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Submissions closed on Regional Council’s Long Term Plan

Friday, 20 March 2015 10:00 a.m.

Submissions closed on Friday 20 March for Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Long Term Plan 2015-2025.

The Long Term Plan will be finalised in June, setting out key challenges for the Bay of Plenty and how they will be tackled. The Council’s consultation document Thriving Together, which summarises the issues, was officially notified in February and submissions close at 4pm on 20 March.

Regional Council Chairman Doug Leeder said the region was facing challenges, and the Regional Council needed residents’ help to find out what was most important to them, and where it should spend a limited amount of money over the next 10 years.

“Our consultation document, Thriving Together, identifies important choices for our communities under the five key community outcomes that we want for our region – water quality and quantity, environmental protection, resilience and safety, regional collaboration and leadership and economic development.

The consultation document is available from libraries, any Regional Council office and online at 

Councillors have presented key proposals for the Long Term Plan at more than 20 events during the submission period to councils, iwi, chambers of commerce, community boards and ratepayer groups from Te Puna to Te Kaha.

“There is a high level of interest in our region's future and we look forward to receiving submissions from right across our community,” Mr Leeder said.

LTP 2015 - 2025