Every three years we consult with you to produce a Long Term Plan that sets out the projects, activities, and services that will be invested in and developed by Council over the following 10 years. The Annual Plan is Council’s budget for one financial year, explaining how the Council will fund projects, activities and services identified for that year.
The Annual Plan 2017/18 represents year three of the 2015-25 Long Term Plan.
It commits us to do more work on our wastewater systems than we originally planned when we prepared our Long Term Plan because we want to meet your expectations for protecting our waterways and environmentally sensitive areas from wastewater spills.
The adoption of the Plan comes after a month-long consultation on wastewater services options that attracted 465 submissions and presentations on 14 of those submissions at a hearing on 31 May.
Overall feedback was in favour of the option adopted in the Plan. Of the written submissions received by the Council, 41% were in favour of the option incorporated in the Annual Plan, 42% were in favour of a cheaper option to mitigate key risks of wastewater overflows, and 11% were in favour of a more expensive option to prepare long term plans for a district-wide ‘continuous improvement programme’. Feedback received through polling at drop-in sessions and social media showed a clear majority in favour of the option adopted.
As the Council will also move from five different wastewater rates throughout the district to a single district-wide rate for the first time, this means that from 1 July targeted wastewater rates will rise by between $78 and $230, depending on where you live, to a single district-wide rate of $896.62.
NOTE: If you have a septic tank, and do NOT pay a wastewater rate, this change does not affect you.
Other changes adopted as part of the Annual Plan include a change in Fees and Charges in respect of swimming pool inspections, and road signs for new subdivisions, and the introduction of interim charges for stormwater, wastewater, and refuse and recycling services for new houses to cover the period prior to the introduction of rates at the beginning of each new financial year.
For specific information about what’s happening in your area, please see our Long Term Plan.