Annual Plan 2020/21

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This consultation has concluded.

For copies of submissions visit the Council website.

Here’s the plan …

Kia ora koutou Selwyn

Thanks for taking the time to read this Consultation Document for our draft Annual Plan 2020/21, which sets out the Council’s key proposals for the coming year.

This document was mostly developed over the past six months – before the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic became clear. We know that the world is changing dramatically and we are living with heightened uncertainty – and we’re mindful of the disruptive effect the pandemic is having on the Selwyn community.

As a result, it’s right for us to take another look at our plans and proposals for the coming year. Our focus will change and some of the projects we previously saw as priorities will now be less important. Conversely there were many things we hadn’t given priority to, which will now be a focus for the next 12 months.

A key item in this consultation is the proposal to review the rate increases proposed for 2020/21. We are seeking feedback on options including continuing with the proposed 3.5% average rate increase; a rates freeze, with 2020/21 rates held at the same level as the current year; or an increase somewhere between 0% and 3.5%, depending on savings that can be identified.

It’s important that we hear from the community on what level of rates increase is acceptable – keeping in mind that any reductions now may result in catch-up increases in future years.

The consultation process gives you the opportunity to tell us what you like in our Draft Annual Plan, things you suggest that we might do differently – and where our priorities might now need to change, especially in these challenging times.

Other proposals we’ve identified for consultation include:

  • Deferring the Prebbleton Community centre project to allow for more detailed consideration
  • Reviewing wider community needs for community facilities in Leeston
  • Increasing water supply charges to provide for quality improvements and demand management
  • Planning and building a new wastewater system for central Darfield and new developments
  • Changes to our Development Contributions Policy

Public consultation has also been forced to change given the Covid-19 restrictions, with information and consultation predominantly being undertaken online. We do not yet know how we will assess submissions or what form hearings will take. The Council must adopt the Plan before the end of June.

We look forward to your feedback and submissions on the plan – check the links on this page for more detailed information, copies of supporting documents and details on how you can provide feedback.


Download/view the Annual Plan 2020/21 Consultation Document


This consultation has concluded.

For copies of submissions visit the Council website.

Here’s the plan …

Kia ora koutou Selwyn

Thanks for taking the time to read this Consultation Document for our draft Annual Plan 2020/21, which sets out the Council’s key proposals for the coming year.

This document was mostly developed over the past six months – before the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic became clear. We know that the world is changing dramatically and we are living with heightened uncertainty – and we’re mindful of the disruptive effect the pandemic is having on the Selwyn community.

As a result, it’s right for us to take another look at our plans and proposals for the coming year. Our focus will change and some of the projects we previously saw as priorities will now be less important. Conversely there were many things we hadn’t given priority to, which will now be a focus for the next 12 months.

A key item in this consultation is the proposal to review the rate increases proposed for 2020/21. We are seeking feedback on options including continuing with the proposed 3.5% average rate increase; a rates freeze, with 2020/21 rates held at the same level as the current year; or an increase somewhere between 0% and 3.5%, depending on savings that can be identified.

It’s important that we hear from the community on what level of rates increase is acceptable – keeping in mind that any reductions now may result in catch-up increases in future years.

The consultation process gives you the opportunity to tell us what you like in our Draft Annual Plan, things you suggest that we might do differently – and where our priorities might now need to change, especially in these challenging times.

Other proposals we’ve identified for consultation include:

  • Deferring the Prebbleton Community centre project to allow for more detailed consideration
  • Reviewing wider community needs for community facilities in Leeston
  • Increasing water supply charges to provide for quality improvements and demand management
  • Planning and building a new wastewater system for central Darfield and new developments
  • Changes to our Development Contributions Policy

Public consultation has also been forced to change given the Covid-19 restrictions, with information and consultation predominantly being undertaken online. We do not yet know how we will assess submissions or what form hearings will take. The Council must adopt the Plan before the end of June.

We look forward to your feedback and submissions on the plan – check the links on this page for more detailed information, copies of supporting documents and details on how you can provide feedback.


