16 May 2018
Elected members have given their support in principle for most Long-term Plan recommendations being considered following community consultation on the proposed 2018-28 plan.
Some recommendations were modified following discussion today [Wednesday 16 May], day one of two days of deliberations by Rotorua Lakes Council’s Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee.
The Long-term Plan (LTP) plan will establish the work and projects to be undertaken across the next 10 years and how these will be funded.
Recommendations supported in principle:
- Invest $7.5m in Aquatic Centre improvements deemed necessary to serve the community and required to attract investor interest in further developments.
- Fully restore and re-open Rotorua Museum, expected to cost about $30m and expected to attract significant external contribution given the building’s historical and cultural significance.
- Tarawera Sewerage Scheme at a cost to each household of approximately $19,000 with a capital cost of $17.8m budgeted in the Long-term Plan (LTP) and Council contributing $1500 per household. Modifications to the recommendation included that Council work closely with the community steering group to identify further funding options and acceptable early payment options for residents and that Council look into hardship payment options to enable some residents to pay their contribution back over a number of years. Rotorua Lakes Community Board chair Phill Thomas requested that it be noted that the board supported another option, which would enable residents to pay their contribution over 25 years.
- Extending roadside rubbish and recycling collections to currently unserviced rural areas, excluding Ngakuru, Horohoro and Upper Atiamuri. A new targeted rate would apply to properties receiving the service.
- Development of a framework for a draft sustainable development contributions policy to contribute to costs of additional infrastructure capacity needed to accommodate new developments. It is proposed this be introduced in year 3 of the LTP following development of a draft policy and community consultation.
- Stage 1 development of the Rotorua Lakefront, followed by a further three stages upon successful partnership with private investment. It is proposed a total $20m be set aside across years one to eight of the LTP.
- $7.5m for years one to three of the LTP to invest in additional and improved forest access and parking at the Tarawera side of Whakarewarewa Forest. Government funding is being sought to contribute to the proposed development.
- $5.5m spread over years one to six of the LTP (a modification from the $7.5 in years one to five which was recommended), with Government funding contributions to be sought, for further development of Kuirau Park including establishing a new carpark, fit-for-purpose market space, playground and improved toilet facilities.
- The proposed skate park which was included as part of the Kuirau Park proposals is to be dealt with as a separate project with further work to be done on feasibility and site.
- Establishment of a new council-controlled organisation (CCO) to progress lakefront and CBD development and attract external investment with a capital value targeted rate to be introduced for all CBD businesses and commercial entities (an average increase of $100 per year) to contribute towards operating costs of the CCO.
- Ongoing work between Council and community housing providers to continue exploring options for provision of pensioner/social housing currently owned and operated by Council to improve and increase housing stock to meet growing demand and enable provision of support services.
There will be further deliberation tomorrow on rating differentials and the fixed Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC) portion of the rates with six elected members indicating they supported in principle what was proposed and eight requesting further deliberation.
Recommendations from the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee will then go to the Full Council for its consideration and final decision-making about what will be included in the Long-term Plan. The plan will be adopted late June with the 2918/19 financial year becoming year one of the plan.
Want to know more?
See THIS LINK on Council’s website for an outline of recommendations being considered by the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee and analysis of community feedback.
You can view the full report for deliberations by the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee, which includes analysis of feedback, at THIS LINK on Council’s website.
You can view all the feedback received at Council’s consultation portal Let’s Talk – Korero Mai at THIS LINK on Council’s website.
You can view the 2018-28 Long-term Plan consultation document, which includes what is proposed and how it’s proposed it will be funded, at THIS LINK on Council’s website.
The Long-term Plan deliberations are being livestreamed and can be viewed live or later via THIS LINK on Council’s website or via Council’s YouTube Channel