Long Term Plan 2018-38 - What's our Future Horowhenua?

Submissions closed on 26 March 2018, 05:00 PM

What's our Future LTP 2018-2038 Consultation.

The purpose of the 2018-38 Long Term Plan Consultation Document is to get your feedback to help us set out what we are going to do over the next 20 years.

The Consultation Document highlights some of the activities that Council will be focusing on over the next two decades, including some of the key projects that we will be delivering.

Overview of the Consultation Document

There are three key challenges that Council is particularly keen to get your feedback on, which are:

  • the future of our Community Halls
  • season length of the Foxton Pool
  • providing water and wastewater infrastructure to our growing settlements.

These have been chosen as challenges based on feedback from pre-engagement, because they have been identified as pressing and where Council is in the position to make a decision.

Alongside this are two other topics that Council is keen to hear your opinions on:

  • Shannon Community Hub – Is there a need for a community space that provides for more activities than just a hall or a library – perhaps a safe space for teens to hang out or clubs and community groups to meet?
  • Water sustainability – Currently Horowhenua residents use more water than the national average, so Council is organising the installation of pressure-reducing valves, introducing monitoring, and fixing leaks. Should Council introduce water meters, as has occurred in many other parts of the country?

The Long Term Plan proposes an average rates increase of 6.53% – that’s 0.38% higher than anticipated in the last Long Term Plan. There are two major reasons for this:

  • Council’s infrastructure underwent a revaluation process, and this led to a $1.3 million increase in the predicted cost of funding renewals.
  • Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom is a fabulous asset for our community, and it comes with an increased operational cost for Council of $470,000.

The proposal would increase the average cost of rates from $6.24 per day to $6.65 per day. You may experience a higher or lower rates increase depending on what rates you are subject to. See the Consultation Document for more information. 

Long Term Plan 2018-2038 Consultation Document(PDF, 4MB)
Long Term Plan 2018-2038 Consultation Document (two-page spread)(PDF, 3MB)

Submissions closed at 5:00pm on Monday, 26 March 2018.

Some of the challenges we are facing are: 

Challenge #1: The future of our Community Halls

Use of some of our Community Halls is dropping, and many are earthquake-prone, requiring significant investment. Council is considering four options, and its preferred option is to sell Foxton Memorial Hall, Shannon Memorial Hall, Levin Memorial Hall, Foxton Coronation Hall and the Foxton Courthouse Museum.

If you’re interested in finding out more on this challenge then see the Consultation Document.

If you have questions about this challenge and would like to speak to a Council officer then phone (06) 366 0999 and ask to speak to Arthur Nelson, Parks and Property Manager.

Challenge #2: Season length of the Foxton Pool

Residents have asked for the swimming season to be lengthened. Council is considering two options, and its preferred option is to extend the season from five to eight months a year.

If you’re interested in finding out more on this challenge then see the Consultation Document.

If you have questions about this topic and would like to speak to a Council officer then phone (06) 366 0999 and ask to speak to James Richmond, Community Services Manager.

Supporting Information: Report to Foxton Community Board (in 'Other Supporting Information' under Supporting Information).

Challenge #3: Providing water and wastewater infrastructure to our growing settlements

This includes the growing settlements of Waitārere Beach, Ōhau, Manakau, Waikawa Beach and Hōkio Beach – Council is considering three options, and its preferred option is provide water and wastewater infrastructure to both the existing settlement and growth areas of these locations over a 20-year period.

If you’re interested in finding out more on this challenge then see the Consultation Document.

If you have questions about this topic and would like to speak to a Council officer then phone (06) 366 0999 and ask to speak to Sarie Van der Walt, Asset Management Engineer.

Supporting Information to the Consultation Document includes the Financial and Infrastructure Strategies, Financial Statements, Policies, Activity Statements and other information, such as the Assumptions and the Report on the Foxton Pool. This Supporting Information can be found below.

Financial Strategy(PDF, 1MB)
Infrastructure Strategy(PDF, 3MB)
Financial Statements(PDF, 2MB)
Policies(PDF, 2MB)
Activity Statements(PDF, 3MB)
Other Supporting Information(PDF, 1MB)

There are a number of ways you can find out more information on any aspect of the Consultation Document or the LTP process: