Oamaru Harbour Masterplan

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Oamaru harbour view

We’re looking to develop a masterplan to shape the development of the Oamaru Harbour Area over the next 30 years and beyond.

A masterplan is a dynamic long-term planning document that provides a conceptual layout to guide future growth and development. Master planning is about making the connection between buildings, social settings, and their surrounding environments.​

Where are we talking about?

In the map below, you’ll see the area that we’ll be focussing on, as well as the area that we’ll think about when developing the Oamaru Harbour Masterplan (the area of influence).​

Public Engagement Process

Throughout November 2018 we carried out a community engagement process to help identify what people find special about the Harbour Area and where they see as its future. 

The survey asked three key questions: 

  1. What do you like the most about the Oamaru Harbour Area?
  2. What would you most like to see changed at the Oamaru Harbour Area?
  3. Looking ahead, in 30 years what do you want the Oamaru Harbour area to look like and how do you think it should function?

The engagement process had a huge response - all up Council received 887 survey responses, over 50 written and emailed contributions, and over 140 post it comments.

On top of this we had a public information session with over 180 attendees, three public drop-in sessions throughout November, and visited schools and retirement homes.

All of the information we received from the community is available below.​

Engagement Results

To help you understand the results, we have produced an interactive tool that identifies the main themes found throughout the survey responses. This tool has the ability to dissect the results by demographics such as age, location and gender.

Some themes are universal among all demographics, while others are divided along specific demographics groupings. 

For example, almost all demographics found the area’s tranquillity and charm the thing they liked the most about the area. However, looking at where respondents would like to see the area in 30 years’ time, there was a clear split between the under 50s and over 50s, with the younger demographic wanting to see it maintained and improved as a community asset, while the over 50s preferred that the area was left the way it is. 

This demographic split can be seen across gender, location age and a combination of all three, this can all be explored using this tool.

All of the other information we received is below


The next stage begins

At a full council meeting on 19 February, Councillors voted on the next stages of the Oamaru Harbour Masterplan project, following the framework set down in an Establishment Report. 

Councillors were asked to approve one of three delivery options, with varying levels of engagement and detailed design. They delivery option they agreed on has an estimated cost of $150,000 and an expected delivery date of June 25.​

he masterplan will be developed using the NZ Treasury Better Business Case framework which ensures a thorough process, and will be undertaken as one workstream taking into account a number of components including:

  1. Land use and spatial plan
  2. Transport, connectivity and accessibility
  3. Heritage and environment

The Masterplan will deliver a spatial plan, indicating what should go where and how each element should interact with the others. This will deliver an easy to understand plan that will allow community buy in.

It will act as a guiding document for future changes and development – including a set of principles that help filter ideas and proposals to ensure Oamaru continues to have one of the best little harbours in the country​.

Once the draft Masterplan is ready, the public will be asked to provide feedback on it during consultation in late May/early June.

The establishment report was prepared for Council by infrastructure consultancy firm Rationale Ltd. following the successful Oamaru HarbOUR engagement process held at the end of last year. It details the Masterplan process, governance structure, scope, components, estimated costs and timeline for completion.

Oamaru HarbOUR Space Masterplan draft Establishment Report.pdf

Find the Current District Plan here. ​
Page reviewed: 01 Mar 2019 10:16am