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Unfortunately, there is no standard out of the box community planning blueprint. As each area is uniquely shaped by its people, culture and surroundings, the approach will be different for every community or neighbourhood.

VP groups can pick and choose recipes that would work best for their communities.

This cookbook which is constantly being updated, lists various recipes from A-Z on how to undertake community planning

How do you get started with community planning?

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Key elements of community-led planning

1. Strong leadership

Planning should be led by a group from the community that has credibility with the different sections of the community. The group must balance the interest of all stakeholders.

2. Community engagement

The community or locality should be involved in every step of the planning process. Isolated groups should be given a voice.

3. Strong evidence base

An effective plan is based on the views of the people which are grounded in evidence of real issues and aspirations.

4. Vision

A clear vision for the future will inform the way ahead. It should be grounded and must relate to opportunities and the the local context.

5. Action plans

the vision should be translated into a an action plan with clear objectives and priorities.

Community Plans

Sample outlines from good practices in community and village planning

Sample A

I. Introduction

- Area demographics

- Facilities

- Services

II. Action plans (a plan for each section or sector - ie facilities, beach, shopping centre, harbour, park, etc)

A. Facilities

- Likes

- Dislikes

- Opportunities

- Concerns

- Proposed Actions

B. Beach

- Likes

- Dislikes

- Opportunities

- Concerns

- Proposed Actions

C. Shopping centre

- Likes

- Dislikes

- Opportunities

- Concerns

- Proposed Actions

D. xxx....

Sample B

I. Background to community planning process

II. Survey Results

- Demogaphics

- Rating of area as a place to live

- What residents dislike

- Suggestions for improvement

III. Summary of theme

IV. Prioritisation of projects

V. Summary

Sample C

I. Background

II. Village Strategy consultation process

III. Area Character

IV. Village Strategy

- Breakdown of what the residents informed the group on various issues and sections (ie amenities,

tourism, railway, domain, etc)

V. Possible Business Opportunities

VI. Possible community actions

VII. LTCCP community outcomes linked to the village strategy

VIII. Budget implications, planning and consultation

IX. The future in summary

Sample D

I. Foreword

II. Vision statement

III. Village description

IV. Issues raised by the community

V. Action plan (for each of the identified area of concern)

A. Environment and Heritage Protection

- Action

- Who to involve

- Who to initiate

- First Action

B. Village centre enhancement

- Action

- Who to involve

- Who to initiate

- First Action

C. xxx....

Go to the Resources page to download a copy of actual Community Plans developed by residents in Porirua, New Zealand

Flaxroots is a priority initiative of the North Shore Community and Social Services funded under the Community Development Scheme of the Department of Internal Affairs