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It’s been a busy time for the
Southland District Council and
that is only going to continue
in the next few months. We are
right in the middle of getting
submissions to our draft Annual
Plan, with meetings planned to
hear those submissions in mid
But, before that, the council’s
resource management committee
will be in Te Anau to hear
submissions on three proposed
changes to the Southland District
Plan relating to the Te Anau area
from 1 to 3 June. The hearings will
be at the Distinction Hotel.
These proposed changes
have arisen from the Te Anau
Community Board being proactive.
The board wants to manage future
growth in and around the town
more effectively, following very
rapid growth from 2000-2005
where over 1000 new allotments
These proposed changes have
been discussed at several
meetings in Te Anau, in a
discussion document circulated
in the Te Anau ward, and council
planning staff held a further
drop-in session last year for
anyone with queries.
The proposed changes seek
to expand the existing Urban
Resource Area to rezone
consented developments such
as the Delta and Alpine Terrace
developments and to provide
additional suitably zoned
residential land, to expand the
existing Industrial Resource Area
to provide further industrially
zoned land for future industrial
activities, and to create a new
Lakeside Protection Area on the
lakefront which would strengthen
the existing 12-metre height limit.
About 100 submissions have been
received and staff have been
preparing reports on these which
will be circulated to submitters in
the near future.
The recent heavy rain and flooding
has illustrated the importance of
council closely scrutinising any
proposed new developments in
regards to flooding.
There has been considerable
development activity around
the lake in recent years and
some proposed developments
have been declined due to their
potential to be inundated. In
other cases developers have
been required to elevate building
platforms to above highest
recorded lake levels.
While sometimes such decisions
and requirements are not popular,
the council has important duties
under the Resource Management
Act and the Building Act to
minimise the potential for damage
to property and loss of life from
events like floods.
Now to finish up by returning to the
draft Annual Plan – I just want to
clarify the issues surrounding the
council’s new water and sewerage
operation and maintenance
This contract has resulted in a
cost increase of 16%, but that
does NOT mean everyone is
getting a 16% rates increase.
The council has been discussing
how the increase will be paid
for but it seems likely at this
stage that the extra cost will be
recovered by an even percentage
increase across the whole district.
Using this approach, the increases
for each scheme would range
from about $9 through to $59
depending on the historical cost of
the water and sewerage services
within individual townships.
The other option is to calculate
the costs on a per connection
basis, which results in a variety
of increases and decreases –
from a $162 reduction to a $215
increase, depending on the
Remember this is not an increase
across your whole rates – rather,
it is an increase on your water and
wastewater local rates.
To find out more, the council has
created a flyer which is available
online at www.southlanddc.govt.nz
or at all the area offices.
We want to know what you think
about how the increase can be
paid for, and so you can make
submissions to the draft Annual
Plan on this.
Submissions close on May 19.
Managing Te Anau’s growth
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PO Box 251
Te Anau 9640
Ben Tippett, aged 11, with a 9 point stag he shot while
on a hunting trip during the roar. Ben spent a weekend
hunting with his father and 3 friends from Ashburton.
Ben Tippett aged 11 with a 9 point stag he shot
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