Western Bay of Plenty District Council

Auditing the Future: 2009

Western Bay of Plenty District Council describes itself as a rural district council. It is experiencing substantial growth, similar to its neighbour Tauranga City Council.

The Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s LTCCP usefully reflects the main decisions that resulted from the consultation process on the draft 2006-16 LTCCP. The “Summary of Decisions on Consultation Highlights” covers the impacts on activities (such as projects and programmes) and funding decisions. It also covers the implications of the funding decisions, such as the cost that resource consent applicants will bear. Importantly, this section also records consultation matters that were not actioned.

Generally, the Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s LTCCP is a compact and well-prepared document. It deserves recognition for its approach to bringing all matters associated with each activity into one location. The groups of activities statement includes the usual components, such as an overview of the activity, the activity’s relationship to community outcomes, what the Western Bay of Plenty District Council seeks to achieve with the activity, and financial information. It also includes:

  • a summary of capital expenditure (often by individual activity);
  • key assumptions by activity, including an analysis of the consequence of errors in the assumptions; and
  • the revenue and financing policy approach by activity.

The group of activities also introduces a split in the performance management framework between:

  • a description that includes performance measures and targets for each outcome; and
  • a level of service description with their own measures and tests.

Rather than necessarily focusing on a “corporate” view, this approach emphasises each group of activities (such as water supply or natural environment) with its own separate analysis (such as funding responsibility). The corporate view is provided, but is de-emphasized. In our view, this approach may be useful for councils with dispersed communities.

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