The New Zealand Local Government Act specifies a cycle of Council Long-Term Plan updating based on our 3-year electoral cycle. The subsequent Long Term Plan updates were due in 2015.
Long-Term Plans are underpinned by Asset Management Plans, as the expenditure on activities and the assets that support those activities make up most of NZ council expenditure.
Resulting from the legal requirements to update Council Long-Term Plans, 2014 is the year Asset Management Plans must be updated so the supporting information can flow into the Long Term Plans in a timely and considered manner.
For most Councils, this means that the Asset Management Plan updating needs to be finished in July-September 2014.
Over the following few blogs, I have posted a series of short blog posts covering broader topics that I believe need to be considered in the 2014 Asset Management Plans.
The topics I have covered are:
- Good Project Planning and Your AMP Updating Programme
- Census Data for Update – Population and Demography Projections
- Local Government Act Changes – The Purpose of Local Government
- Local Government Amendment (No 3) Bill – Infrastructure Strategy Requirements
- Local Government Amendment (No 3) Bill – Development Contribution Changes
- Natural Disasters, Resilience and Contingency Planning
- Mandatory Performance Measures (Department of Internal Affairs)
- Insurance Changes
- ISO 55000
- Better Business Case Methodology
- Water and Sanitary Services Assessment updating
- Office of the Auditor-General Guidance and Audit Requirements
- Regional and District Plans, Strategies and Changes – application to your AMP
- Valuation Updates
- Asset Management Improvement Programme – delivery and updating
This list can also be used as a high-level checklist to ensure you haven’t missed any crucial topics.
Feel free to CONTACT US if you have some questions or you need assistance with your AMP updates.
PHOTO CREDIT: Karl Hipolito