2012 Ten Year Plan deliberation highlights: find out about the key decisions 22 May 2012 The Council has been working hard this week deliberating on the draft 2012 Ten Year Plan and has made over three hundred decisions based on the submissions received from the public during the consultation period. Over seven hundred submissions were received during consultation and elected members took four days to go through the plan to make their decisions point-by-point. "On behalf of all elected members at TCDC, I would like to thank those who have made submissions and for those that presented them to us in-person. We have read all of the submissions and have listened very carefully at the hearings held throughout the district and we've made good decisions as a result of this valuable feedback" said Mayor Glenn Leach. "Community Boards have had a huge input into this entire process as well. We've made sure that local decisions have been fully supported by local Boards because the governance of local activities will be transitioning to the Community Boards over the next few months as part of our new Community Governance model". "Affordability has also been a major factor in our decision making and as a result we've taken a second look at many projects and reduced the budgets to bring the impact on rates down". "I am confident that when we recalculate the rates based on the decisions we've made this week, combined with the organisational savings staff have been working on in parallel to the Ten Year Plan, we'll be able to deliver on our objective to keep rates increases down". New draft rates information will be made available over the coming days as staff amend the draft plan and add in the organisational savings from the budget review project which was initiated by Chief Executive David Hammond upon his arrival to the role earlier this year. Highlights After reviewing submissions from the public and deliberating on the draft plan this week, the Council has made the following provisional decisions. Removal of the proposed 10% 'uniform annual general charge' (UAGC) from the water and waste water activities. Wastewater and water supply will be district funded (area of benefit only - i.e. only those that are connected or have the ability to connect) Stormwater will remain 'ward funded' as opposed to district funded (to be readdressed at the next Ten Year Plan in 2015). Dog registration fees will remain unchanged The TCDC large rubbish bag price will increase from $2.05 to $2.25 Thames Valley and Matatoki water supply project budgets have been reduced from over $11M to just over $3M Tairua and Pauanui water supply project budgets have been reduced by $2.136M & $1.587M respectively Council has agreed to partner in the development of four new strategies; events, economic development, youth, disability $300,000 over two years for the construction of the Kopu-Kaiaua section of the Hauraki Rail Trail from 2013 A feasibility study for the expansion of the Coromandel wharf to allow the passenger ferry to dock in town $150,000 to partner with the community for the construction of a new skatepark in Thames from 2012/13 $4M contribution to community sports facilities for Thames Upgrade works for the Coromandel Citizens Hall Funding for the development of the sports ground in Coromandel Town $6M reduction in the budget required to complete the Whitianga Town Centre upgrade. Funding for more campervan dump-stations Funding for Coromandel gateway signage welcoming visitors to our district The final Ten Year Plan will be adopted at a Council meeting scheduled on Wednesday 27 June, with the plan taking affect from 1 July 2012. For more information about the decisions made by the Council this week, please contact your District Councillor or Community Board Chairperson.