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Council adopted the Annual Plan 2020-2021 on 30 June 2020.

We are really pleased with the level of submissions and now have the busy job of collating all the feedback - thanks! Your feedback will help guide Council decision-making in finalising our budget and priorities for 2020/21, which will be adopted at the end of June.

Keep an eye on this page for evaluation reports and summary documents on Getting us through. We will publish these here as they are finalised.

Using Have your Say will be an important part of developing our City Plan and Long Term Plan 2021-2031. Our rubbish and recycling consultation will be starting in early July, so remember to check back with us. If you haven't registered already, make sure you register to have your say in future consultations.

Welcome to Hutt City Council’s Draft Annual Plan 2020-2021

Nau mai, rarau mai ki Te Mahere Pae Tawhiti Hukihuki a Te Kaunihera o Te Awakairangi 2020-2021

As a Council one of our most important roles is to plan for the future and do everything we can to ensure our city thrives. We need to make sure that we are prioritising the things that are important to you, and to do that, we need to know what you think.

Every three years we ask you about your ideas for Lower Hutt and produce a Long Term Plan. In the years between we prepare an Annual Plan - this covers the projects we have planned for the next 12 months, and our budget to achieve this.

An Annual Plan is usually an update to the LTP, but this year it was going to be different. We were planning on talking to you about major changes to our rubbish and recycling service, extra investments in infrastructure like roads and water, and changing our financial strategy to put us on a more secure footing going forward.

Like the rest of the world, we need to change our plans given the unprecedented situation arising from COVID-19. Businesses and households will be under significant pressure in the months ahead, and it is not tenable for us to proceed with ‘business as usual’.

We've pushed pause to think about our activity over the next year.

We've prepared an emergency one-year budget
We want to make sure our decisions support a recovering economy and don’t add extra financial stress for you.

We're prioritising essential work that can't wait
The one-year Draft Annual Plan will allow us to move forward on key work that will help our community, at a smaller scale.

We're keeping key projects moving
The budget still includes money for initial work on Naenae Pool, so when budgets are reviewed in future we are ready to go.

Council adopted the Annual Plan 2020-2021 on 30 June 2020.

We are really pleased with the level of submissions and now have the busy job of collating all the feedback - thanks! Your feedback will help guide Council decision-making in finalising our budget and priorities for 2020/21, which will be adopted at the end of June.

Keep an eye on this page for evaluation reports and summary documents on Getting us through. We will publish these here as they are finalised.

Using Have your Say will be an important part of developing our City Plan and Long Term Plan 2021-2031. Our rubbish and recycling consultation will be starting in early July, so remember to check back with us. If you haven't registered already, make sure you register to have your say in future consultations.

Welcome to Hutt City Council’s Draft Annual Plan 2020-2021

Nau mai, rarau mai ki Te Mahere Pae Tawhiti Hukihuki a Te Kaunihera o Te Awakairangi 2020-2021

As a Council one of our most important roles is to plan for the future and do everything we can to ensure our city thrives. We need to make sure that we are prioritising the things that are important to you, and to do that, we need to know what you think.

Every three years we ask you about your ideas for Lower Hutt and produce a Long Term Plan. In the years between we prepare an Annual Plan - this covers the projects we have planned for the next 12 months, and our budget to achieve this.

An Annual Plan is usually an update to the LTP, but this year it was going to be different. We were planning on talking to you about major changes to our rubbish and recycling service, extra investments in infrastructure like roads and water, and changing our financial strategy to put us on a more secure footing going forward.

Like the rest of the world, we need to change our plans given the unprecedented situation arising from COVID-19. Businesses and households will be under significant pressure in the months ahead, and it is not tenable for us to proceed with ‘business as usual’.

We've pushed pause to think about our activity over the next year.

We've prepared an emergency one-year budget
We want to make sure our decisions support a recovering economy and don’t add extra financial stress for you.

We're prioritising essential work that can't wait
The one-year Draft Annual Plan will allow us to move forward on key work that will help our community, at a smaller scale.

