Long Term Plan

2012-2022 Long Term Plan


The 2012-2022 Long Term Plan (LTP) is about the things we have planned for the next 10 years and beyond. The final documents detail the changes that were made to the draft Long Term Plan as a result of the hearing of submissions and deliberation process. 

Fees and Charges 2012-2014

Long Term Plan Volume 1

Long Term Plan Volume 2

Summary of key decisions

The council has decided to use the Local Government Funding Agency as a source of its funding in the future, with savings on interest to go towards the general rate.

The council also adopted a transitional rates remission policy for a two year period to help address increases in rates brought about by the merging of two rating systems and the alignment of valuation dates.

As a result of submissions, operating grants have been added across the 10 years of the plan for the Waikato Coalfields Museum, Raglan Museum and Tuakau Museums, at $50,000, $20,000 and $5,000 respectively. The following organisations will receive one-off grants for 2012/13:


  • The Ngaruawahia Volunteer Fire Brigade $25,000
  • St John Te Kauwhata $25,000
  • Ngaruawahia Community House $15,000
  • Opus Orchestra $2,000
  • Waikato River Alive $7,000
  • A further $5,000 per year from 2012/13-2015/16 has been allocated from the councils Events Fund to help support the FIFA under 20’s World Cup.

The council decided that the direct costs of running the Onewhero-Tuakau, Huntly, Taupiri, Ngaruawahia, and Raglan community boards will be recovered through a uniform targeted rate for each of those communities.

The council decided to adopt the proposal to redirect existing funding to in-house resourcing to facilitate economic development; to work closely with the business sector and improve our processes for a more positive business environment.

As a result of submissions, the conversion rates for non-residential developments within the policy have changed; the factors for roading will go down, but the three waters factors increase. The council also revised their growth assumptions to reflect actual development activity and staging. The approach to growth is still conservative.

The fees and charges for dog registrations will go forward as detailed in the draft plan. All dog owners will be presumed to be ‘approved’ unless they prove otherwise within a 12-month period by incurring infringements. That means an $85 fee, with a $20 discount for payment before 1 August. Fees go up for those owners who incur infringements. Dog owners who meet specific conditions may be eligible as “selected” owners and will pay lower fees accordingly.

The proposal for a voluntary rate to help home-owners take advantage of the Warm-up New Zealand Heat Smart scheme will not go ahead.


Audit opinion

Matters Relating to the Electronic Presentation of the Report to readers of the Long-Term Plan

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