25 March 2021
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Long-Term Plan consultation document approved
At today’s full Council hui, elected members approved the 2021 – 2031 Long-Term Plan (LTP) consultation document.
Rotorua Mayor, Steve Chadwick, acknowledges the work that has gone into developing the plan and encourages the community to have their say during the consultation period.
“I’m very pleased to see this document approved today. It outlines a very robust plan for the District, which elected members, and council staff have worked extremely hard on over the past seven months.
“At a very critical time, the plan has been developed with the intention to address some of the most serious issues Rotorua is facing; a housing crisis, community safety, economic recovery, climate change, and infrastructure longevity.
“Council has set these priorities based on what you, our community, has told us is imperative to you. When consultation begins, that is the time for you to review the mahi we are proposing for these priority areas, and tell us if we’ve got it right.
“This is a very important opportunity to have your say and I strongly encourage you to do so,” says Mayor Chadwick.
The LTP sets out what Council is proposing to achieve over the next ten years and how that will be funded. The LTP has been developed based on Council’s key priorities, which reflect the issues that the community has previously told Council are important.
This includes the need for people to live in homes that match their needs and be part of a thriving community. The need for everyone to feel safe in our CBD and local neighbourhoods. The need for district-wide economic recovery and long-term growth, and for resilient infrastructure that is future proofed against the impacts of climate change.
There is a lot of hard mahi to be done to support these challenges and the LTP consultation document details the actions Council is proposing.
The consultation document will be available to the public from 30 March 2021 and consultation will run until 4pm on 30 April 2021.
Between 30 March and 30 April, Council will be hosting seven feedback sessions for the community to learn about the LTP proposals and provide feedback. Details of the feedback sessions are as follows:
- 7 April: Rotorua Lakes Council Chamber, 6pm - 8pm
- 12 April: Rotoiti Sports Club, 6pm - 8pm
- 14 April: Mamaku Hall, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
- 20 April: Te Ao Marama, Ōhinemutu, 6pm – 8pm
- 22 April: Rotorua Lakes Council Chamber, 6pm – 8pm
- 27 April: Te Tākinga Marae, Mourea, 6pm – 8pm
- 28 April: Tangatarua Marae, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, 6pm – 8pm
Learn about the 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan, and from 30 March, read the consultation document and provide feedback at bit.ly/Long-TermPlan.
Any questions about providing feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Council’s Customer Centre on 07 348 4199. All feedback needs to be with Council by 4pm on Friday 30 April 2021.
Today’s hui was livestreamed and you can watch the section relating to the approval of the 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan consultation document HERE.
Also at today’s hui, a range of supporting information was approved to be included in the Long-Term Plan consultation. This included the draft fees and charges schedule, draft financial strategy and financial statements.
Ngā Utu me ngā Hāmene
Fees and Charges
Council’s Revenue and Funding Policy determines the source of funding for Council activities and sets the proportion of funds collected from each source.
In preparing the Long-Term Plan 2021-2031 a funding gap of $2.74m was identified within the existing funding policy. Left unaddressed it will require funding from alternative sources, namely rates.
Council has identified six activities where the fees have been increased to meet the policy (otherwise rates funded) and bridge the gap:
1) Planning – $1.3m
2) Energy Events Centre - $500k
3) Parks - $300k
4) Animal Control - $200k
5) Inspection - $200k
6) Library - $200k
See proposed changes to fees and charges in these areas HERE.
The financial strategy is a cornerstone of Council achieving the goal of living within its means and ensuring sufficient funding is available for key projects over the coming ten years.
The financial strategy outlines key financial parameters and limits which Council will operate within. It provides insight into Council’s current financial health and provides clarity on how this will be managed over the next ten years.
Council’s financial strategy aims to deliver the following:
- Achieving the Vision 2030 in a financially prudent and sustainable way
- Maintaining existing infrastructure so it is fit for purpose now and into the future
- Providing infrastructure to accommodate a growing District
- Investing in the future of the District
- Keeping rates affordable and managing debt
The financial strategy and other financial statements presented are underpinned by the following key elements:
- Maintain affordable rates levels
- Utilise debt to fund key projects that improve the District
- Maintain debt below 250% of revenue
View the Draft Financial Strategy HERE.
Mā mahi, ka ora!
Today’s hui was livestreamed and you can watch the recording HERE.
View today’s full agenda HERE and supporting documents HERE.