Download/view the Annual Plan 2020/21 Consultation Document


Consultation has concluded
  • Rates changes 2020/21

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    16 Apr 2020
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    This section was prepared before the COVID-19 restrictions. See the introduction for more on the Council’s response, and the consultation proposal to review the level of rates increases.

    The average total proposed rates increase across the district in 2020/21 is 3.5%. This is an average, and for individual ratepayers actual movements may be smaller or greater than this amount, depending on their location and the services provided.

    The rates increases are generally in line with those set out in the Long-Term Plan 2018–2028.

    The 2020/21 rates calculations include a number of changes that were already scheduled in the Long-Term Plan, including:

    • A 6% increase in the general rate and the uniform annual general charge
    • Recreation Reserve Targeted Rate – increase from $130 to $135
    • Water Race rates – increase from $22 to $24, $318 to $337 and $22 to $24
    • Swimming Pool Targeted Rates – increase from $177 to $181, $124 to $127 and $44 to $45
    • Stormwater Targeted Rate – increase from $94 to $98

    Due to the delay in timing of some of the major capital projects in the Community Facilities area, the Community Centre targeted rate has been held at $175, delaying the $10 increase to the 2021/22 financial year.

    Other main changes to rates are noted in this consultation document.

    Following are examples of rating changes for the 2020/21 year in selected locations, showing the proposed rates compared with the current year. Rate rises for individual properties will also be affected by the valuation movements in the district, as a result of the changes arising from the recent rating valuation.

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  • Revenue, expenditure, net assets and borrowing

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    16 Apr 2020
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    Borrowing is forecast to increase over the 2020/21 financial year from $50 million to $115 million. The increase in borrowing is to spread the cost of key projects over a number of years. This means that both current and future ratepayers contribute towards the cost of roading improvements and new community facilities.

    Investments form an important part of the Council’s funding. The Council owns 100% of our contracting company Sicon Limited, 10.725% of the electricity lines company Orion New Zealand Limited and 3% of the waste disposal company Transwaste Limited. These companies provide dividends to the Council that are used to reduce the level of rates paid by rate payers. We estimate that the total dividends in 2020/21 will be nearly $5 million. This is equal to 7% of our rates income. Shareholdings, in addition to other assets such as term deposits and land holdings, also help provide additional financial security for the Council in times of need.

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  • About your rates

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    If you’re a Selwyn ratepayer, you’re one of around 26,000 property owners who contribute through their rates to the huge range of activities, services and facilities that the Council provides for your community.

    Your rates contribution is made up of a combination of general rate and targeted rates. Other sources of funding include fees and charges, development contributions, subsidies and grants.

    General rate

    The general rate funds a wide range of Council services and facilities that benefit the whole district. The general rate also includes a Uniform Annual General Charge component, which is not related to property value. Here’s a rough guide to how your general rates dollar is used for the community good.

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    Targeted rates

    Targeted rates are used where a Council service or facility provides a benefit to a particular group of ratepayers or location. Some of the key services and facilities provided through targeted rates (where applicable) include:

    • Libraries network $225
    • Recreation reserves $135
    • Water supply $264 (plus a volume based rate)
    • Stormwater network $98
    • Wastewater network $542
    • Water races $24 (plus additional charges where service is provided)
    • Canterbury Museum $31
    • Community centres $175
    • Refuse and recycling $115 (fixed rate, plus charges for bins where provided)
    • Swimming pools $45–$181 (based on proximity to Selwyn Aquatic Centre)
  • Looking ahead to Long-Term Plan

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    16 Apr 2020

    Looking ahead to the Long-Term Plan 2021– 2031

    Next year we’ll be preparing our next Long-Term Plan, which will set out our priorities and work programme for the period through to 2031.

    We’ll be consulting extensively on the Long-Term Plan in a year’s time, but there are some important issues that we will be working on in the meantime, and we’d welcome your views and feedback.

    Climate Change

    Selwyn District Council participates in both the Canterbury Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) and the Mayoral Forum Climate Change Steering Group. The CCWG has recently commissioned an independent report to assess climate change risk across Canterbury. The purpose of the assessment is to develop a shared understanding of the key climate change risks and opportunities in the Canterbury region, with a focus on local government responsibilities and existing and planned risk management strategies.

