Shore council releases planning combo with options
North Shore City Council has released its draft city plan for submissions â€“ a series of documents which combines an annual plan with the new long-term plan every council must produce for the first time this year.
The council has also produced its proposal for collecting development contributions, the last section in a draft policy document, which in turn is the seventh of 7 city plan “modules”.
The development contributions document has an embargo to Monday 22 March on it for legal reasons, so details of that policy will hit this website after midnight Sunday.
The 7 module documents are:
An overview, including how the city plan fits into North Shore’s strategic planning framework
Strategic issues in more detail
Important proposals the council wants feedback on
Community outcomes in the plan, progress towards achieving them & a programme for identifying new ones
Activity statements, a summary of the scope & nature of key areas such as wastewater, water & transport
Financial statements, costing council work programmes for the next 10 years
The council has worked out budgets which, it forecasts, will mean an average 2.9% rate rise in each of the next 3 years and an average 3.2% rate rise over the term of the 10-year plan.
The numbers are variable â€“ the third module, Proposals, lists 14 proposals on which ratepayers are offered options. The different costs of each option are set out in the document and in a newsprint highlights paper.
Among the 14 proposals:
Stormwater & wastewater consents (for which the council expects to lodge applications, as an operator, in August). Options are to finance at the current rate or accelerate it.
Undergrounding utilities. Since the Power NZ (& successors) undergrounding has ended, no funding for undergrounding is provided. Options offered are a $1 million/year scheme or a $4 million/year scheme.
Funding growth. Collection of development contributions under the Local Government Act would mean about $195 million over 10 years would come from contributions instead of rates. The alternative is to seek contributions under the Resource Management Act, which would take longer to oput in operation, would cost more to implement, would offer fewer collection opportunities & more appeal opportunities.
Town centres. The council proposes to increase spending on town centre planning from $400,000/year to $1.3 million/year, with an extra $150,000/year operating cost, to go from what it says is “planning work of limited value” to a programme of accelerating capital improvements
Acquisition & development of strategic sites. The council gets compromised by not having funding available, then requires substantial debt funding for a purchase. It proposes establishing a fund, at $3 million/year, to buy or develop sites “considered necessary to deliver multiple community outcomes”. Benefits it sees are higher-quality urban environments, more integrated development, improved town centre economic viability & property value.
Economic & tourism initiatives. Options are more, less or the same funding. The council spent considerable time on a tourism policy last year.
Waste levy & kitchen waste collection. These proposals involve levying all waste going to landfill (avoidable by reducing waste) and introducing a voluntary kitchen waste collection.
Coastal parkland. Like the strategic sites proposal, this involves establishing a fund – $25 million capital cost plus $2.6 million/year operating cost.
Northern recreation centre. Options are to do nothing, have the council provide a centre or get one through a public-private partnership.
Council website: North Shore City Council