CHB coun­cil first to adopt long-term plan

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CHB District Coun­cil for­mally adopted its long-term plan with no new changes last week, the first ter­ri­to­rial au­thor­ity in the coun­try to do so.

Now due to come into ef­fect on July 1, the 2018-28 LTP was adopted in a unan­i­mous vote at last Thurs­day's full coun­cil meet­ing.

Coun­cil had pre­vi­ously an­nounced that it had scrapped a con­tentious pro­posed dis­trictwide water charge to fund 5 per cent of the $30 mil­lion of in­vest­ment needed over the next decade for drink­ing water, waste­water and stormwa­ter.

In­stead it will re­tain the cur­rent fund­ing struc­ture and con­tinue to only charge tar­geted rates for those con­nected to the water and waste­water network.

But coun­cil in­tends to spend up to $15,000 on a rat­ing re­view over the next 12 to 18 months once all in­for­ma­tion about drink­ing water re­quire­ments in light of the Have­lock North In­quiry is known, and once an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into CHB's two main waste­water plants is com­pleted.

In the mean­time, coun­cil said rate rises would be in line with the long-term plan doc­u­ment, which in­cludes rises of $450 over the next three years for some ratepay­ers.

Although coun­cil had un­til June 30 to adopt the plan, chief ex­ec­u­tive Monique David­son said be­com­ing the first coun­cil to adopt its LTP meant plan­ning could com­mence on key projects, in­clud­ing water in­fra­struc­ture. Mayor Alex Walker was very pleased by the de­ci­sion to adopt the LTP early.

“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”.

In an­other de­ci­sion, the coun­cil re­solved to con­trib­ute $10,000 to be­come a mem­ber and fi­nan­cial guardian of Bio­di­ver­sity Hawke's Bay, which plans to build a $10m en­dow­ment fund within 10 years that would, in per­pe­tu­ity, pro­vide fund­ing for a na­turerich fu­ture for the re­gion.

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