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Selwyn Times: November 08, 2016

Selwyn Times: November 08,

FREE TUESday NOVEMBER 8 2016 379 7100 Selwyn Times Proudly locally owned and published by Star Media Award winning publishing group Kea (Nestor Notabilis) Ladbrooks, Tai Tapu, Leeston, Lincoln, Southbridge, Prebbleton, Halswell, Rolleston, Templeton, Burnham, West Melton, Darfield, Arthurs Pass Hauling heavy weights at Hororata A kilt is not usually part of Olympic shot putter Jacko Gill’s competition attire but that didn’t seem to bother him as he tried his hand in eight events at the Hororata Highland Games on Saturday. Gill’s throw of 28m in the 22lb hammer event was one of several new event records set on the day. A record crowd of 10,000 people turned out at Hororata Domain for this year’s games. •See pages 4 and 5 for more on the games. PHOTO: MURRAY IRWIN Rural business rules in spotlight • By Tom Doudney THE RULES around what business activities can take place in Selwyn’s rural areas will come under scrutiny as part of the District Plan review. Business activities in the rural areas have been the cause of a growing number of disputes between residents and businesses since the February 2011 earthquake caused an increase in the number of people and businesses moving to the district. The District Plan is supposed to be reviewed every 10 years. The current version was originally notified in two volumes (Rural Volume in 2000 and the Township Volume in 2001), decisions on submissions were released in 2004 and it was made fully operative in May this year. Mayor Sam Broughton said it had been a long time since the current District Plan was developed and it was starting to feel a bit out of date. “Those ideas are now 10 years old and we have moved as a district quite a long way from that,” Mr Broughton said. He said the review was a chance to re-evaluate what Selwyn wanted to be as a community. District council planning manager Jess Burgess said a project team was currently undertaking an assessment of the District Plan. “This will look at the positive and negative effects of businesses establishing in rural areas and whether any changes are required to address issues that are raised with such activities,” Mr Burgess said. “Where possible greater clarity and less grey areas for dispute is sought in developing the second generation plan.” Asked whether changes were likely to make it harder or easier for businesses to set up in rural areas, Mr Burgess said that was unknown but there would be public engagement and debate over that issue. Mr Broughton said it was hoped the public would let the district council know what their expectations were. “We are keen to hear from individuals or maybe companies or groups that have got views on the things that should be relaxed or things that should be tightened up,” he said. “I think one of the things that has come through is a view that we want to protect green space and the views that are available across our district, across paddocks to the mountains – that’s something that people have been talking to me about.” He said it was hoped the electronic version of the new District Plan would have features that made it easy to search so it would be simple for people to see what the rules allowed for a given property and neighbouring properties. The District Plan review is expected to take the next three years. “We like to dream big.” Big things are happening for Faringdon in 2017. Our new primary school, Lemonwood Grove opens, as does Faringdon’s new retail centre, a new Show Home Village, and you can afford to dream big! Mikalya (11) NEW STAGES JUST RELEASED! Sections 400m 2 to 844m 2 from $162,000. Visit Rolleston’s fastest selling development Dynes Road, Rolleston. Wed to Sun 12pm to 4pm Call Bruce Harvey on 0800 667 849 or visit Watch our hilarious Faringdon kids talking about their future dreams at Jamiya (1O) Kaylee (12) FRD29503-SM 260x90