Here are some place-making ideas you may wish to consider for your neighbourhood. You may have other ideas – you are only limited by your imagination.

Also see examples of place-making in Christchurch

Community garden

Community gardens are a great tool for uniting neighbours around food resilience.

Food resilience is the ability to access sufficient and appropriate food in the face of various and unforeseen stresses.

Although the more people that help the better, community gardens can be established by a small core group for relatively little cost.

  

Community cleanups

Keeping your neighbourhood clean and graffitii-free can help instil a sense of community ownership and improve the perception of safety.

Organising a community working bee to keep the neighbourhood clean is a quick and low-cost way to make a big impact. The Council supports and provides advice to communities looking to address local graffiti issues, perhaps even through the painting of a mural.

 

Artwork

Creating an artwork is a great way to meet your neighbours and get everyone involved in the beautification of their community.

For more information contact ArtsAdvisors@ccc.govt.nz

Transform a vacant space

Vacant space within a community is often a struggle to maintain, can begin to look overgrown and may accumulate rubbish.

Projects in these spaces create a sense of community ownership and vibrancy, while addressing a potential lack of amenity. 

There are a variety of organisations and funding that can help you shape your vacant space. 

 

Hold an event

Markets, festivals and other community events can be fun ways of getting people together.

Markets, whether regular or one-off, are a great opportunity to promote your community’s economy, creativity and bring neighbours together. Markets can take a lot of energy to begin and maintain over time. Be sure to have a dedicated group of engaged vendors and helpers.

Festivals to promote a particular cause or activity can also be one-off or on-going events. These can take the form of activity weeks, art and culture events, or an awareness-raising day.

Community events, like a street party or a picnic in a local park are an opportunity to meet your neighbours. These informal events are a great way to learn about your shared values and aspirations.

Develop a community plan

Communities know what they need most. Some will have different needs and abilities when developing and implementing their own community plan, to enhance a local shopping centre, for example.

Community-led plans are similar to Council-led plans in that they have a vision, actions and a prioritised implementation plan. Community-led plans differ to Council-led plans in that community-led engagement and plan drafting are not bound by the same legislative processes and requirements (e.g. around consultation under the Local Government Act).

Although not formally adopted by the Council, community-led (and owned) plans can still be recognised, through promotion by community boards, and guide decision making by the Council and other agencies.

Actions involving physical projects may require funding from the Council. This is normally done via the Council’s Long Term Plan (LTP). The LTP, which is reviewed every three years, outlines the activities, services and capital works the Council will provide, and when and how it will finance them, over the next 10 years.