Our 10 year plan 2021-2031

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Getting the basics right | E whakatika ana i ngā mea matua

We're currently putting together our plans and budgets for the next 10 years, which sets out what we want to achieve for Lower Hutt Te Awa Kairangi. This will ensure all of our people thrive.

We've identified some key priority areas which will guide our work over the next 10 years and we want to know if you think we're on the right track.

Lower Hutt Te Awa Kairangi is a vibrant city with diverse communities. Our people, businesses and organisations are doing amazing things every day. As a result more people are choosing to live and put down roots here and our city is growing quickly.

In Lower Hutt Te Awa Kairangi, we face some big challenges, particularly the need to invest in our basic infrastructure. This is why our plan for the next 10 years needs to be about getting the basics right: the infrastructure and services that underpin everything we do.

Have your say | Kōrero mai

This first round of engagement has now closed. In March 2021 we'll be consulting about this in more detail and there'll be further opportunities to engage and provide feedback.

Getting the basics right | E whakatika ana i ngā mea matua

We're currently putting together our plans and budgets for the next 10 years, which sets out what we want to achieve for Lower Hutt Te Awa Kairangi. This will ensure all of our people thrive.

We've identified some key priority areas which will guide our work over the next 10 years and we want to know if you think we're on the right track.

Lower Hutt Te Awa Kairangi is a vibrant city with diverse communities. Our people, businesses and organisations are doing amazing things every day. As a result more people are choosing to live and put down roots here and our city is growing quickly.

In Lower Hutt Te Awa Kairangi, we face some big challenges, particularly the need to invest in our basic infrastructure. This is why our plan for the next 10 years needs to be about getting the basics right: the infrastructure and services that underpin everything we do.

Have your say | Kōrero mai

This first round of engagement has now closed. In March 2021 we'll be consulting about this in more detail and there'll be further opportunities to engage and provide feedback.

  • Investing in infrastructure | Whanake i ngā poupou o te hapori

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    Lower Hutt Te Awa Kairangi is a growing city. We need to ensure we have high quality infrastructure that supports our people to move around, receive basic services (like water), and enjoy our community facilities.

    Over the next 10 years we need to invest in our basic three waters infrastructure (drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater) to support our rapidly growing city. View the three waters related documents.

    We know that the rebuild of Naenae Pool is important for our community, and with support from Central Government ($27 million of co-funding from the COVID Response and Recovery Fund), we’re aiming to achieve this as part of the 10 year plan.

    In Transport, we need to invest in transformative projects like Cross Valley Connections to help people get around, connect our neighbourhoods, reduce congestion, and put us on a path to reduced carbon emissions. We are currently developing an Integrated Transport Strategy and will be talking with communities in the coming months.

    The investment in shared pathways including the Eastern Bays Shared Path and RiverLink are key projects in this area.

  • Increasing housing supply | Hei āhuru mōwai mō te katoa

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    To ensure our city is a place where all of our people can thrive, we need enough homes that are warm, dry and safe.

    In the last year, Council has focused on homelessness prevention with the Homelessness Strategy and it introduced a district plan change that goes some way to addressing housing supply. We need to ensure we have affordable housing for a changing and growing population which we have reflected in the strategic priorities of our CCO Urban Plus Limited.

    Our city is limited by a lack of greenspace for housing development, so we need to think about how we can support growth in new ways.

    Council has partnered with key organisations and iwi and will do more with others in the housing sector to build the right type of homes for Lower Hutt Te Awa Kairangi residents. We will continue the current spatial planning work to ensure the city is designed with housing and communities at its centre.

    View housing related documents

  • Caring for and protecting our environment | Tiaki taiao

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    If we want to care for and protect our natural environment and live in a sustainable city, we need to continue the work we're doing to reduce waste to landfill.

    We also need to offer sustainable transport solutions that connect and support our communities.

    We've fast tracked electrifying our vehicle fleet and we're proposing to move to using more sustainable energy sources at our facilities. Find out more about what we're doing to reduce our emissions.

    Climate change is a priority for us all and we will support local action to move towards a smart zero carbon emission economy.

    We need to protect and enhance our biodiversity and ecology, and support our city's landowners to manage indigenous habitats on their land.

  • Supporting an innovative, agile economy and attractive city | Taunaki ōhanga auaha, tāone whakapoapoa

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    We will take a fresh approach to economic development by harnessing the talents of business, education, research and science communities in Lower Hutt Te Awa Kairangi. We want to attract job creators and innovators to provide more local job opportunities, which in turn will help our people thrive.

    We have a unique opportunity to champion the quality of life we have because of our easy access to recreational green spaces, river - Te Awa Kairangi and Harbour – Te Whanganui a Tara.

  • Connecting communities | Tūhono hapori

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    Working in collaboration and partnership with mana whenua, our focus is on connecting and empowering neighbourhoods and communities so they can thrive. Thriving communities will be safe, connected, healthy, inclusive and resilient.

    By reviewing our District Plan we are working with our communities to plan the journey towards a city that has shared values and outcomes for everyone.

    Digital transformation is a priority for Council so we can make it easier for our communities to interact and communicate with us.

  • Being financially sustainable | Whakauka ahumoni

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    We’re facing some big financial challenges as we re-focus our work on getting the basics right.

    When making decisions about our 10 year plan and budget, we need to balance the need for services against the ability of our community to pay rates.

    Good financial management and long term sustainability must underpin our plans. We’re focused on carefully managing of our city’s finances to ensure we’re able to fund infrastructure and services for our community now and in the future. This may require spreading the cost of major building projects across several years.

    As a growing city, there is a need for additional infrastructure and we need to ensure that the associated costs are spread equitably.