Coun­cil seeks feed­back on 10-Year Plan

The Tribune (NZ) - - PNCC 10-YEAR PLAN - The pub­lic can find out more in­for­ma­tion and give feed­back on­line at the­big­pic­ or head to a Let’s Talk ses­sion.

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.

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