Draft Open Space Strategy 2017 – 2027
Upper Hutt City Council has sought feedback on how Upper Hutt’s open space network can be improved to create better opportunities for recreation, our environment, and our economy.
On 31 October 2017 a hearing was held for submitters who wanted to present their views on the draft Open Space Strategy to Council. Officers are now working on changes to the draft Strategy to take account of feedback that’s been received. We are working towards finalising the Strategy in early 2018.
Please contact James McKibbin, Senior Policy Advisor, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (04) 527 2143 with any questions.
Draft Open Space Strategy 2017 – 2027
Open spaces contribute to the health and wellbeing of our community in many ways. They help make Upper Hutt a special place to live and visit. We think there are opportunities to make the open space network even better, so we’ve put together a draft strategy to provide direction for managing our open spaces. This will help us achieve our city vision – Life. Leisure. Live it!
To view the draft Open Space Strategy click here
The submission period closed at 5pm on Friday 13 October 2017.
What is the ‘open space network’?
Open spaces are places for recreation and include parks, sports fields, reserves, civic spaces, and the pathways that connect them all. Pathways include tracks for people to walk and run, ride bikes, and in some areas, ride horses. Together, they form the open space network.
What’s in the draft strategy?
We’ve come up with a strategic direction, along with five goals that form the basis of the draft strategy. The goals are supported by more specific objectives. A set of guidelines has been developed to help Council make decisions relating to the open space network in the future.
We’ve looked at each neighbourhood in the city and proposed opportunities for improving their open spaces. Have a look at the ideas we have for your neighbourhood and the city, and let us know what you think!
Upper Hutt has an open space network of great spaces and places that are valued for their role in contributing to the health and wellbeing of the people and environment of our city.
- Our open spaces are appropriately located
- Our open spaces are accessible and well-used, making it easy for people to exercise, play, socialise and relax in the outdoors
- Our open spaces are well connected
- Our open spaces are enhanced to provide benefits for the environment and recreational experience
- Our open spaces contribute to community identify, vibrancy and sense of place
Feedback we used to develop the strategy
Before developing the draft strategy, we first considered key issues and opportunities to improve the network of open spaces. Council sought community feedback on these 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 draft strategy. We asked for feedback on this document and what we received has been incorporated into the draft strategy. To view the feedback on the issues and opportunities document, click here.
Council will hear submissions at a hearing meeting on 31 October. Decisions on submissions and a final version of the Open Space Strategy are expected by the end of the year.
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
- September-October: Formal public consultation on the draft strategy, including targeted engagement with key interest groups and community workshops
- October 31: Meeting to hear submissions on draft Open Space Strategy
- Early 2018: Council considers submissions and adopts a final Open Space Strategy
If you have any questions about the draft Open Space Strategy, please contact James McKibbin, Senior Policy Advisor, via email to email@example.com or call (04) 527 2143.