Long Term Plan 2021-2031

Planning for the next three, 10 and 30 years is a real balancing act, especially in these challenging times – that’s where you come in.

Thanks to those who joined the conversation

Northland Regional Council is starting to develop its plan for the next 10 years – our Long Term Plan 2021-2031.

During August, a series of pop-up stalls and an online feedback portal offered an early chance for people to influence the shape of this plan.

We asked people to share what’s important to them for our region’s future, and got lots of valuable input. And, not surprisingly, the health of our waterways remains a top priority for people.

We presented the feedback to council - here is a summary of the early engagement:

If you missed out don’t worry – there’ll be another opportunity for feedback when we consult on our Long Term Plan early next year.

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About the Long Term Plan development

What is a Long Term Plan?

Like all councils, we do a Long Term Plan every three years. We look at where we are now, where we all want to be in 10 years’ time, and how we’ll get there.

We have to work out what the priorities are, what services we can deliver and, of course, how it all gets paid for.

The tricky part is getting the balance right – that’s where community feedback comes in. Your feedback helps make sure we understand what’s important to our communities and that we’re on the right track as we develop this plan for our region’s future.

Check out our current Long Term Plan 2018-2028

What’s the timeline for developing this plan?

The timeline is roughly as follows:

  • Aug 2020:  Early engagement with the community on what’s important to them
  • Sept 2020 - Feb 2021: Council develops proposals for Long Term Plan 2021-2031
  • Mar - Apr 2021: Public consultation
  • May 2021: Council deliberations and decision-making
  • June 2021: Council finalises and adopts Long Term Plan 2021-2031