We're keeping key projects moving
The budget still includes money for initial work on Naenae Pool, so when budgets are reviewed in future we are ready to go.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    Is the zoning being looked at in RD1 Wainuiomata? All properties apart from 7 are able to subdivide. No apparent reason for this. Can those properties be reasoned to match their neighbours?

    Claudia Asked 4 months ago

    Hi Claudia, the zoning and subdivision rules for all properties in Lower Hutt will be reviewed as part of the upcoming District Plan Review. The District Plan is the Council document which sets out the zoning and rules for subdivision and development in the city. The zoning of rural land around Wainuiomata is one area we will be reviewing. Community engagement on the District Plan Review will commence later this year.

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    Have your Say team

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    Is rural internet going to be a priority? W9th more and more people having to work from home during the Covid-19 response it is evident that our current slow adsl connections cannot cope, especially if there is more than one person working from home.

    Claudia Asked 4 months ago

    Hi Claudia, Council has for many years been supportive of the improvements in broadband connectivity across the entire city, including rural areas, most recently adding its support to advocating for improvements in mobile black spots down the Coast Road and Remutaka Forest Park in Wainuiomata. It will continue to advocate for improvements in broadband coverage for the city.

    Thanks,
    Have your Say team

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    Hi there Can you tell me what's happening to the beltway cycle way project in this plan? Last update on your website was that construction would start early 2020 but it doesn't seem to have progressed.

    Chris N Asked 4 months ago


    Thanks for using Have your Say. 

    We have completed the process to tender the construction contract for the Beltway. The tenders have come in higher than our approved budget. The need to remove some costs is one of the reasons for project delay.
    Also, due to the Covid-19 response, parts of council funding are still to be decided. We need to wait until Council's decisions on the 2020/21 budget at the end of June before finalising the project approach. We plan to start construction from spring 2020.

    We are committed to completing the Beltway. An active transport system is hugely beneficial to our city, as well as to the health and wellbeing of people. Benefits include thriving business areas, reduced congestion and vehicle operating costs, greater safety, resilient infrastructure and a better environment.

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    Hi, Where were the Council during the Covid-19 Lockdown? The lack of Local leadership was conspicuously absent in the media. Why is there not a rates Freeze in place due to the 1 in 100 year event of Covid-19 ? Cutting the proposed increase by 50% seems very minor.

    Hutt Guy Asked 4 months ago

    Kia ora Hutt Guy. Thank you for using Have Your Say. 

    It’s disappointing to hear you think we were absent. While we may not have made national headlines, we were certainly very active across our own channels. We did everything we could to focus on essential services and supporting our communities in an extraordinary time. This included a significant welfare effort and redirecting services to support businesses.

    We immediately developed a COVID-19 response plan with many initiatives to support people and businesses directly. This includes new rates relief measures, the establishment of a community resilience fund, and initial funding for emergency food grants. You can read more about this here: www.huttcity.govt.nz/Services/Emergency-management/covid-19/#Response-package 
    Most Council services were operating remotely during the lockdown and this included moving our contact centre to a virtual environment and holding council meetings online so that the business of council could continue. As an essential service we continued to provide services such as rubbish collection and recycling (limited to glass only).

    Many of our teams put in a huge amount of effort towards our COVID-19 response.  And our staff will continue that effort throughout our recovery.

    A rates freeze was considered by Council at their meeting on 7 May. You can view the papers for this meeting  on our website.
    A 0% increase would have required an initial cut of at least $5M of operating expenditure – with further reductions in our levels of service. A copy of our presentation on this is available at this link: www.huttcity.govt.nz/Your-Council/meetings#Council-briefings

    The reduction to a 3.8% increase still requires operational savings of $3M and these are summarised in the engagement document on this site. Further cuts to achieve a 0% rates increase are expected to hamper economic recovery post COVID-19 and are not likely to meet our community’s expectations for services. On this basis, the rates freeze was not adopted by Council who unanimously supported a 3.8% increase. 

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    Please explain what the reduction of staff costs by 1.2M will be? Will this include job losses?

