Regional Land Transport Programme (RLTP)
- The Regional Transport committee (RTC) is responsible for preparing the Regional Land Transport Programme (RLTP) which feeds into the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).
- The RLTP used to be done annually but since Land Transport Management Act (LTMA)changes in August 08 is now done 3 yearly, so this is the first three year plan
- The RTC prioritises each activity class e.g. Walking and Cycling, Travel Demand Management, Local Roads
- The State Highway Forecast (ex Transit Document) is now part of the RLTP
- Each Regional Council or Unitary Authority sent their draft RLTP to NZTA in November 2008.Since then each RTC has debated the draft RLTP and prepared the draft RLTP to go out for Public Consultation.The amended RLTP will then be sent to NZTA who will look at funding available nationally and determine national priorities
- RLTPs are now out for Public Consultation and most consultation is due back in April.
- Check your local Council website for dates
- The consultation on the RLTP, which your group need to submit on, includes comments on:
- priority given to activities
- 10-year forecast of expenditure or proposed funding mix
- any aspect of proposed State Highway Expenditure (e.g. support or otherwise for projects, their timing, or cost)
- Activities proposed by the NZ Transport Agency and Department of Conservation are not subject to consultation through any other process. For this reason submissions on all aspects on State Highway and Department of Conservation activities should be made through the RLTP process.
Not comments on support or otherwise for projects proposed by Councils, their timing or cost.These are issues for the Council to set through their LTCCP process.
Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP)
- The LTCCP is a 10 year document, revised 3 yearly.
- The Annual Plan process can result in changes to the LTCCP.
- Regional and City/District Councils have separate LTCCPs, Unitary Authorities have one LTCCP.
- The LTCCP covers all spending of Council, not just transport e.g. libraries, pools, etc.Detail for the Council activity classes is in the RLTP.
- LTCCPs are now out for Public Consultation and most consultation is due back in April (some in early April).
- Check your local council website for dates
- These are big documents (e.g. Nelson City Council is charging $100 for hard copies) but they are available on line or on CD for free
- Ask your local Transport Planning Officers for a presentation on Active Transport parts of the RLTP (ask Regional Council) and LTCCP (ask City/District Council)
- Attend local meetings by Council about LTCCPs
- Make sure you ask to be heard in your submission (you can always pull out later if you don't wish to present orally)
- Personal Submissions are very important too (playing the numbers game)
- Prepare a “Cheats Sheet” for complementary organisations (e.g. Environmental, Health groups) with key points that support more funding for Active Transport
- There are a number of documents you can use for arguing your case these include:
- Regional Land Transport Strategy (This 10 year document is reviewed 3 yearly, is a Statutory requirement, and must be consistent with National Land Transport Strategy)
- Regional Policy Statement
- National Land Transport Strategy (2008) and the GPS (will be issued soon)
- Your Local Walking/Cycling/Active Transport Strategy
- Getting There-On foot, by Cycle (National Walking and Cycling Strategy 2005)
- Find out who you are dealing with:
- Google the Council (Regional Council or Unitary Authority) to determine who is on the RTC especially Community Representatives ( there are 6 of these: Public Health, Economic Development, Access and Mobility, Safety and Personal Security, Environmental Sustainability, & Cultural).They are having a training meeting soon
- Find out who is on the hearings panel (LTCCP may be whole Council) as it helps with your preparation (e.g. in Canterbury for the RLTP hearings there are 5 RTC members – the Timaru Mayor, Christchurch Mayor, NZTA, the Economic Development Community Objective rep, and one other)
- The hearings have a strict time allocation, so get to the main points quickly and allow time for questions.Check what facilities are available e.g. for a powerpoint presentation.