Future of the Oamaru Harbour

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 plan for the harbour (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


What happens next?

Council staff will consider the information received over the coming weeks and look to kick off the masterplanning process in the new year. The first step in this process will be for Council to consider an Establishment Report that identifies a range of key components such as the scope, process, project governance, key stakeholders and timeframes. This will be part of the February Full Council Meeting.​

Find the Current District Plan here. ​
Page reviewed: 19 Dec 2018 4:53pm