19 November 2013
Central Otago District Council is holding a workshop this month for accommodation providers interested in discussing Council rules, regulations and rates as they apply to the traveller accommodation sector.
During this year’s Annual Plan consultation Council received submissions from both the motel industry as well as holiday home owners with opposing views about Council’s rates and regulatory requirements for travellers’ accommodation.
Councillors noted at the time that while the Annual Plan process wasn’t the place to resolve the issue, it had been a good avenue for submitters to gain some traction and highlight their concern. It was agreed to initiate a workshop inviting all interested parties to air and hear each other’s views.
Corporate Services Manager Susan Finlay said the workshop on Thursday 28 November from 1-3pm in Council Chambers, Alexandra, would be a forum for everyone to hear the varying perspectives and concerns.
“Staff and elected members will then take away this information and start to work on where to next with how we address the issues for all concerned,” Ms Finlay said.
“We have a number of ongoing and upcoming reviews occurring at Council through which we can further address some of the issues – including the District Plan review and a review of our Revenue and Financing Policy.”
Those accommodation providers wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by Monday 25 November to email@example.com or phone (03) 440 0605.