Monday, December 19, 2011

Heritage precinct moves another step closer

Arbor Day - Greytown, New Zealand - July 3, 2010A Combined Wairarapa Planning Committee recently adopted a proposal to extend Greytown’s Historic Heritage Precinct.  The proposal has now moved a step closer with the public notification of the proposal. 

Greytown’s Main Street boasts many original colonial buildings housing trendy cafes, boutiques, art galleries and antique shops.  Its heritage charm is a real drawcard for visitors and a source of pride for locals.

Only a small part of Greytown’s Main Street has protection as a Historic Heritage Precinct.  In an earlier post I talked about a proposal to extend the precinct a block north and a block south.  On 23 September 2011 the Committee heard from four submitters who generally support the proposal, and one who opposes the proposal entirely.  The Greytown Community Heritage Trust, of which I am chair, was one of the four submitters in favour.

In a decision dated 13 October 2011 The Committee resolved to adopt Plan Change No 4 – Greytown Historic Heritage Precinct Extension.  The decision was publicly notified on 8 December 2011.  Any person who made a submission now has the right to appeal the decision on the proposal to the Environment Court.  Any appeal must be lodged within 30 days of service of the notice of decision.

I think an appeal is unlikely in this case.  So the Plan Change will become operative early 2012.

Photo courtesy of US Embassy New Zealand and author Geoff Walker under Creative Commons licence.

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