Long Term Plans

This page provides information about the Long Term Plan (LTP), Council's key strategic planning document, which is developed in consultation with the community.

Long Term Plan 2018-2028

The Long Term Plan 2018-2028 was adopted in June 2018 and is in effect from 1 July. It will guide our work and budget for the next 10 years.

Archived Long Term Plans

What is the Long Term Plan?

The Long Term Plan documents all the Council’s activities, and how they are paid for. The Long Term Plan also describes how each council will fulfil its responsibilities under the Local Government Act 2002 to promote the well-being of its community, and enable democratic local decision-making. It includes Council’s community outcomes, and tells the community how the Council’s activities will help achieve these outcomes.

The Long Term Plan:

  • is produced every three years;
  • sets out the Council’s intended programme of activity for the next ten years;
  • details all of the Council’s activities, and how activities contribute to community outcomes;
  • describes the local authority’s financial strategy, explaining what the local authority plans to spend over the next ten years, and how it will pay for its activities;
  • describes activities and expenditure in detail for the first three years, and outlines the next seven years.


Plans are audited by the Office of the Controller and Auditor-General. Auditors check that the Long Term Plan complies with the requirements of the Local Government Act 2002, that the underlying information is robust and that the Plan is useful for its purpose. The auditor’s report is published as part of the Long Term Plan.  (Local Government Act s94)

Review and Re-evaluation Process

Long Term Plan must be reviewed and re-evaluated every three years and the community outcomes contained within the document reviewed and evaluated every six years. The next Long Term Plan will be 2018-2028.

This current Long Term Plan is part of the Council's three-yearly planning process. It is also the Annual Plan for the first of the three years, i.e. the plan for the 2015-16 year will be an Annual Plan.

Activity Management Plans

Council produces Activity Management Plans for each of the key services and activities it provides to the public.The Activity Management Plans provide the base information for the preparation of Council’s Ten Year Plan and Annual Plan.