PAREMATA VILLAGE PLANNING
This page describes Village Planning Programme work by Porirua City Council and representatives from the Paremata community to develop a village plan for Paremata. To learn more about the Village Planning Programme visit the home page.
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Paremata Village Planning - latest news
Dolly Varden Reserve upgrade ready to begin
This photograph shows a view of Dolly Varden reserve in February 2013 before work to upgrade it began.
Landscaping plans approved
Work to upgrade the Dolly Varden Reserve area has been approved to go ahead before July this year (2013)
In February 2013 Council approved plans for landscaping around the edge of the reserve. Also approved was a proposal to move the entrance further north to improve traffic safety.
The council noted that a new toilet block is proposed to be built at the reserve in the next financial year.
Longer term there is a proposal to look at commercial opportunities at Dolly Varden, but first Council has undertaken to install sewage storage tanks under the carpark on the Dolly Varden site in the 2015/16 financial year. This will improve the network capacity and flow management but will cause major disruptions to the whole site.
In the meantime, some work can begin to upgrade the popular swimming and recreation area. Work on the landscaping and pathways around the edge of the Dolly Varden site will go ahead in this financial year. This includes bollards, planting, dune restoration and work around the boat launching area.
The suitable location for a new standalone toilet block will be finalised following consultation and construction is budgeted for the 2013/14 financial year.
Because of the longer term proposal to look at a commercial operation on the site, NZTA required that the vehicle entry and exit point be moved north to allow more room for cars to stack up as they wait to turn right into the reserve.
That work is scheduled to be done in the next financial year.
The "Dolly Varden Reserve Development Plan - October 2011" (8.4MB pdf) was developed in consultation with the Paremata Residents Association.
It has been submitted to Council with agreement that it be implemented in stages. Planting is planned to commence this winter (2012), with the walkway enhancements and the toilet replacements to proceed as soon as possible.
It was agreed that a further period of consultation is necessary with affected parties, Paremata Residents Association and others.
A bit of Paremata history
The name Dolly Varden comes from a rowing skiff named Dolly Varden that was owned by a local farmer and won many early races at the Paremata Boating Club. Dolly Varden is also a character in the novel Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens.
The picture below shows consultant Chris Freeman talking to Paremata Residents Association chairman Terry Knight about plans to redevelop the Dolly Varden waterfront area.
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Paremata's Village Plan formally adopted
This photograph shows Paremata Residents Association chairman Terry Knight and Paremata Village Planning Facilitator Jenny Lester with the draft Paremata Village Plan which was published in June 2012.
Plans lays out Paremata's future
The Paremata Village Plan was formally adopted at a public meeting in August 2012 following extensive public consultation.
Actions that the community identified to be addressed first included:
- beautification of the Dolly Varden Beach (see below),
- changing the lane behind the Mana Post Office to a courtesy 2 way
- and extending and joining existing water ways and cycleways.
The Village Plan includes a vision for Paremata, a history section and details of an audit of Paremata assets such as services, businesses, schools, facilities etc.
There is also an Action Plan section that identifies what improvements local residents would like to see happen. This section will change over time as actions are completed and new priorities suggested.
Download a copy of the draft Paremata Village Plan (10 MB) and the draft Action Plan (355kb).
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The Paremata Residents Association
The Paremata Residents Association covers a broad area. Download a map of the area.
To contact the Association, email Paremata Residents Association Secretary Judi Doornbos at Judid@paradise.net.nz.
Paremata Resident Association's community newsletter
All newsletters are in PDF format:
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Paremata Village Planning Contacts
Paremata lead councillor Bronwyn Kropp: email email@example.com
or phone 021 111 5191,
Paremata Village Planning Facilitator Jenny Lester: cellphone 027 326 5057 and email firstname.lastname@example.org
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