Our Parks and Open Spaces – Draft strategy
Upper Hutt City Council is developing Our Parks and Open Spaces – a strategy that will guide and support the planning and development of open space in Upper Hutt.
These spaces help make Upper Hutt beautiful and unique. It also plays an important role in creating a healthy, vibrant and connected community.
As our city grows, it is important to look after and improve the open spaces that our community values so highly.
We’re defining ‘open space’ as land that is set aside, or should be, for public recreation. This incorporates active and passive open space that the community has a relatively free right of access to.
Examples include: parks, gardens, sports fields and courts, playgrounds, community gardens, conservation areas, reserves, and civic spaces.
Issues and opportunities
The first step in developing the strategy is to consider key issues and opportunities to improve our network of open spaces. Council sought community feedback on this during May-June 2017.
The issues and opportunities discussion document sets out the background to why Upper Hutt’s open space is important and considerations for the future – to identify things that could be the addressed by the proposed strategy.
The next phase will be to develop the draft strategy and formally consult with the community on this, likely around August 2017. Thereafter Council will consider submissions and make decisions on those, before finalising the Open Space Strategy to be adopted by the end of 2017.
The final strategy will support development of Council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028.
Indicative timetable for developing the Open Space Strategy:
- May: Initial public feedback on the Issues and Options discussion document
- During June: Preparation of draft strategy
- July-August: Council adopts the draft strategy for consultation
- August-September: Formal public consultation on the draft strategy, including targeted engagement with key interest groups and community workshops
- Late Sept-Oct: Hearings and decisions on submissions
- October-November: Council adopts final Open Space Strategy
If you have any questions about the Open Space Strategy project, please contact Liezel Jahnke, Acting Senior Policy Advisor, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (04) 527 2170.