Whangarei District Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP) 2018-28 for the future of the District, has been adopted. This means that work can go ahead on a number of key projects.
Whangarei is thriving and growing and we need to keep building and investing in our services to meet the needs of our expanding and diverse population.
This LTP does exactly that, with a strong focus on investing in core services, managing finances prudently and partnering with the community to make our District an even better place to live.
Thank you to everyone in the community who submitted their views and helped us develop it.
Through our early LTP engagement last year, we received over 1,400 items of feedback from the community. During the formal LTP consultation this year we received a further 687 submissions.
Councillors considered all the submissions and made several changes to the Plan before it was approved on 28 June 2018.
Click on the link below for the full LTP and all the projects and services we will fund over the next 10 years.
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To make sure we have enough income to maintain current levels of service and invest in core services to get us set up for the future, Council has committed to an overall 2% rate increase, plus the increase in the Local Government Cost Index (which is 1.7% this year) every year for the next 10 years.
This adds up to a 3.7% rates increase for Whangarei’s average residential property this year.
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Over the next 10 years
Here is a summary of major projects over the next 10 years.
Investing in core assets
- New Whau Valley water treatment plant $26.1 million
- Sealed road resurfacing $50.1 million
- Sealed road rehabilitation $47.7 million
- Unsealed road metaling $18.2 million
- Stormwater renewals $34.1 million
- Water reticulation work $30.8 million
- Sportsfield renewals $10.9 million
- Neighbourhood parks and gardens renewals $10.1 million
Investing in Community Assets
- Town Basin development $5.0 million
- New theatre seed funding $10.5 million
- Pohe Island development $6.1 million
- Walking and cycling infrastructure (including footpaths) $24.7 million
- Tracks and walkways $4.8 million
Getting set up for the future
- Civic Centre $30.7 million (Years 1 to 3)
- New airport evaluation $5.6 million (Years 1 to 4)
- District-wide wastewater treatment plants $5.7 million (Years 1 to 10)
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Read all about it
Whangarei is thriving and growing and we need to keep building and investing in our services to meet the needs of our expanding and diverse population. This Plan does exactly that.
You can view the Long Term Plan 2018-28 by clicking on the link below.
Thanks for giving us your feedback
You told us you wanted us to prioritise investment in our core infrastructure such as roads and pipes. We have increased our budget for seal extensions on rural roads and will continue our strong investment in transport, water, wastewater and parks and recreation, along with a focus on stormwater management which is increasingly important for our District as infrastructure ages and our climate changes. This plan puts an extra $34.1 million into stormwater renewals.
There was strong support for increasing funding for community-led projects across the District, building on the success of projects already underway in Parua Bay, Otangarei, Hikurangi and Kamo. This Plan increases the funding of community-led projects across our District from $1.5 million in the last LTP, to $4.5 million in this LTP. Funding for community property maintenance has increased and we have allocated $6.5 million (over the 10 years) to a new facilities partnership fund. This will be allocated through a contestable process.
You also told us you wanted us to get set up for the future as we continue to see an increase in our population and more demand on our infrastructure and services. In the last three years, our District’s population has grown by 5,500 to almost 90,000 and it is getting bigger.
As you can see, we have had to make some big decisions to fit within our budgets.