Kapiti Observer : November 17th 2011
41 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 EIGHT CONVENIENTLY LOCATED OFFICES: • Kapiti Office ' (04) 297-2019 • Waikanae Office ' (04) 293-5930 • Otaki Office ' (06) 364-7720 • Levin Office ' (06) 367-9333 •Tawa ' 232-9955 • Porirua ' 237-6655 • Whitby ' 234-8866 • Paremata ' 233-9955 TIME: 7.30 - 8.30PM Call or email now to secure your seat (bookings essential). WHERE & WHEN: PROFESSIONALS LEVIN OFFICE Corner Oxford & Queen Streets, Levin on WEDNESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER Call Hilary on (06) 367 9333 or email email@example.com To fnd out more, come along to our FREE INFORMATION EVENING It could be the most rewarding hour you ever spend! Few professions offer the same opportunity asrealestatesales. Do you have what it takes for Real Estate? PROFESSIONALS PORIRUA OFFICE 3 Lydney Place North, Porirua on TUESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER Call Sandra on 237 6655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org A BASE RETAINER OF UP TO $40,000!! www.dwre.co.nz Public comment alters village plan Planning ahead: From left, Dagmar Pesendorfer, Kate Dreaver and Robyn Moore, the architects of the updated Pukerua Bay Village Plan. By KRIS DANDO In terms of a practical approach to a village plan, you guys are the model,'' Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said. But basic principles to be kept in place Pukerua Bay's village plan may be updated for 2011, but the vision remains the same. Over the past two years, the suburb's residents' association -- and particularly the planning team of Robyn Moore, Kate Dreaver and Dagmar Pesendorfer -- has striven to update the orig- inal plan, released in 2007. Much of the review is based on a 2010 survey returned by 20 per cent of residents. While that figure might not sound like a ringing endorsement (130 returned out of 600), some responses were from groups. The plan's vision has been altered by just a handful of words and the priorities persist: protect- ing the beach and marine environ- ment; making Pukerua Bay a safe place to walk and cycle; having dependable public transport; and retaining the natural environ- ment. Ms Dreaver and Ms Moore pres- ented the plan to Porirua City councillors on October 27 and were praised for their efforts. In terms of a practical approach to a village plan, you guys are the model,'' mayor Nick Leggett said. Ms Moore says the support of the city council has been really appreciated'' as they seek to attain achievable goals for Pukerua Bay. An example was the skate park, re-opened in 2009 after a major upgrade. Other projects include: Improvements to the school and community hall. More prominence for civil defence. New toilets near the skate park. Enhancing Greenmeadows play- ground and green space (a flying fox is suggested). Ecological and historical trails. Upgrading of footpaths next to State Highway 1. Constructing a path through Muri Reserve, and extending the Ara Harakeke pathway and other walkways in the suburb. More beachfront landscaping. Continued advocating towards solutions outlined in the Neigh- bourhood Accessibility Plan around traffic issues Pukerua Bay faces. Ms Dreaver says the plan's review process, and particularly the feedback from the survey, gave them the chance to fill some gaps''. We see our village plan as a living document, reflecting the character and views of local people. Our priorities have stayed the same, but we want to keep it [the plan] moving. It's a mandate and it inspires people to get involved. Look at the outcry over Muri [station, recently closed] and the fact we planted 1500 plants here [on the hill overlooking the beach] in three hours. There's a real sense of value here.'' Pukerua Bay Residents Associ- ation holds its annual meeting on December 6, from 7.30pm, at the school and community hall. There will be a speaker on the marine reserve. All are welcome.
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