The Local Government Commission has determined its preferred option for local government reorganisation on the West Coast is the transfer of district plan preparation from the Buller, Grey and Westland district councils to the West Coast Regional Council. This will include a joint committee of the four councils to be responsible for developing and approving a new combined West Coast district plan.
The Commission will now work with the councils to prepare a draft outlining the details of the proposal and invite submissions from the community on the West Coast in the new year.
Media release: Commission: ‘no’ to amalgamation, ‘yes’ to combined district planning (6 December 2017)
Determination (PDF, 113KB)
West Coast decision paper (PDF, 990KB)
Communities of Interest report (PDF, 2MB)
UMR public opinion survey (PDF, 911KB)