Hundreds have say on Waimakariri’s future

The Waimakariri District Council will be hearing submissions on its 2024/34 Long Term Plan next...
The Waimakariri District Council will be hearing submissions on its 2024/34 Long Term Plan next week. Photo: David Hill / North Canterbury News
Waimakariri residents have had their say on the Long Term Plan and given councillors plenty to consider.

A Waimakariri District Council spokesperson said ‘‘a healthy’’ 336 submissions have been received to the 2024/34 Long Term Plan, making 1670 submission points.

The council is due to hold hearings on the submissions on May 8, from 9.30am, in the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre and then in the Oxford Town Hall from 3pm.

A second day of hearings will be held in the council chambers in Rangiora the following day from 1pm.

The council has signalled a rates hike of 8.94 percent this year, which is thought to be the lowest proposed rates rise in Canterbury.

Mayor Dan Gordon said the council was feeling the effects of the cost of living crisis, while continuing to pay off its earthquake recovery and Mainpower Stadium loans.

The district’s population is projected to grow from around 70,000 to 82,075 by 2034, based on Stats NZ’s high growth scenario.

To support that growth, the council is proposing to spend around $693 million over the next 10 years.

Managing the natural environment, flood resilience, community facilities and transport infrastructure were being consulted on.

Key projects include the proposed Rangiora eastern link road, a draft natural environment strategy, the Rangiora Library extension and expansion plans for Mainpower Oval.

Once the hearings have concluded, the council will resume its Long Term Plan deliberations on May 21 and 22, before the final adoption in June.

Meanwhile, the Hurunui District Council has received 135 submissions on its Long Term Plan, with hearings scheduled for May 6 and 7.

The council will resume its deliberations on May 14 and 15, before adopting the plan next month.

Around 130 submissions have been received on the Kaikōura District Council’s Long Term Plan, with 20 submitters wishing to be heard at a hearing planned on May 15.

Deliberations are scheduled to conclude the next day ahead of adoption at the council's June meeting.

By David Hill, Local Democracy Reporter

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