Have your say on vi­sion for the Bay

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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