The Local Government Commission announced on 11 September 2018 that it is issuing a final proposal for a West Coast combined district plan.
The decision comes after careful consideration of submissions and hearings on the draft proposal, and further information received.
“The Commission has concluded the proposal will promote the purpose of local government by way of achieving a good quality district plan for the West Coast while still allowing for local responsibility for local variations,’’ said Janie Annear, lead Local Government Commissioner for West Coast Reorganisation. “We believe it will also assist improved economic performance on the West Coast.’’
The draft proposal had very positive support in most of the Coast with some opposition in parts, Mrs Annear said.
“We respect the position of all parties, but the Commission has a duty not only to act in the best interests of each district, but also in the interests of the West Coast as a whole.
“The Commission is satisfied the decision meets the legal tests under the Local Government Act, including in relation to necessary community support.’’
Mrs Annear added that an important element of the plan was the flexibility for local variations to recognise particular local features.
“This is a win-win situation. The combined district plan will have the advantages and efficiencies of scale and shared resources but also allows for expression of local differences where these can be justified on resource management grounds.’’
She acknowledged that the process had taken a long time but that it had been important to get it right for the West Coast.
“I would like to acknowledge the contributions of all those people who have made an input into the process, and particularly the four councils, and thank West Coasters for their patience during this lengthy process,’’ Mrs Annear said.
The proposal will see the formation of a joint committee comprising members of the Buller, Grey and Westland district councils, the West Coast Regional Council and iwi, to be responsible for preparing and approving a new combined district plan.
You can out more on the Local Government Commission website.