Community Plans

Local Community planning, or planning by the community for the community, is an increasing phenomenon around New Zealand.

More and more communities are wanting to have a say about how they want to see their community develop, what they want to see retained, and the future outcomes they wish to achieve - social, economic, cultural and environmental.

Through the planning process communities will be able to identify and articulate desired future directions, as well as projects and initiatives to achieve those directions. Monitoring and review, over time, will enable communities to track progress toward implementing and achieving their community plans.

As local community plans are not required by law, communities have the scope to decide for themselves how the plans will be developed and what they will contain. While the plans are developed by the community and not the Council, and have no statutory weighting, the council recognises them as useful in guiding its decision-making.