Your Town, Your Future - The Mackenzie Spatial Plans

Community feedback on the options closed on Friday 30 October. We are now analyzing the results and will share them with the community in the next few weeks. We had well over 300 responses so this may take a bit of time - thanks so much to everyone that took the time to leave their feedback!

Tō koutou taone, Tō koutou ā mua

The Mackenzie Spatial Plans will create a 30-year vision of what the future could look like in Fairlie, Takapō and Twizel. The project will ensure our main townships are maintained as places for people, ensuring growth can occur in a way that benefits the local community and improves where we live.

What is a Spatial Plan?

A Spatial Plan is a visual blueprint for the future, showing what should go where and how each part should interact with the others. We want to ensure we can get ahead of growth, identify key improvements, then plan for it and get on with it.

As a community, we have an opportunity to chart the future of our townships, ensuring growth occurs in a sustainable way that protects the environment, our communities, aesthetics and industries that make the District such a special place.

The Spatial Plans will offer up a shared vision of what the future can look like, offering guidance to both the private and public sector and providing a filter through which MDC can evaluate proposals. It will also guide infrastructure investment and allow for MDC to plan for future growth and get ahead of the curve.

The Spatial Plans will:

  • Provide a picture of where each area is heading and highlight areas of potential growth and change.
  • Guide investment decisions at local, regional and central government level.
  • Identify the key issues facing the area and the priorities that need to be advanced to address these.

How are we going to do this?

The Spatial Planning process has been outlined in the Spatial Planning Establishment Report which maps out the project . This was approved by Council in May this 2020.

A high level updated timeline can be found here.

The plans will be developed using facilitated stakeholder workshops, community engagement, optioneering and analysis to evaluate a wide range of information and identify a shortlist of options.

The shortlists will then be shared with the community for comment. The feedback received will form a core part of the evidence that will help support the final spatial plan for each town.

What have we done so far?

Mackenzie Community Survey

The process began in early 2020 with the launch of the Mackenzie Community Survey. This was carried out from 16 January to 16 February 2020 and had a total of 759 responses. Its purpose was to get a high-level understanding of the how the community feels about the district. More specifically, it asked three main questions of residents, ratepayers and visitors:

  1. What one thing do you like the most about the district?
  2. What one thing would you most like to see changed about the district?
  3. Looking ahead, what is the one thing you would like the Mackenzie District to be known for in the future?

The results have been analysed using an interactive online platform, which is available here – https://bit.ly/2upEAFJ. The results have been used to shape the spatial planning process and will continue to be referred to as we move forward in the process.

Spatial Planning Establishment Report

The Establishment Report set the foundation for the delivery of the spatial plans and town centre plans for the three main townships of Fairlie, Tekapo (Takapō), and Twizel, as well as concept plans the smaller rural settlements of Kimbell, Albury and Burkes Pass.

It set the following objectives for the Spatial Planning process:

  1. We understand what the future holds for each town.
  2. Integration of existing strategies and projects ensuring the outcomes reflect Mackenzie District values.
  3. The work informs/facilitates the District Plan Review.
  4. Ensure the Mackenzie District Council can get ahead of growth, identify key spatial improvements, then plan for it and get on with it.
  5. The community is engaged throughout the process.

This report is available here

Community workshops

Investment Logic Map workshops (8-10 July)

An initial round of workshops with were held in early July to develop Investment Logic Maps (ILMs) for the main townships of Fairlie, Tekapo (Takapō) and Twizel. An ILM is a NZ Treasury supported investment tool that aims to communicate the complete investment story on a single page using language and concepts that are understandable to anyone. The ILMs are available in the documents section of this page.

Issues and Opportunities workshops (27-28 July)

Workshops were held with the communities of Burkes Pass, Albury and Kimbell to help the project understand the issues faced and the opportunities available for the future of each town. The results of these workshops are being used to directly inform the development of the concept plans for each of these settlements.

Optioneering workshops (29 - 31 July)

A second round of workshops were held in Fairlie, Tekapo (Takapō) and Twizel to help identify what the communities' would like to see in the future of their towns. This included a design process that looked at the layout of the town centre, as well as an exercise that looked at how the town might grow and develop over time., These workshops will directly inform the options that will be presented for the community, as well as the town centre concepts for each town.

Shortlist development (July - August)

Following the above workshops workshops and analysis, we developed three high level options for each township, as well as a concept plan for each rural settlement. These were then packaged up into an engagement document so we could share them with the community and seek feedback.

