Media release

Consultation now open on ORC’s Long-term Plan 2021-31

Friday 9 April 2021

The Otago Regional Council’s (ORC) Draft Long-term Plan for 2021-31 (LTP) is now open for submissions, from today until 9 May.

The Draft LTP sets out an ambitious program of improvements to meet the growing expectations for Otago’s environmental management. The plan includes a proposed total rates increase of 47.5% in year one.

ORC Chair Andrew Noone encouraged Otago residents to consider the consultation material and have their say.

“Our consultation document sets out what we’re aiming to do over the next ten years, and how we propose to pay for it. We’re asking for feedback in three specific areas – our biosecurity service levels and funding, how we balance the LTP budget, and how we spread the cost to rehabilitate Lake Hayes – and people can comment on any other aspect of the plan as well.

“Give the document a read and get your feedback through to us by 9 May – we’d love to hear thoughts on our plan for the future of Otago,” Cr Noone said.

Anyone can have their say online, through ORC’s YourSay platform, or by returning the freepost form included in the consultation document. The document will continue to arrive in letterboxes across Otago over the coming days.

Anyone who wants to speak to the Council about their submission will be able to do so during hearings on 20-21 May.

The YourSay page can be accessed online at