Record feedback on Long-term Plan
Central Otago District Council (CODC) has received a record number of submissions on its proposed Long-term Plan 2021-2031.
Council closed its month-long submission period on Sunday 25 April and received 851 submissions.
The previous highest number of submissions received for a district-wide consultation was 478 for Council's Long-term Plan 2018-2028.
Of the total submissions about 60% came from the Cromwell ward, which was unsurprising given the Cromwell Masterplan was the “biggest ticket item” of the five key consultation topics contained in the Ka Aka Whakamua = Framing our Futureconsultation document.
Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said he was really pleased with the high submission numbers.
“As a Mayor it is hugely gratifying and helpful to have such high submission numbers. I would like to thank everyone who got involved as well as the staff and elected members whose work contributed significantly to this result. We now have very good data to use as a tool in our decision-making process. It is particularly pleasing to see a broad demographic of people submitting, although it still appears we are not reaching the 20-29 age group as much as I would like”.
Central Otago District Council Chief Executive Sanchia Jacobs said staff were currently in the thick of submission analysis.
“Staff are working to consider each submission and prepare advice for elected members to inform the hearing meetings scheduled for community boards at the end of May, and Council at the start of June. All submitters who requested to be heard in person will be contacted in coming weeks to ensure they are assigned a time to speak at the scheduled meetings. Submission reports will be available ahead of the meetings on the CODC website. Any interested party can go online then to see the range of views from their community on the issues we were consulting on.”
A series of Community Board and Council meetings are scheduled from 18 May to 2 June to consider all submissions and to listen to those who have indicated they would like to come and present.