It’s time to have your say about the Whau area
It’s only days to go before public feedback closes on the Whau Local Board draft plan.
The community has till June 30 to provide input on seven outcomes the board planned to achieve over the next year.
The board is aiming for wellplanned towns, facilities and housing. It wants to promote cycling and the use of public transport, enhance the natural environment, strengthen the local economy and celebrate creativity and promote the area’s heritage.
The Whau Local Board’s total budget for 2017-2018 was more than $19 million. Local planning and development expenditure went from $190,000 in the 2016 2017 financial year to more than $2.2m in the current period. Auckland Council’s Justin Kary said the new figure included work on a stormwater pond in the Crown Lynn precinct.
Capital expenditure on local community services decreased from $2.6m in 2016 - 2017 to 412,000 in the current period.
Kary said this was because work on the previous financial year had included a budget for work on the Avondale Community Centre, which has now been deferred till the near future. The draft included refreshing the Avondale Action Plan that was developed in 2013.
Another objective was to highlight quality development opportunities for investors in the Whau area.
Auckland Council’s Antonina Georgetti said a strategy around how that would be done was yet to be finalised. The local board services advisor said feedback was also being sought on local planning projects.
She said this would be similar to what had been done in Kelston earlier this year. The Whau Local Board, and Community Waitakere, helped the community develop a shared vision and plan for the area.
The draft plan also had a focus
‘‘[Ethnic Communities Plan] is currently being scoped’’
on ethnic communities. The chairwoman of the board Tracy Mulholland said the demographic of the Whau area was changing and future plans needed to reflect that. Georgetti said the board was in the process of developing an Ethnic Communities Plan for 2017-2018.
‘‘This is currently being scoped,’’ she said.
To check out the full plans, head to the Shape Auckland site. You can also post feedback on the board’s Facebook page.
Whau Local Board members David Whitley, left, Derek Battersby, Ulalemamae Te’eva Matafai, Duncan MacDonald, Catherine Framer, second row, Susan Zhu and chairwoman Tracy Mulholland.