Your Town, Your Future - The Mackenzie Spatial Plans

To take part in the survey, simply click the link at the bottom of this page or click here - please note that the deadline for the survey has been extended by two weeks until 30 October.

Please read our summary document, 'Your Town, Your Future, Your Say' to help understand the options before completing our survey, this is available here.

Drop in Sessions

Council will be holding a number of community drop in sessions where Council staff will be on hand to explain the options and the next steps in the process.

Tuesday 6th October: Fairlie (including Albury, Kimbell & Burkes Pass), 4-6pm, Council Offices, Fairlie

Wednesday 7th October: Tekapo, 4-6pm Tekapo Community Hall

Monday 12th October: Twizel, 5-8pm, Entrance Foyer, Twizel Events Centre

Tuesday 13th October: Albury, 4-6pm, Albury Hall

Wednesday 14th October: Tekapo, 6-7pm Tekapo Community Hall

Thursday 15th October: Fairlie (including Albury, Kimbell & Burkes Pass), 6-7pm, Council Offices, Fairlie

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.

How can I get involved?

Following a series of workshops and analysis, we have developed three high level options for each township, as well as a concept plan for each rural settlement. We are now at the point where we need community input to help us identify the preferred model of growth.

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 before completing the survey, this is available here.

We're now at the point where we are asking the community what they think about the options and plans we have put together. To take part, simply click the survey at the bottom of this page or click here.

How will your feedback be used?

The feedback received will be directly used to help us develop the preferred options, so it’s important that we get input from as many people as possible so we can make the an informed decision that represents the community’s wishes.

To take part in the survey, simply click the link at the bottom of this page or click here - please note that the deadline for the survey has been extended by two weeks until 30 October.

Please read our summary document, 'Your Town, Your Future, Your Say' to help understand the options before completing our survey, this is available here.

Drop in Sessions

Council will be holding a number of community drop in sessions where Council staff will be on hand to explain the options and the next steps in the process.

Tuesday 6th October: Fairlie (including Albury, Kimbell & Burkes Pass), 4-6pm, Council Offices, Fairlie

Wednesday 7th October: Tekapo, 4-6pm Tekapo Community Hall

Monday 12th October: Twizel, 5-8pm, Entrance Foyer, Twizel Events Centre

Tuesday 13th October: Albury, 4-6pm, Albury Hall

Wednesday 14th October: Tekapo, 6-7pm Tekapo Community Hall

Thursday 15th October: Fairlie (including Albury, Kimbell & Burkes Pass), 6-7pm, Council Offices, Fairlie

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.

How can I get involved?

Following a series of workshops and analysis, we have developed three high level options for each township, as well as a concept plan for each rural settlement. We are now at the point where we need community input to help us identify the preferred model of growth.

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 before completing the survey, this is available here.

We're now at the point where we are asking the community what they think about the options and plans we have put together. To take part, simply click the survey at the bottom of this page or click here.

How will your feedback be used?

The feedback received will be directly used to help us develop the preferred options, so it’s important that we get input from as many people as possible so we can make the an informed decision that represents the community’s wishes.