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CHB District Council - First In The Country To Adopt Their Long Term Plan

Friday 1 June 2018

The Central Hawke’s Bay District Council’s direction for the next 10 years has been agreed in what is described as a bold plan to achieve a step change for the future of Central Hawke’s Bay. FrontPageLongTermPlan18 28ConsulationDocument

At a Council meeting on Thursday 31 May, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council became the first Local Authority in New Zealand to adopt their 10 year Long Term Plan 2018-2028.

Engagement and direction for the Long Term Plan began when Council heard from the community their aspirations for the future of Central Hawke’s Bay during Project Thrive. Council then formally engaged with the Central Hawke’s Bay community through #thebigwaterstory expo, and then through formal consultation on the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 throughout February and March 2018.

“We embarked on this journey in November 2016 and have travelled a long way since then. I am so incredibly proud of the commitment and effort of Elected Members and Staff, but most importantly am grateful for the contribution and voices of the community we have heard through this process. Without your input, this Long Term Plan wouldn’t be the community-led document that it is,” says Mayor Alex Walker.

Formal hearings of submissions took place on 26April and were soon followed by Submission Deliberations on 3May, where Council considered the submissions and decided on the outcomes for inclusion in the Long Term Plan.

Although Council has until 30 June 2018 to adopt the Long Term Plan, they have taken a positive step to adopt the plan early to ensure planning can commence on key projects including #thebigwaterstory.

“Early adoption of the Long Term Plan provides Council staff with a great opportunity to begin some vital planning and take pro-active steps to ensure the successful delivery of key projects to benefit the residents of Central Hawke’s Bay,” says Monique Davidson.

Mayor Alex says she is very pleased with the decision to adopt the Long Term Plan.

“A significant amount of work and time has gone into the development of the Long Term Plan. The Central Hawke’s Bay community have played an important part in shaping and influencing the decisions made”.

“Our District is experiencing positive transformation; the Long Term Plan provides the investment framework to further enhance the focus on delivering durable infrastructure to support smart growth in a thriving district”.

“Now the hard work begins to deliver on the plan – a bold and ambitious work programme that sets out to ensure as a community we have got the basics right, while creating an environment for social and economic development”.

The Long Term Plan takes effect on 1 July 2018. The finalised document will be available on the Council’s website


Authorised by Chief Executive: Monique Davidson

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Monique Davidson, Chief Executive |P 06 857 8060 M 027 601 1711

5 June 2018

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