By getting involved and having your say we can work together to shape the future of our community. We believe in 'year-round' consultation and feedback and there are loads of ways you can have your say:
You can come to Council and Committee meetings and speak during the public forum. Check out our Meeting Calendar page for meeting dates and times and you can keep up to date with what's been happening at meetings by reading Agendas and Minutes on this website.
You can write us a letter, phone or email us or make an appointment to see the Mayor or a Council Officer - Contact Us.
You can vote or stand as a candidate in Local Elections. You can Like/Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
You can request service or report a problem online or through the Antenno app.
You can use our online form to make a request for Unbudgeted works or service.
You can use our General feedback form for anything at any time.
You can also make a formal submission on any plans, policies, or bylaws that are currently out for public consultation. Sometimes we will also ask for feedback on matters not related to the formal consultation process.
Ōpōtiki town centre revitalisation project
Help us create a vibrant area that reflects the past, present and future communities.
We'd like your input into the development of a structure plan and design guidelines to help shape how we want the Ōpōtiki town centre to look.
A structure plan is a way of bringing together various pieces of information like current and future land uses and infrastructure to ensure a co-ordinated 'way forward' for the town centre.
The design guidelines will focus on things that contribute to the look, form and nature of buildings and business advertising signage.
This is a chance for the community to create a built environment that is more than a physical space, it is an expression of identity. There will be an emphasis in both documents on the practicality of ideas and cost for both Council and building owners and Council will be seeking ideas from the community until the end of 2019.
We will be collecting your views and ideas in a variety of ways – you will be welcome to come to one of our meetings, there will be a chance to provide feedback on Facebook, fill out a hardcopy feedback form or use the online form on the project page. You can also discuss the project directly with Sue Robb, Policy Planner on 07 315 3030.
2020-21 Annual Plan
We released an information document on the 2020/21 Annual Plan and sought feedback which was then presented to Council to be used in final decisions on the 2020/21 Annual Plan and to inform future planning. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.
Over the next year we are planning to continue with projects that help our local economy and provide jobs for local people. We will continue to provide essential services during the COVID-19 response, while also planning for a strong recovery. We ended up with a smaller rates rise than what was originally set down in the Long Term Plan after looking for cost savings and reductions to enable the rate to be lowered.
Review of Ōpōtiki Reserve Management Plan
Council is reviewing the district's Reserve Management Plan. The reserves include sportsfields, parks, Council managed natural areas and some council land, such as the area where our administration building is.
The feedback period has now closed. Council will consider all submissions received at a future hearings meeting before making final decisions.
Consultation for the reviewed Reserve Management Plan opened on Monday 9 December 2019 and closed on Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 4pm.
Ōpōtiki District Council Bylaws and Dog Control Policy 2019 Review
Council has reviewed the district's bylaws as required by the Local Government Act 2002. The Dog Control Policy has also been reviewed in accordance with section 10AA of the Dog Control Act 1996.
The feedback period has now closed. Council will consider all submissions received at a hearings meeting on Wednesday 24 June before making final decisions.
You can still view a full copy of the draft proposed consolidated bylaw, dog control policy and link to the full Statement of Proposal on our Review of Opotiki District Council Bylaws and Dog Control Policy page.
The draft proposed consolidated bylaw and dog control policy was open for comment from Monday 2 December 2019 to Friday 28 February 2020.
Earthquake-prone buildings and consultation on thoroughfares
Council must identify 'priority' buildings (those considered to present a higher risk to life or other property because of their construction, type, use or location) within 2.5 years and other potentially earthquake-prone buildings within 5 years. Affected building owners must strengthen or demolish 'priority' buildings with 7.5 years and other earthquake-prone buildings with 15 years.
During September and October 2019 Council:
- consulted with the community on roads or laneways that could be considered 'thoroughfares with high pedestrian and vehicle traffic'
- contacted organisations that own buildings used for emergency management and education purposes to ascertain whether the buildings have been assessed for being earthquake-prone.
Dangerous and Insanitary Building Policy 2019
Ōpōtiki Library redevelopment
2019/20 Annual Plan
Bridge renaming Rahui Valley Toatoa
After a request from local hapu, Council has resolved to rename four bridges located in Rāhui valley along Toatoa Road which was subject to feedback from the community. Renaming them will assign relevance to the area and hapu.
A list of the bridges with the current and recommend names can be viewed on the original media release: Bridge renaming Rahui Valley, Toatoa news item.
Educational Smokefree Outdoor Spaces Policy
Council has reviewed its Educational Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces Policy. Changes are proposed, including expanding areas that are listed as smokefree. We have taken public feedback and will soon present this to Council for their consideration before the policy becomes final.
You can view a copy of the final adopted policy here: Educational Smokefree Outdoor Spaces Policy (PDF, 81KB).
Opotiki District Council 2018-2028 Long Term Plan
Our current LTP went out for public consultation on 25 April 2018 and after receiving submissions and holding a hearings meeting on 12 June the final 2018-2028 LTP was adopted at an Extra Ordinary Council meeting on 30 June 2018. Click here to view a copy of the Opotiki District Council 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (PDF, 5MB)
Opotiki District Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018
Our current Opotiki District Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018 went out for public consultation on 25 April 2018 and after receiving submissions and holding a hearings meeting on 12 June the final plan was adopted at an Extra Ordinary Council meeting on 30 June 2018 at the same time as Council's 2028-2028 Long Term Plan. Click here to view a copy of the Opotiki District Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018 (PDF, 802KB)
Proposed District Plan
The Proposed Opotiki District Plan was publicly notified on 20 September 2016. The period for submissions closed on 18 November 2016. A total of 60 submissions was received, including 2 late submissions.
We now advise the availability of the summary of decisions requested and that the period for receiving further submissions on the decisions requested has now closed.
Full details of the Proposed District Plan including links to submissions and decisions requested can be found on our Proposed Opotiki District Plan page on this website.