The Council has assets of over $1 billion and the draft LTP proposed investing $126.75 million in capital works on the major strategic assets, water, wastewater, stormwater, and transport over the next 10 years. This represents a major investment to build or replace the city’s assets, crucial to the liveability of our city.
Water Services – $39.3 million. Significant increased investment in pipeline replacement has been made to improve the integrity of the network over time.
- Wastewater - $16 million will be spent over the 10 years to renew deteriorating sewer mains and reduce infiltration of stormwater into the wastewater pipelines. As well, $6 million is budgeted over Years 2 and 3 for the rehabilitation of the Wastewater Cross Harbour Link from Paremata to Onepoto that will lessen the load on the City Centre network and provide an additional link.
- Drinking Water - $11 million will be spent over the 10 years of the Plan for ongoing water pipe renewals.
- Stormwater pipes - $6.3 million over 10 years will be spent to provide greater capacity at targeted points in the stormwater network to reduce flooding after heavy rainfall. This budget is double that of the previous LTP.
Road resurfacing – $11 million is budgeted across the 10 years of the Plan for renewing the city's roads on a 15 year cycle. This covers all local roads not including SH1 and SH58 and includes a mix of asphalt, cement and chipseal resurfacing.
Transmission Gully Motorway Link Roads – $35 million is budgeted from Year 5 for the construction of two link roads between the city and Transmission Gully. Council has a budget assumption that 54% of the link road cost will be funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency. There is a peak in the Council's projected debt levels in later years of this Plan which will be used to fund these connection roads in Waitangirua and Whitby.
Development at the Landfill – $7.8 million is budgeted over the 10 years to provide additional capacity and to increase the life of the landfill. Reducing leachate and greenhouse gas emissions are included in this work.
Wi Neera to Onepoto Walkway – A report on the design/cost/consent stage will be completed in year 2 (2013/14) at an estimated cost of $150,000 with construction scheduled for year 4 (2015/16).
New infrastructure projects:
- Duck Creek Pump Station – $2.9 million is budgeted in Year 5 to upgrade the existing wastewater pump station to provide additional storage and accommodate planned growth in the Whitby area. The additional storage will help prevent wastewater discharges in high rainfall events.
- Pauatahanui Reticulation – $1.3 million is budgeted in Year 2 to provide water and sewer services to central village properties to protect the inlet environment. This is being considered to address current issues with on-site wastewater disposal. A number of properties in the village were historically developed with basic on-site wastewater disposal systems that are not equipped to cope with all the demands of modern life. Some form of reticulation is needed to protect the sensitive natural environment in this area from wastewater discharges and in the interests of maintaining public health. The engineering and funding options for a possible reticulation scheme will be considered by the Council before the end of June 2012. The preferred option will then be discussed with residents.
Other major projects:
- Strategic Land Purchase – $25.7 million over 10 years of the Plan provides the capacity for property investment to help achieve economic development or infrastructure objectives. $5 million of the budget will fund land purchased for the provision of the Transmission Gully Motorway Link Roads. This fund could also be used to purchase property required to implement the City Centre Revitalisation Plan. This budget is an estimate of what might be required, as the Council draws down loans for property purchases only if relevant sites become available. This budget could be diverted to fund infrastructure renewals in the future if this is a more prudent priority
- City Centre Revitalisation – $19 million is budgeted for capital works across 10 years of the Plan to revitalise the City Centre and improve business and visitor growth in the city. The project includes the attraction of private sector investment into the area. The future of the Council's administration building could assist in this project as a decision needs to be made within the next three years about whether to earthquake strengthen the building to enable the Council to provide post event support or to relocate to another building within the city. Much of the Council's investment funds the construction of a through road from Cobham Court to Lyttleton Avenue.
- Villages Programme – $5.6 million is budgeted across the 10 years of the Plan for ongoing village development. The award-winning Village Planning Programme is a groundbreaking partnership between Porirua City Council and its communities. It puts communities in charge of developing a vision for their neighbourhoods and then partnering with Council to make it happen. The budget funds minor works in communities such as park improvements, walkways and traffic calming as well as operational projects such as local histories.
- Porirua Harbour and Catchments – $2.3 million is budgeted across the 10 years to implement the Porirua Harbour Strategy including environmental work, education and monitoring. Porirua Harbour, comprising the Onepoto Arm and the Pauatahanui Inlet, is considered by Council and community as the centrepiece of the City. The Harbour is the largest estuary system in the lower North Island. As well as having a nationally significant wildlife area, the estuary has cultural, recreational, economic and other wildlife habitat values. The Porirua Harbour and Catchments Management Programme includes a schedule of coordinated and targeted action to restore the health of Porirua Harbour and its contributing streams, such as riparian planting, harbourside restoration and community education.
Significant projects removed from the LTP:
- Porirua Performing Arts Theatre – The Council had budgeted $3 million in the previous LTP that would be a third of the cost of building this proposed theatre. Funding depended on other community partners contributing likewise. As the partners can no longer continue funding this project, the Council budget has also been removed.