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Last reviewed: Mon, 21 Jul 2014

Residents’ Associations – formation and recognition policy



General guidelines

(a) That Community Boards decide boundaries for Residents’ Associations taking their views into account in doing so.
(c) That Community Boards and Council officers need to consult in a manner that is timely and appropriate for community and Residents’ Groups.
(d) That Residents’ Groups recognised by the Council must be able to demonstrate that they have good communication processes in place with their members and the community. This may be as simple as a regular newsletter containing relevant information (e.g. disseminating information, encouraging or inviting community input). Such groups are not elected representatives of their neighbourhood but are a valuable source of input into the Council decision-making processes.
(e) That the Community and Recreation Unit undertakes to organise a minimum of two annual forums for Residents’ Groups across ward areas. The content of these forums to be defined by the groups.
(g) That a resource manual be developed for Residents’ Groups, that includes clear advice on Council processes and other relevant information.
(h) That a formula for resourcing groups through an annual grant be developed.
(i) That the Community and Recreation Unit, through the annual budget round, allocate funding which the Unit administers (based on the formula to be developed) for the purpose of a small annual grant to recognised Residents’ Groups.
(j) That consistent city-wide accountability measures be developed.
(Consideration of clauses (b) and (f) was deferred).

Policy

(a) That the Christchurch City Council supports the formation of local Residents’ Groups.
(b) That local Residents’ Groups be able to apply to their Community Board for recognition as an official Residents’ Group.
(c) That Community Boards decide boundaries for Residents’ Associations taking their views into account when doing so.
(d) That official Residents’ Groups receive the right to be consulted along with other relevant community groups by the Council on all works and services planned within their boundaries.
(e) That official Residents’ Groups be eligible for a small annual grant (according to an agreed formula).
(f) That Council staff and elected members use the Seeking Community Views Policy and Policy Guidelines when consulting with Residents’ Groups and other relevant community groups.
(g) That the Council support[s] communication within and between Residents’ Groups.
(h) That the Council seek[s] to foster a positive working relationship with Residents’ Groups and other relevant community groups.
Note: Items (b) and (f) have been deferred pending consideration of the Seeking Community Views Policy by the Community Services Committee.

Council
23 August 2001

 

Authorising Unit: Strategy Support

Last reviewed: Monday, 21 July 2014

Next review: Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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