The Council is currently working on the development of the 2024-2034 Long-term Plan.
The long-term plan (LTP) outlines what the Council has planned for the next 10 years with more detail provided for the first three years.
It has information about the services provided for the community, how the council’s performance will be measured against the targets, what strategies and policies will help it achieve the plan, what capital expenditure projects are planned, how everything will be funded and the budget.
Once adopted, the LTP effectively becomes the council’s contract with the community.
Councillors have been meeting regularly to talk through the expectations and challenges for the years ahead and what that will mean for work programmes, budgets and rates.
The Council is required to produce a consultation document outlining the significant matters of the LTP and asking for people’s views. This will occur in March 2024. A hearing will follow where submitters can present their feedback. Feedback helps the Councillors with the decisions they need to make and people are encouraged to participate. Once this process is complete, the LTP will be finalised and adopted by the Council.
The significant matters the Council is considering for the 2024-2034 LTP are:
- Investment in our ageing flood protection infrastructure for now and the future at a time when weather events are becoming more frequent, severe and enduring.
- A review of funding, including how the cost of improvements for flood protection infrastructure will be shared and what that could mean for rates.
- How to pay the debt related to climate resilience flood protection upgrade projects (shovel ready), jointly funded with the government.
- 2023 – Councillor workshops
- January - February 2024 – attendance at A&P shows and Southern Field Days
- March - April – Consultation document/have your say
- May – hearing
- June – adoption of LTP