Community Engagement - Your Town, Your Future - Your Say (August 21 - October 30)

Once we had landed on the options , we packaged them up in the engagement document Your Town, Your Future, Your Say and then shared it our communities to understand what they thought of the options. This phase of community engagement was open for six weeks and was supported by community drop in sessions, targeted social media advertising, news media and posters in community facilities.

We received well over 300 responses and these will be directly used to help us develop the preferred options.

How can I get involved?

Following a series of workshops and analysis, we developed three high level options for each township, as well as a concept plan for each rural settlement.

The work we have done and the options are included in our summary document, 'Your Town, Your Future, Your Say'. Please read this to help understand the options, this is available here.

Community feedback on the options closed on Friday 30 October. We are now analyzing the results and will share them with the community in the next few weeks. We had well over 300 responses so this may take a bit of time.

The feedback received will be directly used to help us develop the preferred options, so it’s great to see that we got input from so many people as possible. This will help us make evidence based decisions that represents the community’s wishes.

Community feedback on the options closed on Friday 30 October. We are now analyzing the results and will share them with the community in the next few weeks. We had well over 300 responses so this may take a bit of time - thanks so much to everyone that took the time to leave their feedback!

Tō koutou taone, Tō koutou ā mua

The Mackenzie Spatial Plans will create a 30-year vision of what the future could look like in Fairlie, Takapō and Twizel. The project will ensure our main townships are maintained as places for people, ensuring growth can occur in a way that benefits the local community and improves where we live.

What is a Spatial Plan?

A Spatial Plan is a visual blueprint for the future, showing what should go where and how each part should interact with the others. We want to ensure we can get ahead of growth, identify key improvements, then plan for it and get on with it.

As a community, we have an opportunity to chart the future of our townships, ensuring growth occurs in a sustainable way that protects the environment, our communities, aesthetics and industries that make the District such a special place.

The Spatial Plans will offer up a shared vision of what the future can look like, offering guidance to both the private and public sector and providing a filter through which MDC can evaluate proposals. It will also guide infrastructure investment and allow for MDC to plan for future growth and get ahead of the curve.

The Spatial Plans will:

  • Provide a picture of where each area is heading and highlight areas of potential growth and change.
  • Guide investment decisions at local, regional and central government level.
  • Identify the key issues facing the area and the priorities that need to be advanced to address these.

How are we going to do this?

The Spatial Planning process has been outlined in the Spatial Planning Establishment Report which maps out the project . This was approved by Council in May this 2020.

A high level updated timeline can be found here.

The plans will be developed using facilitated stakeholder workshops, community engagement, optioneering and analysis to evaluate a wide range of information and identify a shortlist of options.

The shortlists will then be shared with the community for comment. The feedback received will form a core part of the evidence that will help support the final spatial plan for each town.

What have we done so far?

Mackenzie Community Survey

The process began in early 2020 with the launch of the Mackenzie Community Survey. This was carried out from 16 January to 16 February 2020 and had a total of 759 responses. Its purpose was to get a high-level understanding of the how the community feels about the district. More specifically, it asked three main questions of residents, ratepayers and visitors:

  1. What one thing do you like the most about the district?
  2. What one thing would you most like to see changed about the district?
  3. Looking ahead, what is the one thing you would like the Mackenzie District to be known for in the future?

The results have been analysed using an interactive online platform, which is available here – https://bit.ly/2upEAFJ. The results have been used to shape the spatial planning process and will continue to be referred to as we move forward in the process.

Spatial Planning Establishment Report

The Establishment Report set the foundation for the delivery of the spatial plans and town centre plans for the three main townships of Fairlie, Tekapo (Takapō), and Twizel, as well as concept plans the smaller rural settlements of Kimbell, Albury and Burkes Pass.

It set the following objectives for the Spatial Planning process:

  1. We understand what the future holds for each town.
  2. Integration of existing strategies and projects ensuring the outcomes reflect Mackenzie District values.
  3. The work informs/facilitates the District Plan Review.
  4. Ensure the Mackenzie District Council can get ahead of growth, identify key spatial improvements, then plan for it and get on with it.
  5. The community is engaged throughout the process.

This report is available here

Community workshops

Investment Logic Map workshops (8-10 July)

An initial round of workshops with were held in early July to develop Investment Logic Maps (ILMs) for the main townships of Fairlie, Tekapo (Takapō) and Twizel. An ILM is a NZ Treasury supported investment tool that aims to communicate the complete investment story on a single page using language and concepts that are understandable to anyone. The ILMs are available in the documents section of this page.

