Strategic Plan

This strategy was developed as an internal ORC document but has been placed on this website as a reference to be used as required, but most of its content will appear in other statutory documents, particularly the LTP.

ORC is conscious that there is high interest, both nationally and regionally, in regional development. Growth studies are being undertaken around the country, economic development agencies are being integrated regionally and there is strong support for regional or place-based development strategies.  We are in an era where regional development is high on the agenda of Central Government.

The purpose of this strategic plan is:

  • Establish the case for a stronger regional role for ORC.
  • Explore what it could mean to do what is possible, not just what is the statutory requirement.
  • Preparatory thinking for the Long Term Plan (LTP).
  • Anticipate any Government initiated regional plan that may emerge in the next year or so (as is happening in some other regions).
  • Be prepared should economic development agencies be amalgamated as is happening in other parts of the country.
  • Define the requirements for regional leadership.
  • Assist councillors, the chief executive and directors to clarify and focus their thinking about opportunities for the region.
  • Provide clear direction for all concerned, especially staff.
  • Help councillors, the chief executive and directors consolidate between them, with the staff of the organisation, stakeholders and the public, what is important and what isn’t.
  • Help ORC assess what capability and capacity is required to capture opportunities for development.
  • Help ORC be seen to be up-to-the-moment in its approach and actions, particularly in light of the fresh demands on regional councils such as with regard to water and biodiversity.
  • Help position ORC with its colleague territorial local authorities in terms of responsibilities and expectations.
  • Help strengthen ties with other regional councils, particularly ORC’s near neighbours Southland, Canterbury and West Coast.

This strategy was developed as an internal ORC document but has been placed on this website as a reference to be used as required, but most of its content will appear in other statutory documents, particularly the LTP.

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