ANNUAL PLAN & FEES AND CHARGES
Council is launching two consultations for public comment:
The proposed Annual Plan 2020/21, including options for the Balclutha Memorial Hall. This proposal affects those in the Lower Clutha community facilities rating area and ratepayers throughout the district.
The proposed Schedule of Fees and Charges 2020/21. This includes the introduction of trade waste charging from 1 July 2020.
More information is available at all Council offices, on the Council website (www.cluthadc.govt.nz) or on request from 0800 201 350.
Feedback closes on 25 March 2020.
DISTRICT PLAN CHANGE
Changes to the District Plan underwent the next stage in their process at the meeting on Thursday. These changes propose rezoning areas of land in and around the towns of Balclutha, Stirling and Milton to a combination of Urban, Transitional or Industrial Resource Areas.
The plan changes were notified in 2018 and early in 2019 generating a number of submissions and subsequent further submissions.
Council-endorsed final decisions must now be publicly notified in accordance with clause 11 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991 in relevant newspapers, and copies of the decisions must be sent to all submitters and placed in all Council offices and libraries for public viewing.
There will then be a 30 working day appeal period. Appeals must be lodged with the Environment Court.
Once appeals have been resolved (if there are any), Council can then approve the final plan changes, and notify them becoming operative.
OUR PLACE CATLINS COMMUNITY PLAN PROJECTS
Council approved projects coming out of the Our Place Catlins community consultation for inclusion in a new Our Place Catlins Community Plan.
Projects have been grouped under categories:
• Our changing communities
• Landscape and the environment
• Parks and reserves
• Freedom Camping
• Planning for the effects of climate change
THE CATLINS RESERVE MANAGEMENT PLAN
Legislation requires Council to prepare management plans for reserves that they administer. The process is a two-stage one. The initial consultation period was run concurrently with the Our Place Catlins community consultation.
Council staff then created a draft plan. This plan has now been approved by Council for a two-month public consultation period, starting in 20 February.
The plan describes the gazetted reserves and cemeteries under Council’s administration in The Catlins ward, outlines their purposes, and the overarching policies used to guide decision-making and community engagement.
The Plan will return to Council for adoption at the August meeting.
OUR PLACE LAWRENCE-TUAPEKA COMMUNITY CONSULTATION
Council approved the consultation and engagement strategy for the next stage in the ‘Our Place’ community consultation work. During February and March community consultation will take place in the Lawrence-Tuapeka area, leading to the development of a new community plan.
In the coming weeks the Mayor, Councillors, Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board members and staff will be attending and holding events to engage with local residents. People will also be able to complete online and hardcopy submissions forms.
PROCUREMENT POLICY AND STRATEGY
Council approved an updated Procurement Strategy and procedures manual. The improvements include:
• Now covers all of Council’s procurement (not just NZTA)
• Documenting good procedures
• Managing risk in an efficient manner
• Monitoring procurement performance