Consultation on these documents is taking place alongside consultation on Tasman’s 10-Year Plan. Please take the opportunity to consider our proposals and let us know what you think by making a submission.

Revenue and Financing Policy

This policy sets out the principles and framework we use for funding our day to day spending (operating expenditure) and investment in assets (capital expenditure).

We are proposing to:

  • Change from charging for some river rates based on land value to charging on capital value. Capital value is the full value of a property, including any assets built on the land.
  • Increase the proportion of rates gathered by the Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC). The UAGC is a fixed fee that everyone pays for certain basic services, regardless of their property’s value or size.
  • Make changes to the areas where stormwater, River X & Y, Richmond CBD, and the Refuse and Recycling rates are charged.

See the full draft policy for details.

Development and Financial Contributions Policy

Under this policy developers are required to contribute a fair, equitable, and proportionate share of the capital costs for the necessary infrastructure to support new development. The key changes proposed in the new policy are:

  • Revised charges with increases in most areas, reflecting the increased cost of providing growth infrastructure.
  • Simplified criteria for the Small Homes discount.
  • Introduction of criteria for determining which non-residential developments are eligible for a special assessment.
  • Remissions for specific types of development on some categories of Māori land.

See the full draft policy for details.

Rates Remission Policy

This policy provides for rates relief in certain circumstances. We propose to:

  • Include a new rates remission for social housing providers and papakāinga.
  • Make several other relatively minor changes, namely:

» Improve the definition of an Uninhabited Dwelling in the Land Occupied by a Dwelling that is Affected by Natural Disaster Rates Remission Policy.

» Broaden the eligibility for remissions in the Sporting, Recreation or Community Organisations Rates Remission Policy.

» Update the Low Valued Properties threshold in the Low Valued Properties Rates Remission Policy.

» Make three changes to the Excess Metered Water Rates Remission Policy.

» Add new criteria for accepting non-receipt of the invoice or the sole ratepayer being deceased, as grounds to avoid rates penalties in the Remission of Penalties Policy.

See the full draft policy for details.

Policy on Postponement and Remission of Rates on Māori Land

This is a new policy that uses rates remission to help remove or reduces barriers to the use of Māori freehold land and certain other land in collective Māori ownership.

See the full draft policy for details.

Community Facilities Funding Policy

This policy provides a consistent approach to how we fund community facilities. We are proposing to:

  • Slightly reduce the proportion of the costs we require from community fundraising for developing new and renewing community facilities.
  • Confirm the use of the District Facility Rate and the Shared Facilities Rate to fund community facilities.

See the full draft policy for details.

Schedule of fees and charges 2024/2025

We set charges for a range of services where the individuals using the service get the benefit of the service, such as a building consent or dropping off waste at a resource recovery centre. Revenue from charges helps to reduce the level of rates.

For 2024/2025, we are proposing to:

  • Increase most fees and charges by 10% to recover costs and account for inflation.
  • Increase the hourly charge out rate for most activities and introduce tiered staff-charge out rates for building assurance and resource consent activities.
  • Make multiple further changes in the schedule of fees and charges.

See the full draft schedule for details.

Tasman Climate Response Strategy and Action Plan

This is our roadmap, steering us toward a low-carbon, resilient, and innovative District. It provides detailed actions we plan to take across a wide range of our activities. Priority actions include emission reduction measures and initiatives to strengthen the resilience of our communities and ecosystems.

See the draft Plan for more details.