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

 


Council approves plan for next three years

Friday 28 June 2013


Council approves plan for next three years

Following four weeks of community consultation, 372 written submissions, three days of public hearings and several days of deliberations, Christchurch City Council yesterday adopted a Three Year Plan.

The Christchurch City Three Year Plan 2013-2016 sets out all the projects and services the Council will provide over the next three financial years, how much they will cost and where the money will come from. The plan sets out an overall rates increase of 6.67 per cent.

That is made up of an increase of 4.74 per cent to cover standard services and projects, and an additional 1.93 per cent special earthquake charge.

Mayor Bob Parker says the highlight of this Three Year Plan is not a single digit rates increase or a new facility or a big-ticket item - it's the fact the Council is paying its way using a sound financial plan.

"We'll get Christchurch back and better than ever within a generation. And that's without selling off our revenue earning assets or facing massive rates increases, while at the same time keeping our debt at an affordable level."

A $4.8 billion cost-sharing deal between the Crown and the Council announced yesterday provides certainty around funding, allowing the Council to sign-off on this Three Year Plan.

As a result of the cost-sharing arrangement, the Council's contribution to the rebuilding of horizontal infrastructure (roading and underground services) has been reduced by $159 million.

The final Three Year Plan largely adopts the activities and budgets proposed in the draft plan, with some changes following submissions from members of the public, recommendations from the Mayor and proposed amendments from Councillors. These include:

* $50 million to set up a transformational project fund for betterment of facilities, with $9.9 million set aside for the Coastal Pathway Project and $15 million for the Christchurch Central Library.
* $2 million to buy land for stage one of the South West Recreation and Sports Centre.
* $830,000 for partial completion of a non-loop Central City tram link between New Regent Street, Re:Start Mall and Canterbury Museum following a feasibility investigation and report back to the Council by September 2013.
* $5.47 million for the review of the District Plan.
* Up to $10 million for a 100 per cent rebate on development contributions for residential developments in the Central City that have been reviewed by the Urban Design Panel and are under construction by July 2015.
* Clarifications to the Development Contributions Policy including allowing the amalgamation of credits on one development site and requiring the Council to use development contribution cash within 10 years.
* Confirmation of major organisations receiving grants from the Strengthening Communities Fund totalling $1.475 million a year for two years.
* A $2 million interest-free loan for five years from 2013/4 to assist the Theatre Royal Charitable Trust with the cost of reconstructing the Isaac Theatre Royal.
* $500,000 for a relocatable facility for community groups at Beckenham or another agreed site.
* $250,000 for urgent projects identified in the Cemeteries Master Plan.
* $250,000 for a feasibility study into the concept of a sports hub, such as the hub being proposed at Nga Puna Wai, a reserve beside the Canterbury Agricultural Park.
* $46,000 over three years for an upgrade of the Garden of Tane in Akaroa, funded by a reduction of 10 per cent to the Stanley Park and Robinsons Bay budgets.
* Up to $150,000 to cover half the cost of traffic lights at an intersection in Redcliffs near the site proposed for a supermarket rebuild, subject to Foodstuffs matching the Council's contribution.
* $15,000 for a project to improve boating safety at the public facilities in Naval Point.
* $15,000 for the New Brighton Business and Landowners' Association.
* $69,000 for the Council's engagement strategy.

Other recommendations included:
* Staff to investigate and report back on the costs and process for providing free wi-fi in core areas of the central city
* Staff to urgently investigate possible rates relief and financial incentives for listed heritage buildings
* A request for a report on funding and an expression of support for Scarborough Paddling Pool being rebuilt and reopening for the 2013/14 summer.

The final version of the Three Year Plan will be available via the Council's website, libraries and service centres within a month.

- ends -

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news