Spatial Plan next steps

Published on 29 November 2021

Spatial Plan drop in sessions

Great engagement as plans developed for growing the future of Waitaki’s townships. 

There was a high level of public engagement with the recently released Draft Spatial Plan for Ōamaru, Kakanui and Weston, and Waitaki District Council would like to thank those who came along for a chat at the drop-in sessions and everyone who sent in their feedback. 

Council’s Heritage, Environment and Regulatory Acting Group Manager Roger Cook was encouraged by the “excellent response to the Spatial Plan which will be invaluable as we continue the challenging work of balancing the wants and needs of individuals and groups with evolving townships that function holistically and sustainably for the whole community into the future.”

Council received over 500 emails, letters, comments and survey forms and is now working through and compiling all the feedback, ready to report to Elected Members early in 2022.  Whilst officers are not able to provide individual responses to the feedback received, community feedback will be given full consideration during Council deliberations, and all feedback received will be available to read on Council’s website next year. 

Once Elected Members have considered the feedback, they will make decisions on any changes needed to the Spatial Plan before it is adopted as a Council document. Once the Spatial Plan is adopted, it will guide the policy direction for the District Plan Review and other Council Plans and strategies going forward. 

The draft District Plan will contain the finer details on how some aspects of the Spatial Plan will be implemented on the ground through zoning, lot sizes, development standards, etc. 

There will be an opportunity for the community to give feedback on the draft District Plan when it’s released next year. The draft District Plan will be an informal opportunity for the community to express what they think of how Council is looking to implement the Spatial Plan vision and outcomes, along with other planning and environmental issues such as enabling housing growth, choice and affordability, protecting what’s important, responding to climate change and managing the risk of natural hazards throughout the Waitaki district.

After that round of feedback is analysed, discussed and incorporated, the proposed District Plan will be publicly notified, which is a more formal consultation process involving public submissions, hearings, decisions and appeals process if required.