Draft plan approved for community consultation



19 May 2020

Residents will have the chance to have their say on Rotorua Lakes Council’s 2020/21 Annual Plan following approval of a proposed plan today [Tuesday 19 May].

Mayor Steve Chadwick says the proposed annual plan recognises the community’s need for ongoing support as a result of COVID-19 and provides flexibility to address new challenges and opportunities that may emerge as the district works towards recovery.

The proposed plan includes:

  • 0% general rates rise to help cushion the impact of COVID-19
  • Average overall 4.7% rates rise made up solely of targeted rates due to increased costs for wastewater, water supply and waste management
  • $25 reduction in fixed charge (UAGC) to more fairly distribute targeted rates increases
  • A $29m fund to stimulate and support recovery
  • A $1m fund to support community projects/initiatives

Feedback opens 21 May and closes 17 June with a variety of options for the public to have their say.

“We recognise that people are still hurting and I believe we have a proposed plan that recognises that, with a focus on cushioning the impact while also positioning our district for recovery through the Build Back Better strategy we have adopted,” Mayor Chadwick says.

“As part of that work, sector groups will be coming through with strategies and opportunities that we will need to have the flexibility to contribute to, as appropriate, and we have allowed for that in the proposed annual plan.

“We also recognise the need for Council to also invest in economic stimulus through projects already underway and potential future opportunities,” Mayor Chadwick says.

“And the council organisation itself has undertaken a full and thorough review and reduced costs where that has been possible, mindful of the need to maintain capacity and capability to deliver on the outcomes of the annual plan.

“People now have the opportunity to provide feedback and there will be a number of ways for you to have your say,” the mayor says.

“It’s important we hear your views and I encourage everyone to get informed and provide feedback for us to take into consideration before final decision-making and adoption of the plan for the year ahead.”

The 8 guiding principles agreed for development of the Annual Plan and actions proposed against each (click on the image to view larger version): Feedback options:

Option 1: Go online to rotorualakescouncil.nz/Letstalk Council’s feedback portal where you will find an online feedback form and places to leave comments.

Option 2: Send written feedback to council (by 17 June 2020).

Option 3: Post comments and suggestions on Council’s Facebook page. Comments and suggestions will be considered, discussed and form part of decision-making. However, receipt of feedback provided via social media cannot be acknowledged.

Option 4: Join elected members and staff in remote café-style discussions.  Following a short presentation to everyone via a zoom meeting, there will be the opportunities for participants to ask questions and provide feedback. These conversations will enable elected members and staff to understand your points of view. Staff will document what is said and will summarise everything for consideration by Councillors when they finalise the Annual Plan.

Option 5: Call Council’s 0800 number – 0800 020 001 – and give your feedback over the phone.

Annual Plan timetable

  • Approve proposed Annual Plan and move to inviting public feedback – 19 May 2020
  • Information/consultation document publicly available – 21 May 2020
  • Public feedback opens – 21 May 2020
  • Feedback closes – 17 June 2020
  • Final Annual Plan recommendations made – 25 June 2020
  • Adoption Annual Plan – 9 July 2020 

Where to find information about the proposed 2020/21 Annual Plan

Information about the proposed Annual Plan, including how to have your say, will be available from Thursday 21 May.

You will be able to go to www.rotorualakescouncil.nz to find the link to Annual Plan information on Council’s consultation and engagement platform Let’s Talk/Korero Mai.


Go to p15 of the Full Council meeting agenda to read the full report on this matter.

The meeting was livestreamed and you can access the recording of the full meeting HERE on Council’s website or via Council’s YouTube channel. You can go directly to the part of the meeting relating to the Annual Plan via THIS LINK

You can view the slides that were presented about the proposed Annual Plan HERE on Council’s website.

View Mayor Chadwick's video relating to this matter HERE on Council's Facebook page.

Page reviewed: 19 May 2020 3:00pm