9 March 2018
The Operations & Monitoring Committee has supported a recommendation that Council approve the establishment of an advisory group to progress lakefront and inner city development.
Redevelopment of the lakefront is proposed as a “big move” project in Council’s proposed 2018-28 Long-term Plan (LTP) which is now open for public feedback.
It is proposed that an interim advisory group be established and be in place for six months to progress a master plan and vision for proposed lakefront redevelopment and adjoining city blocks.
Governance for the project would shift to a separate development company, if the lakefront development proposal is supported and proceeds.
The separate development company would be a new council-controlled organisation (CCO), the purpose of which would be to attract private investment to fund development at the lakefront. Along with the lakefront development proposal, the CCO is also included in the LTP as part of some key “big moves” to drive further progress for the district, aligned with the 2030 vision and last year’s refresh, The Rotorua Way, which identified opportunities to build on the district’s strengths.
During an LTP workshop in December elected members supported establishing an entity with clear objectives and mandate from Council to facilitate lakefront and CBD development, and supported proceeding with the next level of design for the lakefront.
Council staff presented to the committee yesterday [Thursday 8 March] on “big moves” projects featured in the proposed LTP (lakefront development; Whakarewarewa Forest and Te Ara Ahi cycleway extension; and improving Kuirau Park).
The recommendation to establish an interim advisory group will go to the Full Council for its consideration and a final decision. Operations & Monitoring Committee members Mr Bob Martin, representing the Rural Community Board, voted against the committee supporting the recommendation. Mr Potaua Biasiny-Tulle, representing Te Tatau o Te Arawa, abstained from voting.
Go to p56 of the Operations & Monitoring Committee agenda to read the full report on this matter.
Go to Council’s online consultation hub Let’s Talk/Korero Mai for more information about what’s proposed in the LTP, including the consultation document and ways you can have your say.
Also on the Operations & Monitoring agenda . . .
Adverse weather events, landfill demand and electricity prices continued to put pressure on Council’s financial position for the seven months ended 31 January 2018, Chief Financial Officer Thomas Collé told elected members yesterday.
He provided a verbal update saying pre-Christmas pressures had continued and where possible, non-critical work was being deferred in order to rebalance the organisation’s financial position by the end of the financial year.
Mr Collé said he anticipated the organisation would finish the year within 1% of budget – he did not believe it would be possible to “claw all of it back” in operations with electricity pricing and landfill pressures in particular expected to continue.
View key information provided in the financial update HERE or view the update on Council’s YouTube channel via THIS LINK on Council’s website.
Council-controlled organisations InfraCore, Rotorua Economic Development, Rotorua Airport and Terax Limited Partnership presented second quarter operational and finance updates to Council’s Operations & Monitoring Committee.
You can view their presentations on the video recording of the hui/meeting on Council’s YouTube Channel via THIS LINK on Council’s website.
Go to the Operations & Monitoring Committee agenda to read the full reports/presentation from the CCOs.
Extraordinary Full Council hui/meeting
An extraordinary meeting of the Full Council followed the Operations & Monitoring Committee hui/meeting with just one item on the agenda, a confidential item relating to contracts for the East Rotoiti/Rotoma Sewerage Scheme. The matter will become public at a later date.
The Operations & Monitoring Committee hui/meeting was livestreamed. The recording and the agenda can be accessed via THIS LINK on Council’s website.