Because Coromandel Town has a unique artistic and heritage character that's highly valued by the local community some guidelines have been developed following input and feedback from the community. At its August 2017 meeting the Board endorsed the guidelines, which looks at things like street furniture design, vehicle and pedestrian routes and parking. The guidelines have no regulatory or legislative status but provide informational reference and resource for any planning or development activities that take place within the town. You can download the Streetscape Guideline document from the right-hand side of this page. It is intended that the guidelines document will positively inform and influence Council, community organisations, businesses and private property owner decisions in relation to the town centre precinct development. The guidelines will be a useful resource for both existing community and potential developers intending to invest in the area. A previous urban planning report recognised - "There is a desire by the local community to protect the natural environment of the surrounding area and the heritage character of the commercial area. The heritage values of the town are reflected through more contemporary redevelopment of the retail area in a heritage style. Recent mixed use development has further built on this heritage character, introducing apartments above shops in the main street. The amenity and built character of Coromandel is highly variable with the inconsistency from street design to site layout, building form and location and the level of vegetation in both public and private space. As with much of the Coromandel Peninsula settlements there appears a reliance on private space to provide amenity." - Harrison Grierson The guidelines include: A streetscape design suite for the town centre including recommended styles for signage, street furniture, kerb and pavement surfaces, gardens and street trees Design concepts to define and enhance gateways to the town and town centre precinct Input results from traffic and mobility assessments Identify sites and opportunity for public art installations Landscape concepts for the appropriate development of parks and reserves and public space for the benefit of the community Identify potential walkways & cycleways to link public spaces and provide greater recreational opportunity in the town centre precinct Working group To help develope the guidelines the Community Board convened a community stakeholder working group working interactively with the Board, Counciil's Area Manager for Colville-Coromandel and landscape architect Kevin Dwyer. The working group consisted of: The Coromandel-Colville Community BoardBrenda KelseyJan Autumn Chris StarkNigel StrongmanWailin ElliotMatt SephtonKimberly LeckieDianne CadeRaewyn McKinney Public Forum Session A large number turned out for the public forum session 9 December 2016. The informal public forum session was consulting on the Coromandel Town Centre Design Guidelines (Streetscape). The Coromandel-Colville Community Board then worked with the Stakeholder Working Group to consider the feedback received and make any amendments required to the Draft. The concept plans looked at pedestrian connectivity and accessible routes and vehicle circulation and parking. The area specific concept plans will cover the Southern and Eastern Gateway, the Western Gateway, the Southern Town Centre Precinct Gateway, Kapanga Road / Tiki Road Intersection, Northern Gateway and Karaka Stream Reserve, Hauraki Reserve House Reserve, Woolams Avenue Reserve Carpark, Charles Street and Pottery Lane and Samuel James Reserve. It is intended that the guidelines document will positively inform and influence Council, community organisations, businesses and private property owner decisions in relation to the town centre precinct development. The guidelines will be a useful resource for both existing community and potential developers intending to invest in the area. Above: An outline of the concept plans that will be incorporated into the Coromandel Town Centre Design Guidelines.