Over the last couple of years, Holy Trinity Cathedral has been involved in the development of a plan to further develop and improve Parnell for those who, like us, live and work in this beautiful and historic suburb. Last year, a document called The Parnell Plan was out for consultation and now it has finally been published!
The Parnell Plan provides direction and actions for the next 30 years to ensure Parnell continues to be a fantastic place to live, work, play and do business in the future. It presents the local board, council and community’s vision for the area, key objectives, strategies and a set of actions to achieve the objectives.
Five key action areas have been identified for the Parnell Plan. These are priority locations where investment in mainly physical and environmental improvements can achieve transformational change. They focus directly on achieving the vision and objectives for Parnell and are as follows:
Make Parnell Station a key gateway to Parnell and the Domain
Realise the Waipapa Greenway
Reinforce the core of Parnell town centre as the heart of Parnell
Revitalise the St Georges Bay Road warehouses area
Enhance key east-west links and realise the Parnell Parks Link Greenway
Some parts of these key actions are funded, most are currently unfunded or aspirational, requiring further investigation or waiting to be prioritised in order to happen. This plan however provides the impetus for the council and the community to join together to achieve longer-term transformational changes and projects in and for Parnell.
The development of the Parnell Plan was sponsored by the Waitematā Local Board in collaboration with a working group of key community stakeholders over a series of workshops and meetings held locally in Parnell during 2018. This is in addition to input, meetings and workshops with relevant staff from council and council-controlled organisation stakeholders. The Parnell Plan Working Group included representatives from the following local groups and organisations:- Parnell Business Association, Parnell Community Committee, Parnell Trust, Parnell District School, Parnell Heritage, The Auckland War Memorial Museum, Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Blind Foundation. Local youth representatives and mana whenua were also involved in the process.
We look forward to watching our suburb grow and thrive as the Parnell Plan is set in motion.