Plans to “revitalise” Whangaparaoa’s shopping precinct and library forecourt, which may include closing off all, or part of Main Street to cars, are moving forward.
The public will be asked for their thoughts and ideas on the proposals at two meetings in the coming weeks.
The work on transforming the area outside Whangaparaoa Library is happening alongside the development of a town centre plan for Whangaparaoa, being prepared by Jason Evans. He was commissioned by the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board in April to prepare the plan. These plans, which have already been prepared for Silverdale and Orewa town centres, look at the potential for future development and cover issues such as cycleways and public spaces.
In addition, The Plaza is well underway with the upgrade of the outside area it owns opposite the library.
Driving the revitalisation project forward is the Whangaparaoa 2030 Forum. Its coordinator, Kym Burke, says the aim is to create better connections between the library, Plaza and Community Hall and gardens, so that the area is more cohesive.
She says closing all, or part, of Main Street to make it more pedestrian-friendly, is an option being considered but much will depend on the community’s views.
The public events, on Tuesday, November 29 at The Plaza, and Saturday December 3 at Whangaparaoa Library (10am – 2pm on each day) are an opportunity for the community to come and look at maps, make suggestions, talk to planners and share their ideas.
relating to the future centre planning for the Whangaparaoa town centre and for the transformation of the library space. Paul Murphy of Shafer Design in Orewa is working on concept plans for the library courtyard.
Kym says that Jason Evans’ plans for the town centre will also be on display for feedback.
“This feedback will inform the development of the Whangaparaoa Town Centre Plan and concept drawings for the transformation of the Library Space which will go ahead in the New Year,” she says.