Long Term Plan 2021-2031 adopted by Council

Published on 01 July 2021

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On Tuesday evening, Council formally adopted the Long Term Plan 2021 – 2021, following a community-wide consultation during March and April.

We received close to 1,000 submissions, almost three times what we had for the 2018 Long Term Plan. It was a record for us and it was great to hear from so many people in our community. 

The plan that’s been adopted focuses on meeting both the current and future needs of our city, in a financially prudent way. We encourage you to read through it to see what we will be working on and where we’ll be investing.

Highlights include:

  • Significant investment (nearly $240 M over the next 10 years) in our core infrastructure of transport and waters.

  • Upgrades to H20 Xtream and the Civic Centre.

  • The introduction of a sustainability grant and other sustainability initiatives, including spending about $20 M on walking and cycling infrastructure.

  • Continued focus on economic development of our city and enhancing the vibrancy of our city centre.

  • Continue to deliver services and programs that contribute to the social and cultural wellbeing of our residents—like our libraries, active and play programmes, and working with community groups, to name a few.

  • While we did consider a move to kerbside recycling, our community was divided on the issue and we decided not to introduce it now. We have decided to leave the choice with families and individuals and the flexibility that keeping the recycling facility in Park Street open offers.

To make sure we can deliver our plan, the average rates increase over 10 years is 4.8% per annum.

While this is higher than our past Long Term Plans, we are forecasting a period of unprecedented growth it is important that we plan for this and steadily and optimally invest so that our city is able to maintain its livability, and future generations are not faced with backlogs and large increases.

Our vision is for our city to be a great place for families to live, work, and play, and the LTP moves us forward on this trajectory.

You can read the Long Term Plan 2021 – 2031 at upperhuttcity.com/ltp.