Thursday, April 25, 2024

Dunedin has say on plan for decade

More than 1,000 people have had their say as part of early consultation efforts by Dunedin City Council on its 10-year plan for the city.

Feedback from the engagement, held last month, was presented to Councillors this week at a workshop which was open to the public.

Council Communications and City Marketing Manager, Leanne Mash says more than 2,700 comments were received from respondents to an online survey and comments wall.

“This is a very pleasing response and we thank everyone who took the time to take part and share their views,” she said.

Ms Mash says a key finding from the early engagement was that a majority of respondents wanted the Council to do “about the same” or “a little bit more” in five of the six topic areas asked about: Roads, Water and Waste Services; Libraries Arts and Culture; Social and Community Wellbeing; Economic Wellbeing; and Environment and Sustainability.

“There was a different response to the question around ‘Environment and Sustainability’ in the online survey, where nearly 71% of respondents wanted us to do ‘a lot more’ or ‘a bit more’ in this area.”

Council trialled an online comments wall that attracted 400 comments and 3,400 plus ‘thumbs up’ from people. Councillors participated throughout the engagement, joining the Library Book Bus on various routes and attending the Otago Farmers Market over two weekends. Council also received some written submissions and held a hui.

Ms Mash says all the feedback received will help the DCC now draft its 10 year plan 2024 34 for formal public consultation in March/April.

The 10 year plan early engagement feedback can be viewed here.

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