2020-21 Annual Plan

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Annual plans support long term plans and provide the basis for setting and assessing rates for the year to which they relate.  They set our direction for the next year - outlining our key projects and priorities, and what this will mean for your rates​.


What we're doing

As we are not planning any major changes to what we said we would do in the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (LTP), we are not undertaking a time-consuming and expensive special consultative procedure before adoption of the 2020/21 Annual Plan.

​​Instead we have released an information document on the plan: Our Plan in Action.​ This document shows what rates are expected to be and explains how Council plans to progress major projects for the 2020/21 year.​

Our LTP is already a strong foundation for economic growth and social wellbeing in the district and outlines a pathway out of the current downturn and into a strong recovery. Over the coming year we are planning to continue with projects that help our local economy and provide jobs for local people. ​​

Our annual planning started long before COVID-19 so we expect that some of the contents will shift and change over the coming months before we adopt in June. The document outlines a 4.25% rates rise for the coming year but Council is looking closely for savings to lower the planned rates rise as we understand the economic pressure that may be felt by some in the community. We encourage anyone experiencing hardship who may have trouble paying their rates on time to talk with us. You may be eligible for a rates remission, rebate or payment plan.

Council has submitted several large-scale projects to Crown Infrastructure Projects to central government. If funding is received for these it will help lower rates costs for households.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has signalled a zero rate-rise for the general rate but the targeted​ rate for the Waioeka-Otara river scheme is still unknown and may be felt heavily in our community.

We expect all this information and feedback from the community will inform the final annual plan document.


Your feedback is important

It's important that we get your thoughts and feedback as that will impact what is adopted in the Annual Plan in June and be taken into account when making decisions going forward.

We encourage you to read the information document and let us know of any concerns or endorsements you have. ​We want to know if there are projects you would like to see included in future. Are there things you think we could do better or more or less of? And with a large amount of funding coming in to the district via the Provincial Growth Funding, is there anything you think council should be thinking about in terms of long term planning or infrastructure?​ 

Read a copy of the 2020-21 Annual Plan information document(PDF, 1.1MB)

Or open the document in Issuu​


How to provide feedback

​The easiest way is to use the online form below but you can also email us at Ōpōtiki District Council Information email address​.​


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Page reviewed: 22 Apr 2020 3:28pm