Place-making projects are a great way for communities to take responsibility for creating opportunities or solving problems in their local neighbourhoods. They can often create new networks, channel energy and facilitate local creativity and innovation.

Before you begin

Things to consider before you get started.

What do you want to achieve?

Consider both the process and the result. Successful community projects are inclusive and collaborative. They are just as successful at building community and individual capacity and connections as they are at creating places, things or events that people love.

Why are you doing this?

A useful early step is to understand if there is an identified need that the proposed place, thing or event will meet, and if there is a shared desire for it. It is also important to consider who will take ownership of, and drive, the project. Good project planning will have achievable and deliverable actions, not just ideas.

Who is available to help?

People are the most important resource in a project. Consider which community group or member will lead the various steps. Who are the other people and agencies that might contribute? Are there already groups that exist that do similar projects? Christchurch is full of passionate groups doing great work in their communities. Ask around to see if there is already a group that you can join.

How much time will it take? 

The amount of time you will need to plan, design and deliver a project can vary greatly depending on what's involved. Sometimes it can be even the smallest or unexpected things which can hold a project up. 

Talk to your local Community Development Advisor (CDA) or Community Recreation Advisor (CRA) about what you need to consider. You can also take a look at our local success stories for examples of projects to see the timeframes involved.

Don't be put off if the timeframe is longer than you expected. Quite often the best outcomes come from taking the time to connect with others to plan and promote your initiative.  

Which tools will you use?

There are a diverse range of tools to help you plan, design and deliver your project. Before getting started, it’s also important to consider which tool or combination of tools will help you deliver the best results. See Tools to help you deliver your idea(external link).

What kind of budget do you need?

This will vary greatly depending on what you are planning to do. It is a good idea to consider at least a small budget to account for possible venue hire or materials. See Funding your project(external link).

You can also ask your local CDA or CRA for advice on sources of funding for your project and how to access free or discounted community equipment and resources. 

What potential speed bumps might you face?

Community groups or individuals can face a number of speed bumps in trying to implement their projects. These may be generated by division within the community or by the possible difficulties dealing with the Council to obtain access to public spaces, funding and other assistance.

For example:

  • difficulty finding the right person to talk to;
  • the Council's many and sometimes multiple or conflicting processes and requirements, often driven by legal requirements outside Council control, for community access to public places. Many processes will depend on the specific proposal, such as the proposed use, duration and facility or space, and may include requirements for resource and/or building consents, traffic management plans, lighting plans and liability insurance;
  • meeting criteria for funding assistance; and
  • likely timeframes and costs.

I(external link)t pays to do your homework. See Overcoming speed bumps(external link).

How can the Council help?

The Council’s local Community Development and Community Recreation Advisors (CDAs and CRAs), who are based within the seven community board areas and contactable through their Community Governance Managers, are a good first point of contact to run through your idea with and help you find out what is needed.

These staff can connect with other areas of the Council to help with your information needs and/or Council requirements.

Community Development Advisors (CDAs)

CDAs can provide a range of services and support for community-led projects, including:

  • information about existing strategic plans and community facilities and spaces;
  • initial linkage into the Council, and unit which 'owns' assets such as such as public parks and other infrastructure like roads and street furniture;
  • ongoing contact with you, including facilitating meetings/contact with the Council’s asset owner;
  • advice for engaging with your local community;
  • advice about skills development within the community; and
  • information and assistance with possible funding sources.

Community Recreation Advisors (CRAs)

CRAs support community recreation and sporting groups and organisations to strengthen and create opportunities for people to be more active more often.

They can do everything the CDAs do, as well as:

  • support the organising and running of community events, including information about community facilities and spaces; and
  • help develop skills for communities looking to run their own recreation activities.

To connect with a CDA or CRA, contact the Community Governance Manager from your local Community Board(external link).

The process

Every community-led project is unique and the process to achieving it often is too.

Most place-making projects generally follow these six steps

 

1. Get started

painted intersection comm led 01Determine what you want to do, why, who is available to help, how long it will take, what kind of budget you’ll need and whether it will need an ongoing commitment.

In addition to advice from the Council, tools to help you deliver your idea(external link) and other place-making resources(external link) include:

2. Identify the issues

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Tools to help you deliver your idea include:

  • Fish bowl process.
  • Appreciative inquiry.
  • Asset mapping.

3. Identify your vision

design comp council supp 01Create a clear and representative vision of what you want to achieve. 

