Proposed Annual Plan 2020-21

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We completed our proposed annual plan mid-March, but due to the ever changing COVID-19 situation we can't be sure where things are headed in the near future. For now, this is what we think we can do from July onwards, how much it will cost and how we will pay for it.

We've included a rates estimator, a summary of the activities we hope to carry out and a space for you to ask us questions. We'll endeavour to answer these questions for you as quickly as possible, and we are hoping to clarify how we will continue this work with Council as soon as possible.

Your suggestions help guide us on what your priorities are regarding Otago’s rates and focus areas and feed into our planning process.


We encourage you to have your say.



Engagement period closed at 5:00 p.m. on 24 April 2020

Submissions are available to view here.



We completed our proposed annual plan mid-March, but due to the ever changing COVID-19 situation we can't be sure where things are headed in the near future. For now, this is what we think we can do from July onwards, how much it will cost and how we will pay for it.

We've included a rates estimator, a summary of the activities we hope to carry out and a space for you to ask us questions. We'll endeavour to answer these questions for you as quickly as possible, and we are hoping to clarify how we will continue this work with Council as soon as possible.

Your suggestions help guide us on what your priorities are regarding Otago’s rates and focus areas and feed into our planning process.


We encourage you to have your say.



Engagement period closed at 5:00 p.m. on 24 April 2020

Submissions are available to view here.



CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

In this section you can ask ORC questions about what we're planning to do this year. We'll endeavour to get back to you as quickly as possible, but in the current COVID-19 situation this may be delayed.

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    It is not a time for rate increases but a time to batten down the hatches. Chairman Hobbs please listen to the ratepayer no increase in rates.

    bruce collins Asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to submit a question. We completed our proposed annual plan mid-March, but due to the ever changing COVID-19 situation we can't be sure where things are headed in the near future. 

    In some respects, this timing has been very unfortunate. However, in another sense, it now enables our Annual Plan to be adjusted through the normal consultative process. We will take on-board the feedback of the community, and way we fund our work program will be up for discussion again before the plan is adopted and rates are struck.

    Other councils and regional councils around the country are in the same position that we find ourselves in: consulting on rates increase during this tumultuous period. Some have convened emergency meetings and made last-minute alterations to their plans to avoid rate increases. This was not a possibility for the ORC in the timeframe between when we approved the Annual Plan for consultation and when we were plunged into the present lockdown. 

    We are living in a changed world now and we recognise the need for ORC to stay alert to the needs of our community and our environment.

    To ensure your voice is heard please make a submission via the submission form.

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    Hi Annual Plan Team The Lower Taieri Flood Scheme has a significant rate rise for 20/21. The Long term Plan had significant capital work for this coming year. During the LTP consultation this work was not able to be explained in detail as it was too far in the future. Could the capital work for the Lower Taieri Flood Scheme be explained, covering the extent of the works, the cost of the work, what are the issues to be addressed by the work and what are the outcomes that the work will achieve. Please also explain the capital work in the East Taieri Drainage area to be covered in 20/21 plan. Kind regards Colin Scurr

    C. D. Scurr Asked 6 months ago

    The following key projects are included in the 2020-21 draft budget for the Taieri:  

    • Lower Taieri Flood Protection                                Riverside spillway ($1,260k)
    • Lower Taieri Flood Protection                                Scheme review & Geotech integrity ($250k)
    • West Taieri Drainage Scheme                                Waipori pump refurbishments, power supply improvements ($340k)
    • East Taieri  Drainage Scheme                                Upper drainage pond improvements ($200k)
    • East Taieri  Drainage Scheme                                Structural/geotech of flood retention structures ($100k)
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    What if I want to make a submission but don’t want details to be public?

    Paul Asked 6 months ago

    While your personal details (phone, address, email) will be removed from your submission, your name will be included, this is required under the Local Government Official Information Meetings Act 1987.

    All meetings where Council deliberates on the proposed plan or hears submissions must be open to the public, unless there is some reason to exclude the public under the Local Government Official Information Meetings Act 1987. 

    Similarly, all submissions must be made available to the public unless there is reason to withhold them under that Act.

    There are several ways you can make a submission while we are at Alert Level 4, here is how you can do this:

    1. fill out the submission form on this page
    2. give us a call and we'll type in the form for you, 0800 474 082
    3. flick us an email with your submission, customerservices@orc.govt.nz

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    how do i upload a document in support of my submission?

    colin campbell-hunt Asked 5 months ago

    There are several ways you can make a submission while we are at Alert Level 4, here is how you can do this:

    1. fill out the submission form on this page
    2. give us a call and we'll type in the form for you, 0800 474 082
    3. flick us an email with your submission, customerservices@orc.govt.nz