Have your say on vision for the Bay
The vision and character of Titahi Bay is up for debate as the community prepares to update its village plan for the first time.
More than 3800 surveys for Bay residents were available in last week’s Kapi-Mana News, and are also available online.
Residents are being asked what they most and least like about the Bay, and their priorities for areas such as the beach, shopping centre, recreation facilities, public transport and civil defence.
A 10- strong working party was established in October after Porirua City Council asked for volunteers. They have met weekly to prepare the survey.
Member Greg Lee says they have varied backgrounds, from town planners to social workers and stay-at-home parents.
‘‘The key is for us to find out what people want to happen in Titahi Bay in the future and so we need to have as much community input as possible.’’
Mr Lee says getting young people’s comments is crucial.
‘‘Instead of having this survey filled out by the same people, we’re really trying to encourage schools to be involved in this process. We’re talking about the future look of their backyard.’’
The village plan was released in 2005 and provided the foundation for this update.
After the results come in, data will be analysed and the working group will meet again before a second round of consultation, with the hope of having an updated plan to present later this year.
Residents have until March 1 to have their say, either by putting completed surveys into blue boxes at the Four Square, Titahi Bay Bakery, Titahi Bay School or Porirua Library, or by completing a survey at: www.ilovetitahibay.org.nz.
Bay vision: Members of the working group that finalised the survey are encouraging Titahi Bay residents to comment on the suburb’s village plan. Clockwise, from left, Jenny Jakobs, Karin Brown, James Mitchell, standing, Greg Lee, standing, Gael McRoberts and Colleen Vella.