23 August 2016
Report no: CDC2016/4/218
Wainuiomata Development Plan update
Purpose of Report
1. This report updates the Committee on progress on the Wainuiomata Development Plan, the community’s vision, and an outline of work ahead.
2. Members of Love Wainuiomata Incorporated will attend this meeting to speak to the report.
It is recommended that the Committee:
(i) notes the ongoing voluntary work to progress the Wainuiomata Development Plan;
(ii) notes the community vision and the Steering Group’s work completed to date; and
(iii) notes expenditure within current budgets on the Wainuiomata Development Plan detailed in the FY2016/17 action plan summary, attached as Appendix 2 to the report.
3. A group of Wainuiomata community members are championing a vision for their community in response to initiatives detailed for Wainuiomata in Council’s Urban Growth Strategy 2032. Their journey is documented in the Wainuiomata Development Plan Update reported to this Committee meeting on 22 September 2015.
4. The Steering Group set work streams and targets for FY2015/16 as attached in Appendix 1.
5. The Steering Group has formed an incorporated society named Love Wainuiomata Incorporated (LWI) to champion and undertake the Wainuiomata Development Plan (WDP).
6. LWI meets regularly to guide the development of the WDP; manage their coordinator, meet with council officers and ensure progress on the work streams of their action plan.
7. The focus for FY2015/16 was on recruiting a coordinator to begin delivering on opportunities and activities identified in the WDP.
8. Esther Venning came on board in April 2016 as the “Make Stuff Happen Champion” (Coordinator). The purpose of this roles is to:
· be a central coordination point for development plan activities;
· involve, inform and inspire the community towards their shared vision;
· continuously communicate to the Wainuiomata community on milestones and activities, and
· proactively foster collaborative working relationships with the individuals, community groups, businesses and other organisations.
9. Elected members who have been an important part of the setting up of the group and establishing a wide network across Wainuiomata are now stepping back to champion activity as councilors and community board members.
10. LWI is inspired by the place making activity in other NZ towns and groups such as Focus Paihia who have demonstrated leadership by creating activities to inform future planning and more permanent and larger scale development. The group has adopted several guiding principles to inform their strategic approach and projects. These include:
· taking an “Asset Based Community Development” approach: building on assets rather than filling weaknesses,
· ensuring projects are owned and led by the local community,
· creating activities that are catalyst (or template) for further related work,
· always engaging wide participation,
· fostering organic processes allowing things to bubble up authentically rather than forcing things creating long term investment in ideas,
· being inspired globally with best practice examples,
· seed-funding projects that are matched and/or attract further funding to maximise funding from council.
11. LWI has worked with other organisations that have themselves led or are leading new activity contributing to the work streams. Highlights for FY2015/16 have included:
· a Welcome to Wainuiomata sign design competition and securing funding for installation; and
· engaging global placemaking expert David Engwicht and planning for a 7 Day Makeover [of Queen Street] in September 2016. The info night attracted 115 people; and
· a collaborative community events planning calendar; and
· planning RuralFest – a showcase of rural life and businesses in the town centre with the Wainuiomata Rural Community Association; and
· positive working relationship with the shopping centre management; and
· creating a Wainuiomata destination guide and holding an initial destination group of tourism businesses and organisations.
12. The FY2016/17 work plan (attached as Appendix 2) is divided into six work streams that relate directly back to outcomes of the vision.
13. LWI regularly hold open “connected neighbourhood” meetings where local groups share news and upcoming projects to identify collaborative opportunities and together champion the WDP vision.
14. LWI use www.wainuiomata.org as well as their Facebook page as two portals for information, news and activity milestones.
15. A wider series of working groups have been established to engage and collaborate with relevant groups and/or businesses for each vision work stream including:
· Town centre group – businesses, community hub, arts network
· Gateway & hill-top group – marae, fitness users, MTB park, council officers
· Destination group – tourism attraction operators, businesses, recreation asset providers
· Connected neighbourhood group - Wainuiomata Sportsville Group, Wainuiomata Marae, Life City Church, Rimutaka Forest Park Trust, Wainuiomata Trail Project, Wainuiomata Community Board, Wainuiomata Rural Community Association, Wainuiomata Arts Network, Development Wainuiomata, Sport Wainuiomata Inc., real estate agents, Hutt City Council and other local groups
16. There are no legal considerations.
17. Total funding of $170,000 for the WDP activities is allocated for FY2016/17 in the Annual Plan.
18. Expenditure and initiatives for FY2016/17 are outlined in the action plan summary attached as Appendix 2 to the report.
19. In making this recommendation, officers have given careful consideration to the purpose of local government in section 10 of the Local Government Act 2002. Officers believe that this recommendation falls within the purpose of the local government in that it furthers the economic development of the city. It does this in a way that is cost-effective because it makes use of and leverages off the existing resources within the local community.
Wainuiomata Development Plan - 2015/16 results
Love Wainuiomata Inc - action plan 2016/17
Author: James Lamb
Visitor Market Development and International Relations Manager
Reviewed By: Gary Craig
Divisional Manager City Development
Approved By: Kim Kelly
General Manager, Strategic Services