Community to be consulted on Cromwell Masterplan next steps in 2021
The community will get its next opportunity to give feedback on projects to be progressed as part of the Cromwell Masterplan when the Central Otago District Council consults on its Long-term Plan early next year.
Work has been progressing with financial modelling for capital projects arising from the community’s feedback on the proposed Cromwell Masterplan, including the town centre upgrade and a new arts, culture and heritage centre.
“When we consulted on the options for the masterplan we told the community that the costs for the capital projects – how much and how it is paid for – would be consulted on through the Long-term Plan process. As promised we are now preparing for that to happen,” said Executive Manager - Planning and Environment Louise van der Voort.
The Cromwell Masterplan programme will be a consultation item in Council’s Long-term Plan consultation document, expected to go out for public feedback by late March 2021. The community will be presented with a number of options for how the projects could be prioritised and staged, and what the projected costs are for each option.
Cromwell Community Board Chair Anna Harrison said the board recognised the high level of community interest in the Cromwell Masterplan.
“We want to assure the Cromwell community that it is still very much the plan we are working toward and we are just as keen to see projects up and running. There has been a huge amount of work going on in the background to make sure that the capital projects from the plan are included in the Long-term Plan. We are looking forward to the LTP going out for community consultation and the Cromwell community making sure their voices are heard through this process.”
The events of 2020 have necessarily seen some council staff having to focus on COVID-19 response and other areas of planning like consenting, enquiries and compliance. This has slowed, but certainly not halted, aspects of work on the Masterplan. Behind the scenes staff have been drafting rural and industrial plan changes based on the Cromwell Spatial Plan document (Stage 1 of the Masterplan) that was adopted by the Cromwell Community Board in June 2019. And recently council has recruited an in-house policy planner with extensive experience, who will be helping progress this work relating to the District Plan and Cromwell Masterplan. The first of these Cromwell Masterplan-related plan changes is due to be ready for public notification in the first quarter next year.