The Vincent Spatial Plan
A Vincent Spatial Plan is being developed to address the challenges and opportunities of growth and land use in the Alexandra Basin, Omakau and Ophir.
The plan will also consider a masterplan for Alexandra Airport and its needs for infrastructure to accommodate future growth.
Creating this spatial plan is an opportunity for Council to collaborate with the Vincent community to map out a pathway for the next 30 years and beyond.
When completed, the spatial plan will outline how growth and land use could happen in a way that benefits our community and enhances the space we live in.
What is a Spatial Plan?
A spatial plan is a visual blueprint for the future, showing what could go where and how aspects such as infrastructure and housing could fit together. A spatial plan allows us to consider growth before it happens and identify key improvements that could be made.
As a community, the process gives us the opportunity to chart the future of our place and to enable growth to occur in a sustainable way that protects the environment, our communities, our local industries, and our Central Otago `A World of Difference’ regional identity values – the things that make our place special.
The Vincent Spatial Plan will present a shared vision of what the future could look like, offering guidance to the private and public sector, including direction for infrastructure investment and CODC’s own planning for future growth.
The Vincent Spatial Plan will:
- Provide a picture of Vincent’s future and highlight areas of potential growth and change.
- Guide local, regional, and central government investment decisions.
- Identify the key issues facing the Vincent area and the priorities that need to be advanced to address these.
How are we doing this?
The spatial planning process is outlined in the Establishment Report which maps out the project. This was approved by Council in March 2020.
- Vincent Spatial Plan Establishment Report (PDF, 2.6MB)
Plans are being developed using facilitated stakeholder workshops, community engagement, optioneering and analysis to evaluate a wide range of information and identify a shortlist of options for the future.
The shortlisted options will then be shared with the community for comment. The feedback received will form a core part of the evidence that will help support the final spatial plan for each town.
Community Conversations timeline
For a full project timeline please visit this link:
- Updated Vincent Spatial Plan Process Diagram (PDF, 63KB)
What have we done so far?
1. Vincent Ward Community Values Survey
The process began in autumn 2020 with the Vincent Ward Community Survey – the first stage of community engagement.
The survey asked people three questions: what they value most about their place, what they would hate to lose, and what they would like their place to be known for in the future. Feedback from the survey is helping to shape our understanding of local values. Just over 600 people participated in the surveys.
The results are summarised here:
- Alexandra Values Survey feedback (PDF, 299KB)
- Clyde Values Survey feedback (PDF, 380KB)
- Omakau Values Survey feedback (PD, 575KB)
2. Investment Logic Mapping workshops
An initial round of workshops was held in August 2020 to develop investment logic maps (ILMs). An ILM is a NZ Treasury supported investment tool that aims to communicate the complete investment story on a single page using language and concepts that are understandable to anyone.
3. Public Drop-ins
Public drop-ins were held in Omakau, Alexandra and Clyde in August 2020. Popular topics of discussion were the conversion of rural land to lifestyle blocks, increasing the spread of townships, smaller sections and apartment-style living in townships.
Below are links to information displayed at the drop-ins:
- Vincent Spatial Plan Introduction (PDF, 469KB)
- Growth Projections (PDF, 42KB)
- Workstreams (PDF, 253KB)
4. Options workshop
An optioneering workshop was held in September 2020 as part of the development of a shortlist of spatial plan options.
5. Community conversations about shortlisted options
We’ll continue to have conversations with the community as the plan develops. Once shortlisted options and plans are developed, we’ll seek the community’s feedback on these.