Long-term planning

Our Long-term Plan sets out the priorities, projects and activities we’ll be focusing on over the next 10–20 years.

Long -term Plan 2021-51

Consultation for the LTP 2021-51 coming soon

A Long-term Plan (LTP) outlines to our community how we intend to invest for the next 30+ years. Any year there is not a Long-term Plan review and we have significant projects that require public feedback, we will create an Annual Plan. The consultation document will be released to the public on Friday 26 March 2021.

Consultation and submissions will take place from Friday 26 March to Tuesday 27 April 2021.

A schedule of events for public participation coming soon.

We kicked off this process with our Council in  2016 and there’s been a lot of kōrero with people and businesses who live and operate in the city. This plan is one of the most important for our community and a lot of work goes into making sure we keep everyone informed and enable people to share their views. 

Taking a 20 year view

Unlike previous long-term plans that had a horizon of 10 years, this Long-term Plan is the first where we have taken a 20-year view in planning for our city’s future.

This was done to better align with our Infrastructure Strategy and ensure that growth is paid for by the developers where appropriate, rather than residents. 

What we did

When What
October 2017 Formal consultation on the Revenue and Financing Policy, Rating Policy and Significance and Engagement Policy.
December 2017 Policies adopted.
December 2017 The Council reconfirmed their support for the city’s four strategic priorities.
March 2018 Consultation document released to the community outlining key proposals for feedback.
April 2018 Consultation closes after 17 successful engagement events.
May 2018 The Council listens to feedback from submitters at the formal hearings.
June 2018 The Council discuss the feedback received from formal submissions, the community panel, and at engagement events.
Late June 2018 Council adopts the Long-term Plan 2018-38.
Late July 2018 Long-term Plan 2018-38 is made available to the public.

The Results

We received 388 formal submissions and another 388 responses from our community panel as well as lots of face-to face feedback at many community events and meetings. Thanks again to those who participated. 

Take a look at the summary of our key decisions.

The City's Plan

Our Long-term Plan can be found on the link below.  Included in this document are the Financial and Infrastructure strategies, the Revenue and Financing Policy, and the Significance and Engagement Policy.  All files are in pdf format and optimised for fast downloading.  If you require a high quality printed copy, please contact us.

Document sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Porirua's story
  3. Vision and priorities
  4. What you said, how we responded
  5. Rates and rate increases
  6. Community partnerships
  7. Services for our city
  8. Significant assumptions
  9. Financial strategy
  10. Infrastructure strategy
  11. Revenue and financing policy
  12. Significance and engagement policy
  13. The numbers
  14. Fees and charges for 2018/19
  15. Definitions
  16. Contact details
  17. Independent Auditor's Report

Other plans and policies

Rates policies

The funding impact statement details the different types of rating mechanisms used across the city to collect rates. The key changes to this statement have been to equalise the Shopping Plaza Differential with the Business Differential, stop the City Centre Development Rate charged on 56 properties in the city centre and instead introduce a City Development Rate, and lower the Business Differential over six years from 3.5 to 3.1. It was also decided to consult on retaining the Hongoeka Community Differential at 0.7 as part of the Long-term Plan proper.

We also updated the Rates Remission and Postponement Policy that details the different circumstances that rates can be considered for remission or postponement. The two main changes to this Policy was the addition of a rates remission to incentivise residential development in the city centre, along with some changes to the business and economic development remission to clarify the types of rates that can be remitted. 

Development Contributions Policy

Over the next 20 years, many parts of our city are expected to grow significantly and we want to make sure that everyone pays their fair share toward infrastructure and other costs that arise as our city grows.

The key changes to the 2018 Development Contributions are:

  • Updated definition and commencement date of residential services for retirement homes/village
  • Removal of the transition provisions that addressed the transition from the financial contributions regime.
  • Removal of the reassessment clause provisions to provide certainty for larger developments.
  • Change to the Development Contribution charges (updated to reflect the discussion at the City Direction Committee meeting on 7 June 2018) as the base 2018 Development Contribution charges. This includes combining catchment areas Whitby High Level Reservoir and Urban Duck Creek Greenfield 14 Reserve in one catchment area as the total Development Contribution charges for these two areas is now proposed to be the same.
  • Phase-in the approach for introducing development charges as follows with 25% of the phased-in development contribution charges payable at the consent approval stage and the balance of the development contribution charges payable at the time of the issuing of 224 certificates. If the consent lapses then the development contributions deposit would be refunded.

See our Development Contributions page for full details.

Asset management plan summaries

To complement the Infrastructure Strategy and provide a little more detail on our assets, we’ve put together summaries of our asset management plans for you to read (all in pdf format).

Previous Long-term Plans

You can view our previous Long-term Plans:

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