City councillors are today considering rejecting Tauranga as a city with heart and soul, as councillors consider a new set of community outcomes to be included in next year's Long Term Plan.
Tauranga as ‘A city with heart and soul', is one of the current community outcomes adopted in the 2015/2025 Long Term Plan.
The community outcomes are used as a guide, underpinning staff decision making and recommendations to councillors in committee report on agenda items.
Also included in the current community outcomes are: A talented and innovative city full of opportunity, and; A city of great spaces, places and environments.
Councillors are today being asked to replace them with a new set of five community outcomes:
Protects and enhances the natural environment
• Is compact and well planned, with a variety of successful and thriving centres
• Attracts businesses, people and visitors
• Is inclusive, safe and healthy
• Has predictable travel times and transport choice
But no heart and soul.
Content being developed for the new Long Term Plan is intended to achieve a balance between economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing, along with well-planned urban form and an effective transport network, say the report to be presented today by corporate and policy planner Matthew Leighton.
Stating the community outcomes are a legal requirement for the council under the Local Government Act 2002.
The Act stipulates that community outcomes must be described for the local authority's district or region, defining community outcomes as ‘the outcomes that a local authority aims to achieve in meeting the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions'.
The community outcomes not only help frame the city's Long Term Plan, but are required as part of the consideration of the Revenue and Financing Policy, and as part of the council Activity statements.
The proposed replacement community outcomes reflect the Council's and Committees' agreed strategic direction endorsed by Council on May 16, 2017.
The new community outcomes are developed to balance economic, social, cultural and environmental wellbeing, to achieve a higher standard of living for all and make Tauranga an internationally competitive city,” says Matthew's report to council.
“They are consistent with our strategy of focusing on sound city foundations, quality of life and quality of economy. The community outcomes are aligned with our activities and contribute to the development of the Revenue and Financing Policy.”