The recent election was one way to have your say on how you want the district to develop, but the spatial plan is another one.
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is seeking input from the district’s community into the development of a draft Spatial Plan shaping future growth and development for decades to come.
QLDC has formed a partnership with central government and Kāi Tahu to deliver a joint spatial plan. It will look at the growth in our towns and townships and explore what this means for our infrastructure – three waters, transport and social infrastructure – and community facilities over the next 30 years and beyond. It is a project QLDC is delivering with its partners to lead the community conversation on growth.
Community engagement is at the spatial plan’s core. “We want to know what role you see your town playing in 30 years’ time and what aspects of future development you value most. For example, is it more important to you to have local facilities on your doorstep or centralised services with good transport choices to get to them?”
QLDC chief executive Mike Theelen said it was council’s goal to support positive change that benefits the wellbeing of the whole district both now and for generations that follow.
“The Queenstown Lakes has been the most rapidly changing district in the country in recent years. The spatial plan is intended to ensure that that growth is managed in a sustainable manner that protects our unique environment, our communities, as well as our economic and social wellbeing,” said Mr Theelen.
“While the pace of change can be daunting, not setting out clear community outcomes and priorities will only compound some of the infrastructure and affordability challenges already faced by the district.”
“Our core population projections continue to show a steady increase for the district, and our attractiveness as a visitor destination adds to that. The plan is not about chasing growth or trying to stop it, rather, it is something that takes an intentional view of the future to ensure development is strategic and integrated to create a well-rounded, holistic community across the district,” added Mr Theelen.
Minister of Urban Development Phil Twyford said that Queenstown is the jewel in the crown of New Zealand’s tourist economy, but its growth is putting pressure on the environment and the ability of ratepayers to invest in infrastructure.
“We need to plan and invest in the kind of growth that will preserve the character of Queenstown and the wider district, and make it liveable for the people who go to work every day and keep the economy humming,” said Minister Phil Twyford.
The Informal community engagement starts on November 4 and lasts for four weeks. It will include facilitated community workshops held across the district from November 4 - 27 along with the opportunity to contribute feedback online at letstalk.qldc.govt.nz. For those who don’t have internet access at home, feedback can be provided in QLDC’s Ardmore Street office. Feedback closes 1 December.