Annual Plan 2016/17

Overview

The Annual Plan is a one year snapshot of Council’s intended work programme for the year beginning 1 July 2016. It outlines what the Council is planning to do, how much it will cost and how it will be paid for.

Changes to legislation mean the Annual Plan effectively represents an exceptions document that contains the main differences from the relevant LTP 2015-25 year, in this case Year 2.

Read about our Long Term Plan 2015-25.

What’s changed?

The law has changed since we prepared our last Annual Plan. The focus of Annual Plans is now on any significant or material changes to the Long Term Plan that we have already discussed with you.

Consultation is only required if the difference is significant or material or if the Council chooses to consult.

For 2016/17, there are no major changes to what we have already decided as part of the LTP 2015-25 process. As a result, we are not seeking your feedback this year.

Any comments we do get will be fed into future planning processes, including our next Long Term Plan development (for 2018/19 to 2028/29).

Annual Plan 2016/17

The review of our planned projects has resulted in a few changes – some ups and downs in the costs and changes to the timing of some projects.

To keep you informed, we have put together this brief outline of key planned projects, differences, key financial information and the impact on your rates under the proposed Annual Plan 2016/17.

{Annual Plan 2016/17 Information Brochure}

Annual Plan 2016/17 process

Steps for the remainder of the process through to the adoption of the Annual Plan 2016/17 are:

14 April Annual Plan 2016/17 Information brochure distributed via The Courier and Council website

April - June Prepare final Annual Plan document

21 June Annual Plan 2016/17 distributed to Council

28 June Annual Plan 2016/17 and Rates Resolution adopted.

Supporting Information

Below is supporting information related to the Annual Plan 2016/17:

{Draft Fees and Charges 2016/17}

{Annual Plan 2016/17 Projects List}

{Reports – Annual Plan/Budget 2016/17 Council meeting}

Add links to reports – AP and other Consultations

We are consulting on…

We are consulting on two topics that may be of interest to some people. Read more about these below. This also includes an online link to make a submission.

{Food Act Fees}

{Resource Management Act Fees}

Submissions on both of these topics close 5pm on Monday 16 May.

Your Feedback

As discussed above, we’re not consulting on the Annual Plan for 2016/17 because there are very few changes to the LTP but we are always keen to hear what you think:

Are there any projects you like would us to consider in the next round of planning?

Are there any big issues that have arisen that you think Council needs to be considering?

Are there things you think we could do better in the future?

Are there things you think we should be doing more or less of in the future?

Please send any feedback here by 16 May 2016.

Or you can talk to your local Councillor, email us at annualplan@timdc.govt.nz, ring us on (03) 687 7200, or write to us at PO Box 522, Timaru

Annual Plan - Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the Annual Plan?

All local authorities are required to prepare an Annual Plan under Section 95 of the Local Government Act 2002.

The Annual Plan is a one-year snapshot of Council’s intended work programme for the year beginning 1 July 2016. It outlines what the Council is planning to do, changes to the relevant year of the current Long Term Plan (LTP 2015-25), including financial information such as costs and funding.

Isn’t this a bit different to what’s happened in the past?

Yes, changes to the Local Government Act 2002 in 2014 mean that the Council’s approach to preparing and consulting on an Annual Plan has changed.

The new Annual Plan process is not about re-litigating issues already decided in the LTP. The legislative changes mean that:

There is no requirement to prepare information that duplicates the LTP content. As such, the Annual Plan is an exceptions based document and the Annual Plan 2016/17 content is reduced.

A Council is not required to prepare a “Draft Annual Plan” or Draft Annual Plan Summary.

Consultation on an Annual Plan is not required unless the differences to the LTP are ‘significant’ or ‘material’ or the Council chooses to. The Annual Plan is not required to go through a formal Special Consultative Procedure as previously carried out. If consultation is carried out, it must give effect to the consultation principles under the LGA (S82).

Where consultation occurs, a Consultation Document (CD) must be prepared. The focus of the CD can only be around the ‘significant’ and ‘material’ changes between the 2016/17 year in the LTP 2015-25 and the Annual Plan 2016/17.

How is the Annual Plan 2016/17 developed?

The Plan is based on Year Two of the 2015 - 25 Long Term Plan (LTP). Budgets and projects have been reviewed. The review of our planned projects has resulted in a few changes – some ups and downs in the costs and changes to the timing of some projects. These changes will be highlighted in the Plan.

Council and Community Boards have considered and approved the reviewed budgets and projects in February/March 2016. The final plan is now being developed and will be adopted in June. As described above, based on no significant or material differences being identified, the plan is not being consulted on with the community.

Has the Annual Plan 2016/17 content changed?

Changes to the Act mean that the Plan now represents an exceptions document that contains the main differences from the relevant LTP 2015-25 year, in this case Year Two. The plan will include references to key information from the LTP 2015-25, updated financial information, changes to Year Two of the Long Term Plan and contextual information around Council’s work programme.