Long Term Plans

Our Long Term Plan (previously called Ten Year Plans) sets out Council's financial priorities for a period of 10 years, and is updated every three years.

We are required, by legislation, to develop a Long Term Plan (LTP), which is to be revised every three years.

What is a Long Term Plan?

The Local Government Act 2002 states that all Councils must produce a Long Term Plan (to be revised every 3 years). The Plan is to ensure the Council:

  • Provides a long-term focus for the decisions and activities of the local authority
  • Provides integrated decision-making and co-ordination of the resources of the local authority
  • Provides an opportunity for participation by the public in decision-making processes on activities to be undertaken by the local authority

Our Long Term Plan allows us to take a long-term view of our responsibilities while enabling us to adjust for changing financial factors and keep budgets up-to-date.

We are required to carry out consultation prior to the adoption of the plan.


Long Term Plan 2021-2031

The LTP for 2021-2031 is being prepared. Public consultation was held from Friday 12 March to Monday 12 April 2021. The next step in the LTP process is for the Mayor and councillors to hear the verbal submissions of all submitters who indicated in their written submission that they wish to be heard.

We have scheduled three days for these hearings:

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Friday, 7 May 2021

The first day of the hearings (5 May) will be held in Whitianga. This will allow submitters from the Eastern seaboard to appear without the need to travel to Thames.  We will confirm the exact location of the hearing at a later date. 

The hearings on 6 and 7 May will be held in Thames. We will confirm the exact location of these hearings at a later date. 

The LTP is the basis for the Annual Plan and is the basis upon which the Council sets rates.