2017/18 Annual Plan Consultation

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Overview

Consultation Status: Submissions opened on Friday, 10 March 2017. 

Council needs your feedback to help us make planning decisions for the District over the next financial year (from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018). 

We have produced a Consultation Document that highlights some of the activities that Council will focus on over the coming 12 months, including some of the key projects that we will deliver.  Much of what Council will do this coming year is in line with what it committed to do as part of the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan. However, there are three key topics that Council is particularly keen to get your feedback on, which are:

  • Shared Pathways;
  • the Significance and Engagement Policy; and
  • Heritage Incentive Funding.

The Consultation Document also highlights a number of issues and potential projects that Council will consider in the lead up to the development of the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan. Council is seeking your ideas for issues and potential projects that you think we should also consider.

Annual Plan Consultation Document 2017/18(PDF, 5MB)  
Council Financial Statements - Supporting Information for the 2017/18 Consultation Document(PDF, 1MB)
Council Activity Statements - Supporting Information for the 2017/18 Consultation Document(PDF, 729KB)  

Have your say

Council is currently calling for submissions from the public on the matters highlighted in the Consultation Document. Submissions need to be provided to Council by no later than 5:00pm on Monday, 10 April 2017.  

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A print version of the submission form is available below and can be returned to Council by:

  • delivering it to Council’s Office at 126 Oxford Street, Levin;
  • posting it to Private Bag 4002, Levin 5540 (Attention: T. Williams); or
  • emailing it to annualplan@horowhenua.govt.nz

Submission Form (Print Version)(PDF, 370KB)

Public Information Sessions and Drop-In Tables

Drop in Tables visual.pngPublic Information Sessions will be held at:

  • Masonic Village Hall, Foxton, on Tuesday 21 March at 7:00pm;
  • Council Chambers, Levin, on Thursday 23 March at 7:00pm; and
  • Memorial Hall, Shannon, on Thursday 30 March at 7:00pm.

Each session will start at 7:00pm and will go for around one and-a-half hours. These sessions will touch on the topics covered in the Consultation Document and will provide you with an opportunity to speak to elected members and Council Officers.

‘Drop In Tables’ will be held at::

  • Levin Mall on Friday 17 March from 1:00pm to 2:30pm and on Wednesday 29 March from 12:00pm to 1:30pm;
  • Holben Pavilion at Foxton Beach on Saturday 25 March from 12:00pm to 1:30pm; and
  • Te Takere on Friday 31 March from 12:00pm to 1:30pm.

Run by Elected Members, this is your opportunity to have a chat with them about the 2017/18 Annual Plan Consultation Document and ask any questions.

Shared Pathways

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In 2016 Council adopted a ‘Shared Pathways Strategy’. This Strategy was developed by the Horowhenua Shared Pathways Network group and it provides a framework for the development of shared pathways in the Horowhenua District.

We're seeking your feedback on whether you would support allocating either $100,000 (Option 2) or $250,000 (Option 3) towards the development of shared pathways in 2017/18. If funding is allocated through the 2017/18 Annual Plan process then the Horowhenua Shared Pathways Network group will support Council to determine what shared pathways would be best to develop with the funds.

Option 1: Status Quo - work within existing budget
Option 2: Allocate $100,000 to shared pathways for 2017/18 
Option 3: Allocate $250,000 to shared pathways for 2017/18 

To find out more please see page 12 of the 2017/18 Annual Plan Consultation Document available below, or phone Council on (06) 366 0999 and ask to speak to Sean Hester.

Horowhenua Shared Pathways Strategy(PDF, 423KB)

Heritage Incentive Funding

Heritage Incentives visual. The Horowhenua District has a rich and diverse history. Many of the more significant historical buildings, structures or sites are listed in Schedule 2 of the District Plan. This offers a level of protection for these buildings, structures or sites to help ensure that they are retained for future generations to appreciate. However, it can also place additional costs or a burden on the owners of heritage buildings, structures and sites (eg if an owner would like to add to or alter a listed heritage building then they have to go through a resource consent process).

Many councils throughout New Zealand offer some form of incentive to heritage property owners to recognise the public good benefit of preserving heritage features and help ease the burden on property owners.

Topic 2 in the Consultation Document seeks feedback from the community to see whether they would support Council setting aside an annual amount of either $50,000 (Option 2) or $100,000 (Option 3) to be made available for heritage property owners. If funding was allocated then it would be made available to the owners of heritage buildings, structures or sites to be used to retain and enhance significant local heritage features.

Option 1: Status Quo – Provide no funding 
Option 2: Allocate $50,000 per annum 
Option 3: Allocate $100,000 per annum  

To find out more please see page 14 of the 2017/18 Annual Plan Consultation Document available below, or phone Council on (06) 366 0999 and ask to speak to Tiffany Williams.

Schedule 2 - Listed Heritage Buildings, Structures and Sites(PDF, 2MB)

Draft Significance and Engagement Policy

Draft Significance and Engagement Policy visual. By law, councils are required to have a Significance and Engagement Policy. The purpose of this Policy is to outline Council’s general approach to determining the significance of proposals and decisions in relation to issues, assets and other matters. It also identifies how and when the Council should engage with the community.

Council has committed to reviewing its Significance and Engagement Policy every three years. Council’s current Policy was adopted in December 2014 and as such is due for review this year. Therefore the Policy has been reviewed and the proposed changes are being consulted on as part of the 2017/18 Annual Plan consultation process.

Option 1: Status Quo   
Option 2: Adopt the draft Significance and Engagement Policy    
Option 3: Update the draft Significance and Engagement Policy following feedback from the community and adopt it

To find out more please see page 17 of the 2017/18 Annual Plan Consultation Document available below, or phone Council on (06) 366 0999 and ask to speak to Lacey Wilson. 

Draft Significance and Engagement Policy 2017(PDF, 446KB)
Significance and Engagement Policy 2014 (Current Policy)(PDF, 80KB)
Community Engagement Strategy(PDF, 127KB)  

Proposed Rates for 2017/18

Proposed rates for the 2017/2018 Rating Year have now been made available alongside the current rates on our Rating Database. These proposed rates, levies, and amounts displayed are not final and should not be considered or quoted as accurate. These indicative figures are calculated as per the Annual Plan 2017/2018.

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