It’s that time again. It’s time to have your say on the future of our city for the next 10 years.
Consultation is now open for our 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.
What is the Long Term Plan?
The Long Term Plan (LTP) is Council’s key strategic document. It sets out the Council’s priorities for the next ten years, including what Council will do, how much it will cost and how Council will fund it. It is reviewed every 3 years to make sure it is still relevant and accurate. In the intervening years, an Annual Plan is developed to reflect any changes to the LTP that are required for the year ahead.
We are working on a new LTP for 2018-2028 that will be adopted in June. But before we do this we want to hear what you think of our plans.
You may be wondering what can you do to influence the future of the city in 10 years time? Or if the Long Term Plan (LTP) really affects you?
You can do plenty and absolutely it affects you.
The Long Term Plan affects everyone in our city whether they are young or old, a resident or a visitor, a rate payer or not. It even affects your beloved pet.
This is because the services delivered by Hutt City Council are so wide that you come across them every day. Often they are the things that you don’t even think about – the water that comes out the tap, the roads you drive on, the parks you run around in, different licenses and consents to keep you healthy and safe, and the place that all of your rubbish goes. But there is also all of the stuff that may be more obvious - exciting events, community hubs, swimming pools, museums and libraries, plus promotions to boost economic development and tourism in our city. Hutt City Council is behind it all.
Our rejuvenation story
In 2012 we presented a vision for our city – to be a great place to live, work and play.
Following this Council and community agreed that in order to make this happen big investment was needed to promote the growth, development and rejuvenation of our city.
Four key overlapping strategies were developed that define and underpin this vision; these strategies identify the needs of our community over the next two to three decades.
For more information on our rejuvenation story refer to each strategy chapter by selecting the icons below.
Alternatively you can download the full LTP Consultation Document (Pdf 3.5Mb).
How can you get involved?
Go online – You can Have your say online here
Talk to our friendly staff
Pop in to one of our libraries, community hubs or main council building and there will be someone that you can talk to there about the process and have your say. There will even be a computer available if you want to do your submission online while you are there.
Attend one of our LTP public meetings
Staff and councillors will be on hand to talk to you about what is being planned and how you can have your say. There will even be the opportunity to have you say on the spot either online or on paper.
- 10 April, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Walter Nash Centre, Kereru Room
- 12 April, 9:30 – 11:30am, Stokes Valley Community Hub, Tanekaha 2 Room
- 17 April, 2:30 – 4:30pm, The Dowse, James Coe 1
- 19 April, 5:30 – 7:30pm, Council Building, Council Chambers
Alternatively you may like to Contact your local Councillors or Mayor.
Pick up a copy of the consultation document from one of our libraries, community hubs or the main council building or request a copy by contacting us. Then complete the questionnaire at the end of the printed booklet and return it to us using the free post envelope attached.
For handy tips on how to do a submission and the hearing process have a look at our Guidelines to making a submission or public comment.
Open to everyone
It's important to have a say on our future and here is a message from the kids to remind us why.
Don’t forget, submissions close at 5pm, Thursday 3 May 2018.
16-17 May: Hearings (where submitters can present their submissions in person and tell their stories)
6 June: Council meets to agree changes to LTP
28 June: LTP adopted by Council
There are several documents that support the LTP Consultation Document and the Long Term Plan. These PDF documents contain more detailed information.
Non-financial supporting information – provides an overview of key strategies, activity descriptions and performance measures, as well as high level information concerning our Council-Controlled Organisations (CCOs) and partnership with Māori
2018 Financial strategy – this sets the financial limits that Council needs to operate within in preparing its budgets. The main ones are the amount of income that Council will collect from rates and the amount of debt that Council will have in each of the years of the Long Term Plan
Capital projects – provides a list of our capital projects with inflated costs over the ten years for replacements and upgrades.
Financial information by activity - these are the budgets made up of proposed revenue and expenditure that apply for each of Council’s 14 key activities. The key activities are aligned to each of Council’s four key strategies: Leisure and Wellbeing; City Growth and Sustainability; Infrastructure; and Governance, engagement and organisation
Forecast financial statements - These include a statement of operating income and expenditure, a statement of changes in equity, a statement of financial position setting out the value of Council assets and liabilities, and a statement of cash flows over the 10 years of the Long Term Plan
Funding impact statements - these consolidate the financial information from each activity into a single statement to show the sources of both the operating and capital funding and how that funding is used.
Indicative rates 2018-19 - only an estimation of what the rates may be, currently the property values used are only relative to the 28th February 2018 and are not the final property valuation data that is used across the full rating categories to calculate the final rates. Rates revenue figures required in this calculation, is subject to the consultation process and may change as a result of this.
Proposed changes to fees and charges 2018-19 - Fees and charges have been reviewed and are being consulted on. Once adopted by Council in June, changes in the fees and charges will take effect from 1 July 2018
Significance and engagement policy - outlines the criteria to determine how significant or important a decision is and the appropriate level of public engagement.
Other documents being consulted on
As part of the Long Term Plan consultation we are also seeking feedback on the following strategies or policies, which we are either proposing changes to or are new.
- Draft Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2048 – sets out how our infrastructure performs and meets the needs of today and tomorrow. The strategy focusses on where improvements can be made in response to our key challenges and opportunities.
- Proposed changes to Hutt City Development Charges and Rates Remissions Policy – the Hutt City Development Charges Rates Remissions Policy was introduced to encourage more urban development in the city. The policy has fulfilled its purpose so we are proposing to suspend the policy from 31 December 2018.
- Draft Rates Postponement Scheme for Residential Ratepayers Aged 65 and over – new draft policy that would provide ratepayers aged 65 years and over, the choice to postpone the payment of rates subject to qualifying conditions and criteria. It would be the responsibility of the ratepayer to pay back the rates at a later date. We are consulting on whether we should have a draft policy and its conditions and criteria.
- Rates Remission Policy – Sporting, Recreational, Cultural and Community facilities – our current rates remission policies allows a rates remission for land that is either owned by the Council, or owned and occupied by a charitable organisation that is used exclusively or principally for sporting, recreation or community purposes. We are proposing to increase the general rates remission.
- Revenue and Financing Policy - outlines the distribution of costs of council services across the different sectors of our community that benefit from these services. We are proposing some minor changes to the policy to reflect operational and structural changes within Council.
- Development Contributions Policy – outlines how Council intends to fund capital expenditure resulting from growth in different areas of the city. The policy has been updated to incorporate growth related projects planned from 2018.
How rates are calculated
As part of the budget process, Council will set the total amount of income to be collected from rates. This is then split between a general and targeted rates. The difference between a general rate and a targeted rate is that a general rate includes costs that cannot be allocated to specific user groups benefitting from that Council service. Rates are calculated, levied and invoiced in accordance with the council’s rating system.