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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.

Welcome to the place where you can find out more about our work to develop a long term plan for 2018-38.

The consultation period on our draft long term plan closed on 23 April. 

Many thanks to those who took the time to share their thoughts with us.  As councillors work towards finalising our long term plan they will get copies, in full, of all submissions received.  They will also hear from submitters who wished to speak to the Council. 

Interested to find out more?

Nearly 120 submitters spoke to councillors at our long term plan hearings on 14 - 16 May.

Final decisions on our long term plan will be made by the end of June.

Our draft long term plan

Here are the details of our draft long term plan, which was shared with the community for feedback from 23 March to 23 April: 

Right now we are setting the Council’s direction and working out our priorities and budget for the next 20 years. We’ve got some big decisions we need to make, as well as choices about the services and facilities we provide and how we manage our finances. These decisions affect everyone who lives in Kāpiti.

We want to know what you think so we can build a stronger, more resilient Kāpiti together.

Get the overview of the draft of our long term plan in our consultation document:

Our consultation document sets out key elements of our plan, including our financial approach to spend less so we can reduce our debt. This is so we’ll be well placed to fund significant asset renewals in around 2045 when a large number of assets, such as pipe infrastructure, need to be replaced.

Proposed rates for 2018/19

Our average proposed rates increase for Kāpiti Coast District Council rates for 2018/19 is 4.7%, however increases will vary for different properties in the district. This is not only because of differences in property type, value and location – your rates may also be affected by changes in your property value after last year’s revaluation and the proposed changes to our rating system and Greater Wellington Regional Council’s rates.

With the aim of ensuring that our rating system is equitable and affordable for our ratepayers, and sustainable for Kāpiti, we’ve developed a proposal for the way the rates are shared across our district’s ratepayers. Note that this doesn’t affect the total amount of rates we collect, but it can affect the portion of those rates that different people pay.

The proposal has two changes:

  • $7.6m of the districtwide roading contributions would change from being a fixed charge to a charge relative to a property’s capital value; and
  • $0.5m of economic development funding would be transferred from the districtwide general rate to a new $0.5m commercial targeted rate. Only commercial properties would contribute, in relation to their capital values.

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More than a quarter of Kāpiti properties are at risk of being flooded. Our stormwater system manages the surface water run-off which helps manage the risk of flooding and also helps look after the quality of water in our streams, but it doesn’t always cope with the heavy rains and storms we’re experiencing now.

After two major floods in 2015 we undertook a districtwide investigation of flood risk and implications. Based on this we developed an expanded and prioritised programme that we believe better addresses the risks of flooding and allows for our estimated population growth. Under the proposed prioritisation approach we would do the work over 45 years, starting in areas where homes are at risk of flooding above floor level, then commercial buildings, and after that garages followed by sections.

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Strategic Context

A summary of the environment we operate in.  Including: relevant legislation; demographics of the district; our iwi partnership; our geography, history, housing and economy; our place within the region; our current vision; the services we provide; our financial position; challenges and opportunities.

Strategic direction

The strategic direction developed through the long term plan process including key challenges, themes/approaches, 10-year outcomes, long term goals and our vision.

Plan on a page

A one-page summary of our key challenges, approaches, financial strategy, 10-year outcomes, long term goals and our vision.

Financial strategy

Our financial strategy sets out the overall financial goals of the Council for the 2018–38 long term plan. The strategy builds on our current financial position by setting out where we want to be positioned during, and at the end of, the long term plan period.

Infrastructure strategy

This strategy identifies significant issues for core services (transport, stormwater, water supply and wastewater) over the next 30 years.

Significance and engagement policy

The purpose of the policy includes providing clarity about how and when communities can expect to be engaged in decisions about different issues, assets, or other matters.

Rates remission policy

In order to allow rates relief where it is considered fair and reasonable to do so, the Council is required to adopt a policy specifying the circumstances under which rates will be considered for remission.

Development contributions policy

The development contributions policy is a funding policy for planned capital expenditure on network infrastructure and community infrastructure within the district. The policy gives the Council a method of assessing and collecting contributions to fund new infrastructure and upgrades to existing infrastructure required as a result of growth.

Revenue and financing policy

The revenue and financing policy is one of the policies required by the Local Government Act (LGA) 2002 in order to provide predictability and certainty about sources and levels of funding.

Significant forecasting assumptions

The LGA also requires that we identify the significant forecasting assumption and risks used in the setting of our long term plan.

Draft activity chapters for the Council's 13 activities

An overview of our 13 activity areas: access and transport, coastal management, solid waste, stormwater, wastewater, water, community facilities and community support, economic development, parks and open spaces, recreation and leisure, districtwide planning, regulatory services, governance and tāngata whenua.

Significant accounting policies

The significant accounting policies of the Council which, as a New Zealand territorial authority, is governed by the Local Government Act 2002.

Prospective financial statements

The prospective financial statements of the Council.

Statement of reserve funds

Reserves are held to ensure that funds received for a specified purpose are applied to that purpose and any surplus result is managed in accordance with the purpose for which the reserve was established.

Funding impact statements

Funding impact statements for rating policies (this sets out how your rates bill is worked out), Council-wide and for groups of activities.

Disclosure statement against financial prudence regulations

Disclosure statement against Local Government (Financial Reporting and Prudence) Regulations 2014.

Rating base information

This shows the total number of rateable properties planned for this long term plan. The planned growth to the rating units peaks at 0.71% per annum.

Statement concerning balancing of budget

A statement concerning the balancing of our budget including non-funded depreciation, water rates and accelerated loan payments.

Activity reconciliation

Reconciliation of income and expenditure across our activity areas for 2018-38.

Detailed schedule of capital spending

A 20-year schedule of capital spending across all activity areas.

Proposed schedule of user fees and charges

A full list of the Council’s fees and charges.

Council controlled organisations statement

Consideration of the Local Government Funding Agency, as a council-controlled organisation.

You can have a chat with councillors and community board members at one these events: 

Paraparaumu Paraparaumu Beach Market Saturday 24 March, 9am to noon
Paekākāriki Paekākāriki Library Saturday 24 March, 11am to 1pm
Ōtaki  Ōtaki Library Saturday 7 April, 10am to noon
Waikanae Mahara Place pop-up park Saturday 7 April, 11am to 1pm
Raumati Marine Gardens Saturday 14 April, 10am to noon

We invited feedback on any topic outlined here, or on any other aspect of our work and offered options for providing feedback online, by email, on paper and in person.

Our consultation period closed on Monday 23 April 2018.

Many thanks to those of you who took the time to share your thoughts with us.  If you asked to speak to the Council about your submission, we’ll be in touch to arrange a time for you.  Hearings will take place during the week of 14 May

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