Issues and Opportunities workshops (27-28 July)

Workshops were held with the communities of Burkes Pass, Albury and Kimbell to help the project understand the issues faced and the opportunities available for the future of each town. The results of these workshops are being used to directly inform the development of the concept plans for each of these settlements.

Optioneering workshops (29 - 31 July)

A second round of workshops were held in Fairlie, Tekapo (Takapō) and Twizel to help identify what the communities' would like to see in the future of their towns. This included a design process that looked at the layout of the town centre, as well as an exercise that looked at how the town might grow and develop over time., These workshops will directly inform the options that will be presented for the community, as well as the town centre concepts for each town.

Shortlist development (July - August)

Following the above workshops workshops and analysis, we developed three high level options for each township, as well as a concept plan for each rural settlement. These were then packaged up into an engagement document so we could share them with the community and seek feedback.

Community Engagement - Your Town, Your Future - Your Say (August 21 - October 30)

Once we had landed on the options , we packaged them up in the engagement document Your Town, Your Future, Your Say and then shared it our communities to understand what they thought of the options. This phase of community engagement was open for six weeks and was supported by community drop in sessions, targeted social media advertising, news media and posters in community facilities.

We received well over 300 responses and these will be directly used to help us develop the preferred options.

How can I get involved?

Following a series of workshops and analysis, we developed three high level options for each township, as well as a concept plan for each rural settlement.

The work we have done and the options are included in our summary document, 'Your Town, Your Future, Your Say'. Please read this to help understand the options, this is available here.

Community feedback on the options closed on Friday 30 October. We are now analyzing the results and will share them with the community in the next few weeks. We had well over 300 responses so this may take a bit of time.

The feedback received will be directly used to help us develop the preferred options, so it’s great to see that we got input from so many people as possible. This will help us make evidence based decisions that represents the community’s wishes.

  • Community workshops outline communities' passion for the future - 6 August 2020

    The Mackenzie District Council is praising the communities of the District's townships and settlements after two rounds of community meetings to set the direction for the Mackenzie Spatial Plans.

    The Mackenzie Spatial Plans will create a 30-year vision of what the future could look like in Fairlie, Tekapo (Takapō) and Twizel. The project will ensure our main townships are maintained as places for people, ensuring growth can occur in a way that benefits the local community and improves where we live. They will also offer a concept plan for the smaller settlements of Burkes Pass, Kimbell and Albury.

    Over the past month, two rounds of community workshops have been held with community members and council officers to help outline and understand the problems and opportunities facing each township, as well as plan for what the future might look like given current growth projections and capacity constraints.

    An initial round of workshops were held in early July to develop Investment Logic Maps (ILMs) for the main townships of Fairlie, Tekapo (Takapō) and Twizel. An ILM is a NZ Treasury supported investment tool that aims to communicate the complete investment story on a single page using language and concepts that are understandable to anyone.

    Following these workshops, a second round of workshops were held with the smaller townships of Burkes Pass, Kimbell and Albury as well as more detailed optioneering and planning workshops in the main townships.

    Mackenzie District Council CEO, Suzette van Aswegen, has been delighted with the passion and interest shown by the community members involved so far. "These have been pretty intensive workshops, and the discussions have been honest and not always easy - but that's the benefit of them. We very much appreciate the time and effort put in by all participants and staff.

    "The project team have come away with a wealth of information about the communities' concerns, hopes and aspirations for their towns, and a much better idea of what the future could look like."

    The next steps for the project will see the team use the information developed during the workshops to help shape a shortlist of options for each of the main townships. These will outline what the future could look like for each town across a range of scenarios reflecting different planning and zoning considerations.

    At the same time, initial plans will be drawn up for the town centres of each main town and the smaller settlements that seek to outline a future vision for each area, and improvements that could be made to improve their layout and function. These options are expected to be shared with the community for feedback in late August / early September.

    "We really want to get these options in front of as much of the community as we can to ensure the feedback we receive reflects the desires of our district's people. The information will be fed into our analysis and directly inform the direction the project takes and the preferred options for each area." said van Aswegen.


    ILMs from each workshop and supporting data are available in the documents section of this page.

  • MDC to launch Mackenzie Spatial Planning project - 3 July 2020

    23 Jul 2020

    Mackenzie District Council is embarking on an ambitious project to chart the future of the district's main townships and understand how they will manage growth over the next 30 years.

