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Ideas sought by community board for Ten Year Plan

August 8th, 2011

The Motueka Community Board wants to hear residents' ideas and opinions on how the town should develop over the next 10 years.

The board is initiating the process leading to the Ten Year Plan (or Long Term Plan), which must be in place by June 30th, 2012. This is a requirement under the 2002 Act, and it gives the people of Motueka, the Community Board and the District Council the likely practical directions for the community for the next 10 years starting in 2012.

Board chairman David Ogilvie says the board is seeking the views of residents as to what services are to be provided.

  • What policies, projects, activities are needed?
  • What are the priorities and preferences for these services?
  • How are they to be funded?

"The board wants residents to write to them during September setting out their ideas, plans, and recommendations," David says. "A maximum of 1000 words is suggested, but the board wants to hear the views of residents in order to construct its own Long Term Plan based on those responses."

Submissions may be in written or typed form and mailed to The Motueka Community Board, PO Box 123, Motueka 7143, or delivered by hand to the Motueka Service Centre in Hickmott Place. You may also send in an emailed submission using this link (either plain text or an attached document) and Motueka Online will pass it on to the community board.

The list of Council services includes the main infrastructure of roads, including parking, paths, cycleways, wastewater, refuse and recycling, stormwater and domestic water. Also included are the parks and reserves, open spaces, library and recreation facilities.

Management of the environment, rivers, coastline, waterways and estuaries are significant. Land use zoning is critical. Community Halls, Community Housing, Museum, Motueka Airport, Camping Grounds, Public Conveniences are involved.

"How to fund these activities is a contentious and never-ending issue," David says. "Ideas on this financial aspect related to the activity will be very helpful. This is an important first stage in a process which leads to the more formal submissions during 2012. The 2012-22 Long Term Plan needs to become as much as practicable a Community Plan."

The community board hopes the whole exercise will become the springboard for its future planning with the District Council.


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