Community feedback sought on Draft Vincent Spatial Plan
Vincent ward residents and property owners are being encouraged to review the draft Vincent Spatial Plan maps and give feedback by the end of September.
The Vincent Spatial Plan has been in development since March 2020. The plan will address the challenges and opportunities of growth and land use in the Alexandra/Clyde area and Omakau/Ophir, mapping out a pathway for the next 30 years and beyond.
The plan’s development has included many opportunities for community input along the way, including a community values survey (April 2020), drop-in discussion opportunities (August 2020), a facilitated workshop with community representatives (September 2020), and gaining community feedback on a Let’s Talk Options engagement document (between December 2020 and February 2021).
The draft spatial plan maps were developed based on community feedback, technical expertise and stakeholder engagement and represent a managed approach to growth over the next 30 years.
For Alexandra/Clyde the proposal is to see growth managed through the infilling of existing residential zoned land around the town centres; well defined areas of greenfield expansion along the edges of each town; and infilling of rural-residential land available between the towns. It also provides for a diverse range of housing types to meet the housing needs of the future (availability/affordability) and support the vibrancy of the centres. The provision of green and blue networks to facilitate both recreation and commuter non-vehicular options is also identified and opportunities for enhancing this created.
Growth in Omakau is focused around existing corridors that already have good road connections and access to infrastructure. The proposal is to expand Ophir’s heritage precinct to include the entire residential area to help maintain and protect the town’s character. A network of open spaces along waterways with connecting tracks and pathways would provide opportunities to continue enhancing informal recreational opportunities for both settlements.
The Vincent Spatial Plan will offer guidance to the private and public sector, including direction for infrastructure investment and Central Otago District Council’s future planning. It will also be used to inform a review of the Central Otago District Plan.
Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said this latest engagement opportunity was “a chance to check back in with the community and ask: ‘have we got it right?’”.
“The proposed plans incorporate and reflect the themes of the community sentiment we’ve heard to date in the process. Feedback on the draft plan maps contained in the What Do You Think? engagement document will help staff to fine-tune these plans before they come back to Council for adoption. The more feedback we receive, the better the Vincent Spatial Plan will reflect our communities’ wishes.”
The What Do You Think? Draft Vincent Spatial Plan publication and an online survey form are available at www.codc.govt.nz/vincentspatialplan. Council hopes, as alert levels allow, to be able to provide hard copy documents and feedback forms, as well as in-person opportunities to engage.