Meeting Confirmed Minutes - 27 August 2019(PDF, 19MB) for more details. 

 

The feedback period for the Kakanui mowing survey closed on 16 August 2019. The Council heard and considered submissions. Since the Community didn’t want changed service, the mowing service at esplanade remained the same in our new contract.

 

The feedback period for the Severn street wall replacement options closed on 12 April 2019. The Council heard and considered submissions and the preferred option was confirmed on 11 June 2019. Check out more information at 28 May 2019 Assets Committee Meeting Minutes(PDF, 7MB).

 

The feedback period for the Planning fees and charges closed on 30 April 2019. The Council heard and considered submissions and the new Planning fees and charges were then adopted on 25 June 2019. Check out  Planning fees and charges 2019.



 

The feedback period for the initial round of Speed limit review public consultation closed on 3 May 2019. Council received 134 submissions on the proposal and has tabulated the results regarding retaining speed limits, changing speed limits, and suggesting new sites. These will be submitted to Stantec to access with a final round of public consultation planned for October - November 2019. Check out the results of the first round of Speed limit review at 2 July 2019 Assets Committee Meeting Memorandum(PDF, 6MB).

 

The feedback period for the Building service fees and charges closed on 12 April 2019. The Council heard and considered submissions and the new building fees and charges were then adopted on 25 June 2019. Check out Building services fees and charges 2019.

 

The feedback period for the Representation Review 2018 closed on 9 December 2018. 

On April 10, 2019, the Local Government Commission’s Determination on the Representation Review 2018 for Waitaki District Council was received. It upheld Council’s final proposal to allow the Ahuriri Ward to not comply with section 19V (2) of the Local Electoral Act (commonly known as the ‘+/- 10%’ effective representation rule).

A key consequence of this determination is that the Ahuriri and Corriedale Ward boundaries will be redrawn (to replicate the Otago and Canterbury Regional Council boundaries), and Duntroon will become part of the Ahuriri Ward as there was felt to be a community of interest between those in the Duntroon area and the balance of the Ahuriri Ward. The new arrangement will come into effect for the Local Elections on 12 October 2019.

For more information see Ahuriri retains representation in 2019 elections.

 

The feedback period for the Strategic routes and priority thoroughfares closed on 31 March 2019. The Council heard and considered submissions and the proposed Strategic routes and priority thoroughfares were then adopted on 28 May 2019. Check out the Strategic routes and priority thoroughfares

 

In February 2019, the Council agreed that there will be no formal consultation on the upcoming 2019/20 Annual Plan, this is because the Annual Plan is not significantly different from what we said we would do for year two of the Long Term Plan 2018-28. The Council engaged with community utilising the District Plan Review and Oamaru Harbour Space campaigns, which included a public meeting, drop-in sessions, and a Council website have your say page. The Council considered the feedback and any subsequent impact on rates on 14 May and the 2019/20 Annual Plan was then adopted on 25 June 2019. Check out the 2019/20 Annual Plan.

 

The feedback period for the draft Alcohol Ban Bylaw closed on 15 October 2018. The Council heard and considered submissions and the policies were then adopted on 4 December 2018. To view the bylaw please check Bylaw page.

 

The feedback period for the draft Dangerous and Insanitary Building policy closed on 15 October 2018. The  Council heard and considered submissions and the policies were then adopted on 4 December 2018. To view the policies please check Policy page.

 

The feedback period for the draft Class 4 Gambling Venues and TAB Venues policies closed on 5 September 2018. The Council heard and considered submissions and the policies were then adopted on 4 December 2018. To view the policies please check Policy page.

 

The feedback period for the draft General Bylaw 2017 closed on 3 August 2017. After considering 30 submissions Council formally adopted the General Bylaw on 26 June 2018. The new bylaw became operative on 1 July 2018. To find out more, please go to the Bylaw page.

 

The feedback period for the draft Long Term Plan 2018-28 has now closed. The Council formally adopted the Long Term Plan 2018-28 on 26 June 2018 and it became operative on 1 July 2018. To find out more, please go to the Long Term Plan 2018-28 page.

 

Submissions on the draft Waste Management & Minimisation Plan 2018-24 closed on 30 April 2018. The Council heard and considered submissions and the plan was then adopted on 26 June 2018. To view the plan please check Waste Management & Minimisation Plan 2018-24(PDF, 6MB) .

 

 

The consultation period for Easter Sunday Shop Trading closed on 18 October 2017. After considering over 150 submissions, Council voted on 15 November 2017 to keep the status quo. This means that the draft Easter Sunday Trading policy has not been adopted and there is no change to the current Easter trading arrangements.

 

The consultation closed on 7 July 2017. Since receiving the feedback we have reviewed the business case investment plan which is submitted to the Regional Transportation Committee in August 2017.

 

The feedback period for Annual Plan 2017/18 has now closed.  After considering 80 submissions Council formally adopted the 2017/18 Annual Plan on Wednesday 21 June.  To find out more, please go to the Annual Plan page.

 

Consultation closed on 1 February 2017. Council heard and considered submissions and the new fees was then adopted on 29 March 2017. To view the fees please go to fees and charges page

 

Submissions on the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2016  closed on 25 July 2016. Council heard and considered submissions and the policy was then adopted on Wednesday 14 September 2016. To view the bylaw please go to Bylaws page.

 

Submissions on the draft Annual Plan 2016/17 closed on 22 April 2016. Council heard and considered submissions on Monday 11 May and Wednesday 13 May. The 2016/17 Annual Plan was formally adopted on Wednesday 22 June. To find out more, please go to the Annual Plan page.