What is an LTP all about?
The Long Term Plan (LTP) sets out our vision, direction, work plan and budgets for the next 10 years. With input from our communities, we develop a new LTP every three years – we currently refer to the 2018-2028 LTP and will adopt the 2021-2031 LTP in June 2021.
Every LTP requires a lot of love – there are multiple planning and consultation phases before a final version is adopted. We engage with a range of stakeholders, including iwi and haapu, elected members, community groups and the wider community to ensure we capture the aspirations and needs from everyone who lives, works and plays in the Waikato district.
The journey so far
Our role has evolved over time – while we used to only deliver core services like water and roads, we now also have a responsibility to support our communities’ environmental, social, cultural and economic wellbeing. With this in mind, we need to balance what we can deliver with rates affordability.
2020 was a challenging year and this LTP development will reflect those challenges. We need to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, upcoming legislative reform in the waters space and national policy statements that relate to urban development and freshwater management.
This LTP will be transformational – our district is growing at a huge rate and we need to keep up with this growth while also making sure our communities are desirable places to live.
What’s still to come
We need your help – big vision plans need to be a collaboration between the Council, community, partners and stakeholders to make sure we all get the best outcomes. The LTP affects you, your whaanau, your neighbours, even your dog.
This LTP will need to respond to the needs of the district, balancing affordability with adding value and enhancing community wellbeing – so we can all work towards a better, and more resilient, future together.
Have your say
Have your say on the 2021-31 Long Term Plan between 7 April and 7 May 2021. Hearings will then follow.
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We look forward to working with you.