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


  • Please let us know your views on our proposals for 2020/21. There are several ways you can give your feedback:

    You don’t have to answer every question. Please add any comments you wish to make on the proposals.

    You can also make general comments on the Annual Plan at question 14.

    All submissions are public. Information in your submission will be included on papers which are available to the media and the public. Your submission will be used only for the purpose of the Annual Plan.

    Consultation has concluded
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