Public has say on retirement village

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Public submissions on a proposal to develop a retirement village at Hospital Hill will be heard at a Waitaki District Council (WDC) meeting today.

Submissions closed on Monday, September 2, and WDC received more than 80, with 90 per cent supportive of the Waitaki District Health Services proposal.

Nine verbal submissions will be heard today and the council will also consider about 75 non-verbal submissions.

Public consultation also sought feedback on the key issue of establishing two new council-controlled organisations to manage and operate the facilities if the proposal goes ahead.

Following verbal and non-verbal submissions today, the council will make a decision at its meeting on September 24 on whether or not to confirm its support for the proposal.

If support is confirmed, the project will need to go through a number of additional phases, including resource and building consent processes, before it goes ahead.

The proposal, if approved, will see the retirement village developed in three stages: a fully-dependent care facility and hospital; semi-dependent, serviced studios or apartaments; and independent residential villas (one, two and three bedroom townhouses).

The core services will cost between $5 and $8 million to develop, excluding the apartments and villas, and the entire project will take about two years to complete.

By Jacquie Webby