Regional Council Agenda

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Thursday 31 March 2022 COMMENCING AT 8.00 am

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Fiona McTavish

Chief Executive, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

23 March 2022

 


 

Council

Membership

Chairperson

Chairman Doug Leeder

Deputy Chairperson

Cr Jane Nees

Members

All Councillors

Quorum

Seven members, consisting of half the number of members

Meeting frequency

Six weekly or as required for Annual Plan, Long Term Plan and other relevant legislative requirements

Purpose

·            Enable democratic local decision-making and action by, and on behalf of, Bay of Plenty communities.

·            Meet the current and future needs of communities for good-quality local infrastructure, local public services, and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for households and businesses.

·            Set the overarching strategic direction for Bay of Plenty Regional Council as an organisation.

·            Hold ultimate responsibility for allocating financial resources across the Council.

Role

·            Address Local Electoral Act matters and Local Government Rating Act matters.

·            Oversee all matters relating to identifying and contributing to community outcomes.

·            Consider and agree on matters relating to significant new activities or areas of involvement such as infrastructure which are not the responsibility of a specific committee.

·            Provide regional leadership on key issues that require a collaborative approach between a number of parties.

·            Review and decide the Council’s electoral and representation arrangements.

·            Consider issues of regional significance which are not the responsibility of any specific standing committee or that are of such regional significance/high public interest that the full Council needs to decide on them.

·            Adopt Council’s Policy on Significance and Engagement Policy.

·            Develop, adopt and implement the Triennial Agreement, Code of Conduct and Standing Orders.

·            Consider and agree on matters relating to elected members’ remuneration.

·            Appoint the Chief Executive, and review their contract, performance and remuneration at least annually.

·            Approve all delegations to the Chief Executive, including the authority for further delegation to staff.

·            Oversee the work of all committees and subcommittees.

·            Receive and consider recommendations and matters referred to it by its committees, joint committees, subcommittees and working parties.

·            Approve membership to external bodies and organisations, including Council Controlled Organisations.

·            Develop, adopt and review policies for, and monitor the performance of, Council Controlled Organisations.

·            Monitor and review the achievement of outcomes for the Bay of Plenty Community.

·            Review and approve strategic matters relating to the sale, acquisition and development of property for the purposes of meeting Council’s organisational requirements and implement Regional Council policy.

·            Address strategic corporate matters including property and accommodation.

·            Consider and agree on the process to develop the Long Term Plan, Annual Plan and Annual Report.

·            Adopt the Long Term Plan, Annual Plan and budgets variations, and Annual Report.

·            Adopt Council policies as required by statute (for example Regional Policy Statement and Regional Land Transport Strategy) to be decided by Council or outside of committee delegations (for example infrastructure policy).

·            Develop, review and approve Council’s Financial Strategy and funding and financial policies and frameworks.

·            Institute any proceedings in the High Court that are not injunctive proceedings.

·            Exercise the powers and duties conferred or imposed on Council by the Public Works Act 1981.

Delegations from Council to committees

·            Council has a role to monitor the functioning of all committees.

·            Council will consider matters not within the delegation of any one Council committee.

·            Council may at any time, revoke or modify a delegation to a Council committee, either permanently, for a specified time or to address a specific matter, if it considers there is good reason to do so.

·            The delegations provided to committees may be further delegated to subcommittees unless the power of further delegation is restricted by Council or by statute.

·            It is accepted in making these delegations that:

·            The committees, in performing their delegated functions, powers or duties, may, without confirmation by the Council, exercise or perform them in a like manner and with the same effect as the Council itself could have exercised or performed them.

·            The delegated powers given shall at all times be subject to their current policies and principles or directions, as given by the Council from time to time.

·            The chairperson of each committee shall have the authority to exercise their discretion, as to whether or not the delegated authority of the committee be used where, in the opinion of the chairperson, circumstances warrant it.

Powers that cannot be delegated

Under Clause 32 Schedule 7 of the Local Government Act 2002, Council must make the following decisions:

·            Make a rate.

·            Make a bylaw.

