Annual Plan 2020/2021 - What's Our Plan?

Submissions closing on 24 April 2020, 05:00 PM

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For the 2020/2021 financial year, we largely plan to do what we said we would be doing in the LTP 2018-2038. 

‘What’s Our Plan 2020/2021’ highlights the key matters covered in our Draft Annual Plan 2020/2021. It covers our vision and community outcomes; how our district is growing and what this means for us; important financial information; and key projects for 2020/2021. It also provides an opportunity for you to provide feedback to help guide us in our planning for 2021 and beyond.

As a result of Covid-19 the Annual Plan consultation process will be different to previous years. However, we encourage you to still submit and contact us via phone or email if you have any questions. 

Splash Pad - Jubilee Park, Levin

Council is specifically seeking feedback on whether we should establish a ‘splash pad’ at Jubilee Park in Levin. Information on this topic including the options and the estimated costs of each option is outlined in the Consultation Document. 

Key projects 

Key projects for the year ahead which Council will focus on, alongside business as usual, include:

  • Planning new residential areas – the population increase predicted will require about 440 new houses every year.
  • Creating a Destination Management Plan focused on making our district a great place to live, work, play and visit.
  • Planning to improve al fresco dining areas on Oxford Street in Levin.
  • Redeveloping Queen Street to better reflect the historical links between Lake Horowhenua and the Tararua Ranges and improve our environment.
  • Moving the last of our wastewater discharges from disposal to a waterway to land-based disposal.
  • Adopting the Horowhenua Integrated Transport Strategy and getting to work on many projects, including: advocating for more public transport options; a refurbished train station; connecting shared pathways; and, starting the process of working with NZTA as we plan for the Ōtaki to North of Levin expressway to be built.

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How to make a submission - it's easy!

Anyone can make a submission on our 'What's Our Plan 2020/2021' Annual Plan Consultation Document by either filling out an online form or by filling out the downloadable print form. 

Submit online.

What's Our Plan 2020/2021 Submission Form (Print Version)(PDF, 322KB)

Hard copy submission forms can be:

If you make a written submission, you can choose to present at a Hearing. Please indicate on your submission form if you wish to do so. Hearings are scheduled for 13 & 14 May 2020 (these will likely be held remotely).

Submitters are advised that pursuant to the Local Government Act 2002 and subject to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, all submissions received shall be made available to the public. Please indicate on your submission form if you would like your contact details to remain private.

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Please note that submissions are public information. Information on this form including your name and submission will be accessible to the media and public as part of the decision making process. Your feedback will only be used for the purpose of the What's Our Plan 2020/2021 process. The information will be held by the Horowhenua District Council, 126 Oxford Street, Levin. You have the right to access the information and request its correction.

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 24 April 2020.

Want to know what the Annual Plan 2020/2021 means for the rates on your property? Use our rates calculator to find out your indicative rates for 2020/2021.

During 2019, properties across the Horowhenua were independently revalued. This will have an impact on the distribution of who rates are collected from, and what individual rates increases are.  A change in capital value or land value does not automatically mean rates will increase or decrease because of that change. It is proportional and depends on whether your property value has increased by more than average in comparison to other properties across the district. If you have an above average rating value increase you will likely receive an increase in your rates.  

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How will Covid-19 affect this Annual Plan process?

The situation with Covid-19 is dynamic and therefore we must be adaptable and ask that the community is understanding of this. At this stage we believe it will affect the Annual Plan 2020/2021 consultation process in the following ways (as the situation develops this may change).

  • All engagement will occur online.
  • There will be no engagement events
  • Unfortunately hard copy versions of the Consultation Document and Supporting Information will not be available as we are unable to have them printed or delivered.
  • If a Hearing is able to occur, it will most likely be completed remotely.

Updates will be available here on our website.

What’s an Annual Plan?

The Annual Plan sets out the services Council will provide, the projects we will undertake, and expected costs for a specific financial year. It is based on the services, projects and costs identified in the current Long Term Plan (LTP).

The Annual Plan we are currently consulting on is for the 2020/2021 financial year (1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021).

What is the Consultation Document?

‘What’s Our Plan 2020/2021’ is the Consultation Document for the draft Annual Plan 2020/2021. It highlights the key matters covered in the draft Annual Plan. 

