Heritage focus in District Plan review

by Anonymous Author

A major review of the Selwyn District Plan has begun with an initial focus on identifying heritage items of cultural and historic value, such as historic buildings, places or monuments that should be included.

There are over 120 heritage items currently listed in Appendix 3 of both the Rural and Township volumes of the plan, which is available online at eplan.

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“We want to know whether there are any other assets that the public believes have heritage value and need to be protected for our current and future generations living in the district,” said environmental services manager Tim Harris.

“A district plan is essentially a ‘rule book’, which sets district-wide rules for sustainably managing our natural and physical resources; so it’s important that people get involved in the review of our current plan and have a say about what can and cannot be done on land, and how it can be developed.

“We’ve already talked to a number of stakeholders and landowners who have been telling us what’s working well and what’s not.

“But 2018 is the year when the proposed changes to the current plan will start taking more shape.

We expect to engage and seek input from our ratepayers and stakeholders this year on a wide range of topics.

This will help ensure we end up with a plan that sets a clear direction for our district’s development and reflects our communities’ needs and expectations,” Mr Harris said.

The proposed District Plan is scheduled to be notified in 2020.

Residents can keep up to date through the website at selwyndistrictplan.co.nz.

“To make it as easy as possible for people to share their views and comments, we’ll be offering a range of ways that people can interact with the review, including drop-in sessions and online platforms as well as formal submission processes,” Mr Harris says. Nominations for new heritage items close at 5pm on Monday, March 5. For more information on how you can nominate a new heritage item and what happens after nominations are submitted visit selwyndistrictplan.co.nz.