What is a long-term plan?

Our long-term plan shows the services, projects and proposed budgets for taking care of Palmy for the next decade. We prepare a new one in consultation with you, every 3 years.

Lots of the things in the plan are based around maintaining the services we provide, while also responding to new needs in areas like community wellbeing, safety, new requirements from central government and the significant growth our city is seeing.

While the plan is really just that, a planning process, the budgets indicated to do that work help us determine how much in rates is needed to cover the costs, and what proposed rates increases are likely to be.

Our current long-term plan was adopted on 7 July 2021. It supports Council's vision for Palmerston North: Small city benefits, big city ambition. We’ll be consulting for the Long-Term Plan 2024-34 during April this year.

The planning process

The process of setting a long-term plan takes a lot of time and work. This is because every area of Council’s operations needs to be assessed, mapped out and budgeted for over the next 10 years to take into account new projects or changes to existing services.

In 2022 we started work towards setting our upcoming long-term plan, which will be adopted mid-2024. Once this is done, we’ll be checking in with you on what things you think should be top priority for Palmerston North over the next few years. 

Step 1: Develop the vision, goals and strategies

Any long-term plan begins with our elected members deciding what community outcomes they would like to achieve over the next 10 years. Community outcomes show what Council does ‘to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of communities now and for the future’.   

The proposed vision and goals for our long-term plan are:

  • an innovative and growing city
  • a creative and exciting city
  • a connected and safe community
  • a sustainable and resilient city.

Step 2: Plan what we want to do and what it will cost

To ensure we meet our vision and goals, we break these down into 14 plans which set out the actions we need to do.

At this stage we also talk about levels of service. That’s essentially what you’ve come to expect from the day-to-day services we provide. This is an opportunity for us to consider feedback we hear from the community and determine whether to do more or less in some areas.

At this stage of the long-term plan process, Council staff look at all the proposed services and new projects and set budgets for how much each is likely to cost.

Our elected members then spend a lot of time working through these to ensure that what we plan to do meets our vision and goals, meets community needs, and is as affordable and achievable as possible.

Council meetings about the long-term plan

We've highlighted some of the key meetings below and will add more shortly.

Click on the links to watch the videos and download the agendas and minutes for each meeting. 

Step 3: Consult with the public

Once we have an idea of how we think the long-term plan should look we’ll ask you to spend some time looking over it and what it means for you, and give us your feedback.

To do this we’ll put all of the relevant information into a consultation document for you to read. You can then make a formal submission, letting us know what you think of the proposed plan. You can also speak to elected members directly during the Council hearings on the plan if you’d like to. 

Step 4: Finalise and adopt the plan

Once our elected members have heard your views and made any changes resulting from your feedback, our Long-Term Plan 2024-34 will be finalised and adopted. 

This plan will guide the services and projects we carry out for the public over the following 3 years, and the amount of rates that will be needed to pay for them.