Council Adopts Draft 2018-28 Long Term Plan

Published: 28-May-2018

Waimakariri District Council’s 2018-28 Long Term Draft Plan (LTP) was adopted at today’s special Council meeting.

“This is an important piece of work, and has involved extensive planning, analysis and careful consideration,” Waimakariri Mayor David Ayers says.

“I look forward to the community feedback once the public consultation process begins early next month.

“We want to hear what you think.”

The predicted average rates increase contained within the LTP is 4.4 percent across the District in the 2018/19 period, with average rate increases of between 2.3 and 4.3 percent predicted for the remaining nine years of the 10-year life of the plan.

Mr Ayers says these compared favourably with anticipated rises in other Districts.

 “Council finances are being carefully managed following a prudent policy that ensures that anticipated growth within the Waimakariri are both well planned and financially sustainable.”

As part of the Draft Plan, the Council is proposing to offer more choice in terms of its kerbside collection, where residents are being presented with 14 different options, with the impact on their rates dependent on which option they choose.

Kerbside collection services are one of four flagship projects included within the LTP.

The proposed $28.75 million Multi-Use Sports Facility, regenerating the former Red Zones in Kaiapoi, Kairaki and The Pines Beach, and Community Facility upgrades also feature prominently in the document.

The Council’s planning and programme of work anticipates the District’s population growing from 59,200 currently to about 97,000 in 2048. Rangiora’s population is expected to rise to 30,000 by 2048, with Kaiapoi increasing to 15,000 and the combined Woodend/Pegasus area jumping to 12,000 residents.

Details of what the Council proposes and the funding impacts feature in a streamlined 44-page Consultation Document that was finalised at today’s meeting and will be available to the public as part of the LTP consultation process from March 9.

There will be a four-week public consultation process, which will feature a number of engagement activities throughout the District ranging from street stalls and market appearances to formal public meetings.

The Consultation Document will be available in hard copy and can be downloaded online.

A 30-year Infrastructure Strategy, and the Council’s Financial Strategy were also finalised at the meeting.

These will also be available to the public as part of the full LTP document, which will also be downloadable from the Council’s website.