Long Term Plan

The Long Term Plan (LTP) presents a blueprint for the delivery of Council Services over the next ten years. It includes how the Council will provide those services, what they will cost and how they will be funded.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few answers for your questions about the LTP.

What's the Long Term Plan?

We call it the LTP for short and it is a plan that presents the Council’s blueprint for the delivery of its activities over the next ten years. It sets out what the Council will do, how it will be paid for and when it will happen. It is the critical document that sets the direction and intent of how the Council intends to make the Timaru District an even better place to live, work and play.

What's the LTP got to do with me?

The LTP has got a lot to do with you! It isn’t just Council’s document, it’s yours as well and Council rely on community input to make sure it’s on the right track. For LTP 2015-25 we sought to maximise community input through our LTP Consultation Document “Are we there yet?” We’ll talk more about your input shortly, but it was pleasing to see increased feedback overall than in previous years. The LTP includes: 

  • Issues that will influence the Council over the next ten years
  • Information about the array of activities the Council is involved with
  • Key projects planned
  • How your rates will be spent
  • How the Council’s work will be funded
  • Financial performance

The Plan outlines how we collectively can create the future we all want, and the role that the Council will play in that.

What’s new this time around?

The law has changed since we last reviewed the LTP. While much of the LTP process remained the same, there were important changes to two key areas. 

Firstly, Councils are now required to prepare a thirty year Infrastructure Strategy (or IS). At a minimum, the IS covers the big stuff provided by Council including the roads and footpaths you drive and walk on, sewage collection, treatment and management, the systems delivering clean, fresh water to your tap and the stormwater systems that handle heavy rainfall. The full IS is included in Section Three of the LTP.

Secondly, the Council consulted on the LTP using a new Consultation Document (or CD). This highlighted the key issues that the Council particularly wanted input on and provided options, including the option the Council particularly supported. This document was supported by a range of information, much of which makes up the final LTP document.

So, what's in the LTP?

There are six sections of the LTP, as set out below:
  • Section 1: Overview – This includes an overview of the LTP, including Council's overall strategic framework, outcomes from the LTP consultation, key projects and financial information.
  • Section 2: Council Activities - Council provides a huge range of activities, many of which you use everyday. This section includes an overview of these activities, including the levels of service we'll provide, performance, the future operating and capital work programme and how much it will cost.
  • Section 3: Infrastructure Strategy - This section includes the full Infrastructure Strategy, a new requirement that covers planned developments over the next 30 years for Roading and Footpaths, Sewer, Stormwater and Water Supply activities.
  • Section 4: Financial Information - Detailed and overall financial information, including overall financial statements for the Council, rating impacts shown through the Funding Impact Statement, and Reserve Funds information.
  • Section 5: Policies and Supporting Information - Policies that Council use to make decisions and run Council operations, including the Revenue and Financing Policy, Significance and Engagement Policy and Rates Remission Policy. It also includes the general and financial assumptions on which the plan is based.
  • Section 6: Other Information - Information about Council, including Council Controlled Organisations, and Council's Group, Committee and Management structure.

When are we doing another LTP?

Councils are required to review their LTPs every three years.  The next review will take place in 2017/18 to be adopted by 30 June 2018. In between LTPs, we do an Annual Plan, but these are effectively just an update of the relevant year of the LTP.