Community Governance and the Ten Year Plan

A priority of the Council is to ensure greater engagement of local communities in decision making. In April 2012 a Community Empowerment framework was adopted by the Council, and over the course of the next year we will be making some changes to align the organisation better to that framework.

At the core of this framework is greater decision making at the local level. Practically, this means that the Community Boards will make governance decisions relating to the following local activities:

  • Harbour Facilities
  • Parks and Reserves
  • Halls
  • Libraries
  • Airfields
  • Swimming Polls
  • Public Conveniences
  • Cemeteries
  • Local Transportation
  • Strategic Planning (Local)
  • Economic Development (Local)
  • Social Development (Local)
  • Community Health and Safety (Local)

In addition, decisions regarding leases associated with Council-owned property and the development and approval of local policies such as Reserve Management Plans will also transfer to the Community Boards.

For all other activities, generally referred to as District activities, the Council has adopted a partnership approach where it will seek Community Board input prior to making significant governance decisions. This includes activities like wastewater water supply, solid waste and stormwater (to name a few).

This shift requires that a number of internal processes will need to be reviewed, including the way that the Council charges internal costs to its local activities and the way in which capital projects are managed.

Over the course of the next year we will be making some changes to align the organisation better to that framework. A number of these changes will be presented in further detail in our 2013/2014 Annual Plan.

Follow the implementation of the Community Governance project here.