Draft Long Term Plan 2021-2031 Consultation

Public consultation on our proposed Long Term Plan closed at 4pm on 12 April 2021.

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Consultation has now closed on the 2021-2031 Long Term Plan. 

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback. We received 1,623 submissions, far more than for any other recent Long Term Plan consultation. 107 people spoke to their submission over three days of public hearings.


Our Council deliberated on all options, taking into consideration the public feedback on Tuesday 1 June.

Adoption of Long Term Plan.

Council formally adopts the Long Term Plan

Wednesday 30 June - 9am, Council Chambers, Thames

We held three online forums, discussing different topics relevant to the LTP. You can watch the recordings of these forums below. 

Thursday 18 March, 11.30am–12.30pm

Here's a recording of this online forum:

Thursday 25 March, 9am–10am

Here's a recording of this online forum:

Thursday 8 April, 1pm-2pm:

Here's a recording of this online forum:

Still want to know more?

Supporting information

This material was made available to help people make an informed submission:
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Find answers to your questions about for example, what an LTP is? how you can have your say and whether you can speak to the Mayor and Councillors in person.
  • PDF submission form - This is a fillable PDF you can download and save, then fill in and email to consultation@tcdc.govt.nz with the subject line LTP Submission. Or print it and fill in by hand and then either post, drop off or scan and email to us.

Our community, our services, our challenges

Issue 1 – a ‘No Frills’ budget:
Issue 2 Matarangi Land Purchase (Community Initiative)
  • In relation to Issue 2 Matarangi Land Purchase (Community Initiative) see our Open Space and Community Facilities Strategy 2020 here and find our draft Mercury Bay Reserves Management Plan 2020 here.
Issue 4 Sale of Land in Whangamatā
Issue 6 - Fees and Charges
  • Schedule of proposed fees and charges
  • View our current 2020/2021 schedule of fees and charges here
  • We are not proposing any changes to the current fees for commercial use of reserves (concession fees), although we are reviewing them and changes may be proposed in the future. One matter the review will consider is how current commercial uses and fees align with our Reserve Management Plans, which you can view  here
Other things you should know:

Thames sub-regional aquatic facility and sports precinct

  • See a progress update on the Thames replacement pool here.

Keeping communities supplied with potable (drinking) water

  • Our Water Demand Strategy outlines ways we can reduce water consumption and wastage.
  • See the full 15 December 2020 Council meeting agenda here and a recording of the meeting here at which Council endorsed the use of Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) grant funding for water meter installation.

Three waters reform

  • Read more about Central Government’s Three Waters Reform Programme here.

Planning for sustainable growth

  • See a progress update on the Thames Spatial plan here.

Addressing climate change

  • Find our more about our Shoreline Management Plans here.

Our forecasting assumptions – planning with uncertainty

Our Infrastructure Strategy

How we’ll fund our services

These provide more detail on what we are spending money on and how it is funded

Previous Long Term and Annual Plans
  • See our previous Long Term Plan here
  • See our current 2020/21 Annual Plan here
Other Policies

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