    Justine Asked 4 months ago

    Hi Justine. This comprises taking out an anticipated pay rise, reductions in training and overtime, and headcount/vacancy management. Here are details outlined from 7 May Council paper: 

    Staffing costs net saving of $1.2M – A range of updates across staffing including -  the assumed annual salary increase of 2.5% has been reduced to 0%, the overtime budget removed, training budget reduced and a vacancy assumption has been added.  Budgets have been updated to reflect latest staffing levels information including increased staffing for regulatory functions serving a growing city and reduced staffing in some areas where there are current vacant roles.

    Thank you for using Have your Say. 

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    The Rates Tool Calculator link is not working as at 18 May. I have tried for 3 days now and all it takes you to is a blue page with large white writing explaining about the calculator without any link to the actual calculator. Would you please fix it as soon as possible.

    panneh Asked 4 months ago

    Hi Panneh. Thanks for using Have your Say. We're sorry to hear you're having difficulties. We can see from the levels of usage and our own tests that the tool is working okay. 

    It is just a single page with one area where you can select from three options. How it works will depend on what type of device or operating system you are using. If you can see the page, then it is working. You need to adjust the view setting. We recommend doing this using the zoom feature on your browser and reduce it. The button should appear at the bottom of the screen.
    Have a happy day.

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    Have you considered a smaller Outdoor pool in NaeNae? A pool similar to MacKenzie baths in Petone could be built quickly and cheaply, and get a pool ready by the end of 2020 or Summer 2021 at latest. If an indoor pool something the size of Stokes Valley should be considered. There's no need for a $50Million Olympic sized pool especially if closed regularly on weekends for tiny sports like Canoe Polo and Water Polo, which means the ratepayers who paid/pay for the pool can't use it. Kids recreation and learn to swim, and Social and fitness swimming should be the priorities

    Petone897654 Asked 5 months ago

    Kia ora. Thanks for using Have your Say.
    Replacing Naenae Pool alongside a plan to reinvigorate the town centre were agreed as key priorities by Hutt City Council last December. You can find out about the steps to get there in the Voice of the Community report - take a look at this section for full details Keep in touch with what's happening in Naenae
    The report includes the views of the Naenae community, residents of wider Lower Hutt and pool users from around the region. It tells us what our community values, and can be used to guide decisions being made by Hutt City Council and others. 

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    Hi Rates tool no longer working i click the link and there is no calculator now???

    Jake Asked 5 months ago

    Hi Jake. Sorry to hear you've experienced issues. The tool is definitely still there and operating. But we have checked with the software providers to see if there is a capacity issue. There may be an issue with the number of users trying to access it at once. 

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    Why isn't Kelson listed in the rates table in the extra document on rates? Is there a reason? Or is it a mistake?

    Crookster Asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your observations. The table is a collated selection of suburbs across the city, merging some together that had similar changes.

    If you are interested in what the changes mean to you can use the rates calculator tool to compare your rates for the 2019/20 year and the expected rates you would pay in 2020/21. The 2020/21 rates amount includes any increase due to a change in the value of your property as well as the proposed 3.8% increase outlined in the Draft Annual Plan.

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    I've been using the rates calculator. Can it be changed to show how much of the rates increase is due to the increased value of my property? Could it show how much is due to the proposed 3.8% increase? This would be really good please. Also, some people I know have had trouble finding their address in this calculator. Is it overloaded or something? Or are their addresses not included?

    Crookster Asked 5 months ago

    We were not able to show the differences clearly in the scope of the calculator. However, we will look at incorporating this if we use a rates calculator tool in the future. Therefore, the 2020/21 rates amount includes any increase due to a change in the value of your property as well as the proposed 3.8% increase outlined in the Draft Annual Plan.

    There are approximately 40,000 properties data held in the calculator.  The only properties that are not in the calculator are new properties, where we had no 2019/20 data to compare it to or properties that have changed their use during the year for example going from a church rate to a business rate.

    If a property is not in the system they should get an error message and a contact email address. But we will check with the software providers to see if there is a capacity issue, with the number of users trying to access it at once. Thank you very much for using Have your Say.