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