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Thirty-year plan for Karori
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The Wellington City Council is launching the planning phase of a 30-year strategy for Karori. At a community meeting on Monday, May 1, Councillor Andy Foster said the plan would encompass all aspects of the suburb. “It’s not about transport, it’s not about housing, it’s not about the environment, it is about all of those things put together,” Mr Foster said. “It is where we want to be as a community in 30 years time.” The plan would cover all major aspects of the suburb such as infrastructure, housing and environment, but also more indefinable qualities such as character, Mr Foster stated. “Character is the things that we value in our suburb, the things that we love. Heritage and sense of place is all part of that.” Karori has been chosen as the first suburb in Wellington to receive a long-term plan of this kind, with Miramar and the city centre being considered next. Mr Foster, portfolio leader for urban development, emphasised the council would continue to address
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pressing issues within the suburb throughout the planning process. “The campus for example is absolutely a live discussion that is going on every day,” Mr Foster said. “But the plan hopefully can start giving some sort of input into the kind of things that the community wants to have out of that site.” The deadline for completing the plan is March next year coinciding with the deadline for the 10-year Wellington City plan. Wellington City Council contractor Kelly O’Neill said the goal is to hear as diverse a range of opinions and perspectives as possible from the community on Karori’s future. The first phase will be workshops
throughout Karori in June and July. In past community engagements of this kind there had even been workshops with school children, Mr O’Neill said. Councillor Diane Calvert said this project required getting the community “in at the grass roots”. “This is the first time that the council has done this broad a scoped project and there is a real focus on engaging the community and having them engaged right at the start,” Ms Calvert stated. It would allow the council to more accurately assign money, with the staged development plan clearly illustrating how much would be needed and when, Ms Calvert said.
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Independent Herald 10-05-17