Coromandel Town Centre Design Project 13 December 2016 Coromandel Town locals got their first chance to give input into design guidelines for the town at an informal public forum last week. "It was great to see so many people turn out for the open day," says Thames-Coromandel Area Manager Greg Hampton. "Much positive feedback was received and will be collated early in the New Year." The guidelines being drafted for Coromandel Town focus on pedestrian connectivity and accessible routes along with traffic management and parking. And the key areas of focus around the town covers the areas labelled 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, Woollams Avenue Reserve car park, Charles Street and Pottery Lane and Samuel James Reserve.(see map below) 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. "The public forum session was the next step following the initial draft of the guidelines," says Mr Hampton. In the New Year the Coromandel-Colville Community Board will work with the Coromandel Streetscape Stakeholder Working Group to consider the feedback received and make any amendments required to the draft Design Guidelines. Following this the document will then be formally accepted by the Community Board as the Coromandel Town Centre Design Guidelines 2017. The Coromandel Streetscape Stakeholder Working Group was established to assist the Community Board to develop the guidelines that will provide clear reference and direction for the on-going preservation and development of Coromandel Town’s unique CBD environment and heritage character. For more on the Coromandel Town Centre Design and members of the Coromandel Streetscape Stakeholder Working Group our website www.tcdc.govt.nz/corostreetscape Above: An outline of the concept plans that will be incorporated into the Coromandel Town Centre Design Guidelines. Coromandel Community Reuse Centre (CCRC) is a community 'Goldmine' A community re-use centre has been in the pipeline for some time and now the building is almost ready. It is to be called 'The Goldmine', a name suggested by Coromandel Town local Julia Biermann in a competition run by CILT. Thirty-two entries were received and Ms Biermann's was chosen as it represents the site’s history and Coromandel Town’s legacy. The Goldmine is set to open as soon as the shop fit-out and car parking area are complete. An official opening has been proposed for the end of January. Extensive site works have been completed which will create new traffic flows with all public vehicles having their loads assessed on arrival, prior to being directed to the appropriate payment and disposal area. There is new directional signage and we ask that the public bear with us during this transition phase. The CCRC team would like to thank all of the volunteers who have lined up to help with the interior finishing work and to assist with running the shop and repairs and work skills training facility once the centre is open. Thank you also to the community who have started to drop off good quality reusable items so the centre has stock available to sell once it's open. Donations are always welcome. If you would like to help, please phone or text Carol Sutherland on 0274 864 043. Project Goldmine The Coromandel Community Re-use Centre (The Goldmine) was initiated by Coromandel Independent Living Trust (CILT) with the vision to establish a re-use facility at the Hauraki Road transfer station. Our Council has been supportive of the initiative since its conception nearly four years ago, most recently with a $50k loan, CILT has also received a grant of $36k from the Waste Levy Reserve. Our Council also worked with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to transfer the land title from the Crown to Council so that rehabilitation of the transfer station site could be undertaken and the facility planned and built. Prior to this Council only had a short term lease to occupy the site. For more information on the project contact Guy Macindoe, the project manager at email@example.com Coromandel Citizen Hall update A project manager has been appointed to price the next stage of the works on the Hall and physical works are expected to start late February, early March. These works are to include a refit of the kitchen and the interior of the main hall. Above: Hauraki Kaumatua Olympics being hosted in Coromandel at the Coromandel Citizens Hall.