Community Board Plans - 2014/2015 The 2014/2015 Community Board Plans were adopted in December 2013. This is the second year that Board Plans have been undertaken and they represent Council's on-going commitment to the Local Governance model to bring as much local knowledge into our decision making as practicable. The Council has a mission of continuing to deliver quality and affordable services to our communities. Our district is also home to diverse communities and customers with different perspectives and inputs into Coromandel life. Added to the mix are the views of regional and central government and many other agencies. The importance of Board Plans cannot be under estimated as the intent and priorities of these Board Plans directly influence budget setting for the 2014/2015 year and provide local priorities and content for the draft 2014/2015 Annual Plan. When adopted the 2014/2015 Annual Plan will outline all projects, priorities and expenditure Council will commit to in that year, and will also set out how Council will pay for it and the rates required for the coming year. The Board Plans represent local community priories and these have to weighted, reconciled and tensions traded between these and the district wide priories, such as continued levels of services for district roads, water and wastewater as well as key district wide economic projects. As set out in Council's current direction, balanced decision making is needed to ensure we deliver quality, affordable services and facilities to ratepayers, residents and visitors to the Coromandel. New approach to budget setting and projects A new process has been introduced this year to ensure robust decision making is undertaken for any projects for the 2014/2015 year. A project management direction has been placed on projects to ensure the scope is understood and clear project governance is in place to deliver these projects. A strong focus has been placed on keeping a similar number of projects to last year to ensure a realistic schedule of projects for the 2014/2015 year and to keep things affordable for our communities. All projects, for the 2014/2015 year will require project definitions. If there is not a high degree of certainty around some projects identified these projects will be placed into an investigation phase. What we've Heard from the Community for the 2014/2015 year and beyond The 2014/2015 Board Plan identifies key projects and priorities that we and the Community Boards have heard from their communities over the past few years. The Board Plans set out priories for the coming year, but also outline some aspirational priories for 2015 and beyond. The board plans therefore hold a range of information that has been collected from communities including: 2006 and 2013 Census information Local Area Blueprints Community Plans 2013 Community Satisfaction surveys At a high level we have heard the following from each of our Board areas: Coromandel-Colville Coromandel Harbour Strategy is a significant project focusing on facilitating improvements to the wharfing infrastructure for recreational and commercial users and looking to optimise future opportunities for a fast ferry from Auckland. Focusing on Coromandel Town Centre including events as well as enchaining its heritage values. The Board prioritises a comprehensive look at sporting facilities in Coromandel. The Board prioritises progressing the Coromandel Bypass project into the 2014/2015 year and beyond, subject to the outcome of the Coromandel Bypass investigation work (undertaken in the 2013/2014 year). Mercury Bay Focus on managing and providing for future growth in the Mercury Bay through water, roading, wastewater and storm water infrastructure. Implementation of coastal erosion action plan at Brophy's Beach for the 2014/2015 year. Whitianga CBD upgrade over the next few years remains a priority, balanced against affordable rates. The Board identify the need for adequate infrastructure provision to service new growth in Whitianga Township including footpaths. Harbour Facilities are key with investment in wharfing infrastructure including a destination boat ramp. Tairua-Pauanui Tairua Mary Beach Wharf and Boat Ramp Enhancement Project. Finalise an option to alleviate flooding for properties around the Tairua Manaia Road Causeway. Development of a coastal erosion action plan for Tairua-Pauanui communities. Recognise importance of coastal walkways. Thames Focus on working with the Thames Community to deliver Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities including Thames skate park and a new dry court facility. Delivering on short term priories identified with the Thames Urban Development Strategy including visitor orientation and information hub in Grahamstown and development of the Civic Centre. Focusing on improving walking and cycling opportunities within Thames and enhancing the link with the Hauraki Rail Trail and improving disabled access around Thames's town centre. Whangamata The footpath construction programme remains a significant priority for the Whangamata Board. The sealing of the Wentworth Valley is a major priority however this is dependent on works being undertaken to the State Highway which may delay the project. Whangamata Harbour Facilities a review of the renewals budget is required to ensure these facilities are maintained. A particular priority is the re-piling of the Whangamata Wharf.