Part A: Introduction
Our broad approach
Linking our Annual Plan 2016/17 with our Long-term Plan approach
More people today than at any other time in history have a choice about where they live. That’s why we need to invest in the city.
When we set the strategic direction for Wellington last year during our Long-term plan phase we did so in recognition of the fact that cities compete on the global stage. We compete with other city regions to attract people, students, jobs, ideas, businesses, trade and investment.
Other cities invest in their offering, and without ongoing investment and improvements to the city we lose our comparative advantage as an attractive place to live, work, do business and have a high quality of life.
Broad approach of the 10-year-plan
Though Wellington offers outstanding quality of life, its economy has considerable untapped potential. A stronger economy means jobs, prosperity and more opportunities for all Wellington residents. Economic growth is about:
- making all residents more prosperous, so they can reach their potential and live enjoyable and fulfilling lives
- attracting new skilled migrants to live, work and establish businesses in the city
- providing a wider range of opportunities so residents have a choice of jobs, or creative or business opportunities
- providing more entertainment and leisure opportunities and a wider range of attractions
- increasing the city’s capital value – after all, a bigger rating base means the cost of rates are spread across more people, making them more affordable
- releasing capital to invest in higher quality of life for all and a stronger environment.
Areas of focus for year two of the Long-term Plan
In our Long-term plan we budgeted for essential services for the city such as water supply, drainage, waste, parks and gardens, libraries, pools, sportsfields, recreation centres, streets and social housing. And this year, we will continue these investments in the Annual plan.
In addition to doing the basics well, areas of focus for year two include:
- making the city more resilient and better able to cope with environmental shocks such as earthquakes and climate change
- continuing our investment for economic growth by delivering on major catalyst projects and improving our connections to the world
- working with others to make the city’s transport system more efficient by prioritising public transport, investing in new cycleways and walkways, and reducing bottlenecks on the road network, as well as continuing to focus on reducing resource use, waste and pollution
- establishing an urban development agency to allow the Council to more actively deliver on the city’s Urban Growth Plan.