Draft Long-Term Plan 2021-31 consultation open

On 8 March the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) has released the draft Long-Term Plan 2021-31 for community feedback.

The Council’s draft Long-Term Plan 2021-31 was made public last week as part of the papers for the 25 February Council meeting. It contains two options for consultation, both proposing a notable increase in activity and funding required to deliver it.

Your feedback is important

At the 25 February Council meeting, Chair Jenny Hughey said the proposals to increase activity and accelerate environmental outcomes across the region respond to what the Council is hearing strongly from the community and from central government to address such issues as climate change, natural hazards, water quality and biodiversity.

No decision will be made on the final Long-Term Plan until after the Council has received and reviewed submissions from the community, including hearing in person from those who wish to speak to their submission, and deliberating on all the information and views that are sent in. It is therefore very important that people have their say now.

New rates calculator tool

Just over half of Environment Canterbury’s income comes from the ratepayers of the region. So any increase in activity generally results in some increase in rates. The percentage increase in rates that is attached to each of the proposed options (24.5% for Option 1 and 18% for Option 2) refers to the percentage increase in the total amount paid to the council in rates. This is not the % increase that everyone will see on their rates bill.

To help illustrate what different ratepayers will pay, we have a new tool ratescalculator.ecan.govt.nz where you can put in your own address and see what each option will do to the dollar amount you will pay.

We also have our existing rates ‘bubble’ tool that shows the breakdown of income – ie how much is rates, grants, user-pays – for each portfolio, programme and project proposed to be undertaken. 

Where to have your say

For more information on the draft Long-Term Plan and to make a submission, members of the community should go to haveyoursay.ecan.govt.nz/ltp where they can view the consultation document material, access the two rates tool, and complete the online submission form.