    Councillors have approved an Establishment Report, which outlines the development of three Spatial Plans for Fairlie, Tekapo and Twizel, as well as concept plans for the smaller rural settlements of Kimbell, Albury and Burkes Pass.

    The Establishment Report was developed following the successful Mackenzie Community Survey, undertaken earlier this year. It details the Spatial Planning process, governance structure, scope, components, and timeline for completion.

    The Spatial Planning project will offer up a shared picture of what the future can look like, offering investment certainty to both the private and public sector. Ultimately, it will inform the Mackenzie District Plan Review, providing a filter with which MDC can evaluate development proposals. It will also guide infrastructure investment and allow for MDC to plan for future growth and get ahead of the curve.

    The project aims to ensure our main townships are places for people, ensuring growth can occur in a way that benefits the local community and improves where they live. Each plan will be a visual blueprint for the future, indicating what should go where and how each element should interact with the others.

    Each local community will be engaged throughout the process, with several opportunities for people to have their say. The results of community engagement will be used as key pieces of evidence to support the final options, with the process aiming to be as transparent as possible.

    Mayor Graham Smith is excited to see Council getting on the front foot and looking to get ahead of growth. "While there's no getting around the fact that COVID19 has slowed things down across the district, it's pretty inevitable that growth will pick back up again. If there's a silver lining, it's that the lockdown has given us some breathing space to sit down and have a conversation about what we want our future to look like."

    "While the results of the community survey differed across our main townships, one thing that was pretty clear is that people want to protect what we have and what makes our district so special, so this is a great opportunity to work out what we want to see over the next 30 years. We can't stop growth, but we can plan for it and make it work for us, that's my hope - it's an exciting time and we think the community as a whole will get in behind the process."

    The plans will be developed using facilitated stakeholder workshops, community engagement, optioneering and analysis to evaluate a wide range of information and identify a preferred way forward for each township. They will look at the following workstreams for each town:

    • Environment, Mana Whenua, Social and Culture
    • Land Use
    • Sustainable Infrastructure
    • Mackenzie District Council Property

    The next steps in the process will see a number of workshops held in July involving selected community participants, the project team and elected members. Following these workshops, the public will be asked to provide feedback on options for each township. This is expected to begin in late August. Further information will be provided as the process moves forward.

    ENDS

  • Survey sees massive community response - 22 June 2020

    23 Jul 2020

    http://www.mackenzie.govt.nz/Site/Community/Public_Notices/district_plan_survey_results.aspx

    Mackenzie District Council is praising the community after a massive response to the Mackenzie Community Survey earlier this year.

    The survey was carried out from 16 January to 16 February 2020 and had a total of 759 responses. Its purpose was to get a high-level understanding of the how the community feels about the district. More specifically, it asked three main questions of residents, ratepayers and visitors:

    1. What one thing do you like the most about the district?
    2. What one thing would you most like to see changed about the district?
    3. Looking ahead, what is the one thing you would like the Mackenzie District to be known for in the future?

    The responses have been analysed and loaded into an online interactive platform that allows the results to be investigated by a range of demographic markers. These results are now publicly available at https://bit.ly/2upEAFJ

    Mayor Graham Smith is delighted with the strong response to the survey. “To have received 759 responses as part of this process is a fantastic result. It is by no means a surprise to see we have such a passionate and engaged community, and all of the information received will help us shape the future of our District.”

    “We’ve also put together an online interactive tool to help the community understand the main themes appearing in the survey responses, which gives them the ability to dissect the results by things such as age, gender, location and relationship with the District.”

    “While some of the results come as no surprise, such as the fact that almost everyone loves the amazing scenery and natural environment, there are other things that certainly warrant further investigation.”

    “There’s obviously room for improvement for Council, and this survey lays that out in plain sight. We’re not shying away from this and that’s why we’re sharing the results with our community. We hope that this will start a wider conversation about the future of the District, and we look forward to having that discussion over the coming months.”

    The results will help form part of the evidence used as part of a spatial planning project that will be launched shortly, and will ultimately will inform the District Plan Review. It is expected that three spatial plans will be developed for Fairlie, Tekapo and Twizel that will help shape how the towns grow over the next 30 years and beyond.

    Further community engagement is being planned as part of this process and details are expected to be announced for opportunities for communities to get involved over the next few weeks.

    ENDS