Feedback Sought on Masterplans for Ōmārama and Otematata

30/07/2019 12:00 a.m.

​​Otematata and Omarama Master plan cover

Next month it will be Ōmārama and Otematata’s turn to have a say about how they might look in the future and the way they might respond to population growth in Waitaki, with masterplan discussion documents produced for public feedback. Community workshops will be held during August, in tandem with public consultation.

Mayor for Waitaki Gary Kircher says, “The Waitaki District is experiencing strong growth, and our communities in the Waitaki Valley are in the midst of it. Tourism and new arrivals to the area are putting pressure on both holiday homes and permanent housing. During the peak season in Ōmārama, the number of visitors passing through and stopping off to use the facilities can cause some bedlam, and Otematata is at the stage where we must act now to avoid even greater safety issues in the future.”

“The community has asked Council to look at the future planning for both Otematata and Ōmārama, to help guide development and Council projects into the future. Along with the Ahuriri Community Board, we have used input from community members to come up with these draft plans.

We want your thoughts on them – have we got it right? Is there anything missing? Have we gone far enough? Have we kept the elements of the townships which are important to you? Your feedback is critical. The opinions of locals (both residents and cribbies) will help ensure that the townships can keep the aspects that make them special, whilst helping to put inevitable growth in the right places.”

The initial masterplan options will be available for consultation and feedback from 5th August until 6th September 2019. Community workshops will be held in Otematata on Saturday 24th August from 10 – 12pm at the Otematata District Club and in Ōmārama on Sunday 25th August from 10 – 12pm in the Ōmārama community centre. Once the community feedback has been received, we’ll be working with the Ahuriri Community Board to finalise a preferred masterplan option for Otematata and Ōmārama.

Subject to approval by Councillors at the council meeting next Tuesday, after which there may be some minor amendments, the masterplan documents will be available on Council’s website from 5th August. Paper copies will be available from Council offices in Oamaru or Palmerston and also in community libraries and businesses in Ōmārama and Otematata.​

Page reviewed: 05 Aug 2019 8:52am