Ready For Tomorrow - A Discussion About Spatial Planning

Consultation has closed, thank you to those who took part.


Where do you think future growth should happen in the Gore District?

With ongoing development in our towns we need to think about this question, particularly for residential and industrial activities.

As a starting point, the Council has prepared Ready For Tomorrow – A Discussion About Spatial Planning. This  is the start of our discussion with you about how we, as a community, want our District to look. 

You are invited to read the document and give us feedback by Friday 13 March. (Please not the deadline for submissions has been extended due to the recent flooding). 

Click on Ready for Tomorrow - A Discussion About Spatial Planning [PDF, 5.6 MB] for you digital copy.

You can also pick up a copy at our main office and Gore Library, in the James Cumming Wing, as well as the Mataura library.


What Is A Spatial Plan?

A spatial plan sets out, at a district level, the potential growth areas for the future.

A spatial plan does not necessarily set out detailed land use patterns and densities, the locations of open space, or the layout and nature of infrastructure.

What it does is provide is a broad overview to guide the detailed plans that follow. It takes into account existing strengths such as transport connections, linkages to current development areas and population.

It also considers the challenges to development. These could be areas prone to natural hazards, such as flooding, or an area hard to service from an infrastructure point of view.


What Will the Gore District Spatial Plan Do? 

You may not think a spatial plan applies to you. But it does.

The Gore District Spatial Plan will be a crucial building block for future planning and decision-making.

It will enable us to identify things like: 

  • the direction our urban areas should expand, 
  • the location of future industrial and residential zones, and 
  • any upgrades needed to transport links.


Community Information Sessions

Come and have a chat to us about the plan. We are holding community information sessions on:

  • Tuesday 3 March – Mataura community centre between 5.00pm and 7.00pm. 
  • Wednesday 4 March – James Cumming Wing foyer, Gore, between 5.00pm and 7.00pm.


How to have your say 

Visit the Council's site 201 at the Southern Field Days from Wednesday 12 February to Friday 14 February

Make a submission and send it to us by Friday 13 March. You can make a submission online - follow this link.

Alternatively, you can fill in the submission form on the back of the consultation document and

Email: Please put Submission on Ready for Tomorrow - A Discussion About Spatial Planning in the subject line.

Post: NZ Freepost Authority 213, Gore District Council, P O Box 8, Gore, 9740.

Deliver To: Gore District Council, Ardwick Street, Gore.   



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