Support sought for processes and timelines to deliver Council priorities
Proposed processes and timelines to support the delivery of Council’s priorities for this triennium are on the agenda for tomorrow’s Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee meeting.
The committee will be asked to endorse processes for the development of a Housing and Thriving Communities Strategy and a Climate Action Plan to support the 2019-22 priorities adopted by Council in December.
An in-depth induction programme following last year’s election provided context for Rotorua’s Vision 2030 framework and priorities and work programmes in place to achieve the vision’s objectives, enabling elected members to identify their key priorities for the term of this Council (2019-22).
At the Full Council meeting of 5 December elected members confirmed that the new priority for the 2019-22 term will be to ‘create liveable communities’. Since this time, and as there is an importance to focus on homes, housing and thriving communities the priority heading has been refined to ‘homes and thriving communities’ to better reflect the key areas of focus, being homes, housing and thriving communities.
Councillor leads, supported by internal strategy and operational staff, will oversee the delivery of each strategy/programme area. The process for developing each priority further has been discussed with the appointed Councillor lead in preparation for the report and presentation going to the committee tomorrow.
Existing strategies and priorities developed to support the delivery of Vision 2030 have been reviewed and most actions have been completed, are underway or were not progressed after testing.
The report to the Strategy, Policy & Finance Committee notes that in a number of strategies the core objectives are high level and remain valid in supporting Vision 2030. As a minimum, however, all will need to be refreshed with new targets and goals and to reflect Council’s new priorities, changing and emerging issues for the city and district and changes in the Council’s operating environment.
The current strategies are: Inner city revitalisation, Creative, Sport and recreation, Sustainable living and Regional visitor economy.
In addition to a refresh of these strategies a new Housing and Thriving Communities Strategy and a Climate Action Plan will be needed, the report notes. Both areas have seen significant preliminary work and community/stakeholder engagement and their development is expected to move rapidly.
A number of other key strategies and planning and regulatory policies will need to be aligned over the next 12-24 months or as required by their review timeframes including: Spatial Plan (and subsequent District Plan changes), 30-Year Infrastructure Plan and Asset Management Plans, the Long-term Plan, Waste Minimisation Strategy, and various other strategic plans, policies and bylaws (eg open spaces policy).
And a further refresh of Vision 2030 will provide an opportunity to examine how it and the next Long-term Plan can be integrated as one vision for the district.
The first new strategy will be the Housing and Thriving Communities Strategy with significant work already underway on the direction and inputs which will be discussed with elected members in the preparation of the 2020/21 Annual Plan and subsequently the Long-term Plan.
Significant work has also already been done on the other new plan being proposed, the Climate Action Plan. Council departments have been identifying key actions to reduce emissions with efforts in this area, particularly for the Infrastructure Group, seen as normal activity/business as usual. Key actions are anticipated to be included in Asset Management Plans and the Waste Strategy.
Go to p14 of the committee meeting agenda to view the full report on this matter. The proposed process and timelines for the key strategies (Housing and Thriving Communities, Climate Action, Creative, Sport and Recreation, Inner City, Economic Development and Sustainable Living) are on pages 18 to 21 of the committee agenda.
Also on tomorrow’s agenda
Tarawera land transfer
The Committee will be asked to support the transfer of ownership of land under the Tarawera Landing café to the Tūhourangi Tribal Authority.
A report to the Committee notes that the Tarawera Landing Reserve will continue to be required for public recreation purposes but that Council ownership and management of the section of reserve on which the café is sited is not necessary for the operation of the recreation reserve. The report acknowledges that return of this land will be of extraordinary significance to Tūhourangi.
Go to p8 of the committee meeting agenda to view the full report on this matter.
Reserve management for Waikawau/Hannahs Bay
The Committee will consider a recommendation that a Reserve Management Committee be established to manage the Waikawau/Hannahs Bay Reserve.
Council has a Memorandium of Understanding with Ngāti Uenukukōpako and Ngāti Te Roro o te Rangi, who are mana whenua and kaitiaki of the reserve, formalising a commitment to work in partnership to review the reserves management plan and better reflect the role of iwi.
Go to p6 of the committee meeting agenda to view the full report on this matter.
Te Tatau o Te Arawa annual report
Te Tatau o Te Arawa chair Te Taru White will present the Te Arawa partnership board’s annual report for the year ended 30 June 2019. He will update the committee on kaupapa that has been delivered and supported by the board, including representation on committees, development of a long-term Te Arawa vision, and progress of the Rotorua Reorua initiative.
Go to p24 of the meeting agenda to read the full report.
The meeting starts at 9.30am tomorrow (Thursday 13 February) and is open to the public to attend.
The meeting will be livestreamed and the recording and agenda can be accessed via THIS LINK on Council’s website.