Frequently Asked Questions

What it’s all about?

The LTP is an important document that outlines the future delivery of Council services. It covers the range of Council services provided to the ratepayers and residents of Timaru District. The LTP covers everything the Council does, what is planned, cost and how it will be paid for.

All councils are required by law to develop and adopt a 10-year plan and budget, which is reviewed every three years. Council provides a huge range of activities, many of which you use every day. The water that comes from your tap, using the playground at the local park, getting books from your local library and ducking into the public toilet down the road are just a few of these.

The 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.

How we’ve got to where we are

The development of our Long Term Plan is a complex process. We first started this review back in around December 2013. Since then there has been a huge amount of work put into the plan by the Council and Council officers in identifying the issues that we need input on as well as developing what is needed in the plan. You can read about some of these below.

In that time, government have changed local government legislation to require Councils to present their LTP consultation differently through use of the consultation document and also prepare a 30 year infrastructure strategy, along with a number of other changes.

LTP Pre-Consultation

We consulted on some specific issues relating to the LTP in August/September of 2014. Council thanks those who provided valuable feedback. You can see the overall results of this consultation below.

LTP preconsultation results

Activity Management Plans (AMPs)

Council Activities are the services provided to the community by Council and include a variety of services from emptying the district's rubbish bins to providing safe clean drinking water. AMP's are effectively a business plan for each particular activity, completed by the Unit Manager of that activity. They outline what is happening at the coal face, detail levels of service, current costs, projected costs, future work programme, issues facing the activity and many other things. The latest AMP's were completed toward the end of 2014 and will provide a building block for the content of the LTP.

Group of ActivitiesActivities
DemocracyGovernance & Leadership
Community Support

Airport, Community Facilities (includes public toilets, cemeteries), Community Funding (includes community funding, subsidised labour), Economic Development & District Promotions, Emergency Management, Safer Communities, Social Housing

District Planning & Regulatory ServicesBuilding Control, District Planning, Environmental Health (includes environmental health, animal control, parking enforcement)
Recreation & LeisureCultural & Learning Facilities (includes Art Gallery, Halls, Theatre Royal, Libraries, Museum), Parks, Recreation & Swimming Pools (includes Caroline Bay Aquatic Centre, Fishing Huts, Motor Camps)
Roading & FootpathsRoading & Footpaths (includes parking facilities), Cycleways and walkways
Waste MinimisationCompost, Recycling & Refuse
Water SupplyWater Supply

Infrastructure Strategy (IS)

The IS has been developed over several months in preparation for the LTP. It will be consulted on together with the LTP. The IS is a new requirement placed on Council by an amendment to the Local Government Act 2002. It formalises planning around major infrastructure such as the districts roading, sewer, water supply and stormwater networks for the next 30 years. It forms part of the LTP and ties in closely with the Council Financial Strategy.

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Timaru Population and Household Projections 2013-2063

In 2014, Council commissioned a report from Professor Natalie Jackson of the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis. The results were made available in a report in August 2014, which forms the basis for population and household related assumptions for the LTP.

The medium projected change in the number of people living in the district over the next fifty years is a peak increase of 3,453 in about 2033, dropping back to an increase of 3,260 in 2063 over today's population. The projected change in the average age of the population is more significant – with the over 65 years of age group expected to be around 31% of the population by 2033, and around 34% in 2063 (2013: 20.1%).

This will have some effects on the future delivery of Council services. The information provided in this report helps Council plan for the future based on the best possible information.

Population and Household Projections 2013-2063

Significance and Engagement Policy (SEP)

The SEP was developed, consulted on and adopted by Council in 2014 following an amendment to the Local Government Act 2002. The policy provides a framework for deciding the significance of an issue, giving clarity to the community about expectations of engagement on issues, and ensures the Council identifies its Strategic Assets. In short, the SEP is a framework for making sound decisions with the appropriate level of community engagement.

Significance and Engagement Policy