Year two of our Long-term Plan 2018-2028

Two children jumping into a lake.

For our future: working together for a sustainable Otago.

Your suggestions help guide us on what your priorities are regarding Otago’s environment and public transport networks and feed into our planning process.

For our future: working together for a sustainable Otago.

Your suggestions help guide us on what your priorities are regarding Otago’s environment and public transport networks and feed into our planning process.

  • What’s the plan for the year ahead?

    about 2 months ago

    Last year, with your help, we set our 2018-2028 Long-term Plan (LTP). It’s been in effect since 1 July 2018.

    We’re heading into year two of our plan. While little has changed, we are clearer about our priorities for next year and how we’ll pay for them.

    The work we do benefits Otago and everyone who calls our beautiful region home, so it’s important you know what’s happening.

    With no significant or material changes to the LTP, we’re not asking for submissions this year. So, we’re doing things a bit differently – we’d still like to hear...

    Last year, with your help, we set our 2018-2028 Long-term Plan (LTP). It’s been in effect since 1 July 2018.

    We’re heading into year two of our plan. While little has changed, we are clearer about our priorities for next year and how we’ll pay for them.

    The work we do benefits Otago and everyone who calls our beautiful region home, so it’s important you know what’s happening.

    With no significant or material changes to the LTP, we’re not asking for submissions this year. So, we’re doing things a bit differently – we’d still like to hear your feedback and we have a feedback form on this page to make it easy for you to let us know what’s important to you. If you’d prefer to speak with your councillors in person, then check out our events calendar to see where they’ll be and when.

    Hope to see you soon!


  • ORC’s Priorities: Water

    about 2 months ago
    Water image

    Water is our number one priority – it’s our life source and people feel a strong connection with this precious resource.

    This year we’re starting to review our Water Plan, which will focus on maintaining or enhancing water quality and quantity. The plan will acknowledge the principle of Te Mana o te Wai, which recognises the health of:

    The Water Plan review will be done in stages, starting with rural communities. We will work with each community to understand their values, so we’re better placed to set objectives for good water.

    We can’t do this alone.

    ...

    Water is our number one priority – it’s our life source and people feel a strong connection with this precious resource.

    This year we’re starting to review our Water Plan, which will focus on maintaining or enhancing water quality and quantity. The plan will acknowledge the principle of Te Mana o te Wai, which recognises the health of:

    The Water Plan review will be done in stages, starting with rural communities. We will work with each community to understand their values, so we’re better placed to set objectives for good water.

    We can’t do this alone.

    We need your insight to understand the values your community places on its waterways.

  • ORC’s Priorities: Building safe and resilient communities in the face of climate change

    about 2 months ago
    Building safe and resilient communities

    Climate change is here. It’s impacting our weather, our assets and our lifestyle. At ORC, we’re carrying out research to better understand what climate change might look like across Otago and what we can all do to prepare for it.

    We’re fast-tracking our work programme and this year we’re focusing on understanding climate change impacts on:


    How we, as a community, plan for climate change can make all the difference to our future.


    Climate change is here. It’s impacting our weather, our assets and our lifestyle. At ORC, we’re carrying out research to better understand what climate change might look like across Otago and what we can all do to prepare for it.

    We’re fast-tracking our work programme and this year we’re focusing on understanding climate change impacts on:


    How we, as a community, plan for climate change can make all the difference to our future.


  • ORC’s priorities: Urban development

    about 2 months ago

    Dunedin is experiencing medium population growth, and Queenstown Lakes is still seeing high numbers of people settling in the area.

    ORC has a responsibility to set policy and manage urban growth capacity. So, we’re making changes to our Regional Policy Statement this year, to give more direction and guidance on future development.

    Our requirement to minimise the impacts of development on our water quality is increasing, as is ensuring natural hazards and climate change are accounted for. We also need to plan for future congestion by having good public transport networks in place.

    We need to invest...

    Dunedin is experiencing medium population growth, and Queenstown Lakes is still seeing high numbers of people settling in the area.

    ORC has a responsibility to set policy and manage urban growth capacity. So, we’re making changes to our Regional Policy Statement this year, to give more direction and guidance on future development.

    Our requirement to minimise the impacts of development on our water quality is increasing, as is ensuring natural hazards and climate change are accounted for. We also need to plan for future congestion by having good public transport networks in place.

    We need to invest more in resourcing, so we can continue to plan for and advise on the impact of urban development in Otago.

    With growth comes new challenges and impacts, and we are committed to addressing them.


  • ORC’s Priorities: Biodiversity and biosecurity

    about 2 months ago

    Biodiversity in Otago is important for all of us. With so many native species and unique landscapes here in Otago, we all need to do our bit to look after them.

    Last year we developed and consulted with you on our Biodiversity Strategy for Otago. Part of this is managing pest plants and animals so our ecosystems can thrive.

    Our Pest Management Plan informs you about what you need to do to manage pests on your property and sets our compliance responsibilities. Pest management is a joint effort.

    ORC’s ECO Fund supports community-driven, environmental projects that protect...

    Biodiversity in Otago is important for all of us. With so many native species and unique landscapes here in Otago, we all need to do our bit to look after them.

    Last year we developed and consulted with you on our Biodiversity Strategy for Otago. Part of this is managing pest plants and animals so our ecosystems can thrive.

    Our Pest Management Plan informs you about what you need to do to manage pests on your property and sets our compliance responsibilities. Pest management is a joint effort.

    ORC’s ECO Fund supports community-driven, environmental projects that protect and enhance Otago’s environment. We support larger projects too, like Predator Free Dunedin, where we’re one year into a five-year funding programme to ensure their good work continues.

    A biodiverse environment is a resilient environment.

  • How much are we spending and how do we pay for it?

    about 2 months ago
    Annual plan spend pie chart

    Last year’s Long-term Plan indicated a rate rise for Otago for the year ahead. Consultation showed that ratepayers supported the move to pay higher general rates, so we can undertake this work across the region.

    To ensure we meet our priorities and stay ahead of the challenges we face in Otago, it’s going to cost more this year than we had planned.


    How are we paying for this?

    While your rates go a long way toward paying for the work we do, we don’t expect you to

    pay for everything. Some of our funds ...

    Last year’s Long-term Plan indicated a rate rise for Otago for the year ahead. Consultation showed that ratepayers supported the move to pay higher general rates, so we can undertake this work across the region.

    To ensure we meet our priorities and stay ahead of the challenges we face in Otago, it’s going to cost more this year than we had planned.


    How are we paying for this?

    While your rates go a long way toward paying for the work we do, we don’t expect you to

    pay for everything. Some of our funds come from other sources.


  • How much will my general rates be?

    about 2 months ago
    Rates breakdown by area

    General rates proposed for a property of mid-range value in each district.


    We also have a rates estimator for a breakdown of your rates bill, including targeted rates. It also compares your upcoming rates with last year’s – check it out here.


    General rates proposed for a property of mid-range value in each district.


    We also have a rates estimator for a breakdown of your rates bill, including targeted rates. It also compares your upcoming rates with last year’s – check it out here.