22 March 2018
The Cromwell Community Board unanimously agreed to the development of a masterplan for Cromwell at its meeting this week.
The Cromwell 'Eye to the Future' Masterplan will be developed from an integrated planning approach for Cromwell and the surrounding area. It will be funded from reserves so will not be a cost on ratepayers.
Cromwell is experiencing a period of prolonged growth. This has been fuelled by a range of factors including the thriving viticulture and horticulture industries; its position as a strategic hub for distribution and tourism; the local construction industry, which accounts for just under half the building consents issued in the Central Otago district; and a development and construction boom in Queenstown and Wanaka.
In addition to growth pressure Cromwell is facing other challenges. Council is told by community members and retailers that there is a need to attract more people into the town centre to create vibrancy and more activity. This is also an opportunity to consider the location and operation of civic buildings including the Cromwell Memorial Hall.
Cromwell Community Board Chair Neil Gillespie said the Cromwell Community Board, Council and community partners identified the need for a holistic approach to integrate the various projects and planning for Cromwell.
"This masterplan exercise provides us with the opportunity to consider core projects, in conjunction with the review of the District Plan and Infrastructure Strategy. The development of a spatial framework will address growth predictions and is key to informing these overarching documents while addressing urban design and specific issues facing Cromwell."
Mr Gillespie said that community engagement would be vital to the success of the masterplan development and associated project.
"The community often expresses their frustration with the consequences that they associate with development and growth. This is often the result of not understanding drivers such as the District Plan and other regulations and policies, which enable or constrain development and growth. This process to develop this masterplan will rely heavily on input from the community and I really hope that the opportunities for input from the community are taken up."
The Cromwell 'Eye to the Future' Masterplan Establishment Report, prepared for CODC by consultancy firm Rationale, describes the process, key objectives and proposed approach for the masterplan programme.