About Village Planning
Village Planning was initiated in 2011 as part of revitalization of community functions after the 2010-2012 earthquakes. SPRIG (Stoddart Point Regeneration Ideas Group) was established to support the post-earthquake recovery of our community. It was instrumental in gathering ideas into the document ‘Getting to the Point’. SPRIG was merged into the Diamond Harbour Community Association, which has been consulting with locals and working with the Council since November 2015, to develop a package of projects that provide for future sustainable development for the community. This has been named the Diamond Harbour Action Plan and was finalised in March 2017. It helps implement the ideas that were outlined in the SPRIG ‘Getting to the Point’. For more information see the Village Planning section of the website.
Village Development Concept Plan
The first focus for implementation has been on the Village Centre and the Godley House site. Jenny Moore a Council landscape architect is preparing a Village Development Plan incorporating new pathways, modified traffic lanes and signage. The first version of the Plan was presented to a community meeting on 29 October 2016. The feedback was considered jointly by the Community Association and Council planners and a revised version of the Concept Plan has been prepared.
Update 21 April 2017
The key changes in the final draft of the Concept Plan include:
- Village Centre traffic flow a version of the draft Option 2 – two-way road through to Godley House rear carpark
- This road extended to the cemetery. The road between the Cemetery and the Domain closed for vehicles due to its steepness (hence no circular traffic flow).
- Paved crossing areas opposite Preserved, and at the junction of Waipapa and the Community Hall road.
- Road to Godley House parking paved opposite the cafes to slow traffic.
- Community Garden and potential native plant nursery to the west of the Medical Centre.
- Footpath network marked as asphalt, crusher dust or unformed surface. You may have comments as to whether these standards are right in each case.
- Footpath from the wharf to the Diamond Harbour beach, linking to the path to the shops reducing pedestrian traffic on the wharf road.
Cost estimates for roading related improvements can be found here. The Concept Plan is conceptual and not a fixed blueprint. It will be used to ask for works to be incorporated into the next Council five-year plan. Any works chosen for implementation will then have to be included in a Council annual plan, the community consulted and necessary consents obtained.
The Community Association will be presenting the Concept Plan to the Community Board on 22 May. We are looking for your feedback now, to assist with final revisions. Please add your comments below on the draft concept plan by 1 May. We will send all these comments to the CCC planners on 5 May once we have compiled them.