|What is it?
Community planning is about obtaining local peoples views on their area. It involves local people identifying what is important for their area, what are the points of difference and creating a vision of what the community would like for the future. From this vision, the community can identify actions to be carried out to achieve this vision. The plans also help Council, government departments, businesses, visitors, new people to the area and individuals living in the area, to understand the direction that community would like to go in the future.
What areas have a community plan?
So far there are eleven community plans completed.
These are: (To view a summary of each plan or the plan themselves click on the link)
(Dates refer to when the plans became operative)
Completed community plans deal with the recommended actions at a pace set by each respective Community Plan working group. This has resulted in the plans proceeding at different speeds and groups working on different numbers of actions, with some groups focusing on three actions at a time whilst others focus on ten or more.
The success of Community Plans is apparent from the many achievements for the various community plan groups. Examples include:
• Development of the Roxburgh Gorge Track (To be opened late 2013).
• A new promotions brochure for Alexandra
• A new walking track around the Blue Lake at St Bathans
• Repainting the toilets at the swimming dam at Naseby
• Upgrading the cemetery at Naseby
• A new town brochure for Waipiata
• Exploring walkway options in Patearoa
• Lobbying for an underpass at Clyde to link the town with the Rail Trail
• Road widening of the State Highway at the Clyde entranceways to promote better traffic safety
• Completion of a prefeasibility study and raising funds and initiation of a full feasibility of a water irrigation scheme for Tarras
• Review of the Mall in Cromwell and of the location of the Cromwell Visitor Information Centre.
As actions are completed in the next few years the plans will be reviewed and updated to ensure they remain relevant and reflect the current concerns of the community.