    • The Canterbury Climate Change Risk Assessment will be undertaken in three stages:
    • Stage one (first-pass risk screening)
      • identifies long list of priority risks for detailed assessment. Captures existing and planned management actions.
    • Stage two (detailed risk assessment)
      • identifies further information on key risks, including spatial extent. Assesses existing and planned management actions
    • Stage three (adaptation and urgency assessment) – identifies a shortlist of priority risks based on existing management actions and urgency.

    The CCWG is scheduled to meet in May 2020 to update the Chief Executive Forum and Te Rōpu Tuia on the Communications Plan and draft publicity materials, and progress on the next steps of the Regional Climate Change Risk Assessment, and then again in late May to present findings of the risk screening to the Mayoral Forum.

    The Council is undertaking a review of its own operations to establish its baseline carbon footprint, and to develop a sustainability policy. Along with appropriate strategies and action plans this will guide the Council to ensure all facets of our activities operate in a sustainable manner, while aligning with regional, national and international goals.


    Community well-being

    Since our last Long-Term Plan (2018-2028), the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Act has resulted in a change in the purpose of local government, prompting councils to more actively focus more on promoting community well-being – that is, improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of our communities.

    Much of what we do as a council already contributes to these outcomes. But over the coming year we’ll be talking more with our communities about things like what well-being means to you, how we measure well-being and what our priorities should be in ensuring our work programme, services and facilities help to improve well-being for Selwyn people.

    Social – involves individuals, their families, whānau, hapū, iwi, and a range of communities being able to set goals and achieve them, such as education, health, the strength of community networks, financial and personal security, equity of opportunity, and rights and freedoms.

    Environmental – considers whether the natural environment can sustainably support the activities that constitute healthy community life, such as air quality, fresh water, uncontaminated land, and control of pollution.

    Economic – looks at whether the economy can generate the employment and wealth necessary to provide many of the requirements that make for social well-being, such as health, financial security, and equity of opportunity.

    Cultural – looks at the shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviours and identities, reflected through language, visual and performing arts, ceremonies and heritage that make up our communities.


    Three Waters Review

    The Three Waters Review is a cross- government initiative led by the Minister of Local Government. It is reviewing how to improve the regulation and supply of drinking water, wastewater and stormwater (three waters) to better support New Zealand’s prosperity, health, safety and environment. Most three waters assets and services are owned and delivered by local councils.

    We expect the outcomes of this review will impact on the way that councils deliver water services. Earlier this year the Government confirmed its commitment to partnering with local government to consider options for moving to new service delivery arrangements, allowing for safer, more reliable three waters services across the country.

    The government recently released a cabinet paper on Three Waters Service delivery. The key recommendations of that paper were:

    • A preference for regional or multi regional delivery models (preferring the latter);
    • Central government to support voluntary reform; and
    • A one year deadline for local government to demonstrate voluntary reform.

    Along with other councils, Selwyn is already taking steps to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of our water service delivery. We are also working with other councils in the region to determine what collaboration opportunities would best suit the region’s needs.

    Water Regulator

    In December 2019, the Taumata Arowai – Water Services Regulator Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill implements decisions to establish a new regulatory body, Taumata Arowai, which will be responsible for administering and enforcing a new drinking water regulatory system (including the management of risks to sources of drinking water).

    A Taumata Arowai Establishment Unit has been put in place to oversee the establishment of the new body.

    The next key legislation will be the Water Services Bill which will set the standards that potable water supplies will have to meet. It is expected this will be in place before the General Election.


    Canterbury Museum

    The Canterbury Museum has an amazing collection and provides rich information and resources for locals, visitors and researchers on the natural and cultural heritage of Canterbury and New Zealand. It is funded under legislation by four local councils including Selwyn and we currently set a targeted rate of $31 per rating unit for our share of the costs.

    The Museum is planning a major upgrade to its buildings in the coming years to improve the visitor experience and to make better provision for the preservation of its extensive collection. The upgrade will be funded by a number of organisations, and will include a contribution from Selwyn ratepayers.

    The amount of the contribution is still being determined but it is likely that the targeted rate will increase in the future to pay for a portion of the capital project and future operating costs.