Oamaru Harbour Masterplan Project gets approval


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. The delivery option they agreed on has an estimated cost of $150,000 and an expected delivery date of June 25.

Mayor Gary Kircher believes this represents good value for money for the people of Oamaru and the wider Waitaki District. “While we have high levels of ambition for this masterplan, we didn’t feel the need to completely reinvent the wheel, the option we have landed on strikes a good balance by ensuring we have a thorough and well-evidenced plan.”

“This is another big step for Oamaru and marks a maturing of the work that has been underway at the Harbour for the past 15 years. It’s an exciting time and we know the community will be pleased to see we are undertaking a very good process.” 

The 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.

Mayor Kircher said “The team working on the masterplan have done a great job thus far. We have a very engaged community who care deeply for the Harbour, which is great to see. I know that I, along with many in the community will be looking forward to seeing how the Masterplan comes together over the coming months.”

The lead Manager for the project, Deputy Chief Executive Neil Jorgensen, outlined the  next steps in the process. “We will hold a number of workshops in early April involving the project team and the Harbour Area Committee which has been expanded to include a member each from the North Otago Yacht and Powerboat Club and Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust along with two other stakeholder representatives, yet to be selected.”

”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​

The Oamaru Masterplan Establishment report is available below​​​​

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