Have Your Say on the Regional Council Long Term Plan

By: Jane Nees  05-Apr-2012

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has signed off on its Ten Year Plan for public consultation.  The development of the plan began over a year ago and there have been many workshops and meetings along the way and much discussion and debate. We looked at regional aspirations and the outcomes that Council should be seeking on behalf of its community. We considered significant growth and demand assumptions, and issues and options for the main areas that Council works in.  Key activities like passenger transport; Tauranga Harbour programmes; cleaning up the Rotorua Lakes and Rotorua air; regional economic development; and sustainable water and land management were reviewed and future direction decided. 

  Much as we would have liked a zero rate increase, this would see the region go backwards and we wanted to continue making progress towards a sustainable future.   This has meant cost increases to a level which allows us to take further positive steps forward in caring for the environment.

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