A little Council with big dreams - the long term plan for Ōtorohanga

Aspirational is the buzz word for Ōtorohanga District Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP) 2021 – 2031. For the past 18 months both Elected Members and staff have been working hard to create a plan for the district that sees it move from a state of austerity to a state of vibrancy.

An extensive community engagement programme was undertaken in 2020, and the feedback from this has been used to inform the LTP development. In addition, 18 Elected Member workshop sessions were held in order to develop the Council’s direction, strategies, policies, priorities, and key projects. From the community engagement and subsequent workshops, staff have developed a draft LTP and Consultation Document.

“We are looking at a change in direction from previous Long Term Plans” states Mayor Max Baxter “We are well placed financially, we have relatively low debt and low rates. However, our infrastructure is aging and our main streets are looking tired – it’s time to invest in our district, for the benefit of our current and future generations.”

Big ticket items for consultation include an urban centres upgrade plan, an accelerated waters programme and a food waste collection service.

“It’s about setting us up for the future, being prepared for growth and creating a dynamic, inclusive and unique district.” continues Mayor Max Baxter “While some of our key items might not sound that exciting, they are necessary pieces of work that we need to consider to ensure the longevity of our essential services and vibrancy of our communities.”

“Our vision for the district is to be a place where kiwi can fly. This means a place that is liveable, a place that is progressive, a place that empowers its residents to be the best they can be.”

The LTP outlines an average rates increase for the district of 7.93% for the first year and 5.13% across the 10 years (including water rates by meter rates). An example of what your rates bill could look like, using indicator properties, has been provided in the Consultation Document.

Formal consultation begins on 23 April and will run through to 24 May. There are a number of opportunities for public to engage in the process, including a series of drop-in sessions that will be held in the east, central and west of the district. The details of the drop-sessions are below:

LOCATION

VENUE

DATE

TIME

Ōtorohanga – daily drop-in centre

Ō Café

35 Maniapoto Street

27 April – 21 May 2021

9am – 2.30pm daily Monday to Friday

Kāwhia

Kāwhia Hotel

Thurs 29 April 2021

4pm – 8pm

Ōtorohanga

The Village Green (Ed Hilary Walkway if raining)

Sat 1 May 2021

10.30am – 2.30pm

Arohena

Arohena Hall

Tues 4 May 2021

10.30am – 2.30pm

Ōtorohanga

St David’s Church, Cnr Ranfurly &, Turongo Street

Wed 5 May 2021

5.30pm – 8pm

Kāwhia

Omimiti Reserve (Rusty Snapper if raining)

Sat 8 May 2021

10.30am – 2.30pm

Arohena

Arohena Hall

Tues 11 May 2021

4pm – 8pm

Kāwhia

The Rusty Snapper

Thurs 13 May 2021

10.30am – 2.30pm

Kāwhia

The Rusty Snapper

Thurs 20 May 2021

10.30am – 2.30pm

 

For further information about the Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031 consultation and how you can have your say check out www.otorohanga2050.co.nz or email Otorohanga2050@otodc.govt.nz