Vincent ward survey launched

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The Central Otago District Council has launched a survey to gather feedback from people who live, stay or own property in the Vincent ward.

This encompasses the Alexandra basin, Manuherekia Valley and lower Ida Valley.

The survey is designed to gain insight into what people value about the place where they live or stay; what they would hate to lose as things change; and what they would like their place to be known for.

This community input will feed into the development of the Vincent Spatial Plan.

The establishment report for the Vincent Spatial Plan was adopted by the council on March 11.

The purpose of the spatial plan is to provide direction for growth and development for the area over the next 30 years.

Its development will address a combination of growth and land use in the Alexandra basin, Omakau and Ophir; the provision of infrastructure to accommodate future growth; and a master plan for the Alexandra airport.

Councillor and Vincent Community Board chairman Martin McPherson encouraged people to get involved.

“Central Otago’s population is growing. While growth can be great for communities, it can also impact on things that we hold dear. We want to make sure that growth happens in a way that works for us.”

Councillor Lynley Claridge was delighted with the council’s decision to go ahead with this project.

“This is so exciting. It is the Vincent ward community’s time to shine.

“I look forward [to] partnering with our community on this journey to defining who we are, where we want to head, and how we celebrate and grow the vibrancy of our place.”

Feedback from the survey will also be valuable in the development of other long-term planning and visioning projects, including the 2021-2031 long-term plan, the district plan, the Central Otago 2050 plan (30-year vision and prosperity plan), as well as community plans.

The survey will run for a month.

JARED.MORGAN

@alliedpress.co.nz