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HBRC Corporate & Strategic Committee Decisions

HBRC Corporate & Strategic Committee Decisions

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Corporate and Strategic Committee met on Wednesday 10 September. See agenda papers here - http://data.hbrc.govt.nz/meetings/Open/2014/C&S_10092014_AGN_AT.PDF
Some of the key decisions and recommendations to Council were:

Significance and Engagement Policy
The C&S Committee considered the new significance and engagement policy which is required by 1 December. The policy replaces the Regional Council’s significance policy which was adopted in 2003, and places additional weight on Councillors to also consider the level of community consultation on decisions. HBRC has had a community consultation approach since it was formed in 1989 on matters such as resource management plan changes, annual and long term plans, and adopted a formal guideline document in 2004. The new policy requires Councillors to consider the level of community input from the start of a new decision-making process. The new policy will be available for community input from 29 September – 24 October.

Corporate Risks Assessment
The C&S Committee carried out its six monthly review of the Top 10 Risks facing the Regional Council and the mitigation approaches proposed. The risks are mainly associated with Council’s strategic objectives in the Strategic Plan (October 2011). The Councillors also considered a recommendation by the Office of the Auditor General for councils to have a greater involvement in the management of organisational risks, and as a result the Councillors will workshop the option of establishing an Audit and Risk Committee. They will seek external input at this workshop to help determine the scope of such a committee.

Regional Cycle Plan
A report on development of a Regional Cycle Plan (RCP) was provided to the C&S Committee. The plan has three main action areas – network development; tourism/marketing; and travel behaviour change. The tourism and travel behaviour draft plans are largely complete and the network plan is currently focusing on safety improvements to existing cycle routes as a priority. There is a proposal to extend the iWay concept to Napier and a proposal for funding is in preparation by NCC. Cr Christine Scott has been appointed as HBRC’s representative on the RCP governance group. The group will report through to the Regional Transport Committee which includes local councils and the NZTA.


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