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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.

User groups

User groups are important elements of a well researched and participatory community plan. User groups keep the momentum going and provide information on new developments within the community. They also act as champions and watchdogs of the community plan priorities.

The community planning website (www.communityplanning.net) lists different kinds of user groups:

Action group - Informal issue-based campaigning group for interested individuals.

Community association - Represents the interests of a geographical neighbourhood or cultural entity. Includes residents, workers, businesses, etc.

Development trust - Formally constituted organisation with a range of interests, usually with charitable status. Has development capability.

Forum - Liaison body for representatives of constituent organisations and interests. May be area- or issue- based.

Friends of ....... - Loose support network of people supporting a particular place or cause.

Project group - Group set up to deal with one specific project (eg a new sports hall).

Residents association - Organisation representing residents in an area.

Steering group - Informal group set up to progress matters.

Working party - Informal group dealing with a specific topic.

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