26 March 2019
The Cromwell community will get its next opportunity to engage on the funding of the Cromwell Masterplan towards the middle of the year.
Since the release of the Let's Talk Options community feedback analysis in December last year, Council staff and consultants working have been working to develop a spatial framework for Cromwell and a business case for the Masterplan programme.
The spatial plans set out the direction for the next 30 years including how and where to accommodate growth, how to address the town centre and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Precinct as consulted on in the Let's Talk Options engagement document.
CODC Executive Manager - Planning and Environment Louise van der Voort said there is a lot more work to do before the Masterplan could be presented to the Cromwell Community Board for adoption.
"The Masterplan team is currently working on the financials, including the costs of the various projects and how these will be funded. We need this information before the Board can make an informed decision on whether or not to adopt the masterplan."
Ms van der Voort said following the Board's decision the community would again be invited to share its thoughts.
"We'll be asking the community to have its say on whether we proceed, how we pay for it and whether it will impact on rates."
Cromwell Community Board Chair Neil Gillespie said he hoped the great levels of community engagement in the Masterplan process to date would continue.
"We are getting to the business end of the programme. The community has told us what they would like us to do and soon it will be time for them to tell us how they believe we should fund it, the timeframe for making it happen and whether their rates help pay for it."
The next report to the Cromwell Community Board will be for the adoption of the masterplan and approval to consult with the community on an amendment to the Long Term Plan (needed to accommodate the Cromwell Masterplan work programme not currently included in Council's 10-Year Plan 2018-28 budgets).
Ms van der Voort said the aim was to present the Masterplan report to the Cromwell Community Board on 30 April.