Kapiti Coast District Council

Auditing the Future: 2009

Kapiti Coast District Council (KCDC) is a larger-sized district council on the edge of a major metropolitan area. During the last 30 years it has developed from a series of coastal towns to a residential (and retirement) area. Therefore, KCDC has experienced an increased need and demand for infrastructure development and recreational services.

KCDC has taken a unique approach to the presentation of its LTCCP by using its summary to present the content requirements of the LTCCP. Additional information is effectively attached as a series of individual documents.

The summary is a lengthier document than many councils may wish to prepare. However, it demonstrates a strong sense of integration and focus on results. We thought this approach was very positive because of its focus on the needs of the reader.

KCDC also focused on articulating how it takes account of sustainable development. As a result, the issue of sustainability is present throughout the LTCCP summary:

  • at the level of strategic overview, for example in the Mayor’s foreword;
  • in discussing significant issues that clearly reflect concern about impacts on future generations; and
  • through the structuring of its performance information and the link from community outcomes and well-being to activity measures and standards.

For its performance framework, KCDC uses a matrix to relate its groups of activities to the community outcomes. A range of indicators for progress on outcomes are identified. Two measures for each well-being are selected from these indicators to serve as a genuine progress index for assessing the overall well-being.

Each group of activity includes relevant indicators for long-term progress and crucial milestones. Beside these, a series of measures of effectiveness or impact are identified. We think these measures are particularly interesting as they form a logical link between the state of outcomes and delivery of council services. The main areas of activity and associated service standards are identified in the summary with more detailed information. The detailed appendices (referred to as Volume 2) expand on the service standards.

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