12 June 2018
Plenty of great feedback about Cromwell's future is coming through in the Cromwell 'Eye to the Future' Masterplan public drop-in sessions on this month.
"We're hearing loud and clear the community's thoughts on the growth Cromwell is facing, on current development, the mall and hall, and on what they value about their place," says CODC Executive Manager – Planning and Environment, Louise van der Voort.
Around 80 people came along to two drop-in sessions held at the Cromwell Public Library on Saturday and Wednesday last week.
"There are definitely some `hot topics' – the future of the Mall, the town's unprecedented growth, how we can grow the town in a balanced and sustainable way, and the importance of the surrounding landscapes and lake—these are all issues locals are passionate about," Ms Van der Voort says.
"We'll be making sure that we build the conversations we've been having into the Masterplan work currently underway."
As well as sharing their views, people can answer three questions at the drop-ins: what they like about living in Cromwell, what they'd like to change about Cromwell, and what would they like Cromwell to be known for in the future.
Two further drop-ins are coming up this Saturday 16 June at the Mall Frontage (Lode Lane end) 10-1pm and on Saturday 23 June at the Cromwell Sports Club, Anderson Park, 2-5pm. People who come along to a drop-in will be able to talk with representatives from the Central Otago District Council and consultancy firm Rationale Ltd.
A public survey that will inform the Masterplan will also be running over the next few weeks to canvas people's thoughts. This will be available both online and in print in The Bulletin and Cromwell News.
Industry and sector sessions are also being held over the coming week. These are advertised in both The Bulletin and Cromwell News.
Community feedback gathered over this time will help set the direction for the Masterplan process. A shortlist of options will be presented to the Cromwell Community Board in September. If approved, the community will be asked for their views as part of a public consultation before the Masterplan is finalised.
In March 2018, the Cromwell Community Board agreed to develop a Masterplan to address Cromwell's future growth pressures and to shape the form and function of development over the next 30 years.
The Masterplan aims to set a clear direction for Cromwell's future growth. It is focused on growing the town in a balanced manner, improving the town's form and function, and future-proofing civic facilities and infrastructure.
Four key projects are being explored:
- a spatial framework to guide District Plan zoning, sequencing of how development should proceed, and strategic planning of infrastructure and projects
- the purpose, form and function of Cromwell's town centre and the Cromwell Heritage Precinct
- a review of the civic facilities to determine if they function and are sized appropriately
- determining the right location, form and function of the Cromwell Memorial Hall.