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2018-2028 Long Term Plan

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Waikato Regional Council’s long term plan (LTP) is exactly that – it's a plan that sets the direction, priorities and funding for the next 10 years.

Our strategic direction, signed off by the council in December 2016, was the starting point for our LTP. It identifies seven key priorities to guide our work to 2019, as well as the vision, mission and long term outcomes for our region.

But we couldn’t do our LTP planning alone. From mid-2017 we met with iwi, key stakeholders, residents and ratepayers who shared their insights, ideas and priorities for the region. We used this information to prioritise our levels of service to ensure we would strike a balance between keeping rates affordable and continuing to deliver our existing work programme, while also delivering on additional requests from the community.

Formal consultation on eight proposals took place from 16 March to 16 April 2018. We also carried out targeted consultation on three topics – Tauhei flood protection scheme, changes to water user charges and information gathering fees, and the alteration of a drainage district boundary between the Hautapu and Matangi.

Unlike previous years, the consultation document was not mailed to every household. Instead, we raised awareness through print and digital media channels, as well as radio. A total of 356 formal submissions were received and over 10 million impressions and 25,138 clicks were made to our online advertising platforms.

Hearings were held the week of 7 May 2018 with over 100 submitters presenting in person. Councillors then deliberated over two days at the end of May, confirming a budget which will see an average rates rise of 4.1 per cent in 2018/19.

Waikato Regional Council adopted its LTP on 26 June 2018.