Council seeks feedback on 10-Year Plan
Palmerston North City Council is seeking the community’s feedback on its proposed 10 Year Plan ‘What’s the big picture?’ from March 19 to April 23.
The plan includes the projects and services the council is planning to deliver over the next 10 years, what they will cost, and how the council will pay for them.
Mayor Grant Smith says it’s about delivering the basic infrastructure while also identifying prudent investments that will unlock important opportunities and see the city thrive.
‘‘Basic infrastructure including roads, water supply, parks and reserves, wastewater and stormwater, account for over three quarters of the proposed capital spend in this plan. This equates to $590 million of the $765 million proposed capital spend,’’ says Smith.
‘‘But we also have to successfully compete as a place where ‘talent wants to live’, which requires us to make some prudent investments for the future, as our counterparts in other regions are doing, while balancing affordability for ratepayers.’’
These projects are designed to: • Create a more vibrant city centre, which will in turn attract business investment and visitors into the city, delivering benefits to the city as a whole. • Develop recreation activities along the Manawatu¯ River, which will provide great lifestyle benefits for our residents, and contribute to enhancing Palmerston North city’s reputation as a great place to live, work, study or visit. • Ensure that we have the land and infrastructure for sustainable growth in population and employment opportunities. • Future-proof the city’s wastewater system – our consent to discharge treated wastewater from the treatment plant into the Manawatu¯ River will expire in 2028, so we will need to upgrade or replace the plant over the next 10 years. This needs to be budgeted for now. This draft 10 Year Plan provisions nearly $130 million to upgrade to a state-of-the-art treatment plant with continued discharge into the river. No firm decisions have been made yet, as further options are examined, including land or ocean at a cost of $250m-$300m. ‘‘We encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with what’s proposed in the 10 Year Plan and to give us your feedback so that it truly reflects the community’s wishes,’’ says Smith. ‘‘We’re already out and about and have received a wide array of really valuable feedback, and we look forward to hearing more from the community.’’
Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith with a copy of Palmerston North City Council’s proposed 10-Year Plan.