OUR PROJECTS MACKENZIE SPATIAL PLANS

CLIENT: Mackenzie District Council
DATE: 2020-2021
STATUS: Directly informing a review of the Mackenzie District Plan

The Mackenzie District has been significantly impacted by unprecedented and sustained levels of growth over the past ten years. This has placed strains on the district’s communities, infrastructure, and environment.

The Mackenzie Spatial Plans were developed to understand how this growth and development can be sustainably managed, charting a path that sets the direction for the next 30 years and beyond. The plans will be used to inform a review of the Mackenzie District Plan and inform council investment.

Alongside the Spatial Plans for the main towns of Fairlie, Takapō and Twizel, Settlement Plans were put together for the smaller rural townships of Burkes Pass, Kimbell and Albury.

WHAT DID WE DO?

Working in close partnership with MDC, Arowhenua and Boffa Miskell, Rationale developed and managed a process to develop and deliver the Mackenzie Spatial Plans.

Building a foundation for the project by developing an Establishment Report, the process put community engagement at its heart, ensuring the plans were driven by the community and reflected the wishes of those who lived there. Rationale also developed growth projections and undertook a housing stocktake to inform the project with a strong evidence base.

Using the results of comprehensive community engagement, Rationale combined a range of optioneering and investment management tools such as Investment Logic Mapping (ILM) and Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) to help develop and analyse options for each town.

Ensuring the plans reflected mana whenua values and aspirations was central to the success of the process and Arowhenua was closely involved throughout the process.

Utilising urban design expertise from Boffa Miskell, the plans were developed using best practise urban design principles delivered to meet National Planning Standards specifications.

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INNOVATION IN ENGAGEMENT

From the outset the project team looked to marry up Spatial Planning and Business Case thinking with a process that put community engagement at the heart of the Spatial Plans. This involved a comprehensive engagement process that was designed to be robust, provide key evidence and agile. It used a range of methods and channels, each intended to offer further evidence and ensure the community was taken along for the ride.

All information was housed on MDC’s online engagement platform Let’s Talk. This was regularly updated with key documents and project updates and acted as a single source of the truth, ensuring transparency and information were central to the process.

All engagement results were summarised and made available to the community using an online interactive platform that allowed users to interrogate the data based on demographics and answers. This was a key step in increasing the transparency around decision making.

WHAT WAS THE RESULT?

Rationale and Boffa Miskell delivered three spatial plans and three settlement plans. These were backed up with detailed analysis that integrated optioneering, population growth, development yields and thirty-year infrastructure costs. These were delivered as a public facing Spatial Plan, GIS maps and a technical business case style document that recorded rationale for decisions made throughout the process.

These received broad community support and were unanimously adopted by Mackenzie District Council. They are now being used to directly inform the review of MDC’s District Plan.

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