We drafted a Management Plan for Maclean Park and during August and September, we asked for your feedback to see if we'd got it right.
Since November 2016 over 1500 people, businesses and organisations have shared their ideas for Maclean Park. Using this feedback and working with our iwi partners we prepared a Draft Management Plan which we think captures the diverse needs of our community and allows for improvements to the park's main attractions over time. This includes a proposed Development Plan* for the park which outlines a framework for the long-term development of the park.
We asked for your thoughts on this Draft Management Plan, including the proposed development plan, and now the formal consultation is closed.
Questions about the Draft Management Plan and the process so far
What is a Reserve Management Plan?
A Reserve Management Plan is prepared under the requirements of the Reserves Act 1977, and contains objectives and policies for the management, protection and future development of a reserve.
What's the difference between the Management Plan and the Development Plan?
A Management Plan is required to:
'…provide for and ensure the use, enjoyment, maintenance, protection and preservation…and the development, as appropriate, of the reserve for the purpose for which it was classified…’
A Management Plan lets us establish the desired mix of uses and values for a reserve, and set policy that guides the day-to-day management. It provides the community with certainty about the function and management of the reserve. A Management Plan doesn't provide detailed design of structures and facilities on a reserve.
A development plan outlines how a reserve could be developed and needs to align with the management plan. We've included a proposed Development Plan as an appendix to the Maclean Park Draft Management Plan outlining how the park could be developed in the long-term based on community consultation. This will help us make decisions about the park’s main assets and work in partnership with other agencies, organisations and groups to maintain or improve these assets over time.
Why is Council reviewing the Maclean Park Reserve Management Plan?
The review of the Maclean Park Management Plan resulted from a submission from the Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board during the 17-18 annual plan process, requesting a development plan for the whole park. Because the existing Management Plan was written in 1993 and hasn't been looked at since, the Management Plan needed to be reviewed to allow for a development plan to be prepared.
How much will this all cost?
The Maclean Park development plan wasn’t identified in the FutureKāpiti Long Term Plan 2015-35. This means that budget will need to be allocated to any recommendations that come out of the review process. Detailed costs will be explored in the detailed design stages, once we've heard from the community about what they want.
What consultation has Council done so far?
We've run three stages of community input as part of the Management Plan review process.
Formal notification of intention to review the Plan – 30 November 2016 to 20 February 2017 (Complete)
We heard from the community via:
Development concept options – 27 April to 25 May (Complete)
In response to Stage 1 feedback we prepared three concept development plan options for Maclean Park, which combined a range of possibilities for future improvements. An online survey and paper version was developed and promoted widely, which aimed to find out:
200 people provided feedback via the survey.
During this stage we provided:
Draft Management and Development – 2 August to 3 October (complete)
We carried out formal consultation with the community on the Draft Management Plan and proposed Development Plan and used a range of channels to make sure the wider community were aware of this final stage of community feedback.
How have you worked with local iwi?
This Management Plan has been prepared in partnership with Te Āti Awa as mana whenua and the site is also recognised as site of significance by Ngāti Toa. Through a series of meetings and onsite workshops we’ve developed a plan that expresses the values of these iwi partners and considers community values identified through the engagement process.
Maclean Park is located in an area of great historical significance to the people of Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Toa Rangtira. The wider area was originally occupied by the settlement know as Te Uruhi Pā, which was located in the vicinity of Te Uruhi Lake and the Tikotu Stream which flowed from the lake out to sea.
What is the draft community vision for the park?
Maclean Park will be a destination for all; a place to meet, play, relax and connect with Kāpiti Island, our heritage and environment.
What happens now that the consultation period has closed?
We're review all submissions and then anyone who'd like to speak to the Council about their submission has the opportunity to do so at a Council hearing in October 2017.We won't finalise the plans until Council has considered all submissions that are received. Once adopted the Management Plan 2017 will be available on our website, and at our libraries and service centres.
Questions about the Development Plan
Where can I see the draft development plan?
Why is the proposed Kāpiti Island Gateway shown at the Boat Club end of the park?
This area has been identified as a possible location because:
Will the pond change?
We're proposing that the pond changes. The first stage of community engagement revealed that people want clean water in the park that could be ‘seen, touched and interacted with’. The pond in its current format wouldn't meet these criteria. Following this we prepared three draft concepts which aspired to incorporate water into the park to:
The feedback we received in Stage 2 was strongly in favour of options which didn't include a pond.
What would go in the place of the current pond?
The footprint of the pond is approximately 1800m2 and the proposed development re-purposes this space to improve park access, circulation and provide in its place:
How will water be 'seen touched and interacted with' in future?
The proposed development plan:
What do you mean by an all-seasons water plaza?
This would be developed through community consultation during a detailed design stage. The intention is to provide a water feature that provides interest and opportunities for play and enjoyment all year round - a typical 'splashpad' doesn't operate through the winter months.
People have also asked for a water feature that contributes to the 'sense of place' at Paraparaumu Beach. The proposed water plaza would be an aesthetic experience and an opportunity for expressing the cultural and/or ecological values of the site.
What will happen to the kiosk?
It's proposed that the kiosk is removed from the park as part of the proposal in Project Area 2. Options for relocation to another site could be considered at the detailed design stage.
Will there be adequate space and facilities for events and markets?
In the proposed development plan, the main picnic lawn in Project Area 2 is made larger and it’s proportion improved for events. The central parking area near the toilets would be reconfigured to support flexible use for activities like markets and small events. If needed, the Paraparaumu Beach Market could also be accommodated in this area.
What is an Older Persons Playground?
Older persons playgrounds provide opportunities for senior members of the community to recreate, improve fitness and decrease isolation. Barcelona has over 300 examples. In the proposed development plan, the older persons playground has been located near the other play facilities to support social cohesion and intergenerational families who visit the site together. Particular details and equipment would be confirmed during the detailed design stage.