Paul Pope on local body annual plans

Paul Pope DCC Annual Plan []Is the Annual Plan like Christmas? Photo: Paul Pope

Thursday, 20 March 2014 3:17 p.m.
I wrote this on my personal political blog partly for my own amusement, you might find parts of it amusing also, though it does have a serious message regarding participation and scrutiny of the local government annual planning process. I’m trying to write more about issues in our area.

Paul Pope
Deputy Chair Otago Peninsula Community Board

Read Paul’s personal blog about life and issues on the Community Board at


The draft annual plan sets out the Council’s proposed annual budgets and performance measures for 2014/15 and updates the information for the 2014/15 year that in contained in the Council’s ten year plan or Long Term Plan (LTP) which was put in place last year.
Please tell DCC whether you agree or disagree with spending priorities for 2014/15 outlined in the draft plan by making a submission.
The consultation period is your opportunity to “Have Your Say” about what you want to see included in the Council’s plans.

Submissions close at 5pm, Tuesday 15 April 2014.
Timeframes and Meeting times

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12 responses to “Paul Pope on local body annual plans

  1. ### ODT Online Mon, 31 Mar 2014
    DCC eyes revamp of funding
    By Debbie Porteous
    A review of the way Dunedin City Council grants are administered proposes to replace the $800,000-plus civic grants scheme with a contestable fund with new criteria and rules. There would be three new civic grant categories – city service grants, city project grants and property/rental arrangements – and accountability reports from recipients would be required each year. Applicants for the new city service grants would, for example, have to demonstrate that as an organisation they were critical to Dunedin’s sense of place and long-term sustainability, their work significantly contributed to achieving the priorities of one or more key council strategies and they were well established and known for the contribution they made to the city.
    Read more

    • ### April 4, 2014 – 6:04pm
      Review of grants could affect those relying on community funding
      Individuals and organisations relying on community funding may be affected by a DCC review of grants that contribute to social well-being in Dunedin.

  2. Excerpts from the DCC Draft Annual Plan 2014/15 received via your letterbox.
    Yellow highlighter is mine. Click to enlarge.

    DCC DAP 2014-2015 Summary 1

    DCC DAP 2014-2015 Stadium copy

    DCC DAP 2014-2015 CEO

  3. Paul’s home turf:

    ### April 1, 2014 – 6:02pm
    Road safety improvements dominate discussion
    Timing of aspects of Otago Peninsula road safety improvements dominated discussion at the first public meeting of this year’s DCC annual plan consultation.

  4. ### April 4, 2014 – 6:57pm
    Nightly interview: Christine Garey
    Community members at a meeting in Portobello this week were keen to tell the DCC their thoughts on road safety issues in the area. The issue is one that has arisen as the council does its annual plan consultation with the community. Otago Peninsula Community Board chairwoman Christine Garey is here with the details.

    Why are we not surprised………………….
    Struck concrete, stormwaters… not enough money left to finish street work in Bond Street near the former CPO (all foreseeable that’s why we BUDGET correctly and build in contingency – who was the industry-experienced long-in-the-tooth PM on this ???)… oh wait, there’s another $80,000 budget not spent (transportation operations budget) – let’s use that.
    Bloody crazy. Nothing is real at DCC, all mass blunders slide across the accounting lines, and the chief executive isn’t fixing it.

    ### April 10, 2014 – 7:25pm
    Warehouse precinct work under budget scrutiny
    Budget pressures on a Dunedin City Council upgrade of the historic warehouse precinct mean work near the former chief post office is in doubt. The council will debate the issue on Monday, and may be keen to keep the work going in an area on the rise.

    • ### ODT Online on Sat, 12 Apr 2014
      Upgrade hit by shortfall
      By Debbie Porteous
      An upgrade of the main pedestrian thoroughfare linking the chief post office hotel development and central Dunedin might be on hold after the budget could not be stretched far enough. The work on the north section of Bond St is part of the first stage of general amenity upgrades of the historic warehouse and Exchange area and includes kerbing, pavements, cycle racks, lighting, trees and bespoke seats in some parts of Vogel, Jetty and Bond Sts. The council signed off $500,000 for the work last year, but because the lowest tender was higher than expected and there were unforeseen problems during construction, the north Bond St work would not be done unless extra funding was found, acting urban design team leader Glen Hazelton told councillors in a report to be considered on Monday.
      Read more

      Report – Council – 14/04/2014 (PDF, 433.9 KB)
      Warehouse Precinct Revitalisation Plan Amenity Improvements Works

      █ Agenda and Reports (including six-month financials for council companies) for the Monday 14 April Council meeting here.

  6. Hype O'Thermia

    At a time when the council is boracic (-lint == skint) why are they foofling around putting blasted tiles and bobblywobblies (planter bulges?) in the blocks between the Exchange and the Chinese garden? Is it “If the footpaths are more likely to trip people up due to tiles lifting or sinking, and there are bulges and islands to impede traffic, the area will become for sure a magnet for pedestrians and all those thousands of cyclists for whom special lanes are being created so as to save the planet”?

  7. Hype; Oh yea of little faith. Surely, by now you have learned at the knee of a succession of great ones, that if at first you don’t succeed, then try, try and try again. Now they didn’t succeed with the Stadium, the Chinese Garden, the OSM, the Town Hall Conference Centre (well not in a financial sense). But this time the shifting of the town emphasis to the heritage block, centered on Vogel St is a winner. The fact is that they are trying to steal the thunder of the private developers, who had the tenacity to do what they have by recycling older building stock. That was daring work, despite the obvious risks and hardships in getting resource consents etc to proceed. But now the ratepayers are about to be stiffed by more overruns in costs because they didn’t think their actions through. They never do, that’s why we are in the pickle we are.

    • DCC has failed the acting teamleader who has no nationally recognised formal accreditation or proven work experience in the relevant disciplines of urban design; nor highly supervised dedicated work experience in infrastructure works and project budgeting – despite what the council may say in the way they have provided backup ‘to the individual’. We saw issues arise at South Dunedin…

      The other thing is, this is also the council’s policy planner (heritage) and now we are told DCC has not met NZHPT’s heritage requirements for keeping bluestone curb stones in situ/re-laying etc. What does this mean? – I suggest it means a ‘pushy developer mentality’ in that individual that has no fit with the ‘policy planning – heritage’ position.

      There are conflicts of interest in abundance here. Despite best intentions.
      A total embarrassment.

      What have we got for the council’s $500,000 spend of ratepayer funds?

  8. Hype O'Thermia

    Elizabeth – “Despite best intentions” eh. Best intentions? Don’t you mean – let’s Do Something? Do nothing for toooo-ooo-oo long and someone will notice and then what happens to the position?
    Actually, that’s an interesting question. Answers on a postcard, please.
    Or here.

    • [back of postcard musings] Harland built the UD team with 3 appointments initially, it lasted all of 5 minutes before losing one then two (which included the Senior Urban Designer) – then a lowly projects manager performed bandaid above their station before leaving. What remains of Harland’s bold move is now a crippled albatross despite more recent appointments. All this in the face of No Senior City Architect position – so the underlings remaining and those absorbed from policy planning and transportation planning go unpoliced as they blow budget after budget. Woops, no room left for the stamp – meaning I must obscure the pretty picture on the reverse showing less than half-finished street works. Yours from grey trenches, Dunedin.

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