What future would you like to see for the Ōtorohanga District?

What is Ōtorohanga 2050

In June of this year, the Ōtorohanga District Council has to deliver a new long term plan (LTP) for our District – that’s about setting Council’s intended direction and priorities for the next 10 years, and will include the projects, activities and services aligned with that. We’ll look to incorporate any longer term COVID-19 recovery actions into our next LTP – that way we can make sure we’ve got the priorities right for the future.

To help with our LTP, we’ve been doing something a bit different this time around. We went out into the community during July and August 2020 to talk to and hear from residents, business owners, community groups and organisations about what’s important for the future. This questions we asked - we all want a positive and prosperous future, but what does that look like and what do we need to do to get there?

Our world is constantly changing – COVID-19 has reinforced that!

Looking back 30 years, the nature and scale of change since 1990 has been immense. For a start, over half of our District’s residents hadn’t been born! What will our District look like in 2050? While no-one can predict the future, we do know that most of the facilities and infrastructure built 30+ years ago is still being used and going strong today. So, whatever investment decisions we make in the next few years will need to serve the community for at least the next 30 years.

In planning for the future, and preparing for change, having greater community resilience, flexibility and adaptability will be important. We are sure you’ll want this for your Council too. So we need to invest prudently and deliver the right services and levels of service - to not only deal with the issues of today, but also support a prosperous future for our District.

Helping to build the sort of future everyone would want is not something the Council can (or should) do alone. We all need to work together on this. That’s why we have launched Ōtorohanga 2050 – this is the opportunity for everyone to get involved, and share thoughts and ideas about the future they’d like to see for our District.

 

The Next Steps

We have collated all the feedback received from the 2020 drop-in sessions and feedback forms. We a number of themes emerge from the feedback and we established working groups, made up of both residents and staff, for each of the major theme areas. These groups considered the relevant issues and opportunities. Each group came up with a range of potential actions and projects to improve the wellbeing of our communities, each categorised under a social, cultural, economic and environmental framework.

The actions and projects best considered by the Council will then feed into the development of the draft 2021-2031 Long Term Plan (LTP). The draft LTP, which covers a 10-year period, will signal the Council’s intended actions, projects and programmes, including any changes to services and service levels. It will highlight the key issues Council believes need addressing, as well as setting the platform for the future prosperity and wellbeing of the District. It will also include those actions/projects the Council wants to progress from the Ōtorohanga 2050 community engagement and feedback.

There will be an opportunity for further community input once we go out to formal consultation on 16 April - 17 May 2021, watch this space for updates on dates and times that we will be in your community.