Tauranga’s mayor and councillors will hear from close to 300 people over the next two weeks as the Long Term Plan (LTP) 2018-2028 hearings schedule kicks off tomorrow.
The LTP consultation ran from 16 March to 16 April and attracted more than 3200 submissions.
Mayor Greg Brownless said the level of interest in the consultation showed that Tauranga residents and ratepayers were keen to have their voices heard.
“I want to thank our community for taking the time to express their views on our spending commitments, what kind of facilities they think we’ll need in years to come, and what they think we should prioritise over the coming decade,” Mr Brownless said.
“We’ve had an excellent response from our community and we’ll use this feedback to help shape the way we manage our growing city.”
Most submissions were on the key topics outlined in the consultation document: rating structure changes; investment in public transport and roading; waste and recycling options; museum and library proposals; elder housing provision; funding for the tourism sector; and tsunami alerts and resilience.
Council also received submissions on the Cycle Plan, as well as other topics such as sport and community facilities; boardwalks and walkways; parks and reserve areas; environmental and harbour issues; city centre development; youth engagement; multicultural Tauranga and diversity; volunteers; disability; and homelessness.
Hearings start on Wednesday, 9 May at 9am and will run until 5pm on Tuesday, 15 May.
Visit our council meetings page for the hearings agenda and copies of all submissions.