30-year plan for harbour consultation

Light filters in through afternoon clouds over Oamaru Harbour this month. The Waitaki District...
Light filters in through afternoon clouds over Oamaru Harbour this month. The Waitaki District Council says it will begin consultation on a master plan for the area in July. PHOTO: REBECCA RYAN
The 30-year plan for Oamaru Harbour is now likely to go to the public for consultation in July, Waitaki District Council assets group manager Neil Jorgensen says.

And though the coming public engagement for a master plan was "not fleshed out yet'' it would likely be "quite similar'' to the three weeks of public engagement in October and November when the $200,000 Oamaru Harbour master plan project began with a community survey.

Mr Jorgensen, listed as the project manager in the council's Oamaru Harbour Space Masterplan Establishment Report, confirmed yesterday the harbour area committee was now expected to recommend a consultation document for council approval at a July 2 meeting.

And after approval at a subsequent extraordinary meeting the council would "have to tighten up [the consultation] a wee bit'' to have a plan in place before the October election, Mr Jorgensen said.

On Monday, council staff, consultants and the committee met to discuss "what areas'' were agreed upon "and what aspects the committee would like input from the community on''.

The coming consultation would not present options for the community to provide feedback on as "a straightforward A or B'', he said.

After several contentious development proposals for Oamaru Harbour cropped up, the council agreed to develop a spatial plan for the area that would address: historic heritage, potential development opportunities, solutions for transport and parking, shared spaces, community assets, ecology and environmental management.

In February, the council quadrupled the initial $50,000 budget for the plan and approved the establishment report, which included a timetable for approval of a master plan on June 25.



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