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Kāpiti 2038

Our long term plans are a road map for the next twenty years. By getting clear on what we value, and reflecting that in our plans, we’ll be able to make the difficult choices we need to about where to focus our resources and activities in the coming years.

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Thanks for sharing your ideas with us

During July we asked Kāpiti locals "What's important to you?" 

We shared an initial set of challenges and possible approaches to shaping our future, and asked our communities to let us know what was most important to them.  This feedback is now helping guide the development of the draft long term plan.

Thanks so much to those that took the time to share their ideas with us!  More than 50 community group representatives attended a second series of long term plan workshops in July. In addition, 225 people completed our online or printed questionnaire and around 70 more gave us feedback at events or via email.

Elected members also talked with many members of the community during this period and saw all of the wide-ranging feedback received.

From all this, key themes and areas of concern emerged from the community and were consistent with many of our own concerns and hopes for the future.

Key themes

An overarching theme of resilience – of our people and communities, our environment, our infrastructure and our financial situation – was present in discussion on many topics, including each of our key themes:

Living within our financial constraints

We've heard your concerns about affordability and already we're putting a strong focus on a financially sustainable approach and spending less in order to pay back more debt. By managing operating and capital expenditure at sustainable levels, borrowings and rates increases can be balanced while ensuring the cost of major assets is spread over time.

Kotahitanga and working with the community

We're lucky enough to have many committed and skilled locals looking to make a difference in our communities on issues including housing, health, higher education and public transport. We value the contribution these people make to our rohe (district). By collaborating and sharing resources and ideas, we can achieve more together.

Sustainable growth

Our community recognizes the value of growth, particularly in higher-value local jobs through attracting and growing a diverse range of businesses. Growth, however, must be planned and sustainable, with the necessary infrastructure in place to support it.

Enhancing our natural environment

Our natural environment is highly valued, enjoyed by residents and an attraction for visitors. We need to protect and enhance what we have through sustainable practices and responding to climate change in a way that's aligned with national policy.

Articulating our attractor factor

Kāpiti locals love living here. From a shared Kāpiti story we can enhance community connection and encourage visitors and new residents who will appreciate and enrich the Kāpiti way of life.

The Council will be using these themes to guide our work as we shape the draft long term plan.

Working through the detail

At our long term plan development workshops presentations to councillors will cover the wide range of services and facilities the Council delivers, as well as our finance and infrastructure strategies and our rating system review.

The public are welcome to observe these presentations and discussions, though please note that there’s no public speaking time during the workshops. Once the draft of the plan is completed in late March 2018 we’ll be asking for your input on key decisions that’ll help shape our district. We look forward to hearing what you think.

Schedule of long term plan development workshops

Topics may be subject to change – please check this webpage to keep up to date with the latest.

Date Presentations

Thursday 30 November,
9 – 11am

Access and transport

Tuesday 5 December,
1 – 4pm

Affordability and our rating system

Thursday 7 December,
2.30 – 5pm

Districtwide planning
Economic development
Expressway integration programme
Community support

Tuesday 12 December,
10am – 5pm

Parks and Open Space
Community Facilities
Solid waste
Tangata Whenua
Libraries, Arts and Museums

Thursday 14 December
- Cancelled -

Presentations previously scheduled for
this workshop have been rescheduled.

Thursday 25 January 2018
1.45 - 4.30pm

Strategic direction

Thursday 1 February
1 – 3pm

Rates system review

Thursday 8 February
1 – 4.30pm

Consideration of operating and capital budgets
Revenue and financing policy

Tuesday 13 February
10am – 3pm

Further consideration of operating and capital budgets if required
Development contributions
Other strategies and policies
Community engagement plan

Thursday 15 February
10am – 12 midday

Summary of key directions, preferred options and rates implications for consultation

Thursday 8 March
9 – 11am

Review of draft consultation document

Workshops have concluded now for 2017.  Further workshops will be held in the New Year, starting in late January.  Keep an eye on this webpage or join our Express yourself forum to be kept up-to-date with dates and topics.

How we’re building a plan, together

Our plans are shaped in the context of our partnership with tangata whenua and the four principles of Whakawhanaungatanga/Manaakitanga, Te Reo, Kotahitanga and Tino Rangatiratanga.

The key themes above that emerged from engagement with our communities so far will guide our work as we develop our draft plan. 

The development of the plan will be the topic of Council workshops in November and December, which are open to the public. The draft plan will then be shared with the community in early 2018, and we’ll be seeking your feedback on key decisions in the plan.