The Te Tai o Poutini Committee has extended the submission deadline for the draft combined district plan (for the Buller, Grey Westland District Councils and the West Coast Regional Council) to 28 October 2022. This is largely due to a mapping “glitch” that saw landowners on the West Coast receive a letter advising their property was affected by a newly designated site and area of significance to Māori, some of which were inaccurate.
The Committee is made up of 11 representatives of the four West Coast councils and local iwi. However, the membership of the Committee is about to change, as four current members are not contesting their seats on council, and a further four are up for re-election. Of course, the unelected iwi representatives are not affected by the democratic process. The upcoming change of membership may have an effect on the content of the final plan, depending upon who the citizens voted to represent them.
For more information on the proposed plan, see ‘Anger On West Coast As New Rules Impact Property Rights’ in our August newsletter.
WANT TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE WEST COAST’S PROPOSED DISTRICT PLAN?
Submissions close Friday, 28 October 2022.