The Long Term Plan (LTP) is the Council's key strategic planning document. It sets out what the Council plans to do over the next 10 years and how it plans to pay for this. The elected Council adopted the Long Term Plan 2021-31 on 24 June 2021 after an extensive community consultation exercise.
Councillors deliberated on three key proposals contained in the Long Term Plan consultation document and agreed to:
Start the process to identify one or more providers who will provide the best option for partially or fully divesting the 147 Housing for the Elderly units that are currently owned by Council. The sale of the units will only progress if Council is confident it will be in the best interests of tenants and the wider community in the long run.
Go ahead and invest in a 33% shareholding in Northland Inc. This will provide significant benefits including making sure the Far North perspective is embedded in the work programme, ensure greater focus and resourcing for Māori economic development and sustainability, and the promotion of all aspects of community wellbeing.
Make some, but not all, of the changes proposed. Council debated each of the seven proposed changes at length and agreed to:
- No change to the rating basis. The basis for calculating the general rate remains as land value.
- No change to uniform annual general charges (UAGCs). Both the general UAGC and the roading UAGC remain, as do the current differentials for roading.
- No change to targeted rates for water and wastewater. These rates continue to be scheme-based.
- No change to the availability rate for water and wastewater connections. The connection rate remains at 100%.
- No change to the commercial differential. Commercial ratepayers will continue to be levied at a differential of 2.75.
- The targeted rate for stormwater will increase so that 90% of urban stormwater costs are levied on urban ratepayers based on capital value and the remainder funded through the general rate.
- A public good charge of $15 per rateable property for water and $15 per rateable property for wastewater is to be introduced.
The Long Term Plan 2021-31 will come into effect on 1 July 2021. It is reviewed each year with the Council consulting on any major changes through the Annual Plan process.