·            Borrow money or purchase or dispose of assets, other than in accordance with the long-term plan.

·            Adopt the long-term plan, annual plan, or annual report.

·            Appoint a chief executive.

·            Adopt policies required to be adopted and consulted on under the Local Government Act 2002 in association with the long-term plan or developed for the purpose of the local governance statement.

·            Adopt a remuneration and employment policy.


 

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Bay of Plenty Regional Council - Toi Moana

Governance Commitment

mō te taiao, mō ngā tāngata - our environment and our people go hand-in-hand.

 

 

We provide excellent governance when, individually and collectively, we:

·        Trust and respect each other

·        Stay strategic and focused

·        Are courageous and challenge the status quo in all we do

·        Listen to our stakeholders and value their input

·        Listen to each other to understand various perspectives

·        Act as a team who can challenge, change and add value

·        Continually evaluate what we do

 

 

TREAD LIGHTLY, THINK DEEPLY,
ACT WISELY, SPEAK KINDLY.


Regional Council                                                                               31 March 2022

Recommendations in reports are not to be construed as Council policy until adopted by Council.

Agenda

E te Atua nui tonu, ko mātau ēnei e inoi atu nei ki a koe, kia tau mai te māramatanga ki a mātau whakarite mō tēnei rā, arahina hoki mātau, e eke ai te ōranga tonu ki ngā āhuatanga katoa a ngā tangata ki tō mātau rohe whānui tonu. Āmine.

 

 

“Almighty God we ask that you give us wisdom in the decisions we make here today and give us guidance in working with our regional communities to promote their social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being.  Amen”.

1.      Opening Karakia

2.      Apologies

3.      Public Forum

4.      Items not on the Agenda

5.      Order of Business

6.      Declaration of Conflicts of Interest

7.      Reports

Decisions Required

7.1      Statements of Proposal for Changes to Policies                                                         1

Attachment 1 - Revenue and Financing Policy Statement of Proposal                                                1

Attachment 2 - Proposed Revenue and Financing Policy                                                                             1

Attachment 3 - Proposed Funding Needs Analysis 1

Attachment 4 - Fees and Charges Policy Statement of Proposal                                                                    1

Attachment 5 - Proposed Fees and Charges Policy                                                                             1

Attachment 6 - Rates Remissions Statement of Proposal                                                                        1

Attachment 7 - Proposed Rates Remissions Policy 1

Attachment 8 - Shared Services Statement of Proposal                                                                        1

7.2      Toi EDA - Council Controlled Organisation Exemption                                                    1

7.3      Recommendation from Public Transport Committee                                                   1

8.      Consideration of Items not on the Agenda

9.      Closing Karakia


 

 

 

Report To:

Regional Council

Meeting Date:

31 March 2022

Report Writer:

Mark Le Comte, Principal Advisor, Finance

Report Authoriser:

Mat Taylor, General Manager, Corporate

Purpose:

To gain approval for several Statements of Proposal relating to financial policies and joining a council-controlled organisation.

 

 

Statements of Proposal for Changes to Policies

 

Executive Summary

The purpose of this paper is to seek Council’s adoption of four Statements of Proposal relating to separate policies. Once approved, the Statements of Proposal will be released for formal public consultation.

The four Statements of Proposal are:

·    Revenue and Financing Policy;

·    Fees and Charges Policy;

·    Rates Remissions Policy; and

·    Joining a Regional Shared Services Organisation.

The Fees and Charges Policy requires a full Special Consultative Procedure including being publically available for submissions.  Submitters who wish to be heard by Councillors will attend the Hearings on 17 May (virtually), and Councillors will consider submissions as part of their overall Annual Plan Deliberations on 18 May.

The other three Statements of Proposal will use the same timeline as the Fees and Charges Policy to allow for simpler communication with the public and efficiency in processing.

