Work begins on Council’s Long Term Plan

The Local Government Act 2002 (LGA) requires every council to produce a Long Term Plan (LTP) every three years.

The LTP outlines our activities and priorities for the next ten years, providing a long-term focus for decision-making. It also explains how work will be scheduled and funded.

Under the LGA LTPs must be reviewed every three years with full consultation with the public each time. An Annual Plan is developed in the years in between.

At present we are putting together all the information on what the plans and priorities for the next 10 years should be. We will then develop the financial details for what these will cost to deliver affordably and sustainably. We will seek your feedback on the plans and proposals. These proposals, any options and their consequences will be presented to the community in a Consultation Document (we often refer to this as a CD).

Below is a timetable of our process and when you can expect to hear from us regarding the 2018-28 Long Term Plan.

September 2017 - March 2018 Council staff and councilors work on understanding and developing priorities for the next 10 years, and gather information to understand the different options and their consequences for responding to challenges and opportunities for the Waitomo District.
27 March 2018 Council meeting where Council will finalise the Consultation Document for the 2018-28 Long Term Plan. This includes all the significant proposals and their options and consequences.
5 April - 4 May 2018 Feedback on the 2018-28 Consultation Document is open. Feedback can be posted, emailed or even given to us on the phone!
14- 15 May 2018 People who have given their feedback are invited to speak with Councillors about their feedback to the Consultation Document for the next 10 years.
6 June 2018 Council discusses the feedback received and makes decisions on which option we should include in the Long Term Plan for each proposal.
26 June 2018 Council adopts the final 2018-28 Long Term Plan.

What is a Long Term Plan?

A Long Term Plan (or LTP) is a document for identifying what WDC will do over the next ten years, how much it will cost, and who will pay for it.  The LTP... 

  • provides integrated decision-making and co-ordination of the resources of WDC
  • provides a long-term focus for the decisions and activities of WDC; and
  • provide a basis for accountability of WDC to the community.


As part of the development of our plan we must prepare...

Infrastructure StrategyA description of the big infrastructure issues and options over the next 30 years and how these will be managed. This strategy must align with the financial strategy, and covers the mandatory groups; water supply, sewerage and the treatment and disposal of sewage, stormwater drainage, and provision of roads and footpaths.   

Financial StrategyExplains what the financial implications and issues are of the LTP and how they will be managed. The Financial Strategy puts self-set limits on rates and debt increases.  As a core part of our story, the strategy must outline where Waitomo District Council wants to be in ten year’s time.

Work begins on Council’s Long Term Plan