Tools to help you deliver your idea include:

  • Fishbowl process.
  • Charrettes.
  • Enquiry by design.
  • Design competition/workshop.

4. Identify constraints

riccarton west safegrowth support from council 02 01Determine what speed bumps you might face as the project unfolds. These may include seeking landowner permissions and/or regulatory consents.

In addition to advice from the Council, tools to help you deliver your idea include:

  • Existing strategic plans and statutory documents.
  • Legal requirements, such as obtaining building and resource consent.

5. Obtain funding

kua hua comm led 01Think about creative solutions or potential partners that can contribute to your project and help keep the monetary costs low. 

Sources of funding for your project may include:

  • Council funding sources.
  • Non-Council funding sources.

6. Delivery

Community funding tnWhat are the final things that need to happen to ensure your project is delivered successfully? In addition to advice from the Council, other place-making resources include:

  • Resources, tools and documents.
  • Other helpful organisations.

Contact us

Use these details to contact your Community Development Advisor or Community Recreation Advisor in your ward.

Contact

Ward

Phone

Email

Andrea Wild

Community Development Advisor

Banks Peninsula (Lyttelton / Mt Herbert subdivision)

03 941 5605 027 205 3769

andrea.wild@ccc.govt.nz

Philipa Hay

Community Development Advisor

Banks Peninsula (Lyttelton / Mt Herbert subdivision)

03 941 5604

philipa.hay@ccc.govt.nz

Trisha Ventom

Community Recreation Advisor

Banks Peninsula (Lyttelton / Mt Herbert subdivision)

03 941 5642

trisha.ventom@ccc.govt.nz

Robin Arnold

Community Development Advisor

Banks Peninsula (Akaroa / Wairewa subdivision)

03 941 5683 027 306 0324

robin.arnold@ccc.govt.nz

Jane Harrison

Community Development Advisor

Banks Peninsula (Akaroa / Wairewa subdivision)

03 941 5688 027 206 8790

jane.harrison@ccc.govt.nz

Heather Davies

Community Development Advisor

Coastal-Burwood

03 941 5314

027 665 2541

heather.davies@ccc.govt.nz

Anna Langley

Community Development Advisor

Coastal-Burwood

03 941 5584 027 298 2103

anna.langley@ccc.govt.nz

Jacqui Miller

Community Recreation Advisor

Coastal-Burwood

03 941 5333 027 637 7927

jacqui.miller@ccc.govt.nz

Natalie Dally

Community Development Advisor

Fendalton- Waimairi-Harewood

03 941 5326 027 220 7248

natalie.dally@ccc.govt.nz

Lisa Gregory

Community Recreation Advisor

Fendalton- Waimairi-Harewood

03 941 6729 027 227 3064

lisa.gregory@ccc.govt.nz

Marie Byrne

Community Development Advisor

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

03 941 6502 027 471 6539

marie.byrne@ccc.govt.nz

Karla Gunby

Community Development Advisor

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

03 941 6705 027 706 5684

karla.gunby@ccc.govt.nz

Vacant (to be filled)

Community Recreation Advisor

Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton

   

Sol Smith

Community Development Advisor

Linwood-Central-Heathcote

03 941 6634 027 229 4157

sol.smith@ccc.govt.nz

Position will be filled in April

Community Development Advisor

Linwood-Central-Heathcote

   

Emily Toase

Community Recreation Advisor

Linwood-Central-Heathcote

03 941 5216

emily.toase@ccc.govt.nz

Trevor Cattermole

Community Development Advisor

Papanui-Innes

03 941 5407 027 706 9016

trevor.cattermole@ccc.govt.nz

Stacey Holbrough

Community Development Advisor

Papanui-Innes

03 941 8102

027 229 4156

stacey.holbrough@ccc.govt.nz

Helen Miles

Community Development Advisor

Papanui-Innes

03 941 5409 027 490 7618

helen.miles@ccc.govt.nz

Jay Sepie

Community Development Advisor

Spreydon-Cashmere

03 941 5102 027 204 0727

jay.sepie@ccc.govt.nz

Gail Payne

Community Development Advisor

Spreydon-Cashmere

03 941 8051 027 505 4110

gail.payne@ccc.govt.nz

Sam Holland

Community Recreation Advisor

Spreydon-Cashmere

03 941 6889

samantha.holland@ccc.govt.nz