Plans for improvements to Mahara Place in Waikanae have been altered, partly due to a budget cut.
Kapiti Coast District Council Group Manager Infrastructure Services Sean Mallon says things have changed since the community consultations, so plans and timelines for the upgrade to Mahara Gallery and Waikanae Library have adjusted.
Also the money available for Council-funded improvements to Mahara Place has reduced through the Long Term Plan process.
“We last consulted with the community on Mahara Place improvements in 2014 and 2016. Since then, things have changed," says Mr Mallon.
"The plans and timelines for the upgrades of the Mahara Gallery and Waikanae Library have been adjusted; the community has grown; and the amount of money available for Council-funded improvements to Mahara Place has reduced through the Long Term Plan process."
“In light of these changes, we’re revisiting our plans for Mahara Place to make sure our approach is fit-for-purpose, can be delivered within the available funding, and will meet the community’s needs,” he says.
The Mahara Place Development Committee (MPDC) has been established to help the Council further develop designs for the planned Mahara Place improvements.
The Committee’s made up of representatives from Waikanae businesses and the community.
The Committee met in July and August to review high-level concepts for the improvements and has been asked to provide further feedback to help shape detailed designs for Mahara Place.
Sue Lusk of the MPDC says the Council has listened to the comments gathered from Waikanae residents over the last four years, and have come up with ideas that are vibrant and full of life and colour.
The Council expects construction work to start in early 2019.