Long Term Plan 2024-2034

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Consultation on a draft Long Term Plan 2024-2034 is expected to start on 28 June 2024.


What's a Long Term Plan and why's it important?

We prepare a Long Term Plan (LTP) every three years in consultation with residents and ratepayers right across the Queenstown Lakes District.

The draft Long Term Plan 2024-2034 covers all the services we provide to the community. It sets out the projects, activities and services we propose to invest in over the next decade, with a more detailed focus on the first three years.

In interim years we produce Annual Plans to confirm short-term budgets and projects for the coming year.

In developing the draft plan, we must strike a careful balance between maintaining current assets and levels of service, investing in the future, and prudently managing our debt and the impact on the rates people pay. This has been particularly challenging through the development of this draft plan.

This LTP matters because it affects everyone who lives, works, or owns property in the Queenstown Lakes District.


Developing this plan has been challenging

The timing of the plan was deferred following confirmation of the Coalition Government’s intentions to repeal existing three water service delivery legislation. The Local Government Minister wrote to councils outlining the change in approach which meant councils across Aotearoa New Zealand must include planning and funding for three waters service delivery across the full ten years of the LTP.

This has had a significant impact on Council budgets compared to the requirement under the previous Labour Government, which expected councils to include planning and funding for three waters service delivery for years one and two only.

The consequence of this change in direction is huge for our district. Deferring the plan allowed us more time to work through how we would reintegrate this significant cost back into the budget. We’ve spent the last six months working closely to scrutinise all our projects, services, programmes, and general operating costs and making some very tough decisions around priorities and what this means for rates increases.

As we’ve had these difficult discussions, we keep returning to the feedback you gave us during early engagement on the plan in mid-2023. At that time, you said that getting the basics right and focusing on “bread and butter” issues was the priority. To do those things you told us that a solid foundation of infrastructure, community facilities, and consistent levels of service are essential.

So we’ve kept this, along with other key drivers, front of mind as we’ve developed this draft plan. We’ve also had to factor in things that we must do – whether that’s for legal or compliance reasons, to complete work already underway, or important enabling or planning work to ensure we’re ready for the future.

As we look ahead to the next ten years, affordability is top of mind for everyone. Inflation, high interest rates and government compliance costs are not only being felt by the whole local government sector but also worldwide. Everything we do is costing more to deliver making this one of the most difficult budgets to prepare for the district. In short, it simply will not be possible to deliver many of the things the community or this Council want to within the existing significant financial constraints.


Consultation coming soon

A draft LTP and consultation document will be presented to the full Council on 27 June. At this meeting, Councillors will be asked for approval to begin the formal consultation process. If approved, consultation will begin on 28 June and run until 28 July 2024.

Councillors want to hear from you to help support their decision making process. Making a submission will help Council to prioritise projects, invest in services and understand the needs of those who live in our communities now and in the future.


What to expect over the consultation period

If approved, we'll publish all of the information right here on this page. We'll also distribute the consultation summary in hard copy right across the district.

There will be an online submission form and a range of opportunities to chat to your councillors. We'll publish the details of these here, as they are confirmed.

We'll promote the consultation process in local newspapers, radio, social media, posters and signage.


In the meantime...

We've provided an online 'ask a question' tool. If you have a question about the process, ask it below and we'll get an answer published for everyone to read as soon as possible.

Consultation on a draft Long Term Plan 2024-2034 is expected to start on 28 June 2024.


What's a Long Term Plan and why's it important?

We prepare a Long Term Plan (LTP) every three years in consultation with residents and ratepayers right across the Queenstown Lakes District.

The draft Long Term Plan 2024-2034 covers all the services we provide to the community. It sets out the projects, activities and services we propose to invest in over the next decade, with a more detailed focus on the first three years.

In interim years we produce Annual Plans to confirm short-term budgets and projects for the coming year.

In developing the draft plan, we must strike a careful balance between maintaining current assets and levels of service, investing in the future, and prudently managing our debt and the impact on the rates people pay. This has been particularly challenging through the development of this draft plan.

This LTP matters because it affects everyone who lives, works, or owns property in the Queenstown Lakes District.


Developing this plan has been challenging

The timing of the plan was deferred following confirmation of the Coalition Government’s intentions to repeal existing three water service delivery legislation. The Local Government Minister wrote to councils outlining the change in approach which meant councils across Aotearoa New Zealand must include planning and funding for three waters service delivery across the full ten years of the LTP.

This has had a significant impact on Council budgets compared to the requirement under the previous Labour Government, which expected councils to include planning and funding for three waters service delivery for years one and two only.

The consequence of this change in direction is huge for our district. Deferring the plan allowed us more time to work through how we would reintegrate this significant cost back into the budget. We’ve spent the last six months working closely to scrutinise all our projects, services, programmes, and general operating costs and making some very tough decisions around priorities and what this means for rates increases.

As we’ve had these difficult discussions, we keep returning to the feedback you gave us during early engagement on the plan in mid-2023. At that time, you said that getting the basics right and focusing on “bread and butter” issues was the priority. To do those things you told us that a solid foundation of infrastructure, community facilities, and consistent levels of service are essential.

So we’ve kept this, along with other key drivers, front of mind as we’ve developed this draft plan. We’ve also had to factor in things that we must do – whether that’s for legal or compliance reasons, to complete work already underway, or important enabling or planning work to ensure we’re ready for the future.

As we look ahead to the next ten years, affordability is top of mind for everyone. Inflation, high interest rates and government compliance costs are not only being felt by the whole local government sector but also worldwide. Everything we do is costing more to deliver making this one of the most difficult budgets to prepare for the district. In short, it simply will not be possible to deliver many of the things the community or this Council want to within the existing significant financial constraints.


Consultation coming soon

A draft LTP and consultation document will be presented to the full Council on 27 June. At this meeting, Councillors will be asked for approval to begin the formal consultation process. If approved, consultation will begin on 28 June and run until 28 July 2024.

Councillors want to hear from you to help support their decision making process. Making a submission will help Council to prioritise projects, invest in services and understand the needs of those who live in our communities now and in the future.


What to expect over the consultation period

If approved, we'll publish all of the information right here on this page. We'll also distribute the consultation summary in hard copy right across the district.

There will be an online submission form and a range of opportunities to chat to your councillors. We'll publish the details of these here, as they are confirmed.

We'll promote the consultation process in local newspapers, radio, social media, posters and signage.


In the meantime...

We've provided an online 'ask a question' tool. If you have a question about the process, ask it below and we'll get an answer published for everyone to read as soon as possible.

Ask us a question

Ask us a question about the Long Term Plan 2024-2034.  We'll arrange a response and publish it here as soon as possible.  

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