 

Recommendations

That the Regional Council:

1       Receives the report, Statements of Proposal for Changes to Policies;

2       Approves the following Statements of Proposal  and Draft Policies for public consultation:

(a)  Revenue and Financing Policy;

(b)  Fees and Charges Policy;

(c)  Rates Remission Policy;

(d)  Joining a Regional Shared Services Organisation; and

3       Delegates to the Chief Executive to make any minor editorial changes required to these Statements of Proposal.

4       Confirms the decision has a medium level of significance as determined by the Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy. Council has identified and assessed different options and considered community views as part of making the decision, in proportion to the level of significance.

 

1.        Introduction

Regional Council has identified benefits from revising several of its policies. Proposed changes to those policies have been made following a consultative procedure, and the next step is to present those policies for public submission.

Once adopted today, these draft policies will be open for public consultation for a period of one month, from 4 April to 4 May 2022.

Submitters wishing to present to Regional Council will do so at the Hearings scheduled for 17 May 2022, and Councillors will consider the written submissions as part of their Deliberations meeting on the Annual Plan on 18 May 2022.

1.1      Legislative Framework

Regional Council is required to consult on changes to policies under the Local Government Act 2002.

1.2      Alignment with Strategic Framework

 

A Healthy Environment

 

Freshwater for Life

 

Safe and Resilient Communities

 

A Vibrant Region

 

The Way We Work

 

These policies contribute indirectly to all aspects of our Strategic Framework.

1.2.1    Community Well-beings Assessment

Dominant Well-Beings Affected

¨ Environmental

 

¨ Cultural

 

¨ Social

 

¨ Economic

 

 

These policies contribute indirectly to all community well-beings.

 

1.3      Significance

The recommended proposal/decision has been assessed against the criteria and thresholds in Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy, and can be considered:

Medium

The decision is not within existing budgets and does not implement the current long term plan or annual plan.

 

2.        Statements of Proposal

The four proposals to be consulted on are:

1.         Revenue and Financing Policy:

2.         Fees and Charges Policy:

3.         Rates Remissions Policy:

4.         Joining a Regional Shared Services Organisation.

Details on the specific changes to the policy are listed below.

2.1      Revenue and Financing Policy

Two new targeted rates are included for consultation to empower future decisions. These targeted rates allow for the repayment of Sustainable Homes loans and Regional Infrastructure investment.

Setting a targeted rate for Sustainable Homes will depend on when the first loans are arranged and the selection of a suitable financing mechanism to support this process.

A Regional Infrastructure targeted rate may require discussion and collaboration with territorial local authorities as part of spatial planning and the associated work on regional / sub-regional financial strategies. This is therefore unlikely to result in Regional Council setting a specific targeted rate in 2022/23.

Content changes have been made to outline how the Revenue and Financing Policy and Rates Remission Policy supports the principles in the preamble to the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act.

2.2      Fees and Charges Policy

The Fees and Charges Policy has no specific requirement to be updated annually. The majority of charges are for Resource Management Act s36 administrative charges which a local authority may set “from time to time” after following the Local Government Act Special Consultative Procedure. The updated Draft Annual Plan 2022/23 Budget includes fees and charges revenue in accordance with the draft Revenue and Financing Policy.

The main changes to be consulted on are:

·     Cost increases. The main driver for costs is staff time and salaries. Consultation on fee increases must set a reasonable expectation i.e. it would be inappropriate to consult on a fee then set a higher amount.

·     Moving Plan Change 10 (PC10) Consents to Fixed Fee

·     Annual and Monthly OSET Charges for Marae Consent Holders – Waivers

·     Provisions to allow for cost recovery for Tangata Whenua involvement in the consent decision making process

·     Reducing resource consent deposits for minor consent variations

The areas that remain unchanged are any deposits (that are not listed above) and Port Charges as projected shipping volumes are expected to generate sufficient revenue to cover the costs recovery percentages of the Maritime Activity specified in the Revenue and Financing Policy.

The alternative to increasing fees is to cover a greater share of costs from general rates.

2.3      Rates Remissions Policy

Staff have completed reviews of legislation and current policies which led to a range of key issues.

The draft Remission and Postponement Policy is based on the Policies of each of the territorial local authorities and adapting policy objectives to suit the particular services provided by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. As each Territorial Local Authority has different policies, some differences in application remain.

