Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015

Draft Annual Plan Brand

Submissions closed on the 4 April 2014.

Take a look at the Draft Annual Plan. Start with what you're interested in, perhaps, and the things you feel need to be done in your community.

Changes We're Proposing

There are major changes to some projects making them different to what was outlined in our 2012-2022 Ten Year Plan.

New Projects
  • $1.525m is proposed for the Coromandel Great Walks project for construction of a walkway from Hot Water Beach to Cathedral Cove (this includes $275,000 for initial design and consenting).
  • We have proposed a new budget of $850,000 to investigate Coromandel Harbour facilities - subject to further consultation and business case approval.
  • We've increased our investment in Economic Development. This increased focus came after our 2012-2022 Ten Year Plan. So the proposed 2014/2015 budget shows an increase in rates requirement (from the 2013/2014 Annual Plan to the 2014/2015 Annual Plan) of approximately $834,000 with the introduction of a number of key projects to help lift our district’s and communities economic development activities. This is broken down into: projects to support Economic Development ($263,000), Regional Partnership Programme ($40,000), Events ($100,000), and Destination Coromandel ($145,000).
  • $315,000 has been included for investigation into a new project for the construction of new netball courts as well as swimming pool clubrooms upgrade at the Coromandel Area School, called Coromandel Sportsville.
  • $30,214 is proposed for the Esplanade Car Park Improvements at Whangamata - this is a new project and at the time writing this draft Plan the final scope is still being determined.
  • A renewals budget of $16,000 for the Thames Centennial Pool has been provided this year for replacement of well-used pool equipment.
  • A new project for the Coromandel Citizens Hall of $40,000 is being sought for continued improvements. This expenditure is currently under internal review and further project planning is being undertaken to determine full costs.
  • $520,000 for a new Whitianga Coastal Erosion Project focussing on physical works at Brophy Beach in the 2014/2015 year. As outlined in the 2013/2014 Annual Plan it is anticipated that the total cost of coastal erosion works will be approximately $1.3million over the three year period from 2013- 2015.
  • $20,000 has been allocated in the Stormwater activity in Mercury Bay for investigations arising from the re-zoning of the Wells Farm land.
  • $15,000 for Rhodes Park Entrance Improvements. This is a new project to provide improvements to the Rhodes park entrance for left turning vehicles leaving Rhodes Park and travelling back to Thames.
  • $11,570 has been budgeted for Pauanui Hall to pay for furniture and fittings to fit out the new Pauanui Community Amenity building.

What We’ll Reduce or Remove from the Work Program

  • To minimise rating impacts, we are not proposing to rate for our Disaster Reserve in 2014/2015
  • Tairua-Manaia Road Causeway. The budget has been reduced from $1,112,750 to $500,000. This is pending an agreement being confirmed between the Waikato Regional Council and Thames-Coromandel District Council. Further work on this is still outstanding and Council will be revisiting funding of this project with consideration to where the projects benefit lie, as well as the priority of this project as a whole. At this stage an agreement between the two councils and affected parties remains outstanding.
  • We are placing the Aquaculture Infrastructure project at Coromandel ($2,566,878) on hold, pending the recommendations of the Coromandel Harbour Strategy.
  • Following the completion of Stage One of the Mercury Bay cemetery in 2012/2013, no further budget has been allocated to this project until investigations are carried out in the 2014/2015 year to determine the future stages of this project.
  • Physical works for flood mitigation at Dalmeny is awaiting the outcome of flood modelling so no budget has been allocated in the 2014/2015 draft Annual Plan.
  • The Stormwater Pauanui Outfalls ($71,365) project has been removed for the 2014/2015 year as a result of a condition assessment being undertaken.
  • The Park Avenue Reserve Development project at Whangamata is not occurring in the 2014/2015 year as the Whangamata Community Board would like to explore other options for the Park.
  • The Barracats Bridge project on Tapu-Coroglen Road has been removed from the bridge replacement programme and is to be re-considered as part of the 2015-2025 Ten Year Plan.
  • The Ten Year Plan provided a project in the 2012/2013 year for building repairs to the Thames Library ($500,000). This project was placed on hold and the budget carried forward to the 2013/2014 year. Due to other priorities, this project remains on hold.
  • Where possible, for the Wastewater, Water and Solid Waste Activities, renewals budgets have been reduced in an effort to minimise rating impacts. It is not expected that this will impact levels of service, but rather reflects a change to budgeting practice at the Council.
  • The Mercury Bay South Transfer Station and Green Waste project ($590,000) has been removed at the request of the Mercury Bay Community Board on the basis that the priority instead is the Whitianga Refuse Station.
  • Moana Anu Anu Walkway at Whangamata ($111,603) has been suspended from the 2014/2015 year by the Whangamata Community Board as they are exercising prudence in financial management.
  • A budget of $124,428 was allocated for upgrade of Stormwater works at Onemana on existing assets and has now been removed as the work is no longer required.
  • In the Coromandel/Colville Community Board area, in order to prioritise the netball courts, the Parks renewals budget for 2014/2015 has been removed.

