Hearings set for draft plan

Submissions to the Otago Regional Council's draft 10-year plan will be heard during four days of hearings around the region this week.

More than 220 submissions to the long-term council community plan have been received by the council and many of those who made submissions have requested to speak at the hearings.

Major topics covered by submissions included funding proposals for flood and drainage work on the Taieri, the Awatea St stadium and the council's proposed office block.

The draft plan provided for a general rate of $4.47 million compared with the $4.42 million in 2008-09, an increase of 1.02%.

It included proposals to introduce four new targeted rates to fund the Clean Air, Clean Heat project, public transport in Queenstown, Shotover Delta flood protection works and the new office block.

Hearings would be held in Alexandra at the Cellar Door and Balclutha at the Clutha District Council chambers today, Dunedin at the regional council offices tomorrow and Thursday and Oamaru at the Brydone Hotel on Wednesday.

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