In order to provide for a manageable transition, it is proposed to allow for continuation of current approved remissions for a period of time. This ensures that no one is worse off in the immediate future, and smooths the workload for the rates implementation team. Any new remissions would be applied for under the new Policy when it is adopted.

2.4      Joining a Regional Shared Services Organisation

In 2021 a business case for the development of a Regional Sector Shared Services Organisation (RSSSO) was considered. This will be a Council Controlled Organisation based on the current Regional Software Holdings Limited (RSHL) model.

RSHL is a not-for-profit Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) that exists to help the regional sector achieve outcomes through collaboration and operate the IRIS Programme, the Sector Financial Management System and ReCoCo on behalf of the sector.

RSHL’s strategic focus is to deliver a broad scope of shared services to the regional sector. RSHL is currently owned by six Regional Councils but provides services to all organisations in the regional sector.

The sector will consolidate existing collaboration and resource sharing activities under RSHL. RSHL already has much of the capability required for the shared services organisation and is aiming to put in place a fit-for-purpose structure that will enable the sector to respond quickly to shared issues and opportunities, while sharing cost and resources.

3.        Considerations

3.1      Risks and Mitigations

Any public consultation can raise a range of issues, which is an important part of democratic decision making processes. Staff view the opportunity for community input as an opportunity to improve polices.

There are no significant risks associated with this matter/subject/project/initiative.

3.2      Climate Change

Nil relevant.

 

3.3      Implications for Māori

The revised policies include several aspects aimed at enhancing Regional Council’s relationship with iwi/hapū and other Māori organisations and individuals. This is particularly the case for Rates Remissions.

 

3.4      Community Engagement

 

The Statements of Proposal will be publicised through all Regional Council communications channels to maximise its audience. Specific stakeholders will be mailed separately including all resource consent holders for Fees and Charges, all ratepayers currently receiving remissions or postponements for Rates Remissions and all Māori Freehold Land governance entities for Rates Remissions.

 

3.5      Financial Implications

 

All financial implications of the preferred options are included in the current draft budget for Annual Plan.

 

4.        Next Steps

Following today, Regional Council will publish the Statements of Proposal and commence formal consultation.

Hearings on those policies will be held 17 May if there are any submitters requesting a hearing. Deliberations on the Annual Plan will then be held on 18 May.

Attachments

Attachment 1 - Revenue and Financing Policy Statement of Proposal

Attachment 2 - Proposed Revenue and Financing Policy

Attachment 3 - Proposed Funding Needs Analysis

Attachment 4 - Fees and Charges Policy Statement of Proposal

Attachment 5 - Proposed Fees and Charges Policy

Attachment 6 - Rates Remissions Statement of Proposal

Attachment 7 - Proposed Rates Remissions Policy

Attachment 8 - Shared Services Statement of Proposal  

 


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Report To:

Regional Council

Meeting Date:

31 March 2022

Report Writer:

Dean Howie, Programme Manager - Regional Economic Development

Report Authoriser:

Namouta Poutasi, General Manager, Strategy & Science

Purpose:

Continue to exempt Toi EDA from the provisions related to Council Controlled Organisations, as provided under the Local Government Act 2002.

 

 

Toi EDA - Council Controlled Organisation Exemption

 

Executive Summary

Section 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 provides for Council to resolve to renew the exemption of Toi-EDA (the Eastern Bay Regional Economic Development Trust) from provisions of a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO). Council must review an exemption it has granted within three years. The last exemption was granted by Council on 21 March 2019.

Toi-EDA is established and funded by contributions from eastern Bay of Plenty district councils and support from the Regional Council. The benefits of having the exemption are the avoidance of onerous reporting conditions that apply to all CCOs and enable Toi-EDA to focus on economic development.

This report seeks approval to continue to exempt Toi EDA for a further three years to March 2025.

