The Council manages the environmental, social, economic and cultural wellbeing of New Plymouth District - making decisions for and on behalf of the local community and setting the district’s overall strategic direction.
Operating under the Local Government Act 2002 (which provides the general framework for local government) and through consultation with the community, the Council seeks to meet the current and future needs of the district’s communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions.
About the Council
Every three years the Mayor, 14 councillors and 16 community board members are elected by the district’s enrolled voters. The full Council, standing committees and subcommittees meet on a six-weekly cycle.
The Policy, Monitoring and Regulatory standing committees have delegated authority from the Council to make final decisions on certain matters, and they make recommendations to the Council on all other matters. The Hearings Commission is a quasi-judicial body that meets whenever a formal hearing is required (e.g. to hear submissions on a publicly notified resource consent application).
The four community boards – Clifton, Waitara, Inglewood and Kaitake – as well as the subcommittees and working parties can make recommendations to the standing committees for them to consider.
The Chief Executive and approximately 440 full time equivalent staff provide advice and information to the elected members and the public, implement Council decisions and manage the district’s day-to-day operations.
This includes everything from maintaining more than 110 parks and reserves, waste water management and issuing consents and permits, through to providing libraries and other recreational services and ensuring the district’s eateries meet health standards.
Growth and plans for New Plymouth District
The District Plan and the Long-Term Plan (LTP) are the two major planning documents which the Council produces.
The District Plan is the primary document for the sustainable management of the effects of land use and development within New Plymouth District.
The Long-Term Plan (LTP) is a 10-year plan which reflects the Council’s work on behalf of the community through the allocation of funding for council services, projects and programmes. It links to other plans and strategies, including our activity management and asset management plans. The LTP is produced every three years.
Vision and community outcomes
The vision and community outcomes articulate the Council’s strategic direction and the priorities that give effect to this. They sit at the heart of the Council’s strategic framework and assist the organisation’s move towards a more integrated and aligned approach to planning, policy and strategy.
The vision and community outcomes are reflected in the Long-Term Plan and an integrated strategic framework. They are translated into goals and actions across the Council organisation so that they are truly reflected in how the Council delivers its activities.