18 March 2021
Ngā rautaki matua e arahi nei i te Mahere Pae Tawhiti 2021 – 2031
Key strategies guiding 2021 – 2031 Long-Term Plan
Rotorua Lakes Council will be asking for feedback on the draft 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan (LTP) throughout April.
The LTP sets out what Council is proposing to achieve over the next ten years and how that will be funded. These proposals will be explained in a consultation document which will be available to the community from 30 March.
A large portion of the work outlined in the Long-Term Plan consultation document is guided by strategies and plans that Council has already adopted.
These strategies and plans reflect what the community has previously told Council is important to support a safe, thriving and prosperous Rotorua.
Ētahi o ngā rautaki e arahi nei i te whanaketanga o te Mahere Pae Tawhiti
Some of the strategies guiding the development of the Long-Term Plan include:
Mahere Tauhohe Huarere - Rotorua Climate Action Plan
Rotorua’s existing infrastructure does not have the strength and resilience to meet the major challenges of climate change and is particularly vulnerable to the anticipated effects of increased rainfall, drought and rising temperatures.
Council adopted the Rotorua Climate Action Plan in February 2021. Guided by the Zero Carbon Act, it has been developed in partnership with stakeholders and the wider community. The Climate Action Plan is the blueprint for combating climate change in the District. The goal is to position Rotorua in a low carbon economy and to establish ourselves as a resilient community that can adapt to the changes in climate.
The LTP consultation document will outline how climate change could impact Rotorua and what actions Council is proposing to mitigate these effects.
Rautaki Whanake Ōhanga - Draft Economic Development Strategy Framework
Immediately after the COVID-19 lock down, Rotorua experienced the third largest economic contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) in the country. Revenue within the tourism sector dropped by 40%, jobs disappeared and small businesses struggled to stay afloat.
Council adopted its Draft Economic Strategy (EDS) in December 2020. Developed in partnership with iwi, businesses and industry sector leaders, the draft EDS is a blueprint for economic recovery and longer-term growth in the district. This strategy is intended to support the District’s short-term needs for economic recovery and long-term economic development vision, which is critical to addressing the systemic challenges faced by the community.
The draft EDS is a work in progress, which will be finalised when detailed action plans are created for each of its priority areas. Council, business leaders and partners, are leading the development of these plans. These are expected to be finalised by the end of the year, with implementation initiated during the first three years of the Long-Term Plan.
The LTP consultation document will provide more information about the funding and delivery of these actions.
He Papakāinga, He Hāpori Taurikura Te Poupou Rautaki - Rotorua Homes and Thriving Communities Strategic Framework
The vision of Homes and Thriving Communities is that homes in Rotorua are affordable, and that there are enough homes for everyone to be safe and warm. Homes are of different sizes, in different places, located in well-designed communities where people can readily access school, work, shops, services, transport and public spaces.
Council has a role to play in enabling and unlocking land so that homes can be built. However some may question, how far that role extends? The LTP consultation document will outline how Council may expand their scope in this area in order to operate across a range of development mechanisms.
Tēnā kōrero mai - Have your say
The outcome of the LTP consultation will affect everyone in Rotorua, so all views matter, and we want feedback to inform elected members’ decision making.
Subscribe to Council’s Long-Term Plan consultation page HERE to be kept up to date with the Long-Term Plan process and get alerts for when consultation opens on 30 March 2021.
This is where to find all information about the 2021-2031 LTP and consultation process, and where to provide feedback during April. Currently it provides information and FAQs about the LTP and this will be added to as the process progresses.
This is the time to work together to make Rotorua a place for everyone.
Koinei te wā kia mahitahi tātau mo Rotorua te kainga mo te katoa!