More than 1.7 million people will call Auckland home by the time this 10-year plan has been fully rolled out. The new Auckland Council is now in a position to tackle the long-standing issues facing our region and prepare us for that future growth.
Our goal is to turn Auckland into the world's most liveable city. This draft Long-term Plan 2012-2022 (LTP) takes the first steps toward that goal by identifying the projects and initiatives that will provide a catalyst for Auckland's transformation.
To reach our potential – we need to get a number of key things right, including:
A range of initiatives to help us achieve those goals are in this draft LTP. I believe this package enables us to prepare for the future at the same time as balancing the impact of the change on ratepayers. That is why this plan proposes an average rate increase of 3.6 per cent for 2012/13 and 3.6 to 4.9 per cent in subsequent years.
We are also dealing with the challenge of bringing eight different rating systems into one. The new system will mean that properties of equal value will be paying equal rates, wherever you are in the region.
The council's test is to build on the successes of the first year and renewed sense of progress to provide us with the platform we need to transform Auckland into an even better place to live, work and play. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on this plan.
Mayor of Auckland
The draft LTP is set out in four volumes. Each volume includes bookmarks for accessibility.
This volume gives you an overview of the draft plan, information on the legislation, our plans for the future, how we plan to manage our finances, information on council and how to have your say.
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This volume gives you information about what council delivers today and what it plans to deliver in the future along with financial information for the Auckland Council group.
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This volume covers a range of financial and non-financial policies for the Auckland Council parent and group.
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This volume contains general information on the 21 local boards, their draft 2012/13 agreements, proposed priorities and finances.
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NHBA will make a submission on those issues which we believe will reflect the collective views of our members. We encourage you to make a submission on specific items relevant to your business. If you want us to collate your views with ours, please contact Janine Brinsdon before 16 March 2012.