Fewer submit this year

Submissions to this year's Central Otago District Council annual plan total only half the number filed last year.

The 2010-11 annual plan attracted 142 submissions.

Seventy-one people have aired their views on the 2011-12 plan.

Last year the introduction of water metering prompted many submissions to the plan. The fees and management of the district's main swimming pools were also hot topics.

The concerns about the running of the pools had abated. The council was reconsidering issues around water metering, council corporate services manager Susan Finlay said.

"The council's Three Waters strategy has picked up on the concerns from residents about water, so we have listened to them." She was unsure why the number of submissions had dropped so markedly.

"I guess there's not as many contentious issues this year, so it's business as usual."

The council was looking forward to its next long-term plan, she said.

The submissions covered many issues. Only one topic attracted multiple submissions. Four or five submitters suggested there should be more business and industrial-zoned land in Alexandra.

Of the 71 submitters, 31 want to outline their views at meetings.

Community boards will hear the submissions relating to their respective wards. The district council will meet on June 8 to consider 16 district-wide issues.

The Vincent board has 11 submissions to consider, the Cromwell board has three and the Maniototo board has one.

There are no Roxburgh ward-related submissions.


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