Hearings on district plan next week

The Gore District Council will hold the first of four hearings to consider submissions on proposed changes to its district plan next week.

The council-appointed hearing panel of councillors Bret Highsted, Cliff Bolger, Nicky Davis and Marty Redhead will convene on Friday, to consider submissions on issues including building height in the industrial zone, signs and hazardous substances.

Council consultant planner Keith Hovell said the council was proposing 14 plan changes, the majority in response to issues and situations raised by the public.

The proposed changes attracting the most interest related to flooding, additions to the heritage building register, the introduction of townscape provision for Gore's commercial area and the liberalisation of sub-division rules.