Community Plan Committee
Report of a meeting held in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 30 Laings Road,
Lower Hutt on
Tuesday 14 March 2017 commencing at 5.00pm
PRESENT: Mayor WR Wallace (Chair)
Cr G Barratt Cr C Barry
Deputy Mayor D Bassett Cr L Bridson
Cr J Briggs Cr MJ Cousins
Cr S Edwards Cr T Lewis
Cr G McDonald Cr
C Milne (from 5.25pm)
Cr L Sutton
APOLOGIES: Cr Lulich and Cr Milne for lateness.
IN ATTENDANCE: Mr T Stallinger, Chief Executive
Ms K Kelly, General Manager, Strategic Services
Mr B Sherlock, General Manager, City Infrastructure
Ms J Raffills, General Manager, Governance and Regulatory
Mr M Reid, General Manager, Community Services
Mr S Keatley, Huia Pool Manager
Mr M Mercer, Divisional Manager Community Hubs
Ms S Simcox, Communications and Marketing Team Leader
Ms M Laban, Community Projects and Relationships Manager
Mr B Monaghan, Divisional Manager City Promotions
Mrs J Stevens, Corporate Planner
Ms K Stannard, Divisional Manager Secretariat Services
Ms H Clegg, Minute Taker
Resolved: Minute No. CPC 17101(2)
“That the apologies received from Crs Lulich and Milne for lateness be accepted.”
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
Comments are recorded under the item to which they relate.
3. CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATIONS
There were no conflict of interest declarations.
4. Recommendation to Council - 14 March 2017
Speaking under public comment, Mr Max Shierlaw expressed concern with the wording “without putting an additional burden on ratepayers” contained in the Consultation Document. He considered the wording was misleading as debt levels would increase with the proposed new Financial Strategy. He also expressed concern that the information contained under the heading ‘Limits on Borrowing’, was giving a false impression that the existing Financial Strategy was tight. He considered that this was not the case. He queried the percentage figures under the heading ‘Limits on Borrowing’ stating that the net debt level for years 1-3 would actually be 170%. He also considered that the Consultation Document required updating with regard to the projected population numbers.
The Corporate Planner elaborated on the report.
Cr Lewis expressed concern at the word “sustainable” contained in the Consultation Docment. She believed that all options for sustainability had not been explored and using the word added weight to that argument. The Chief Executive advised that officers would review the the relevant paragraph.
The Chief Executive elaborated on the proposed Annual Plan 2017-2018. He acknowledged that the public speaker raised valid comments. He advised that officers would review the suggested changes raised by the public speaker.
In response to a question from a member, the Chief Executive advised that any questions regarding the reasons for projects not being included in the draft budget could be directed to the Chief Financial Officer or any member of the Strategic Leadership Team.
Officers were requested to distribute the final version of the Consultation Document for this year’s Annual Plan consultation when available.
Mayor Wallace reminded Councillors that all the projects contained in the Consultation Document had been thoroughly debated at the recent Community Plan Committee meeting. He highlighted that the proposed delay of funding for Petone Sportsville was by three years and the Wainuiomata Hub development was by two years. He highlighted that this did not indicate that the projects were not important. He noted that in order to undertake the projects, whilst maintaining debt levels, officers believed deferring them was the best solution. He reminded Councillors that this could be revisited after the consultation period.
Mr Milne joined the meeting at 5.25pm.
Mayor Wallace highlighted that it was an exciting time for the City. He emphasised that Council was being bold taking the City forward. He acknowledged that flooding was a enormous risk to the City. He encouraged Councillors to make themselves available for the upcoming public meetings.
(i) notes that the underlying information for the Annual Plan 2017-2018 was adopted by Council following the 21 February 2017 Community Plan Committee meeting;
(ii) approves the budget as outlined by the Chief Executive and the Strategic Leadership Team; and
(iii) adopts the Consultation Document attached as Appendix 1 for public consultation between 28 March and 28 April 2017.”
There were no questions.
There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 5.35pm.
CONFIRMED as a true and correct record
Dated this 23rd day of May 2017