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.