 

Recommendations

That the Regional Council:

1       Receives the report, Toi EDA - Council Controlled Organisation Exemption;

2       Exempts Toi EDA from the provisions related to Council Controlled Organisations, as provided for under section 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 for a period of three years from March 2022 to March 2025;

3       Notes that Ōpōtiki, Whakatāne and Kawerau District Councils are undertaking an approval process to exempt Toi EDA from the CCO requirements.

 

1.        Introduction

The purpose of this report is to request that Council continues to exempt the Eastern Bay of Plenty Regional Economic Development Trust (Toi EDA), from the provisions relating to Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) as provided by section 7 of the Local Government Act 2002. 

A local authority must review an exemption it has granted –

a)  Within 3 years after it is granted; and

b)  After the first review, at intervals of not less than 3 years.

This continuing exemption is also being considered by the other councils which are party to Toi EDA (Opotiki, Kawerau, Whakatane).

 

1.1      Legislative Framework

Sections 6 and 7 of the Local Government Act 2002, relating to definition of a Council Controlled Organisation and exemption of small organisations.

1.2      Alignment with Strategic Framework

 

A Healthy Environment

 

Freshwater for Life

 

Safe and Resilient Communities

 

A Vibrant Region

We work with and connect the right people to create a prosperous region and economy.

The Way We Work

 

 

1.2.1    Community Well-beings Assessment

Dominant Well-Beings Affected

¨ Environmental

 

¨ Cultural

 

¨ Social

 

þ Economic

Low - Positive

 

 

2.        Context

2.1.1    Toi EDA

The Eastern Bay of Plenty Regional Economic Development Trust (Toi EDA) was established to support regional economic development. Toi EDA is governed by Trustees appointed by the three District Councils; Kawerau, Opotiki and Whakatane, and Te Runanga o Ngati Awa (on behalf of the Mataatua Iwi Forum which represents the Iwi of the region) and Bay of Plenty Regional Council. The primary purpose of the Trust is to be the economic development agency for the eastern Bay of Plenty.

2.1.2    Relevant legislation

Toi EDA falls within the definition of a CCO in section 6 of the Local Government Act 2002 as:

“(1.) (b) an organisation in respect of which one or more local authorities have, whether or not jointly with other local authorities or persons, -

(i) control, directly or indirectly, of 50% or more of the votes at any meeting of the members or controlling body of the organisation; or

(ii) the right, directly or indirectly, to appoint 50% or more of the trustees, directors or managers (however described) of the organisation.”

 

However section 6(4)(i) of the Act provides for organisations to be exemption from CCO status:

“(4) The following entities are not council-controlled organisations:

(i) an organisation exempted under section 7.”

 

Section 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 provides:

“(3) A local authority may, after having taken account of the matters specified in subsection (5), exempt a small organisation that is not a council-controlled trading organisation, for the purposes of section 6(4)(i).

(4) An exemption must be granted by resolution of the local authority.

(5) The matters are—

(a) the nature and scope of the activities provided by the organisation; and

(b) the costs and benefits, if an exemption is granted, to the local authority, the council-controlled organisation, and the community.

(6) A local authority must review an exemption it has granted—

(a) within 3 years after it is granted; and

(b) after the first review, at intervals of not less than 3 years.

(7) A local authority may, at any time, revoke an exemption it has granted”

 

2.1.3    CCO Requirements

The requirements of a CCO under the Local Government Act 2002 include:

·     preparation of a Statement of Intent (in accordance with timeframes and process set out in the Act)

·     preparation of half yearly reports and Annual Reports

·     consultation on establishment

·     having a policy on the appointment and remuneration of directors

·     monitoring performance.

2.1.4    Reasons for the exemption

At the time of authorising the Toi EDA Trust Deed on 15 September 2004, Council considered that the requirements of the Act relating to CCOs were onerous in relation to the direct financial costs and benefits for the EDA. In accordance with section 7 of the Local Government Act 2002, the Council considered the EDA to be a small CCO and resolved to exempt the EDA as a CCO. 

