The August Issue

This is the time to have your say

Omarama and Otematata community leaders are urging as many as possible to attend this month’s public workshops to discuss proposals for a concept 'masterplan' for each town centre. Last year, the two communities and the Ahuriri Community Board made submissions to the Waitaki District Council’s Long Term Plan and asked it to make it a priority to work with the communities to come up with an overall plan for each town to actively manage development and avoid ad hoc expansion. The submissions were in support of the outcomes of the well-supported town ‘visioning’ sessions run by the board in March last year. The council has allocated $20,000 to the development of each masterplan. This month’s workshops will be run by independent facilitator Sandra McIntyre, of Schema Consultants, who also ran last year's sessions. Three options have been drawn up for each town from ideas generated there, from feedback from the council’s District Plan drop-in sessions held in January and February this year, and after a closed-door workshop with councillors and Ahuriri Community Board members. Omarama School pupils also contributed ideas to the Omarama plans. Omarama Residents Association chairperson Ann Patterson said she urged all residents to attend if at all possible, and have their say. “It should be our decision on any future developments, after all, we are the people who call Omarama home.... >>> continue reading... <<<

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