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Financial and Development Policies

Financial and Development Policies


Development Contributions Policy

What are development contributions?

Development contributions help to pay for growth-related infrastructure like a larger Council water reservoir to supply water to a development. If a Council has a development contributions policy in place, when someone applies for consents or connections for development (such as subdividing land or undertaking building work) they will need to pay money to fund growth related infrastructure.

What’s changed?

We reintroduced development contributions in the Hauraki District last year (from 1 July 2020) because we’ve experienced significant growth over the past six years and we now face demands on our infrastructure. We’ve updated the policy with the capital projects and costs to align with those in the proposed 2021-31 Long Term Plan. Our forecasts for how much new development we will likely get in the district have also been updated. This means the development contribution amounts will change from 1 July 2021. We’re also proposing some smaller changes that you can read more about in the consultation document and adoption report.

Read the documents | Pānui ngā tuhinga


Revenue and Financing Policy

What’s a revenue and financing policy?

Our Revenue and Financing Policy how we intend to fund our activities, that is, who pays for which service.

What’s changed?

We’ve reviewed how we fund each of our activities, and have changed how we proposed to fund some activities.

Throughout the preparation of our draft Revenue and Financing Policy, the following directions have guided us:

  • to minimise and smooth rates increases (this is a direction in our Financial Strategy)
  • to not assume that rates are the only available funding source (this is a component of minimising rates)
  • to explore alternative funding sources in the first instance, where possible and appropriate (endeavours in this area have been and will continue to be made).

Read the document | Pānui ngā tuhinga


Rates Remissions and Postponement Policies

What are rates remission and postponement policies?

Rates remission and postponement policies are a tool that councils can use to assist in making rates fair and affordable for different ratepayers. All rates remission policies have a purpose and criteria, and can reduce the amount of rates payable for eligible properties. A rates postponement policy may allow ratepayers to defer paying rates on their properties if required. (However our proposed policy is that no rates will be postponed).

What’s changing?

We’re proposing to amend our Remission of Multiple Pan Charge Wastewater Rates. The objective of this remission policy is to enable the Council to partly remit wastewater rates for each separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit (SUIP) that has multiple wastewater pan charges. We’re proposing to amend this policy to align with best practice; that is, to set the full rate and then remit it thereafter based on the number of pans. This differs from our current policy.

Read the document | Pānui ngā tuhinga


Changes to our fees and charges for 2021/22

We’re proposing some changes to our fees and charges for 2021/22. These changes (if approved) would come into effect on 1 July 2021. Have a read of our proposal below and let us know what you think.

Read the document | Pānui ngā tuhinga

How to tell us what you think | He aha ōu whakaaro, korero mai …

Talk to us, write to us, or let us know by filling out the online feedback form below.  You can also download and print a feedback form.

Download and print the feedback form PDF document (PDF, 197KB)

Let us know your thoughts by
30 April 2021 at 5pm

Drop in and talk to our Mayor and councillors at a hearing on 18 May 2021