18 February 2013
District Plan heritage buildings hearing this week
Commercial building owners who oppose the Gore District Council’s proposal to include their property on the heritage register get to put their case at a hearing this month.
The Council proposes to add 12 buildings to the Scheduled Heritage Structures list, as part of a suite of changes to the Gore District Plan. The hearing, on 26 February, is the third relating to the proposed plan changes and will deal with the heritage register and creation of a townscape zone.
Gore District consultant planner Keith Hovell said the owners of four buildings – the ASB Building, Buckleys/McCutcheon Building, Gore Club Inc and LaHood’s Building – oppose their inclusion on the register.
Their main concern is the impact it will have if the building, or parts of it, are deemed an earthquake risk and require work.
While this was a valid point, it would be more appropriate for it to be considered when seeking consents to undertake work rather than exclude the building from the register, Mr Hovell said.
The hearing will be held in the Council’s chambers, starting at 9am, before Crs Bret Highsted, Cliff Bolger, Nicky Davis and Marty Redhead. It is open to the public.
The Council is proposing 14 changes to the District Plan, the majority in response to issues and situations raised by the public. A fourth and final hearing will be held in March.