1 June 2017
Last month a group of local
residents and business owners came together to discuss challenges and
opportunities for the Clyde Commercial Precinct.
With the Clyde Community Survey feedback
as a starting point for the conversation, the group started by defining the
problems and considering the benefits that could be achieved by addressing
This led to the development of an
investment logic map, a tool that groups the problems together and aligns them
to tangible benefits and strategic responses.
The next step was to develop a range of
theoretical improvement options. This part of the day was led by Henry
Crothers, a leading Urban Design Specialist. Mr Crothers provided guidance on
how to use public spaces to enhance experiences and support growth while
retaining heritage and charm.
Long-term Clyde resident Carol Haig said
she enjoyed the opportunity for Clyde community and CODC members to “share
ideas with provocations encouraged by experienced facilitators who expanded on
the thoughts and ideas of the group”.
“I'm looking forward to seeing the options
discussed, evaluated and presented for the wider community to comment on.”
Dave Ritchie of Olivers Central Otago was
also happy with the approach.
“The process has been really effective in
moving quite a long way in an area that is hard for people to get their heads
around,” said Mr Ritchie. “It’s distilled input from a number of people into some
solid base materials that will be a great springboard for decision making.”
Muir, Executive Manager Infrastructure Services at Central Otago District
Council, was a participant in the workshop. She said the day was a very
constructive early step in identifying future options to share with the
was really happy with the way the workshop came together and provided a
structured and tangible way for us to consider public space improvements and
where they can deliver value for money.
the ‘Better Business Case’ approach to structure our thinking, means that once
the process runs its course, we can deliver the right things for the right
price at the right time.
critical next step is to identify and test a set of options that we can share
and refine with the Clyde community. This group will meet again on 8 June and
we expect to share our ideas with the community later this month,” Ms Muir
UPDATE: the 8 June meeting had to be postponed. A rescheduled date is still to be confirmed.