Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has a raft of proposals that are currently open for feedback from the community in the form of formal submissions, requests for feedback and surveys. We've listed here the ones most likely to affect Arrowtown but you can find a full listing at Council's Let's Talk website.
Social Impact Assessment – Proposed Inclusionary Housing Plan Change
Housing is one of the biggest challenges facing in the Queenstown Lakes District. To support low-to-moderate income earners and help attract and retain skilled workers, Council last year proposed a plan change to include inclusionary housing rules in the Proposed District Plan (PDP). These rules would require most new residential subdivisions and developments to pay a contribution to a registered Community Housing Trust.
QLDC is now undertaking a Social Impact Assessment of the Proposed Inclusionary Housing Plan Change to analyse, monitor and manage the potential social consequences of the change. Council wants to hear from you about existing housing conditions, affordability and the potential social changes that may result from the Proposed Inclusionary Housing Plan Change.
You can learn more and find the feedback form link here. Feedback closes Friday 13 October.
Blue-Green Network Plan
The Blue-Green Network Plan is about the parks, open spaces, trails, streets and waterways in the Queenstown Lakes District.
With limited space available in our developable areas and limited opportunities to connect to our surrounding landscapes, it’s important to plan for the future needs of our growing community.
The Plan will help to prioritise investment on parks, open spaces, and social infrastructure for all ages and abilities.
For more information go here. Early insights close on Sunday 15 October.
Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw – pre-engagement
QLDC wants to improve the way waste is managed and minimised as part of its commitment to becoming a low-waste, low-emissions, circular economy.
This includes the development of a bylaw that could address concerns with a range of known challenges, including: contamination of recycling; commercial and household waste in or around public litter bins; commercial rubbish and recycling in town centres; bins left out for extended periods; management of waste from private roads and multi-unit developments; and waste management and minimisation at events and in the construction industry.
At this stage of the process, QLDC is looking for early insights on the types of things you think they could address through a waste management and minimisation bylaw.
More information here. Survey feedback closes 27 October 2023.
Draft Tree Policy 2023
Trees are a vital part of our sustainable health and wellbeing, and provide important amenity and ecological value for residents and visitors alike.
In August 2022 QLDC created a Tree Policy to ensure existing public trees, tree spaces, canopy cover and succession planting meet the needs of the community and continue to be protected and enhanced. The Parks and Reserves team is now reviewing how successfully the Tree Policy 2022 has been working since it was implemented 12 months ago.
There's more information and resources on the tree policy here. Feedback closes 29 October 2023.
Navigation Safety Bylaw Review
The Navigation Safety Bylaw 2018 aims to manage water-based activities so everyone can enjoy smooth and safe sailing on our lakes and rivers.
The bylaw is now up for its five-year review. QLDC is looking for early insights and ideas, both big and small, on how you feel about it.
QLDC is seeking specific feedback on a range of water-related topics, including lifejacket use, location of ski lanes, vessel identification, and
events on the water. And general feedback on whether the current bylaw is working well.
More information can be found here. Feedback closes 5 November 2023.
Safer Speeds 2024–2027
Implementing appropriate speed limits across the district supports a wider vision for an Aotearoa New Zealand where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads. The Government's Road to Zero programme set us on a path to achieve this, with an interim target to reduce deaths and serious injuries by 40% by 2030.
If we are to achieve vision zero, we need to create a safe transport system that recognises humans make mistakes and is designed so that these mistakes do not need to cost us our lives.
In Arrowtown, that would mean further lowering speed limits in several areas, including the residential streets around the school and on the Arrowtown–Lake Hayes Road.
Find out more and give your feedback here. Submissions close 5 November 2023.