Consultation is open and residents can provide their input into the district's future through the Long-Term Plan (LTP) 2018-2028.
The development of the LTP gives individuals, organisations and businesses a chance to have a say on what Council will deliver – and how – for the next 10 years.
Ōpōtiki Councillor, Shona Browne, said that the LTP set the groundwork for Council and it was vital that people provided submissions to ensure it was aligned with what the community wanted to see.
"The consultation document 'Your assets, your community, your future' has information on the key issues and big-picture objectives for Council. It outlines how rates, debt and levels of service are balanced. It also sets out the significant issues and choices facing the district.
"Those choices are laid out in an easy to follow way. So please make a submission to the Plan – it isn't difficult and even short feedback is valuable. Council needs to hear your voice to make sure it is taken into consideration," Ms Browne said.
The LTP focuses on:
- Extending the wastewater network to the Hikutaia/Woodlands area
- Making changes to the urban rubbish collection service
- How we can reduce flooding from high volumes of stormwater
- Investing in possible co-funding opportunities for updated reserves facilities and extensions to the Mōtū Trails.
Council is also asking for public feedback on key issues that include uses for our wharf, facilitating development opportunities from the harbour project, extending council and library services to coast communities, revitalising the rose garden reserve and funding a dangerous dog neutering programme.
"Over the past year Council has put a lot of work into developing the LTP, with many workshops to consider the priorities and the underpinning financial considerations. We have met with stakeholders, held a pop up shop and provided updates on our website. Now we need the community to tell us what they think of our proposals." Ms Browne said.
Our consultation document can be read online at odc.govt.nz/ltp
UPDATED 25 May 2018:
Consultation has now closed. There will be a hearings meeting on Tuesday, 12 June for those that want to speak to Council about their submission.
Council will consider all submissions, changes will be made as required and the final Long-Term Plan is due to be adopted on Friday, June 29.