ORC seeks public response on its draft long-term plan

The Otago Regional Council’s draft long-term plan for 2021-31, which proposes a total rates rise of 47.5% in year one, is now open for submissions.

It sets out an ambitious programme of improvements to meet the growing expectations for Otago’s environmental management.

Chairman Andrew Noone encouraged Otago residents to consider the draft plan and have their say.

"Our consultation document sets out what we’re aiming to do over the next 10 years, and how we propose to pay for it."

The council is asking for feedback in three specific areas — biodiversity service levels and funding, how it can balance the long-term plan budget and how it can spread the cost to rehabilitate Lake Hayes.

‘‘People can comment on any other aspect of the plan as well," Cr Noone said.

Otago residents can make submissions on the plan either online or by returning the freepost form included in the consultation document.

Consultation closes on May 9 and anyone who wants to speak to the council about their submission will be able to do so during hearings on May 20 and 21.

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