Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Time to have your say on our district’s future direction
Clutha District Council’s proposed plans for the next 10 years will be out for public consultation from today 11 April 2018 giving residents and ratepayers a month to make submissions and tell us what they think we should be doing.
This Long Term Plan process takes place every three years and outlines, over the medium to long term, what we’re intending to achieve for the district and how we’re going to pay for it.
This time we’re identified five main questions we are asking:
- Are we getting it right for roading or should we start sealing some of the gravel roads in our urban communities?
- Where do we draw the line in how we rate for community facilities?
- How we should be ramping up facilities at Mt Cooee Landfill?
- How far should we go with making over Milton’s main street?
- Have we got our priorities right for infrastructure?
We also want to know your opinion about issues like whether we should be supporting extending the Clutha Gold cycle trail.
It’s really easy to have your say, a consultation document (and feedback form) is being mailed out to every ratepayer, the information will also be available at Council service centres, libraries and you may find some at local businesses too.
Otherwise, all the information and an online submission form is available on our website www.cluthadc.govt.nz/consultation and remember that in addition to making a submission you can ask to speak directly to Council about it.
Mayor Bryan Cadogan said a lot of hard work had gone into this Long Term Plan, but the most important part was people now having their say.
“I cannot stress enough the significance of these issues for ratepayers and the direction of our district, so please do share your views.”
Mayor Cadogan said he intended once again to visit communities throughout the district for a ‘soapbox session’ to give people an opportunity to talk to him and councillors.
“The fact is households need to think about what the proposals would mean for them and their rates bill.”
I am proud of the fact that in the last five years, Council is doing more projects than ever before (including for core services), at a time when rate increases have been contained to the lowest level for some years, a fact I hope motivates you to take a close look at this Long Term Plan, he added.
Soapbox sessions are being held in Clinton, Tapanui and Lawrence on Saturday 21 April, Kaka Point and Owaka on Sunday 22 April, Balclutha, Stirling and Kaitangata on Saturday 28 April, and Milton, Taieri Mouth and Waihola on Sunday 29 April.
Council will also be consulting on a range of other policies including the Revenue and Financing Policy, Policy on Remission of Rates, Policy on Remission and Postponement of Rates of Maori Freehold Land, the Proposed Schedule of Fees and Charges and the Local Government Funding Agency Statement of Proposal.
Lastly, the Our Place Waihola community plan is also open for public feedback at the moment, check out Council’s website for more - www.cluthadc.govt.nz/consultation
Public submissions on everything close on Friday 11 May 2018.