Council adopting review proposal for representation
The Palmerston North City Council has adopted the initial proposal for its representation review.
The proposal is that all councillors are to be elected on a city-wide basis with no wards to be established. The council will comprise the mayor and 15 councillors and no communities or community boards will be established in the city.
The council gave reasons for confirming its initial proposal and the rejection of some submissions.
The city comprises a single community of interest which covers the whole city, it is geographically compact, with only one major business district and small suburban shopping areas, and many people reside in one part of the city, but work in another.
The council says that while the city also comprises many secondary communities of interest based on individual suburbs and villages, it would not be practicable for each community to be represented by an individual councillor.
The proposed number of councillors will enable the workload to be shared and will promote diversity, council says.
The city does not include any communities that are sufficiently distinct or isolated as to require representation in the nature of community boards.
Of the 21 submissions received on the council’s interim proposal, 11 submitters preferred councillors to be elected on a city-wide basis. In comparison, 10 submitters supported councillors being elected on a ward basis.
In relation to the proposal for the number of councillors, 18 submitters supported the existing number and three submitters preferred a fewer number of councillors.
Eleven submitters supported the nonestablishment of community boards, while nine submissions supported their establishment.
While the proposal is final, anyone who made a submission on the initial proposal may lodge an appeal. This appeal must relate to matters they raised in their submission and be received by council no later than Thursday December 13. All submitters have been contacted and advised of their right of appeal.
The outcome of any appeals will be decided by the Local Government Commission.