Opinion: annual plan to be adopted by the regional council in June

Kapiti News

Penny Gaylor.

Weekly column by Kāpiti Greater Wellington Regional Council Representative Penny Gaylor.

In the next fiscal year, which for GWRC begins July 1, as the next year of operation, we are working on year two of our long-term plan.

In the years between long-term plans, we produce annual plans. These plans contain all changes to the long-range plan for that year, as well as the proposed budget and funding impact statements for that fiscal year.

No significant or material changes are planned for our work program for 2022/23 compared to what we have defined in our long-term plan 2021-31.

However, there are unforeseen cost increases related to two bulk water supply network improvement projects, but these do not affect the Kāpiti coast as KCDC manages our local water supplies. As a result, these projects are funded by a water charge charged to territorial authorities, rather than Greater Wellington rates.

The 2022/23 annual plan is being finalized and will be adopted by the board on June 30. The final adopted Annual Plan will be made available on the Greater Wellington website within one month of its adoption. Printed copies will also be made available at local libraries should anyone wish to see them.

The 2022/23 Annual Plan material is now live on our website.

Here is a taste of GWRC activities specific to the Kapiti Coast over the coming year.

The Queen Elizabeth Park Master Plan focused on the development of public space to determine how recreation, restoration and other uses of the park can be developed and managed over time.

Restoration of Queen Elizabeth Park with additional planting of native plants, weed control, hydrological monitoring, rewetting of peatlands.

Implementation of a floodplain management plan in Waikanae and Ōtaki through the analysis of the gravel accumulation of the Waikanae River and the planned repairs to the groynes of the Ōtaki River.

Piloting new wheelchair accessible vehicle service models in Porirua and Kāpiti to support Metlink’s total mobility program.

Development of the Whaitua program on how we approach land and water management and decision making in Kāpiti Whaitua.

The Paraparaumu Station Bus Stop Redevelopment, part of the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Paraparaumu Transport Hub redevelopment, for which we will provide a range of new bus stop infrastructure, including including high capacity passenger shelters, network information and signage.

Elna M. Lemons