Over 60 submissions

More than 60 submissions have been received on the Queenstown Lakes District Council's review of district plan rural rules, policy analyst Daniel Wells has confirmed.

The review is regarded as a challenging but important issue for the district and discussion documents have been widely circulated.

The district plan imposes restrictions on development in rural areas, including outstanding natural landscapes.

Mr Wells said the feedback process had been successful, documents had been distributed widely and information at council offices had been popular.

The process had also been helped by a feature series published by the Otago Daily Times, he said.

Council staff would now read the submissions, identify the range of opinions and start a discussion with councillors and the strategy committee about the preferred position.

Some of the concerns raised in the submissions were:

• The amount of resource consents being permitted for houses in rural areas.

• The inconvenience and costs the plan imposes on farmers.

• Ways the council might change the way it regulates development in rural areas.

Mr Wells hoped the first report would be prepared for the council and committee before September.



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