There's still time to have your say on our Community Plans 03 May 2019 We have extended our Community Plans survey until 8am, Monday 6 May, which means there's still time to have your say on what you think of our activities and services where you live. So, make the most of the extra time over the weekend and take the opportunity to influence future planning for your community. Take our survey to let us know what you think and be in to win an iPad. Some of these plans were written many years ago and it’s a good time to ‘check-in’ and change, add or confirm the plans we have in place. We want to get a good sense of what’s important to each community. Knowing what everyone values will help your Community Board and Council make more informed decisions around funding and to prioritise the services and activities that are most important to your community. The plans are about what a community can do itself (and advocate for), and what our Council can do in partnership with the community and other organisations. We started our Community Plan review process earlier this year, with focus groups for each area providing feedback, which has helped us develop a public survey. These responses will feed into the new set of Community Plans. We want to hear from people who live permanently or own a property in our district, and which community you associate with most, what you like about it and what changes you would like to make it a better place to live, work, visit and play in. To thank you for taking the time to complete the survey we are offering the chance to win an iPad Pro 10.5. Click here to take the survey. After receiving all the survey responses, we will analyse these for each area and create draft community plans for Thames, Coromandel-Colville, Mercury Bay North, Mercury Bay Central, Mercury Bay South, Tairua-Pauanui and Whangamata. These seven plans will include actions and values which apply to the whole area of the plan, as well as specific actions and values that might only apply to one settlement. The survey responses will be considered alongside the existing Community Plans and other relevant information that may have been provided recently to Council. For example, Kuaotunu has recently run its own community survey and these results will be taken into account. The draft community plans will be presented to the Community Boards in July for discussion, and then, following our local elections (www.tcdc.govt.nz/elections) in October 2019, the next stage of community engagement will be determined. We aim to finalise the new plans in early 2020. To view the current plans and for more information visit www.tcdc.govt.nz/communityplans.