Back on Track

The November earthquake unfortunately put the project on hold as community members and the Love the Bay project team focused on recovery work. The Love the Bay syndicate has met several times this year to ensure the project stayed on track. Now that we are ready to resume the work, it's helpful to reflect on the process and provide context for those who may be getting involved for the first time. 

Love the Bay is a participatory, bottom-up planning process. Unlike typical consultation processes where people make a formal submission on a proposed idea, we started from scratch to find a new way forward together as a community. 

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The first workshop - Who is Island Bay? What is Island Bay? - focused on understanding participants' high level vision for the future of Island Bay. We did this by thinking about the chapters that would be covered in an eventual village plan, and brainstorming the characteristics that make up great communities. Participants also got to know one another a bit more by sharing their connections to Island Bay and their motivations for participating in this process.

At the second workshop - Envisioning the Future - we dove deeper into those initial chapters to explore the values behind them to help develop a shared vision for the future. We also considered the pros and cons of different timelines for the village plan. In order to make sure we heard from all elements of the community, we also thought about who will be part of Island Bay in the future and brainstormed ways to bring them into the process. 

At workshop three - Developing the Plan - we looked at a list of the most common values identified in previous workshops and prioritised them. Participants used the values to draft vision statements for Island Bay. Next groups used those values and vision statements to brainstorm concrete ideas that would help Island Bay better embody those attributes in the future. Finally, using large maps, participants identified specific things that they valued and wanted to retain, those that could be improved, and pain points that need to be fixed or changed. 

Workshop four (held on 30 October and 2 November, and our last workshop before the earthquake) built on the principles and visions identified in the early workshops to look at how we move about and interact with The Parade. Rather than starting with solutions, we focused on what is important to users of the space, and why. Participants began developing design statements that describe what they would like to see or how they would like to use the space. 

The facilitators took the initial ideas for design statements from workshop four and online engagement and summarised these into 32 Design Statements (see below) that reflect all of the feedback received from the community. Any suggested solutions were put aside to be shared with the designers at a later stage. All the feedback we've received from workshops, online, emails, conversations, and the drop-in shop were cross referenced with this set of statements to ensure everything has been appropriately included. 

The facilitators have taken these Design Statements to designers from the engineering consultancy Tonkin and Taylor. They suggested we group these into themes that we have called Design Objectives. Tonkin and Taylor are developing a range of design options across all the elements of The Parade. These will be on display at drop-in sessions on 3 May and 7 May at the Island Bay Baptist Church. These sessions will not be run as workshops as the previous ones have been, so you can stop by at any time and stay as little or as long as you'd like.

The drop in sessions will be an opportunity for you to view the design options and assess their pros and cons against the Design Objectives and the underlying Design Statements. 

If you can't make the sessions, there will be other opportunities to give feedback on this website and elsewhere in the community. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Love the Bay Design Objectives

The Parade is safe for all users.

  • It is safe for pedestrians, safe for cyclists, safe for motorists, safe for children, safe for the elderly, safe for people with disabilities, safe when exiting/accessing vehicles while parked, safe for exiting driveways, safe for parking, safe at intersections.
  • There is clear separation between fast moving things, slow moving things, and parked things (motorists and fast cyclists / slow cyclists and pedestrians / parked cars).
  • Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists have clear sight lines, particularly at intersections, pedestrian crossings, and bus stops.
  • Drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists know where to expect one another.
  • Traffic calming measures (that aren’t annoying or noisy) are used to highlight shared spaces.

The layout is intuitive and easy to understand. 

  • The Parade is intuitive for all users.
  • Consistent road markings are used through the length of The Parade.
  • Road markings and layout are consistent with the rest of the city and region.
  • Pedestrian crossings are clearly indicated and are not ambiguous.

The Parade accommodates all current and future users. 

  • Design elements encourage all users to share The Parade.
  • The carriageway accommodates emergency services, rubbish trucks, buses, and other large vehicles.
  • Shops have service access for deliveries so vehicles don’t block traffic.
  • Bus stops do not inhibit the flow of pedestrians, vehicles, or cyclists.
  • Footpaths are wide enough for two adults and a dog to walk side by side.
  • Pedestrian crossings align with usual pedestrian routes (particularly school routes), and are a safe distance from bus stops and other hazards.
  • It is acknowledged that children may cycle on the footpath and they are accommodated.
  • Faster cyclists who prefer to ride on the road are accommodated.
  • The design takes into account anticipated population growth.
  • Bus stops and bus shelters are positioned based on user numbers.

The visual environment is cohesive and clean. 

  • The Parade looks and feels open and spacious.
  • It is simple and clean, free of visual and physical clutter.
  • Businesses and other amenities are clearly visible.
  • The look and feel reinforces and highlights road rules and protocols.
  • The design celebrates Island Bay’s unique history and identity.
  • Natural elements along The Parade are protected and enhanced.

Central Island Bay is a pleasant, welcoming destination. 

  • The shopping centre has a plaza / town square / village hub vibe that encourages community cohesion; people linger, meet, hang out, and eat.
  • The shopping centre has pleasant seating, art, plantings, access to sun, protection from the weather, child-friendly spaces, and accessible public toilets.
  • There is adequate car parking around amenities.
  • The shopping centre has plenty of parking for bikes and scooters.
  • The look and feel encourages people to shop locally.
  • The library and community centre are linked with the shopping centre.
  • Walkways around the shopping centre and shops have adequate protection from the weather.