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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.

Online communication tools

There are various free online tools to help you market your project. Cost effective tools provide a good way to reach out to people and help them stay connected. Further, these tools assist in managing files, discussions and schedules.

Blog or web log provides an online journal where people can comment on posts and invite responses to generate discussion.

Most popular blog sites are blogger.com, blog.com, wordpress,thoughts.com.

Online discussion boards (groups) serve as a noticeboard and provide a place for members to discuss and brainstorm. Most providers of boards also incorporate calendars, polls, schedules and file storage.

Popular online groups sites are googlegroups, yahoogroups and windows live (MSN) groups. There are

also local New Zealand forum boards you can use such as community central and peoples times.

Wikis are simple websites that allow the collaborative creation and editing of content, documents and web pages. Wikis are shared workspaces which are particularly useful in discussions and creating and editing manuscripts.

Popular wikis include wikispaces.com, wiki.org, and pbworks.com.

Other tools for managing your group and reaching out to the community are:

google calendar - scheduling and appointments

google docs - creating and editing documents

doodle - online polls

survey monkey - online survey

facebook - social networking

citizen space - an open-source consultation and engagement platform, enabling government and the wider community to partcipate in decision making.

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