Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028

Consultation is now closed

Upper Hutt City Council sought feedback on the Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028 Consultation Document from 23 March to 27 April 2018. Consultation closed at 5.00pm on Friday 27 April.

The Consultation Document is a summary of our proposed plan and it is supported by a range of other documents proving more details (called Supporting Information).

View/download the Consultation Document(PDF, 2MB)

Our approach

Council will continue to provide core services and ensure infrastructure is well-maintained. Maintaining current levels of service accounts for most of our operating spend over the next 10 years. Growth requires investment in services and infrastructure to ensure that our city is fit for purpose. We plan to continue funding our existing services, maintaining and renewing infrastructure and making new investments to enhance the city, such as the 13 optional projects discussed in the Consultation Document, while keeping rate increases at a reasonable level.

Indicative rates examples for 2018 – 2019

On average, Upper Hutt residents pay some of the lowest rates in the Wellington region. We’re careful with how we spend your money. However, we need to continue to invest over the next ten years on the essential upgrades to infrastructure and facilities that will keep our city working and thriving. We also need to future proof our city to cope with a growing population and changing demographics.

These rates examples for 2018 – 2019 are inclusive of the 13 optional projects discussed in the Consultation Document.



Capital value $250,000 Capital value $350,000 Capital value $450,000 Capital value $550,000 Capital value $650,000 Capital value $750,000 Capital value $850,000
General rates $711 $996 $1,280 $1,565 $1,850 $2,134 $2,419
Water – uniform charges $276 $276 $276 $276 $276 $276 $276
Water – fire protection $57 $80 $103 $126 $148 $171 $194
Stormwater $109 $152 $195 $239 $282 $326 $369
Wastewater $480 $480 $480 $480 $480 $480 $480
Total indicative rates
(UHCC only) 1
$1,633 $1,984 $2,334 $2,685 $3,036 $3,387 $3,738



Business 2


Capital value $750,000 Capital value $850,000 Capital value $1,000,000 Capital value $1,500,000 Capital value $1,400,000 Capital value $1,600,000 Capital value $2,000,000
General rates $6,189 $7,014 $8,252 $9,902 $11,553 $13,203 $16,504
Water – uniform charges $276 $276 $276 $276 $276 $276 $276
Water – fire protection $171 $194 $228 $274 $320 $366 $457
Stormwater $456 $517 $608 $730 $851 $973 $1,216
Wastewater $1,440 $1,440 $1,440 $1,440 $1,440 $1,440 $1,440
Total indicative rates 
(UHCC only) 1
$8,532 $9,441 $10,804 $12,622 $14,440 $16,257 $19,893




Capital value $500,000 Capital value $600,000 Capital value $700,000 Capital value $900,000 Capital value $1,100,000 Capital value $1,200,000 Capital value $1,500,000
General rates $1,039 $1,246 $1,454 $1,869 $2,285 $2,493 $3,116
Total indicative rates 
(UHCC only) 1
$1,039 $1,246 $1,454 $1,869 $2,285 $2,493 $3,116


  1. Includes GST, at the current rate of 15%, but no Greater Wellington Regional Council rates.
  2. Includes 1 water connection and 3 pan charges, metered water charges additional.

Supporting information

The supporting information set out below provides more detailed information to the Consultation Document. On conclusion of public consultation, parts of the supporting information will become components within the final adopted Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028 document.

Click on the title to view the documents.

  • Council activities(PDF, 1MB) – This section contains detailed information about each of Council’s nine activity areas. It sets out why Council undertakes these activities, effects on the community, what is planned, how much the activities cost and how it is funded.
  • Performance framework(PDF, 204KB) – The performance framework sets out how Council will monitor and report against community outcomes and levels of service performance. [PDF 204 KB]
  • Infrastructure Strategy(PDF, 2MB) – The purpose of the Infrastructure Strategy is to identify significant infrastructure issues, the principal options for managing those issues and the implications of those options.
  • Financial Strategy, accounting policies and assumptions(PDF, 636KB) (includes the Revenue and Financing Policy) – The purpose of the Financial Strategy is to facilitate prudent financial management and provide a context for consultation on the local authority’s proposals for funding and expenditure by making transparent the overall effects of those proposals on the local authority’s services, rates, debt, and investments.
  • Financial statements(PDF, 3MB) – Provide the forecast financial information required for the period covered by the Long Term Plan.
  • Significant forecasting assumptions(PDF, 146KB) – These assumptions provide context for the Long Term Plan and, where appropriate, underpin Council planning in response to this context.
  • Proposed schedule of fees and charges 2018 – 2019(PDF, 935KB) – Fees and charges have been reviewed and are being consulted on. Once adopted by Council in June, changes in the fees and charges will take effect from 1 July 2018.

Policy consultations

As part of the Long Term Plan consultation we are seeking feedback on the following policies, which have either changed or are new.

Note: Two other draft policies are open for feedback in support of two optional projects: Economic Development Stimulus Policy(PDF, 121KB)  and Residential Stimulus Policy (Manual of policies, page 115).

Other documents

  • Expressions Whirinaki feasibility study(PDF, 3MB) – During the 2015 – 2025 LTP process, we consulted on a plan to redevelop and extend Expressions Whirinaki. At the time the preference was to wait for a feasibility study to be completed to set out the best way forward. The feasibility study was was completed in 2016 to consider detailed options for this project. The study’s outcomes, and inflation since the original planning, have increased the projected cost to $7.4 M (from the previous budget of $4.3 M). Council has committed to funding 1/3 and the Expressions Whirinaki trust is looking to source 2/3 of the funding externally.

We’re highlighting 13 optional projects that are either new infrastructure or services, or significant upgrades that fall outside our a ‘business as usual’ activities. Our legacy of prudent financial and asset management has set us up in an enviable position. We now have the opportunity to invest in significant improvements to realise our vision.

Click on the image ribbon above to view individual project information or see pages 8 – 15 of the Consultation Document.

Why these projects?

Through a series of Council workshops, and prior community engagement, many opportunities and ideas were considered and evaluated. These 13 projects were prioritised as making the biggest impact in realising our city vision – Life. Leisure. Live it! and, in some cases, also responding to growth and/or building resilience.

  • Investing in these projects would go a long way toward us realising our city vision, but we must remain prudent in balancing improvements to our city with affordability.
  • We’re providing summary information about the proposed projects and the contribution to our city vision priority areas (represented by the icons). You can also find more information on our website.
  • The majority of the projects present Council’s preferred option – except for the Trentham Memorial Park upgrade, which has a range of potential options to choose from.

What will it cost?

Doing all of these projects would add 0.6% to the average annual net rates increases (averaging 3.43% over ten years) and increase public debt to $110 M (which includes $84 M for ‘business as usual’).

  • Each project summary includes project costs. Please note that the annual rates per residential property shows the indicative rates cost per year of the project for an average residential property with a 2017 capital value of $417,000.
    Including all 13 optional projects will mean an anticipated average 3.43% net increase in rates each year, over the next 10 years.
  • If we don’t do any of these projects but only undertake ‘business as usual’ we’re anticipating an average 2.83% net increase in rates each year.
  • The costs of these projects have been included in the ten year budgets and financial forecasts which are summarised on pages 18  20 of the Consultation Document(PDF, 2MB).
  • Due to the timing of some of the projects, costs may change in the future as we get closer to actually completing the work. We will keep the community up to date on major changes in future years during our Annual Plan processes.