Posted by on 21/03/2014
More than 1000 submissions have been received to the Proposed Thames Coromandel District Plan according to preliminary results.
Submissions closed on Friday 14 March. So far 570 submissions have been counted but there are at least another 700 being processed.
Late submissions will now only be considered if the submitter puts in writing the reason for their late submission. The District Plan Hearings Panel will then decide whether the late submission will be accepted.
"We're really pleased with the number of submissions that's come in," says Mayor Glenn Leach. "It shows that people genuinely care about the future of the Coromandel".
Council's District Plan team will now summarise all the submissions. A summary of the relief sought by submissions will then be publicly notified and people will have the opportunity to make further submissions.
Once all the submissions are summarised the District Plan team will pull together reports, which will be the basis of the District Plan Review hearings and deliberations, taking place in July.
"The hearings and deliberations is a truly big job for the District Plan Hearings Panel," says Mayor Leach. "They are the ones who will be making the recommendations, which our Council will then decide to sign-off on."
Meanwhile the District Plan team are going through both the Proposed District Plan and the Operative District Plan to see what parts haven't been submitted on and what can be treated as operative.
"We hope to have this completed by end of April," says District Plan Manager Leigh Robcke. "In the meantime we will be working with any customers who may be affected through building or planning processes."