GWRC Hears Communities Voice

May 29, 2018

Community feedback and rates affordability were key considerations in Greater Wellington Regional Council’s 10 Year Plan deliberations, after receiving a record number of submissions.

 

Hearings Committee Chair Cr Barbara Donaldson says understanding the needs and wants of our communities is an integral part of this process, and our deliberations and final decisions were based on the views of our community.

 

They received 761 submissions over the last month and were impressed by both the volume and the quality of the submissions from across the region.

 

The council also sought feedback on its rating policy and offered several options, in particular on the issue of closer alignment between the costs and the benefits of flood protection and public transport.

 

Having listened to submitters, the Hearings Committee agreed to opt for no change to the current flood protection rating model, and to reduce the differentials for public transport rates for businesses and also Otaki ratepayers. A longer transition period of six years was also agreed.

 

More details will be available when the recommendations on Greater Wellington’s 10 Year Plan go to Council for approval on 14 June

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