The Queenstown Lakes District Council has received 301 submissions on its representation review, and the public is expected to learn today whether there is popular support to disband the Wanaka Community Board.
Council communication adviser Sam White said, when The News sought the main themes of submissions on Monday, further details would not be available until after they had been shared with elected members.
“That could be after Thursday’s [today’s] Wanaka Community Board meeting but I’ll send you anything before then that’s made publicly available,” Mr White said.
The board meets at 10am at the Lake Wanaka Centre.
Hearing dates for the review have been scheduled: August 26 in Queenstown and August 27 in Wanaka.
The hearing panel will be the full council of 10 councillors and the mayor.
The proposal is that the Queenstown Lakes district elect a total of 12 councillors across four wards and there be no community boards.
The proposed new wards are Whakatipu (four councillors), Kawarau (three councillors), Arrowtown (one councillor) and Wanaka-Hawea (four councillors).
The hearings will be open to the public but only submitters may speak.
At the conclusion of the hearings, the council will debate whether to retain the proposed new ward structure or change it.
Council officers will write a report to present to the full council on September 16.
According to the council website, if the council adopts the proposal that has been consulted on, submitters will have a right of appeal to the Local Government Commission, but only in how the decision relates to their original submission.
If the council adopts a different model from what was consulted on, a general right of objection will exist, and anyone can lodge an objection.
The period to appeal or object is one month from the date the September 16 decision is publicly notified.
The Local Government Commission is considering 44 representation reviews across New Zealand.
It has until April 11 next year to release its final decision to the Queenstown Lakes District Council.