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LTP 2018-2028 documents adopted for consultation

 
This page contains information about the Consultation Document and Supporting Documentation for the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.
Updated: 16/07/2018 3:06 p.m.

Council has adopted its Consultation Document and Supporting Documentation for the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.

The Consultation Document outlines the priorities identified through conversations with the public, plans already in play, statutory obligations and how these will be scheduled and funded. 

Message from the Mayor

After reviewing our progress over the past three years and talking about the past and the future with you our consultation document is ready for you to consider and comment upon. Once consultation is complete the Long Term Plan will become the blue print for our District for the next ten years.  

The plan is based on the feedback we got from you, during early engagement meetings last year, combined with information from policies, models, plans and strategies that we have developed (with public consultation) over the past few years. 

We wanted to come up with a consultation document that responds to things that are important to our community, before we embarked on this latest round of consultation. 

We heard from hundreds of people at public meetings, at hui, at the Matariki Festival, at Have Your Say events, through submissions and feedback on our website and social media.

Your feedback was clear. You want us to: 

  • deliver our core services and ensure they are properly maintained 
  • provide more walking and cycling options 
  • make our public spaces tidy and more attractive 
  • provide things to see and do across our District 
  • provide recreation, sports and community facilities. 

We summarised these into the following three key issues and are now seeking your feedback. 

We have prioritised: 

  1. Investment in our core infrastructure to ensure that we properly maintain and replace our roads and pipes. We are seeking your feedback on our proposal to focus on stormwater, which is increasingly important for our District as existing stormwater infrastructure ages and our climate changes.
  2. Getting ready for the future as we continue to see an increase in population and more demand on our infrastructure and services. We are seeking your feedback on the location of a new Civic Centre which will help deliver a more effective and efficient service for our growing District.
  3. Making sure we keep our District attractive and enjoyable to live in. We are seeking your feedback on increasing funding for our Community-led projects, which enable our communities to deliver improvements to benefit everyone.  

We are also asking for your feedback on how we collect our largest source of funding – rates.  We have two options to consider, so check that section and let us know which you prefer. 

Over the next four weeks we will be going into more detail on each of the areas and issues covered by the plan.

Keep an eye out for information on how to be part of this process.  Come along to a meeting, make a comment online, or by email, attend a Have Your Say event or write in to us.  

Find out more about the process, important dates and how to make submissions, visit our facebook page, our Here to Where website and the consultation document which is available at Council offices and on our Long Tem Plan page on our website.(links below)

WDC Facebook page

Here To Where

The closing date for feedback waSunday 8 April 2018 and we look forward to hearing from you. 

You told us

  • Build a larger theatre / conference centre with offices and covered car parks – Forum North.
  • Take care of the environment and the ocean; more youth spaces and things to do – Youth Week at the Central Library.
  • More recycling and innovative ways of dealing with Waste and improved cycleways – Tutukaka
  • Improving local community recreational facilities – Waipu.
  • The need for new infrastructure and services to support growth – Ruakaka.
  • Improvements to road safety and robust planning to avoid future traffic congestion – Mangakahia.
  • Better connections to central Whangarei and the rest of the surrounding areas – Smeaton’s Drive.
  • Road widening of Whangarei Heads Road, flood mitigation – Onerahi.
  • Walking and cycling connections to CBD cycleway; designing places to promote a sense of neighbourliness; encourage people to meet and talk - Raumanga.
  • Develop more children’s parks (playgrounds); more amenity for young and old – Kamo.
  • Improve safety issues at Parua Bay Village and the road out to Whangarei Heads – Pataua.
  • More and better grading of metal roads to minimise corrugations; review the roads in the area – Maungakaramea.
  • Improving the Tikipunga sportspark and making more use of community facilities – Tikipunga.

These are just a few of the ideas people from all corners of our District presented to us last year.

How to Have Your Say

This consultation document outlines what we are proposing for the next 10 years. It has been created using the LTP 2015-2025 as a base and then adjusted to reflect feedback from our community, received during our early engagement phase in mid-2017.

We want you to tell us what you think of this plan, the choices we have outlined, the projects and what we are proposing. We are also consulting on changes to our fees and charges and various policies.

All of the supporting documents are available on our Long Term Plan page on our website.

If you do not have access to the internet or would prefer a hard copy, please call us to request them.

Giving us your feedback

You can provide feedback:

  • in person, by dropping off a completed feedback form at any Council office, or by calling our contact centre
  • by mail through sending your feedback to our mailing address as shown on the feedback form
  • online through our website 
  • via email to mailroom@wdc.govt.nz or by 
  • posting or messaging on Facebook, Neighbourly or Twitter.

Concurrent Consultations

Alongside the Consultation Document for the Long Term Plan we are also consulting on our:

  • Rating policy
  • Revenue and financing policy
  • Development contributions policy
  • Fees and Charges 2018-19

Consultation on these policies, fees and charges, can also be viewed on our Long Term Plan page on our website. (link above)

People interested in the proposals will be able to present their views during a formal submission period from 7 March to 8 April 2018. This will be followed by formal hearings where any submitter may choose to speak to their submission.

Rates, debt, fees

The plan contains a proposed rates increase of inflation plus 2%, taking into account the normal 1% growth in the number of ratepayers per year as our District grows over the 10 years of the plan.

Increasing most fees and charges in line with the Local Government Cost Index (LGCI), which ranges from 2.0% to 2.7% across the 10 years of the plan, is proposed.

The plan proposes an increase to the debt cap in line with inflation and growth, to maintain the District’s buying power. To accommodate some major one-off projects such as the new Civic Centre and theatre, it proposes additional debt funding that will sit outside the debt cap. 

This will mean our core debt (debt incurred doing our day-to-day business) peaks at $182.6 million, with our overall debt rising to $239.3 million.

Key dates

  • 28 February: Consultation Document approved
  • 7 March - 8 April: Open for feedback
  • 20, 23, 24 April: Oral feedback
  • 28 June: Proposed adoption of the Long Term Plan 2018-2028

Public meeting dates and more information

If you want more information or view the list of public meeting dates,  you can phone us on 09 430 4200 or visit our Long Term Plan page on our website.

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