What We’ll Defer or Bring Forward

  • Thames Community Sports Facility investigations. The 2012-2022 Ten Year Plan allocated $1million for the 2013/2014 year and $1million for the 2014/2015 year. It is proposed that this project be partly deferred from the 2014/2015 year to the 2015/2016 year. $445,000 has been allocated for the 2014/2015 year for investigation work, with the outcomes of this work and a business case to be presented for decision by Council in September 2014.
  • The Whitianga Town Centre upgrade project has been placed under review and a business case and project plan will be considered by Council in the 2013/2014 year to determine the future of this project. The $3.05million allocated for the 2014/2015 year in the 2012-2022 Ten Year Plan (split across local transportation, water, wastewater and stormwater activities) has, for the time being, been removed.
  • Alignment of TCDC’s Tairua-Manaia Road Causeway improvements with Waikato Regional Council’s complementary flood mitigation project means that this project timeline has been delayed a year with design and consenting occurring in 2013/2014 and physical works in 2014/2015.
  • We have deferred the Thames Skate Park ($161,151) project from the 2013/2014 to the 2014/2015 year.
  • The Wentworth Valley Seal Extension ($930,000) project has been deferred to the 2015 year.
  • The Beach Road Reserve Development at Whangamata ($99,327) project has been deferred from the 2014/2015 year to the 2015/2016 year.
  • We are bringing forward the Transfer Station Whitianga (Solid Waste activity) $350,000 to the 2014/2015 year for investigations. This project was identified in the 2012-2022 Ten Year Plan in years 2020/2021-2021/2022 at a total budget cost of $2.3m. The Mercury Bay Community Board have requested lead-in investigations work be undertaken in the 2014/2015 year with the possibility of physical works in the 2015/2016 year.
  • Tairua River Bank Filtration ($645,000). This project has been carried forward from 2013/2014 due to a lack of certainty regarding long-term resource consents. This project is under internal review and further project planning will be undertaken.
  • Pauanui Aquifer reconfiguration ($329,000). This project has been deferred from 2012/2013 and again from 2013/2014 to the 2014/2015 year due to a lack of certainty regarding long-term resource consents.
  • Whangamata Renewals. Water ($120,054). This project has been carried forward from 2013/2014 due to a lack of certainty regarding long-term resource consents. This project is under internal review and further project planning will be undertaken.

Being Increased

  • We have proposed a budget of $1.2 million for the Hauraki Rail Trail - Stage 2 Kopu to Kaiaua project. A budget of $300,000 was allocated in the 2012- 2022 Ten Year Plan.
  • The Whangamata Harbour Renewals budget has been increased to $50,000 (from $5,000).
  • The Thames Skate Park development has increased in costs from what was identified in the Ten Year Plan from $161,151 to $220,500 and has been split over three years to include the 2014/2015 year.

Changes to Fees and Charges

  • Thames Airfields. We have introduced new landing fees for Commercial Aircraft: one landing per day $20, two landings per day $40, day rate $50 and an annual fee of $900.
  • Dog registration fees have increased by $4 to $64; registration for dangerous dogs has increased by $6 to $96.
  • There have been a number of nominal increases in impounding fees for Registered and unregistered dogs and stock control.
  • Cemeteries. Due to an increase in the contractor’s charges, an increase of $35 is proposed to the adult internment fee, from $960 to $995.
  • There have been a number of changes to fees for Building Consent processing including Project Information Check for building consents increasing by $15 dollars to $335, Memorandum of Encumbrance is now $375, Certificate of Public Use has increased by $50 to $250 Residential exemptions have reduced by $50 to $40.
  • Fees and Charges for Resource consents under Land Use Management Activity have changed slightly in some areas with slight increases and decreases to fees and charges to better reflect the costs of providing this service.
  • A number of increased fees and charges for Harbour facilities at Coromandel including $90 permit for recreational boat launching/trailer parking at sugarloaf, $350 for boat sheds and $65 for slipway grid maintenance at Te Kouma.
  • 50% discounts are offered for commercial wharfage fees for 2014/2015 year for ports away from home. I.e. commercial operator will pay the full fee in their home port (where business is located) and then receive a 50% discount on annual commercial at other berths away from home.
  • New fees set by Central Government have been introduced for Liquor Licencing.
  • Changes to major and minor events park application fees have been introduced in the 2014/2015 year.
  • LIM application fees have increased slightly for the 2014/2015 year.

There have been some changes to Halls fees and charges including:

  • Coromandel Halls - increase in charges for booking fees.
  • Thames - New definitions for community hire rate.
  • New fees and charges for the Pauanui Amenity Building Meeting room for non-profit and commercial users. These include $10 and $20 for half and full day usage for non-profit organisations. $50 and $100 for half and full days for commercial users and a $10 charge for kitchen per booking.

Other Changes

In addition to the above, we are proposing the following changes, outlined in “Statement of Proposal” sections in this draft Annual Plan, as follows:

  • funding options for development contributions
  • interest proposal to change the funding of the economic development activity
  • rates remission to exclude camp grounds and multi-unit facilities from rubbish and recycling collection
  • rates remission for council initiated re-zoned land
  • rates remission for miscellaneous purposes
  • setting the rates and changes to operative District Plan.