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Have they got it right? You can decide.

The Central Otago District Council is asking for feedback on its draft Vincent Spatial Plan, which is open for comment until the end of September.

The CODC’s vision for the Vincent Ward has been encapsulated in a draft plan that addresses growth and land use in the Alexandra-Clyde and Omakau-Ophir areas for at least the next 30 years. Comments can be made online on the council’s website and in person if alert levels allow.

In the draft document tabled at the CODC full meeting on August 11, the background report stated that the Alexandra-Clyde area was identified as experiencing growth resulting in increased high demand for housing, increased prices and affordability issues for some.

For Alexandra-Clyde, the plan proposed to manage growth through infilling existing residential-zoned land around the town centres, greenfield expansion in defined areas along the edges of each town, and infilling of rural-residential land between the towns.

The plan also provided for a diverse range of housing types to meet the needs of the future both in availability and affordability, and to support the vibrancy of the centres.

In the rural area, it was indentified that growth pressures for housing development could compete for productive land and result in “reverse sensitivity”, the term used to describe reaction to lawfully established activities. Complaints regarding frost-protection fans was one example.

The provision of green (planting and parks) and blue (waterways) networks to facilitate both recreation and non-vehicle commuters was also identified.

Omakau and Ophir were experiencing growth pressure, with lack of land available for future development. Growth in Omakau was focused around existing corridors that already had good road connections and access to infrastructure.

It was proposed that Ophir’s heritage precinct would expand to include the entire residential area to help maintain and protect the town’s character.

In April, the CODC conducted a community values survey, a drop-in session in September, and before that released the Let’s Talk Options engagement document (between December 2020 and February 2021).

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said this was a chance to check back in with the community and ask, “Have we got it right?”

“The proposed plans incorporate and reflect the themes of the community sentiment we’ve heard to date in the process,” Mr Cadogan said.

Feedback would help staff to fine-tune these plans before they went back to the council for adoption and help inform the district plan.

“The more feedback we receive, the better the Vincent Spatial Plan will reflect our communities’ wishes.”

The What Do You Think? Draft Vincent Spatial Plan publication and an online survey form are available at www.codc.govt.nz/vincentspatialplan.

Hard copy documents and feedback forms would be made available as the alert levels allowed, as well as in-person opportunities to engage.