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2018-2028 Long Term Plan

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2018-2028 Long Term Plan

Gisborne District Council adopted its 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (LTP) on 28 June 2018. 

The LTP is prepared every 3 years in consultation with our community. The plan sets out our activities and priorities over the next 10 years. It explains what we're going to do, why we're doing it and how we'll pay for it. Our plan is about balancing what's affordable for our district with what's sustainable. 

Long Term Plan - Our Future Plan

2018-2028 Long Term Plan [PDF, 19 MB]  

The plan in sections:
Our Plan [PDF, 4 MB]  |  Activities [PDF, 5 MB]  |  Finances [PDF, 1.3 MB]  |  Appendices [PDF, 1.4 MB] 
Financial Strategy [PDF, 1.8 MB]   
Infrastructure Strategy [PDF, 2.7 MB] 
Our Policies [PDF, 3.3 MB] 

We consulted with our community from 13 March - 20 April 2018, followed by hearings and deliberations. Changes were incorporated before the plan was adopted. We received 347 submissions with 67 presenting at the hearings.

Submissions - Details of submissions including staff responses [PDF, 3.3 MB]  
Hearings and deliberations - Overview Report [PDF, 530 KB]  
Council Meeting Minutes [PDF, 164 KB] 
The Consultation Document [PDF, 8 MB] 

Property rates

Rates information will be available soon on Tairawhiti Maps

What your submissions told us

Here's a snapshot of what you told us [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Engagement stats

For the key issues, submitters strongly supported Council's preferred options:

Roads maintenance - there was clear support for increasing the amount of funding for road maintenance and renewals, with the preferred option of an affordable renewals focus.
DrainWise was given high priority by submitters. Council’s preferred option to focus on public property, and enforce private was supported. However, there was also concern for affordability. Investigating alternative funding options for the private property owners was suggested.
Wastewater treatment - the majority of submitters (54%) supported completing Phase One (which includes clarification, solids removal and UV disinfection) within 10 years. But there was also significant support for the alternative option which would see Phase 2 (a wetland) also completed in the ten years, with an increase in cost. Support for the further investigation of Alternate Use and Disposal (AUD) options was common to both the preferred and alternative options.
Proposed Olympic Pool redevelopment generated a very high number of submissions - 94% of which were in favour of Council’s preferred option, which includes continuing to provide a 50m pool.
Taruheru cycleway - most supported Council’s preferred option to complete the Taruheru cycleway in 2021-2024 with 100% external funding. Those opposed to the preferred option generally suggested that Council should invest some money to enable the project to be completed sooner.

Other topics and issues raised by submissions included:
• Concern with rates affordability and the fair distribution of rates increases. 
• Ensuring Council makes adequate provision for the recently adopted Community Facilities Strategy.
• Biodiversity enhancements including at the Waingake Reserve. 
• Several submissions asked that the Tokomaru Bay Wharf be restored.
• Partnering with iwi
• Community opposition to linking two cul-de-sacs – Ruth Street and Gwyneth Place.

How we responded

The feedback received at community meetings, online and in formal submissions meant we were much clearer on what our communities consider as priorities. 

Council's preferred option was approved for all of the key issues - road maintenance, DrainWise, wastewater treatment, Olympic Pool and cycleways.

• The debt ceiling was increased above what was indicated in the consultation document. It's now $85m in years 1-3 (up from $80m) and $105m in years 4-10 (up from $100m).
The increase in debt is required as a result of a deficit in previous years and to allow for project carryovers. 

• The average rates revenue will increase by 4.95% (up from 4.89% as stated in the consultation document). The increase will be used to pay for the ongoing investigation
into alternative use and disposal options for the city’s wastewater. This has increased the wastewater toilet pan by $2 for those properties who are connected to the wastewater network.

• Additional funding from NZTA has been confirmed for land transport. The extra money will be held in reserve until roading needs are assessed in year one. Some funding will also be used to reduce debt.

In response to concerns with water supply, wastewater and flood control the following projects were approved: 
• Waingake Reserve - $100k in year one, then $50k per year for the Waingake restoration project.

• A project in year one to investigate the feasibility of water tanks being provided to private property owners.

• A water quality monitoring project for Hamanatua Stream in year one.

• Willows Road drainage scheme - $100k in year 1 to progress the resource consent and planning for the proposed stop bank and associated pumping works.

• Alternative Use and Disposal (AUD) - $50k in years one and 2, then $75k per year for further investigation into AUD for wastewater treatment.

Partnerships were further encouraged with Council agreeing to engage with:
• Ngai Tamanuhiri and Rongowhakaata around developing potential relationship agreements.
• Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou to identify resourcing needs and options regarding Waiapu Koka Huhua and the Joint Management Agreement.

The Waste Management Minimisation Plan 2018 – 2024 was adopted, with Council supporting the consideration of using wheelie bins for kerbside waste and recycling.

Community groups and facilities were supported through: 
• Community Facilities Strategy – $33k per year for business planning and $25k per year for resourcing implementation of the strategy.
• Crematorium - $50k in year one to upgrade the crematorium.
• Whakarua Park - $30k to be brought forward from township planning budget for business case development.
• Surf Life Saving NZ - $4.5k per year increase to current funding levels.
• Fees and charges - changes to regional monitoring and science charges (RMA s36 charges) were made in response to forestry industry concern.