Annual planning

Every year we plan for the coming year. The annual plan is made after receiving input from you about the services you need. The plans also outlines major projects we are undertaking, and how these will be paid for.

Annual plans are produced for the years between Long-Term Plans (LTP) , with the LTP setting the longer term strategic direction, and the annual plan setting out how you achieve that strategy every year. Annual plans also give us the opportunity to refresh information and budgets for the coming year, and include the setting of rates.

Annual Plan 2019/20

In December 2018 the Council agreed that there will be no formal consultation on the upcoming 2019/20 Annual Plan. You can find out more about the decision, view the report that Council considered, or read the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Keeping you engaged

It's important that our community feels engaged in the decisions that we make. We are currently in the process of consulting the community about our Growth Strategy 2048 that considers ‘why’ and ‘where’ we will grow and change over the next 30 years. Similarly we are nearing the final stages of the District Plan review that will create rules around ‘how’ we change and ‘what’ this will look like, while also directing how we protect our environment.

Both of these documents will play crucial roles in determining how our city grows into the future. We therefore want to make sure our residents are free to put their energy into helping us put together these documents. 

Every three years – part way through each election term – the city is required to develop and adopt a long-term plan. In the years between long-term plans  annual plans are produced that outline any changes to the budget. 

At the end of each year, an annual report and summary annual report let the community know about what’s been achieved and how we have performed, as well as anything that hasn’t quite gone to plan or anything unexpected that's come up.

Annual plans are produced for the years between long-term plans. Annual plans give us the opportunity to refresh information and budgets for the coming year, and include the setting of rates.

A series of amendments were made to the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) in 2014 to encourage new ways of consulting and communicating with the community.

One of these amendments removed the requirement for councils to formally consult “if there are no significant or material differences to the content of the long-term plan”. This now makes formal consultation on proposed annual plans exceptions based.

An annual plan that includes an overview of any minor changes in costs (along with all other information required under Part 2 of Schedule 10 of the Act) must still be prepared and adopted by council resolution before 30 June.

Section 5 of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act) describes “significance” as the degree of importance of any issue, proposal, decision, or matter, as assessed by the local authority, in terms of its likely impact on, and consequences for:

  • the city (district) or region
  • anyone likely to be particularly affected or interested
  • the capacity of the local authority to perform its role, and the financial and other costs of doing so.

Section 5 also describes “significant” as any issue, proposal, decision, or other matter having a “high degree of significance, that is:

  • significant or material variations/departures from the financial statements or funding impact statement in the long-term plan
  • significant new spending proposals, and the associated costs, or
  • substantial delays to, or cancellation of, significant projects, and associated implications. 

The Council is required to have a significance and engagement policy under Section 76AA of the Local Government Act 2002. The Policy is reviewed every three years as part of long-term plans.

Significance is more than a financial impact, and often items with low value but that have high public interest can be significant.

Significance is ultimately determined by the elected members – here’s a link to Porirua City’s Significance and Engagement Policy.

Consultation involves receiving public feedback on proposals, and is one form of engagement. The Council regularly consults communities through process such as the long-term plan, which determine Council’s strategic direction, as well as how it sets budgets and prioritises projects. 

The Council will consult with the community about significant decisions following the principles set out in Section 82 of the Act. The Council can also decide to consult at any time on a decision, where it considers that appropriate. For most Council decisions, there is no express requirement to consult the public, but we will consider people’s views and preferences. 

Engagement is a broader and ongoing process of sharing information with the community and seeking its feedback, with the purpose of involving the community in the process of decision making. This may or may not include a more formal consultation process.

We are happy to receive feedback at any time throughout the year, not just at annual plan time. 

Please get in touch if you want to share your ideas, have some positive feedback about our staff, or have something you are not so happy about here.

The long-term plan is the best time to ask your Council for assistance. Annual plans are more about letting the city know what the plans are for the year ahead.

There are lots of other ways you can apply for funding though. Take a look at our Community support page and see if there is anything that you (or your group) are eligible for. 

Since the amendment was made in 2014, more than 20 councils have had only minor changes to forecasts and have therefore have elected not to formally consult. 

For 2019/20, a number of councils in the Wellington region are choosing to take this approach. Hutt City, Greater Wellington, Kāpiti Coast, and Masterton District in particular have indicated this.

Each year, the rates get set in the annual plan. The average rate increase for 2019/20 was set as part of the 2018–38 Long-term Plan.

The average rate increase for 2019/20 is 4.98%. This was agreed as part of the Long-term Plan 2018–38 that was approved in June 2018.

The Long-term Plan (LTP) is the capital and operational expenditure the Council intends to undertake over the next twenty years, and the impacts on the community.

 The LTP describes these impacts in financial and non-financial terms, through financial statements and the resulting changes to rates and debt. The non-financial terms are mainly the performance measures relating to the levels of service. 

It’s important to remember that the LTP is only a forecast and the actual results may be different, particularly after year 4, as there is a new LTP developed every three years.

The amendment process would depend on the complexity of the amendment, but any amendment must go through a formal public consultation and submission process where the proposal is considered by the community for no less than one calendar month. Any amendment must be externally audited.

There are a number of consultations that are either underway or will be over the next six months. Check out the public consultation section of our website for more information. 

Growth Strategy

District Plan

Adventure Park

Cycling and Walking Plan

Water Supply Bylaw

Class 4 Gambling Machines

Earthquake Prone Buildings

Public Places Bylaw

Signs Bylaw

We have an online community panel Our Porirua City with over 800 members of the Porirua community. The panel receives surveys every now and then about different issues or ideas. 

Sign up to our Community Panel 'Our Porirua City'

Previous annual plans