The Local Government Act requirements on a CCO are onerous and expensive. For example, the requirement to have an annual report audited. In terms of the nature and scope of the CCO’s activities, Toi EDA’s role is focused on activities which contribute to the sustainable growth and development of the regional economy. Council contributes to Toi EDA as a public service for the future of households and businesses in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Being exempted from being a CCO allows the Trust to focus its limited resources on improving economic development without the additional CCO administrative requirements of the Act. Therefore, this report recommends that the Council re-exempt the EDA as a CCO under section 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 from the provisions of section 6 of the Act. This exemption continues for a maximum period of three years.

 

3.        Considerations

3.1      Risks and Mitigations

The decision to re-exempt Toi EDA from the provisions relating to CCOs as provided by section 7 of the Local Government Act 2002 is not considered significant under the Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy and no consultation is necessary.

There are no significant risks associated with this matter/subject/project/initiative.

3.2      Climate Change

The matters addressed in this report are of a procedural nature and there is no need to consider climate change impacts.

 

3.3      Implications for Māori

The Objectives of Toi EDA noted in the Trust Deed (2005) serve to:

a) Cultivate economic activities and foster growth for the benefit of Māori and the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

b) Promote the economic, environmental, cultural and social well-being of Māori and the Eastern Bay of Plenty Community.

c) Foster, develop and assist in the management of best practices and effective use of the resources of the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

d) Promote and nurture community-based, sustainable economic growth through projects to benefit Māori and the Eastern Bay of Plenty Community.

Te Rūnanga of Ngāti Awa (Ngāti Awa tribe Iwi Authority) is a party to the Trust Deed. The exemption requested allows the Trust to focus its resources on supporting Māori economic development without the additional CCO administrative requirements of the Act.

 

3.4      Community Engagement

 

Engagement with the community is not required as the recommended decision relates to internal Council matters only.

 

 

3.5      Financial Implications

If the recommendation is adopted by Council, will it result in:

-   Unbudgeted work during the current financial year?

-   Unbudgeted work for any of the years remaining in the current Long Term Plan?

If the answer is ‘no’ to both questions please select the dropdown option 1 and complete appropriately.

If the answer is ‘yes’ to either question please select “Budget Implications” in the building block below and liaise with your Management Accountant in order to complete the Financial Impact table.

There are no material unbudgeted financial implications and this fits within the allocated budget.

 

4.        Next Steps

Next Steps: What next? What resources are needed? Further analysis? Timeframes ahead. Any consultation planned. Remind Council of the process ahead. Next update to Council?

Conclusion: Short concluding remarks. Referring back to recommendations. No new content.

After consideration of the legislative framework, financial implications, and implications for Māori, the recommendation of this report is to continue to exempt the Eastern Bay Regional Economic Development Trust (Toi EDA) from the provisions related to Council Controlled Organisations as provided under section 7 of the Local Government Act 2002.

Toi EDA can then continue its work unencumbered by the Local Government Act requirements of a CCO. The Council resolution will be communicated to the other Trust-establishing parties.

 

  


 

 

 

Report To:

Regional Council

Meeting Date:

31 March 2022

Purpose:

For staff to provide Council with a verbal update on this matter

 

 

Recommendation from Public Transport Committee

 

Executive Summary

Committees and Subcommittees are empowered to make decisions within their Terms of Reference without having to go back to Council.  Where a matter is beyond a Committee’s (or Subcommittee’s) Terms of Reference, they can make recommendations to their Parent Committee or Council. When the parent body or Council considers such a recommendation, it can resolve to:

(i)        Adopt the recommendation(s);

(ii)       Modify the recommendation(s);

(iii)      Refer the recommendation(s) to another Committee;

(iv)      Defer or decline the recommendation(s) (giving reasons).

This report outlines recommendations from the Public Transport Committee meeting held 17 March 2022 for Regional Council to consider.

A verbal update will be provided by staff for this item.

 

Recommendations

That the Regional Council:

1       Receives the report, Recommendations from Public Transport Committee;

2       Adopts the recommendation from the Public Transport Committee meeting held on 17 March 2022 specific to the report, Chairperson's Report to:

Recommend to Regional Council that staff investigate options for a full bus service incorporating free fares to improve patronage, and align with the government announcement of half price fares, as a trial for a period of three months.