Wellington Council has received nine submissions to its budget and operation plan, many of those in relation to the proposed windfarm at Bodangora.
A report released by the council relates to the
strategic planning and review meeting held May 9, where it was decided to consider and adopt for public exhibition the draft delivery plan, operational plan, resourcing strategy and draft
budget, including fees and charges.
Director of Corporate Services Karen Roberts said the plans have been out for public consultation.
“The draft strategic planning documents have been publicly exhibited and public consultation sessions undertaken at six locations in the local government area,” she said.
“The draft plan has been accessed on council’s website and copies of the draft plan provided to residents in paper or electronic versions on request.
“Copies of the draft plan have also been on exhibition at various locations in the area including the library and council’s office.”
Nine public submissions have been received.
In relation to the council’s operating plan three submissions were received in relation to Section 5:2 on Increased production and use of renewable energy.
These included concerns which relate to council’s engagement as a facilitator and advocate for renewable and sustainable energy, particularly solar and wind farms.
There were also three submissions object to the borrowing of funds totalling $100,000 for repairs to the Fowler steam engine.
Submissions also ask council to re-evaluate the cost of the Rural Land Use Strategy, that section 94 charges be capped at present levels and the development control plan be revised immediately.
Other submissions ask for the community transport
fees to be capped at current levels.
There were also requests for council’s leaseback policy be placed on public display along with the community transport policy.