Our long term plans are a road map for the next twenty years. By getting clear on what we value, and reflecting that in our plans, we’ll be able to make the difficult choices we need to about where to focus our resources and activities in the coming years.
Thanks to those that took the time to share their ideas with us during July. Input at this early stage will help guide our work. Your preferences and priorities will influence the shape of the draft long term plan.
Every three years we refresh our plans for the long term, to ensure they reflect changes in the local and wider environment and our changing aspirations for the future of Kāpiti.
We’ve seen some significant changes since 2015, with the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway opening to traffic, some significant weather events and earthquakes reminding us of the need to be prepared, and an increasingly busy housing market. Our new long term plan will need to reflect these changes.
Our plans are shaped in the context of our partnership with tangata whenua and the four principles of Whakawhanaungatanga/Manaakitanga, Te Reo, Kotahitanga and Tino Rangatiratanga.
Our current long term plan, with its vision of a vibrant, diverse and thriving Kapiti, was developed in 2015 with input from our communities.
Over the past two years we’ve been progressing work set out in that plan, including the Te Atiawa courts resurfacing, Paekakariki seawall, the youth development centre and the Otaki pool building rebuild. This work programme extends through to June 2018 in our FutureKapiti Annual plan 2017/18, which has recently been finalised.
The vast majority of Council activities are necessary territorial authority functions. Within these activities, however, we have choices about where we focus our activity and our budget – the direction we set in our long term plan influences these choices.
Where our money goes: The size of each circle represents the amount of operational spending in the area currently. Some areas, such as wastewater and stormwater, are almost entirely paid for by rates. Others, such as regulatory services and solid waste, have significant contributions from direct fees and charges.
We’re focused on living within our financial constraints as we look to balance affordable rates with our borrowing and how much we spend on assets.
Our current financial strategy sets limits on these three factors and our work to date on reviewing the long term plan has been based on a similar financial strategy, with similar financial constraints. As we make choices about our direction for the district, we will update our financial strategy to ensure the Council can deliver its planned services in an affordable way.
Our last long term plan identified key challenges in the areas of resilience, connectedness, growth and affordability.
We’ve reviewed our district’s changing demographics, our place in the region, the natural environment and the nature of our distinct communities. Based on this we’ve updated the challenges that we face - and the opportunities that these could bring.
Let us know what you think of these, and if we’ve missed any.
What do you think?
A questionnaire and events during July enabled people to let us know which challenges they think are our most significant, or tell us any you think we’ve missed.
Based on feedback from workshops with community group representatives, we’ve put together three possible ways we could focus our activities in the years to come. Of course, there aren’t just three possible approaches! We could mix ‘n’ match from these, or do something quite different. We’d like your help and feedback as we work towards these decisions over the coming months.
With a 20 year plan and a lot of our costs already directed to required activities such as roading and water, it’ll take some time to see real results from our plans. And in order to take on new activities, we will need to reprioritise money from other areas. When we set our direction we’ll establish key milestones throughout the 20 years, so we can all see the progress we’re making.
Our questionnaire during July sought feedback on what people like or don’t like about these three possible approaches – or to let us know about one of their own.
Te pitomata o te hapori, whakatupuria!
The Kapiti Coast has a string of distinct, close-knit communities and neighbourhoods. Based on the idea that our people and our sense of community are our key strength, this approach would focus on growing community resilience and capability.
Working with this approach could over time see more community-led projects and increased funding of community groups with an aim of making our villages more liveable and retaining their individual character. More community events could look to attract locals as well as visitors. Other Council work would focus on business-as-usual services and transport work could concentrate on connecting communities within Kapiti.
He taonga te taiao, tiakina!
Kapiti has a varied and strikingly beautiful natural environment. This approach would look to preserve our natural environment, enhancing environmental experiences and attracting residents and businesses that support this.
Implementing this approach could see activities increasingly focused on cherishing and protecting our coastline and our network of green spaces to attract people to live in and visit Kapiti. Tourism and educational programmes built around opportunities to interact with nature could be encouraged.
He rohe whakatupu umanga, whakatupu tangata!
Built on the premise that greater growth will benefit our district, this approach looks to attract new businesses and residents with a ‘door wide open’ approach. We would build on our existing strengths to encourage more people to live and work in Kapiti and to visit.
Developing Kapiti on the basis of this approach could see work continue to enhance the desirability and usability of our townships and their contribution to the local economy. Community development work could focus primarily on attracting visitors and growing employment opportunities. Infrastructure and town planning would need to accommodate growth.
We asked people to complete the questionnaire or to get in touch during July to let us know what you think about the challenges we face in Kapiti and the kind of future you’d like to see for the district. In addition, representatives of a number of community groups joined us at workshops.
Councilllors and staff are now working with this feedback as the development of the draft plan is progressed - keep an eye out for updates. Community consultation on the draft long term plan will be held in early 2018.
Got a question about the refresh of our long term plan? Email us at email@example.com
Thanks to those of you who shared your thoughts with us during July. Feedback closed on 31 July 2017.
Still got a question? Drop us an email.
Coastlands shopping centre from 24-30 July
Local train stations early on Wednesday 26 July