Former Privacy Commissioner and Cabinet Secretary Marie Shroff will chair a Community Reference Group to provide community perspectives that will feed into a review of the Kapiti Coast District Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP).
The LTP, completed in 2012, sets the strategic direction for Council and the wider community for the next 20 years. This is the first scheduled review of the plan, which will be completed in 2015.
The Group will include members put forward by of a broad range of KÄpiti Coast organisations representing cultural, education, sporting, business and community interests. Recruitment of the Group members is now under way and work will begin in June.
Mayor Ross Church says Ms Shroff’s appointment recognises the vital role of the Group in ensuring the community’s voice is heard in the early stages of LTP development and that the direction of the draft plan reflects those views. In early 2015 the wider community will be invited to comment on the draft LTP.
"We are extremely fortunate to have been able to secure someone of the calibre of Ms Shroff to chair the Reference Group," he says.
"She has had a distinguished career including 11 years as Privacy Commissioner during which she led major developments in our privacy laws, including the 2011 review of the Privacy Act. Before that she spent 16 years as Secretary of Cabinet and Clerk of the Executive Council. Her experience in pulling together widely diverse groups and ensuring they deliver results will be invaluable to the Council as it begins the process of LTP community engagement.
"Ms Shroff’s expertise will ensure the Reference Group operates with a high degree of transparency and accountability and delivers robust Council outcomes for inclusion in the draft LTP."
The LTP review will look at priorities for the next three years, taking into account changes made to LTP requirements by the 2012 amendment to the Local Government Act, which has updated the purpose and principles for local government. It will have a sustainable development approach that takes the social, economic and cultural interests of people and communities into account, while maintaining and enhancing the quality of the environment.
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