District plan submissions hearing

Keith Hovell.
Keith Hovell.
Next week the Gore District Council will hold the second of four hearings to consider submissions on proposed changes to its district plan.

The council-appointed hearings panel of councillors Bret Highsted, Cliff Bolger, Nicky Davis and Marty Redhead will consider submissions on January 29.

Among the seven proposed changes on the agenda are freeing up the subdivision process for new lots which meet minimum standards; height restrictions for buildings in the residential zone; the creation of a residential B zone; and site coverage and residential density in the rural zone.

The council is proposing 14 changes to the district plan, the majority in response to issues 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 subdivision rules.

Council consultant planner Keith Hovell said the proposed changes were the first significant changes since the district plan became operative in 2006.

The hearing panel's decisions from the first hearing, held before Christmas, were due out early next month, he said.

The hearing on January 29 will be held in the council chambers, starting at 9am, and will be open to the public.