7 June 2019
The Cromwell Community Board has adopted Stage 1 of the Cromwell 'Eye to the Future' Masterplan (the Masterplan).
Stage 1 is the Spatial Plan that provides a coordinated approach to growth management for Cromwell over the next 30 years.
"The community told us very clearly through a series of engagement forums and surveys to focus development within Cromwell and to revitalise the town centre," said Cromwell Community Board Chair Neil Gillespie.
The framework reflects the community's preferred option of growth focused within Cromwell and includes residential zones at a number of densities, increased housing options and amenity through more intensified development within the walkable distance from the town centre, design guidelines for subdivision and residential development, provisions to support greenway retention and development and increased industrial opportunities.
CODC Executive Manager – Planning and Environment Louise van der Voort said these initiatives would be delivered through a series of changes to the Central Otago District Plan. "The community will once again have an opportunity to submit to any or all of the plan changes," she said.
Cromwell Community Board Chair Neil Gillespie said he encouraged the community to delve into the detail of the Spatial Plan document.
"It represents a great deal of hard work put in by the Masterplan team and is a great outcome that delivers on our community's aspiration for accommodating growth while retaining what is special about Cromwell. There is a lot of information in the Spatial Plan to digest, and it's important for the community to remember they will have another opportunity to have their say through plan changes when they are publicly notified."
Mr Gillespie also noted this was only Stage 1 of the Masterplan. The next stages of the Masterplan are the Town Centre Precinct and the Arts and Culture Precinct, which include a number of significant capital projects. Before the Community Board can consider adopting the next stages further financial modelling of options is required to understand affordability, timing and funding options. The community will have an opportunity to have a say on funding options and how their rates will be impacted through the Long Term Plan process.
The Cromwell 'Eye to the Future' Masterplan Spatial Framework Stage 1: Spatial Plan is available on Council's website at www.codc.govt.nz/futurecromwell and reading copies will be available at Cromwell Service Centre and Cromwell Library.