We follow the advice of the Local Government Act, which requires us to produce and follow three kinds of plans. These are our Long Term Plan, our Annual Plan, and our Annual Report.
Long Term Plan
The Long Term Plan (LTP) is Council’s key strategic document.
It sets out our priorities for the next 10 years, including what we will do, how much it will cost and how we will fund it. It is reviewed every three years to make sure it is still relevant and accurate. The LTP enables Council to make decisions that take into account the whole region, its goals and its resources.
In a LTP year, the Annual Plan represents the first year of the LTP.
In non-LTP years, we develop an Annual Plan to reflect any changes to the LTP that are required for the year ahead.
View the Long Term Plan for 2018-2028
LTP and Annual Plan cycle
We prepare an Annual Plan for each financial year between our LTP review years. For example, when we updated our Long Term Plan in 2015 we didn't produce an Annual Plan for that year.
The Annual Plan is more operational than the LTP. It includes our annual budget and the funding impact statement for the year, and any significant variations from the current Long Term Plan. Our financial year runs from 1 July to 30 June.
View the Annual Plan 2019-2020 (PDF 5.2 Mb)
View an archive of our past Annual and Long Term Plans