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Consultation open on 2020/21 Annual Plan

20 Mar 2020

Consultation open on 2020/21 Annual Plan

The Local Government Act requires all councils to have a Long Term Plan, and to produce an updated LTP every 3 years. In the 2 years in between, Council has an Annual Plan, which contains changes or additions to any projects, activities and financial forecasts originally included in the LTP. 

Council made decisions last year that now require changes to be made to the Annual Plan.  Legislatively Council is now required to consult on those changes. There is a tight timeframe within which councils have to do this.

With the global COVID-19 situation work is being done nationally to look at possible changes to the relevant legislation to enable flexibility in the process however, in the meantime we are releasing our consultation document.

“We recognise that in this time of social and economic uncertainty putting out a consultation document is far from ideal,” says Mayor Stoltz. 

“I want to reassure our community that nothing is set in stone. Between now and June our Chief Executive will be looking at all our options to minimise any rates impact.”

“Discussions may also be guided nationally on Council’s approach to rates setting.”

The key changes proposed are:

  • Bringing forward the disinfection stage of the Wastewater Treatment Plant in order to improve water quality sooner. This is the most significant change.
  • Increase staff capability in response to the increased number of resource consents that must be processed and monitored. This is a statutory obligation.
  • Accommodate our increasing depreciation costs. This is an unavoidable expense and enables Council to meet the wear and tear costs of critical infrastructure.

Read the full consultation document

You can email us to request a hard copy or pick one up at Council's customer service.