What are the key issues in this Annual Plan?

Annual Plans can sometimes differ from what was anticipated in the LTP if new challenges or opportunities arise that we need to respond to. For the 2020/2021 financial year, we largely plan to do what we said we would be doing in the LTP 2018-2038.

This year, we are seeking community feedback on whether Council should establish a Splash Pad at Jubilee Park (Donald Duck Park), Levin.

We are also seeking initial thoughts for what should be included in the LTP 2021-2041. What’s Our Plan also identifies several key projects planned for 2020/2021.

Why is Council asking the community about establishing a splash pad?

In the Long Term Plan 2018-2038 Council did not identify that it would establish a splash pad at Jubilee Park, Levin. However, the small paddling pool at the park is nearing the end of its life. Council recognises the value of providing a free water play feature for the community at Jubilee Park and so, would like to see if there is sufficient support within the community for a splash pad to be developed to replace the paddling pool. Further information on this topic is provided in ‘What’s Our Plan 2020/2021’.

Will there be a rates increase in 2020/2021?

The proposed rates income increase for 2020/2021 will be 6.90%. This is the increase in how much Council’s increase in its total rates take will be. Individual rates increases will vary between properties based on a range of factors. You can find out your proposed rates increase by using Council’s online rates calculator available on our website.

For 2020/2021 the rates changes for individual properties have been particularly affected by the revaluations which were completed in 2019. 

How can I provide feedback?

You can provide feedback by completing a submission form. The submission form is available in our 'Have Your Say' section.

Feedback can be:

  • completed online
  • emailed to annualplan@horowhenua.govt.nz
  • posted to Horowhenua District Council, Attn: Strategy and Development, Private Bag 4002, Horowhenua 5540

When does Council need feedback by?

The consultation period opens on 25 March 2020 and closes at 5pm on Friday 24 April 2020. 

What happens to my feedback?

Your feedback will be considered by Council and used to shape our priorities going forward.

What is rating valuation?

A rating valuation is a mass appraisal valuation of a property which is used by the Council for rating purposes.

Your rating valuation is the capital (includes improvements) and land value of your property which is independently assessed.  The rating valuation is used by Council to help set rates.

When was the revaluation done and when will it have an effect on our rates?

The rating revaluation was completed in August 2019 and the new value will have an effect on your rates from 1 July 2020.

What do the terms capital value and land value mean?

Capital value: the assessment of the most likely sale price if the property (including buildings and all other improvements on the land, excluding chattels) was sold on the date of the valuation (1 August 2019).

Land value: the assessment of the most likely sale price for the  land as at 1 August 2019. It includes development work such as drainage, retaining walls and levelling, but disregards any buildings or other improvements to the property.

What is the connection between rates and valuation?

Each year, the Council’s budget in the Annual Plan sets out the amount of rates needed to keep the Horowhenua running.  This total is then split across ratepayers using a combination of factors. Rating valuations are just one of the factors used to calculate the amount of rates each property owner pays.

A change in capital value or land value does not automatically mean rates will increase or decrease because of that change. Valuations do play a part in working out the amount of rates paid by each ratepayer, but are not the only factor.

If your property received an above average increase in value compared to other properties in the District then you will likely have an increase in rates. If your property value did not increase or increased at a below average rate compared to other properties in the District then the revaluation may not result in an increase in rates or your rates could even slightly decrease.

Will a property sell for the capital value printed on the notice?

The capital value should reflect the market value of the property if it was offered for sale on 1 August 2019. However, the property market is dynamic and market values may have changed since this time and so you may get more or less for your property depending on what the market is doing. 

How are the valuations calculated?

It is logistically impossible to inspect all properties in Horowhenua in a timely manner. As such, rating valuations are calculated using mass appraisal techniques focused on - what properties are selling for in the neighbourhood, the type of property – house, town house, factory, shop; trends and changes that have been made to properties since the last revaluation.

How are leasehold properties valued?

The Rating Valuation Act 1998 requires all properties to be values on a freehold basis for rating purposes. The capital value of a leasehold property is an assessment of the likely selling price of the property as at 1 August 2019 assuming the property is freehold.

Who carries out the revaluation?

Quotable Value New Zealand are the independent valuers who carried out the rating revaluation for properties in Horowhenua in 2019.

How can I get more information?