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.

How was the LTP 2018-28 consulted on?

You can read about the LTP 2018-28 consultation here, including submissions made on the plan.

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 2018-28 we sought to maximise community input through our LTP Consultation Document “Our Place, Our Future?” You can read about the LTP 2018-28 consultation here, including the over 1,000 submissions received. 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.

So, what's in the LTP?

There are six sections to 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 summary financial information.
  • Section 2: Council Activities - Council provides a wide 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, how we'll measure performance, key projects and how much it will cost.
  • Section 3: Infrastructure Strategy - This section includes the full Infrastructure Strategy. This time we extended the Infrastructure Strategy to cover 50 years and included Waste Minimisation, alongside the other activities it must include - Roading and Footpaths, Sewer, Stormwater and Water Supply.
  • 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 2020-21 to be adopted by 30 June 2021. In between LTPs, we do an Annual Plan, but these are effectively just an update of the relevant year of the LTP.

Last updated: 23 Jun 2020