Community Engagement Report
In March 2019, Porirua Development began the community-wide engagement process to understand community needs and aspirations. It was also to ensure that the community’s voices and input are reflected in the early stages of Porirua Development’s planning processes.
The engagement process, held over nine-month period, attracted feedback from a significant cross-section of our community on a variety of topics. The feedback was extensive and provides us with weighty insights into what people of eastern Porirua value, their lived experience, and their visions for the future.
Overall, housing, the environment and wellbeing were the main subjects people wanted to talk about. This includes the themes of open space, social connectedness, recreation and leisure, transportation, and community safety. Other themes that attracted a large number of responses were community facilities, public transport, arts, cultural diversity and better access to health and social services.
More than 2,300 people took part in the engagements during 2019, contributing over 5,000 ideas. This included residents, community and church leaders, school and college students, representatives from community groups, social services and business owners.
Their feedback is being considered by the Porirua Development team and their technical consultants as part of the development of our Spatial Delivery Strategy.
Read the report and summary
What is the Spatial Delivery Strategy?
The Spatial Delivery Strategy is a plan for the growth and development of eastern Porirua. It will lay out the long-term direction for the development that will take place – the houses, parks, shops, streets etc. The Spatial Delivery Strategy identifies where development should happen, what sort of development it should be, and defines the physical or spatial outcomes the development should achieve. The Spatial Delivery Strategy sets the vision and expectations for sustainable transport, water quality, housing density, prosperous centres, safety, community facilities, community identity, native planting and much more.
Having a Spatial Delivery Strategy that represents the views and aspirations of community, stakeholders, land owners, iwi, and central and local government will enable effective management of rapid growth (housing development) in the area.