Have your say on our draft Annual Plan
Last Thursday, our Council adopted the draft 2020/21 Annual Plan (year three of the Long-Term Plan) and we'd love to hear your thoughts on this and our priorities for the future.
You can read the plan and give feedback on our Have Your Say engagement portal, up until Wednesday 25 March.
About the Annual Plan
The draft 2020/21 Annual Plan is for the period from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.
It is the activity proposed for year three of the current Long-Term Plan (2018-2028) and is largely unchanged from the activity agreed when that Long-Term Plan was consulted on back in 2018.
Because there are no material or significant changes we are not formally consulting, but we would still like to hear from the Canterbury community.
We are proposing a 9.8% increase in total rates revenue for the coming year, which is higher than the 5.5% increase signalled in the Long-Term Plan.
Not everyone's rates will increase by this percentage.
Some ratepayers will have a lower increase and some higher depending on the particular mix of targeted and general rates, and the value and location of their property.
The bulk of the proposed rates increase for 2020/21 is for improved public transport services, reserves to maintain and build flood protection infrastructure, and freshwater management.
What a better future might look like
Our new Council is seeking input into priorities and planning for the future.
“We are asking ourselves, and the community – where can we really build on what the previous Council has done, and accelerate the activity?” says Chair, Jenny Hughey.
“At our first strategy session key themes, such as climate change and how Canterbury responds to it – like being resilient to increased frequency of natural hazard events; pushing a bolder, faster planting and regeneration programme across the region; investing in a sustainable public transport system, and increasing the visibility of our work to the community, all came through.
“Some of these [initiatives] – for example, replenishing flood protection reserves so we are ready for the next event – and keeping the momentum on the changes needed in our public transport system, are proposed to get underway in the draft 2020/21 Annual Plan period.
"Others will be developed over time if the community supports them, alongside other community-driven initiatives.
"To do this we need to hear from Cantabrians across the region about what a better future might look like.”