Draft Long-Term Plan 2021–31 consultation closing soon

On Sunday 11 April consultation on Environment Canterbury’s draft Long-Term Plan will close. You still have time to make a submission and share your views.

Your feedback is important

Our Council would like to hear your views on the activities and funding being proposed for the next ten years. No decision will be made on the final Long-Term Plan until after all submissions have been reviewed and hearings held. If you would like to speak to Council at a hearing you’ll need to indicate this in your submission.

Hearings are scheduled for 27, 28 April and 4 May, with Council deliberations are scheduled for a public meeting on 20 May 2021.

About the draft Long-Term Plan

The Council’s draft Long-Term Plan 2021-31 contains two options for consultation, both proposing a notable increase in activity and funding required to deliver it. The details are laid out in the Consultation Document (PDF File, 3.97MB).  

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 by 11 April, go to haveyoursay.ecan.govt.nz/LTP where you can view the consultation document, access the two rates tools, and complete the online submission form.