Sections available for development
The Clutha District Council has discovered 12 residential sections ready for development in a series of subdivisions at Tapanui.
At a West Otago Community Board meeting on Wednesday, Clutha District Council chief executive Steve Hill said most of the work preparing the land for sale was essentially done as the section were allocated years ago.
"It was a surprise to find it hadn't been finished,'' Mr Hill said.
The plan would result in 12 residential lots to be sold in Dorset St.
It is hoped the excess land will help address the lack of housing stock in the district.
Community board member John Herbert said it was important to ensure people knew the land was for sale so those interested in moving to the area could easily buy it and build a modern house at a reasonable cost.
Many people were sick of hearing about the "housing crisis'' in Auckland and a "ripple effect'' was already being seen as more people moved away from the city into rural areas.
"We need to make sure, as a community, that we have land available when people come look.''
Mr Hill confirmed the council would be advertising the land through appropriate channels.
The council intended to have a new website in the future which he hoped would provide more functionality and ease of use.
"All vacant land will be on the new council website,'' he said.
Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan said the council needed to "get geared up'' and help aid the sales in the district.
He said there were upwards of 700 jobs available and people needed proper places to live.
All 12 of the allotments are on the market now but the council is still servicing the land ready for development.