Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Hearings start next week on 2008 Annual Plan

8 May 2008


Hearings start next week on 2008 Annual Plan


The Christchurch City Council received 536 submissions on the Draft Annual Plan 2008-09 and Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) 2006-16 following a month long public consultation period.

The Annual Plan is how the Council annually updates the LTCCP forecast for the fiscal year commencing 1 July, using the most up-to-date financial and project information available. The LTCCP shows what the Council will be doing over the 10-year period of the LTCCP, why it is going to do these things, and what the costs will be.

Hearings and Council deliberations on the submissions will be held next week and the Council is likely to adopt the Annual Plan/Amendments to the 2006-16 LTCCP at its meeting on 25 June 2008.

A large number of the submissions (142) related to the extension of the tram route in the central city and the variation to the City Mall plan to allow for the operation of trams

There were only 14 submissions on the proposed rate increase, which Mayor Bob Parker believes indicates ratepayers are satisfied that the Council is keeping rates to a reasonable level while delivering value for dollar.

“The plan proposes an average residential rate rise of just over five per cent
which is half the rate increase signalled in the 2006/-16 Long Term Council Community Plan. The Council has been very clear that rate increases were to be kept down to that five per cent level,” he said.

The other topic that attracted a number of submissions (340) was housing, mainly in relation to the rental increases for the Council’s social housing.

Mr Parker said he accepted the proposed rent increase was an emotive issue, however the setting of housing rentals was quite outside the Annual Plan process.

“City Housing is self funding, or rates neutral, and the increase will ensure it is sustainable, to provide for necessary maintenance and housing stock renewal. This is not done as part of the Annual Plan/LTCCP process.

“The Council is, however, totally committed to its role as a provider of social housing, and is the country’s second largest provider of social housing - behind Housing New Zealand,” he said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election