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.
View the Long Term Plan 2012-2022 online.
View the Draft Long Term Plan 2012-2022.
Read key decisions from the final Ten Year Plan for 2009-2019 and download the full plan as PDFs.
Download the Long Term Council Community Plan 2006/2007 as PDFs.
Download the Long Term Council Community Plan 2004 as PDFs.
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.
Different Names, Same Process
Previously known as Ten Year Plans, or Long Term Council Community Plans, Long Term Plans are required by government legislation to ensure Councils are adequately planning to provide services to their district in the future.
Draft LTPs are audited by the Office of the Controller and Auditor-General. Auditors check that the LTP 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 Draft LTP. (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 Ten Year Plan re-evaluation will be 2015-2025.
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 2012-13 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.