Long Term Plan 2018-28 Consultation

All councils in NZ are required to undertake planning to ensure that the services they provide are appropriate and sustainable, and the community must be given the opportunity to have their say on the important elements of this planning.

The main process to achieve these objectives is the preparation by each Council of a Long Term Plan (LTP). This process is conducted every three years, with the resultant Plan covering a ten year period, but with particular emphasis and detail on the next three years.

Consultation Document

The key matters and challenges within the LTP that we believe that the community should be aware of and may wish to give feedback on are summarised in an LTP Consultation Document (CD). The Consultation Document can be downloaded here [PDF, 1.1 MB]. Alternatively, a hard copy can be obtained from the Council Office at 17 Maniapoto St, Otorohanga and the public libraries in Otorohanga and Kawhia.

Key Issues we are consulting on

Growth Focus

With potential major new government and commercial projects in the district a Council funded subdivision in Otorohanga continues to be proposed to help provide opportunities for population growth.

Stop Bank Path in Otorohanga

Council is proposing to build a path along the full 3.1km length of the stopbanks around Otorohanga from Phillips Avenue to the Waipa Esplanade.

Strengthening Community and Iwi Engagement

Council is consulting on the investment of $80,000 per year to increase engagement with the community and particularly iwi.

Building Community Resilience

Council is proposing to spend $100,000 in 2018/19 to investigate alternative methods of service delivery to build the resilience of the Council organisation and the District.


Key Dates

Consultation Opens                                                      Friday 20th April

Consultation Closes                                                     Monday 21st May – 12pm midday

Hearing                                                                           Tuesday 29th May

2018-28 Long Term Plan Adopted                             Tuesday 19th June


We encourage you to make a submission and tell us what you think about Council’s plans. Submissions must be made in writing, and can be made in the following ways:

  • Email your feedback to info@otodc.govt.nz 
  • Post your submission to Otorohanga District Council, PO Box 11, Otorohanga, 3900
  • Deliver it to our office at 17 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga

Submissions must be received by Council before midday on Monday 21st May 2018.

If you wish to speak to Council about your submission you need to make this clear in your written submission. Council will then invite you to attend the hearings on the Long Term Plan (which are scheduled for 29th May 2018) at a specified time.


Supporting Information

A draft of the full 2018-28 Long Term Plan has also been created. This is a substantial document that contains a range of more detailed information, which underpins the Consultation Document. A copy of this document can be downloaded here [PDF, 7.2 MB].

We have also broken the full document into sections, to make it easier to find the information you are interested in.

Comments, Introduction and Key directions of Council [PDF, 180 KB]

The Otorohanga District, Today and Tomorrow and Community Outcomes [PDF, 408 KB]

Infrastructure Strategy [PDF, 1006 KB]

Financial Strategy [PDF, 553 KB]

Significant Activities [PDF, 3.1 MB]

Financial Information [PDF, 1.8 MB]

Schedule of Fees and Charges [PDF, 197 KB]

Council Policies [PDF, 436 KB]

Supporting Information and Appendices [PDF, 663 KB]

Other Consultations

We are also consulting on number of policies at the same time. These include the:

  • Revenue and Financing Policy
  • Development and Contributions Policy
  • Rates Remission Policy
  • Remission and Postponement of Rates on Maori Land Policy.

Information can be found here