27 March 2018
Central Otago District Council (CODC) opens for feedback on its Draft 10-Year Plan this week (Wednesday 28 March).
A 40-page consultation document, which outlines key issues for community feedback and summarises Council's Financial Strategy and 30-year Infrastructure Strategy, will be available online on Council's website www.codc.govt.nz/10for10 and copies will be available at Council service centres.
Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan is encouraging people to "take 10 for 10".
"That's 10 minutes to give us feedback on our 10-Year Plan for the district. Give more than 10 minutes if you want to but at the very least spare 10 minutes to get involved. It is really important that Council and the community have a conversation about where we are going over the next 10 years and every member of the community needs to be involved."
The four key issues that Council is calling for community views on during the consultation period are a reticulated wastewater scheme for Clyde, timing of the Lake Dunstan Water Supply water treatment, a proposed Clyde Heritage Precinct upgrade, and a proposal to change kerbside recycling collection frequencies.
Other items in the consultation document for consideration include an affordable housing needs assessment, changes to Council's Development Contributions Policy, updates on what's happening with the Cromwell Memorial Hall and Cromwell Town Centre rejuvenation, a potential new community facility for Omakau, and overviews of Council's 30-year infrastructure Strategy and Financial Strategy.
Mr Cadogan said the community should see the consultation document as Council's "conversation starter".
"It is not a matter of the draft document being what Council is going to do; it is a conversation starter saying 'here's what we believe needs done over the next 10 years, what do you (the community) think? What have we got right, what have we got wrong and what else do you want to see in there?'"
Central Otago residents and ratepayers are encouraged to have their say on Council's consultation document by filling in the online feedback form at www.codc.govt.nz/10for10. Those without online access can contact council for a hard copy submission form.
The public will have until Monday 30 April to make submissions, with the opportunity to be heard at a series of community board and Council meetings to consider feedback scheduled from 28 May to 7 June.