Kaipara District Council will not be making final decisions on its draft long-term plan until the interim decisions have been discussed by a Government-appointed review team.
Yesterday deliberations were delayed after councillor Andrew Wade put forward a motion to hold decision-making until the review team was in place. Emotions ran high during the hearings with submitters in tears, begging council to reconsider proposed rate rises.
Mr Wade said he had been "embarrassed and ashamed to have been involved in the process and queried why the council's logic had been so flawed". He said he was appalled at the council's haste to forge ahead even though "the community was very unhappy".
The council completed the last of its hearings Friday afternoon.
"We are seen to be spending two days to sort out 10 years of plan ... we need to stop and think," Mr Wade said.
He also moved a flat rate rise across the district be struck in the interim period. His motion was backed by councillor Jonathan Larsen who queried how due consideration could be given to the submissions in such a short time.-
"Some people brought barristers to the hearings to represent them ... let's get it right - what's the rush?" Mr Larsen said.
He called a motion for councillors not to accept the reports, saying no one could have had time to digest the submissions.
Councillors Wayne Linton and Julia Sutherland agreed saying the community was in "anguish" and "we have clearly got it wrong".
After discussion, Mr Wade's motion was amended to read the council would proceed with the deliberations, making only preliminary decisions to be discussed with the review team before any decisions were finalised.
Standing orders were suspended and the chief executive directed to ask Mark Farnsworth, of Farnsworth Management Services, to advise council. It was understood the plan may not be adopted in time for the July 1 Government deadline, but it was recognised key issues needed to be sorted out before adoption.
-- Decisions on the situation with invalid rates and the Mangawhai Wastewater debt were not decided at time of print. Deliberations continue today.
The names of the review team members were expected to be announced last night.