### ODT Online Fri, 13 Mar 2009
DCC opens up over debt levels
By Chris Morris
A special break-out magazine summarising the council’s draft long-term council community plan (LTCCP) and a separate “state of the city” report will both be delivered along with this month’s regular City Talk magazine. Read more
Oh. The mythical “mountain of debt” facing the city explained. How much will this cost ratepayers to receive free in the mail. On a more useful note, in the column Dunedin City Council provides the following dates:
The documents’ release precede the beginning of formal consultation on the council’s latest draft LTCCP on March 14.
Members of the public have until April 15 to prepare a written submission, followed by hearings on May 4 to 12 and recommendations to the full council on June 2.
The finalised plan would then be adopted on June 22.
A two-day expo aimed at explaining aspects of the plan to ratepayers – including the council’s emphasis on sustainability in its planning – would replace public meetings during the consultation period, and would be held at the town hall on March 27 and 28.
What if? says: Read the Council’s material, participate strongly in the LTCCP consultation process or forever hold your peace. Pity about the public meetings though…
Have a look at the Draft Community Plan 2009/10 – 2018/19 Summary delivered with City Talk.
Inside, you’ll find ‘Stadium’ discussion in the section ‘Wealthy Community’ (pages 6-7). Where else on earth would Council dare put it. Incredible.
The list given of “risks associated with the project” leaves off ‘citizen unrest’ as an essential idea that works against profitability. Who knew.
More detail for the stadium proposal is given in the Draft Community Plan 2009/10 – 2018/19 Volume 2, Section 1. Available in mid-March at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/policies
View the current LTCCP here.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr