Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Plenty of Interest in Council Review

Plenty of Interest in Council Review


There’s been a good level of public interest in Palmerston North City Council’s review of the rural zone and boundary change areas.

Since the consultation process began, just over a week ago, more than 400 people have visited Council’s website to see how the proposed Plan Changes might affect their properties, around 40 people have made enquiries and the submissions are beginning to trickle in.

Acting city planner Jono Ferguson-Pye says the review, the largest Plan Change exercise Council has embarked upon in terms of the Sectional District Plan Review, asks people to comment on how they might improve the areas where they live and work.

“We’ve had a fairly good response, the public seem engaged in the process and the Planning Division is enjoying some good quality robust conversations.”

“Some plan changes are generating more feedback than others,” he says. “The most interest, to date, has been shown in the potential impacts of the draft plan changes relating to the Airport, the Longburn Industrial and North East Industrial zones, the rural subdivision review and the draft Tararua Ranges Landscape Protection Area.”

“There seems to be a general understanding of how significant these areas are to the future of Palmerston North and a real desire to ensure a balance between sustainable economic growth and quality of life,” says Jono.

Tomorrow and on Wednesday (April 8-9) Council is hosting Plan Change Open Days, from 10am to 7pm, each day, at the Palmerston North Convention Centre.

Jono says the open days are an opportunity for the community to get better acquainted with the draft plan changes. “We’ll have a computer available for those residents who don’t have one at home so they can view how the changes might affect their property.”

“We’ll also have copies of the draft plan change provisions and we’ll have Council officers there to answer any questions residents might have,” he says.

Presentations about the draft Plan Changes will be made by Council staff at 12:30pm and 5:30pm each day.

Submissions are currently being received and close at 5pm Monday April 28, 2014.

Once the submissions have been gathered and feedback has been analysed, Council officers will prepare a formal District Plan Change that will propose the actual amendments to the District Plan. This process involves two rounds of submissions and a public hearing before a decision is made on the proposed amendments to the District Plan.

Anyone wanting further information can attend the open days, check out the Shaping our City project at pncc.govt.nz or call the Council’s planning team on 356 8199.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The EU’s Beef With Google

There’s every indication that Google would be on a losing wicket if it chooses to fight the European Union competition watchdogs, who have just levied a $3.3 billion fine on the firm – with the prospect of worse to come if Google doesn’t quickly change the anti-competitive practices at the heart of a court battle that’s been seven years in the making.

Essentially, the case involved Google’s alleged abuse of the stranglehold it enjoys on the online advertising associated with its search activities. More>>

 
 

Legislation: Point England Housing Bill Passed

The passage of the Point England Development Enabling Bill through Parliament this evening will benefit Auckland with additional housing, help resolve Ngāti Paoa’s Treaty claim and improve the local environment and recreation facilities, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says. More>>

ALSO:

Cyberducation: Digital Curriculum Launch And Funding Package

Consultation on new digital technologies content for the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori-medium Curriculum, was launched today by Education Minister Nikki Kaye. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Red Socks And Secret Tapes

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mentioned today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wished Emirates Team New Zealand well in the America's Cup. More>>

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government More Open

International surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog