2020 is the time we start looking ahead to our Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031. For this plan, the first step is to hear from you about what we should focus on over the next ten years.
Are we on the right track with the current work programme? Are there new projects that we need to include? Are there activities that we can stop in order to start something new?
Now is the time, at the very beginning of drafting the Plan, when you can have a say on the direction Council should be taking. There are some key areas that we’re keen to hear your thoughts on.
As a starting point, the Council has developed four high level strategic priorities that set out the things we see as most important.
Look out for an information brochure arriving in your letterbox in the next week, or check out a copy on our website. It has more information about what the Council sees as the issues for each priority and also makes some suggestions on possible ways to respond. We’d really like to hear your thoughts on this and any other issues or ideas that are on your radar.
There are lots of ways to share your thoughts with us.
Remember, we’d love to hear from you before 17 April 2020.
There won’t be any formal hearings, but all feedback and a summary will be reported to the Council. We will also make this information available on our website.
The Council will consider your feedback and suggestions as it develops the work programme and budgets for the Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031.
We plan to run a formal submission process in March/April 2021, where you’ll have another opportunity to provide us with your feedback. This process will also provide an opportunity for you to present your views to the Council in person.
What effect the increased funding needed to complete construction of the Dam will have on the Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031 is still being assessed.
We have at least a year to identify the source of the required extra funding. As a result, the additional cost will not have any impact on the 2020/2021 Annual Plan and your rates for next year. There is provision in our Revenue and Financing Policy for funding dam cost overruns. That includes additional rates funding from irrigators and other water users. Until we confirm how the increase will be funded, we can't speculate on the rates impacts.
Under the agreed funding model, cost over-runs up to $3 million are shared equally between Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd. The Council is committed to pay for increases over $3 million but that does not automatically mean it’s funded entirely through rates.
The Council will be asking other funding partners to look seriously at opportunities to contribute to the funding mix.
The local government process of running both a Long Term Plan and an Annual Plan process can seem confusing, but the Plans do work together.
Long Term Plan
The Long Term Plan (LTP) is reviewed every three years and outlines the Council's activities, services, capital programme and finances for the next 10 years. It also sets the Council’s strategic direction.
An Annual Plan is the Council's budget for one financial year and is produced in the years between Long Term Plans.
It explains how the Council intends to finance the activities and services that were specified for the year in the LTP, including any adjustments that are needed if circumstances have changed.
As a Tasman District Councillor I am able to give back to my community as well as represent the wider Tasman community. As a new Councillor I appreciate the support from Golden Bay people and together we can work to keep Golden Bay a great place to live.
We have our fair share of challenges and working towards solutions is something that I am keen to continue to see through. Protecting our environment and increasing the opportunities for biodiversity to thrive is a key programme for me, and that includes reducing emissions and considering climate change effects. The Council, as a group, is moving in that direction, but solving problems is not straightforward; there are a lot of steps to take, not the least being talking and consulting with our community and one size doesn’t fit all. Housing is a key issue, which I will be working on.
It’s a very positive group on the Council, and as time goes on and I get to grips with how everything works I’m looking forward to getting some gains for people. We’re starting the Long Term Plan review process, and everything is up for review so this is a great thing to get involved in: participating and helping build the Golden Bay we’d like to see in the future, for example improving the options for housing. Our Community Board has much potential and achieves a lot, I value my membership of this hard working group.
Councillor Celia Butler
Golden Bay Ward
The Committee approved the Proposed Plan Change 72 – Moorings and Coastal Structures and Proposed Mooring Area Bylaw to go out for public consultation, which will begin in May.
Changes to the range of plastics that will be accepted in kerbside recycling were approved. From 1 July 2020 only plastics numbered 1, 2 and 5 will be accepted as these are most likely to find a market for reuse.
The Committee agreed to begin an early engagement process with the community to gather ideas and information to help with drafting the Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031. Feedback is invited until 17 April.
The Speed Limit Bylaw consultation was approved and is now available on the website. Submissions on the proposed changes to speed limits in four locations are invited until 30 March 2020.
The Draft Schedule of Fees and Charges 2020/2021 was approved for public consultation. Submissions are invited from 13 March to 17 April 2020.
A submission on Arataki (the New Zealand Transport Agency’s 10 Year View on Transport Priorities) was approved and will be forwarded to the Agency for consideration as part of their long term planning process.
The Committee approved the submission to the Health Committee on the Taumata Arowai – The Water Services Regulator Bill; and endorsed the submission on the Government’s proposal to amend the waste disposal levy (already submitted by the Engineering Services Manager under delegated authority).
A report on Air Quality Monitoring in Riwaka, Brooklyn and Motueka was received. These areas have been subject to numerous complaints about air quality and the report recommends further research.
The Council has been busy planning for the upcoming 2020/2021 year.
The new Mayor and Councillors have endorsed the third year of the current LTP 2018 – 2028 where it is proposed to continue to maintain and improve the District’s infrastructure, respond to continued population growth and manage natural resources.
Major projects we will be progressing include the continued construction of the Waimea Community Dam, the Champion/Salisbury Roundabout upgrade and the Māpua water trunk renewal.
With the District’s natural environment, a key focus of our work is to complete a biodiversity and biosecurity strategy, to carry out a survey of estuarine fish and continue the review of the Tasman Regional Policy Statement and Resource Management Plan.
The construction of the new library building in Motueka is another big project planned for the coming financial year.
Net debt – Forecast net debt is $199.7 million by the end of 2020/2021.
Rates revenue – Total rates income increase will be 2.97% plus growth.
The Annual Plan 2020 – 2021 will be formally adopted at an upcoming Council meeting and is effective from 1 July 2020, the start of Council’s financial year. The full 2020 - 2021 plan will also be available to read once it has been adopted.
We’ll be changing the range of plastics we collect for recycling.
From 1 July this year we’ll only collect plastics that can be recycled in New Zealand – these are plastics 1, 2, and 5 (PET, HDPE and polypropylene).
These three plastics are the ones most commonly found in our households and represent around 85 – 90% of the plastics we use. This means most of the containers that you use will still be recycled: plastics used in soft drink and water bottles, clear plastic meat trays, plastic milk bottles, bathroom, kitchen, and laundry products, and ice-cream, butter and takeaway containers.
The plastics that we will not be collecting from 1 July are plastics 3, 4, 6 and 7 (PVC, LDPE, rigid polystyrene and other specialty plastics). These plastics are used in some food and product packaging like single serve yoghurt pottles and most sour cream containers, but are not able to be recycled in New Zealand.
In the past we have exported these plastics, but these are now very difficult to sell to overseas buyers. We are also concerned that some of these plastics may not be recycled appropriately and we are now stockpiling them.
We’ll be developing detailed information between now and 1 July to inform everyone about the change. Meanwhile, take the time to think about the plastics you buy and how you dispose of them. Most plastic containers have an arrowed triangle symbol on them, with a number to identify the type of plastic they are made of. If you can, take time to choose products in recyclable plastics (1, 2 and 5) or, better still, choose products in reusable containers.
Nominations close at 12 noon on Monday 16 March for the Motueka Ward By-election.
Nomination forms and information are available at the Motueka and Richmond Council offices and libraries, and on the website.
You can enrol to vote or amend your enrolment details by:
Voting documents will be delivered from Monday 20 April, and must be posted back or dropped off to Council, with polling day closing at 12 noon on Tuesday 12 May.
Results will be declared on Saturday 16 May.