Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028

Council adopted the Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028 (LTP) on 27 June 2018.

You can view or download the following sections of the LTP at the links below:

  1. Welcome and Executive summary [PDF 1.7 MB]
  2. Council activities [PDF 2.3 MB]
  3. Performance framework [PDF 288 KB]
  4. Infrastructure Strategy [PDF 644 KB]
  5. Financial strategy, policies, and assumptions [PDF 744 KB]
  6. Financial statements [PDF 1.2 MB]
  7. Other policies and assumptions [PDF 468 KB]
  8. Additional information [PDF 633 KB]

Click here to view/download the entire Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028 document. [PDF 7.5 MB]

Note: Three newly-adopted policies associated with the Long Term Plan will be included in Council’s Manual of Policies—the Development Contributions Policy, Economic Development Stimulus Policy, and Residential Stimulus Policy.


As part of the Long Term Plan, Council agreed to increase funding and reconsider the set-up of the current recycling drop-off point in Park Street. This will ultimately result in operational improvements and an increase to the service. We’re now in the process of looking at how best to expand on what has been a very successful initiative. We’ll be able to confirm details of an upgraded service in November.

We apologise if the information in the Long Term Plan is not clear, and if people were led to believe the facility would be open six days per week from July.

The service will continue to operate 3 days per week from 7.30 am – 8.00 pm until further notice. For more information, please go to upperhuttcity.com/waste-sustainability/recycling-upper-hutt

What is a Long Term Plan?

The Long Term Plan is Council’s activity plan and budget for the next decade. It incorporates the Annual Plan for the first of the 10 years (in this case 2018 – 2019).

Every three years we produce a Long Term Plan, setting out the projects, activities, and services that we’ll invest in and develop over the ten-year period. It is about striking the right balance; maintaining current assets and levels of service, investing in the future of our city, and prudently managing rates and debt. In the intervening years between LTPs, Council prepares an Annual Plan to confirm the work programme and spending for that particular year (including the resulting rates increase).

The Long Term Plan also provides a platform for community engagement and ensures that the decisions and activities included continue to create a community that the people of Upper Hutt want, now and in the future. Council’s activity areas are monitored by performance measures and targets reported on via quarterly reports and the Annual Report.

Every council is required to produce a long term plan under the Local Government Act 2002.

Our city vision

Our city is one of a kind. In Upper Hutt we are surrounded by outstanding natural beauty and a wide range of leisure and recreational opportunities. We’re recognised as a great place for families and people who enjoy the best of the outdoors. We have recognised our strengths and want to continue to build on them.

We consulted with the public about our vision and strategic priority areas during the development of our Long Term Plans for 2012 – 2022 and 2015 – 2025. Our vision of Life. Leisure. Live it! is the driving force for our five priority areas—Environment, Community, City centre, Economy, and Infrastructure.

These strategic priority areas will continue to guide the development of the Long Term Plan, maintaining our momentum toward realising our vision.


We’re immersed
in natural beauty,
we love our river,
our stunning
parks, and we feel
alive in our great

We’re Upper Hutt.
We’re a scenic


We celebrate our
heritage, culture,
heroes, and
We’re a caring,
safe and healthy

We’re Upper Hutt.
We’re family.

City Centre

Our city centre is
alive, attractive
and vibrant.

We’re Upper Hutt.
We’re a centre
for opportunity.


We attract new
investment and
offer opportunities
for people and
businesses to

We’re Upper Hutt.
We’re enabling
growth and


Built on stable
foundations, we
have reliable and
efficient networks
supporting growth

We’re Upper Hutt.
We’re connected.




Last updated on 06 Sep 2018