deluxe home hideaways with a hangar and runway could be among the future scenarios for Alexandra Airport.

This is just one of the topics of discussion the Central Otago District Council hopes will be part of drop-in sessions planned next week about the Vincent Spatial Plan.

The project will look at growth projections for the next 30 years in and around the townships of Alexandra, Clyde, Omakau and Ophir.

Council executive manager planning and environment Louise van der Voor said it was important the spatial plan reflected what communities want for their future.

‘‘We want to meet people, so that we can understand how and where they want development to occur, and to make sure that as we grow we are also protecting what is important to our communities.’’

Central Otago councillor and Vincent Community Board chairman Martin McPherson encouraged the community to go to the sessions.

A master plan for the Alexandra Airport was part of the planning process and development could mean a series of hangars with homes above them at the site.
‘‘It is actually happening now
— there are a couple of apartment and hangar complexes already being built up there.’’

Mr McPherson did not anticipate it would mean provision of jet services. Instead, Alexandra Airport could become more popular for private flyers who were looking for hangar space.

Other topics of discussion would include conversion of rural land to lifestyle blocks, increasing the spread of townships, smaller sections and apartment-style living in townships.

Otago Regional Councillor and local farmer Gary Kelliher encouraged people to take part in the drop-in sessions.
It was ‘‘really important’’ the community looked at the potential plans and how it could affect them in the future ‘‘especially with urban v rural and how people utilise their land’’, Cr Kelliher said.

‘‘We see the clash that comes at the moment between say horticulture and the semi-urban lifestyle sector.’’
It was ‘‘absolutely critical’’ the community had input into what the council was thinking ‘‘to ensure council doesn’t head away off in a wayward direction that only factors what some want,’’ he said.

Council staff and spatial plan consultants will be at public drop-in sessions in Omakau, Alexandra and Clyde next week.


Dates and venues for the drop-in sessions:
– Tuesday August 18, 4.30pm to 7pm Matakanui-combined Rugby Club, Omakau.
– Wednesday August 19, 4.30pm to 6.30pm Alexandra Community House.
– Thursday August 20, 4.30pm to 6.30pm Clyde Bowling Club.

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