Flaxroots: Community-led Planning

The Flaxroots Village Planning project aims to build enduring community initiatives and plans for Auckland North. Communities will be supported to develop their vision for their neighbourhood and develop action plans to realise the vision. Flaxroots is a community-led planning initiative to promote grassroots planning and participation in Auckland North.

The Flaxroots Village Planning seeks to enable residents and communities to participate in, and contribute to improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of their local area. It represents an unparalleled opportunity for people to take responsibility for making things happen locally, rather than waiting for others to do it for them. 

WHAT is community-led planning (CLP)?

It’s a step-by-step process that enables every citizen to participate in, and contribute to improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of their local area.
It represents an unparalleled opportunity for people to take responsibility for making things happen locally, rather than waiting on others to do it for them. Community-led planning is not a new concept, but the opportunity to implement it in a way that is inclusive and well informed has never been greater.
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KEY elements of community-led planning:

1. Strong leadership
Planning should be led by a group from the community that has credibility with the different sections of the community. The group must balance the interest of all stakeholders. 

2. Community engagement
The community or locality should be involved in every step of the planning process. Isolated groups should be given a voice.

3. Strong evidence base
An effective plan is based on the views of the people which are grounded in evidence of real issues and aspirations.

4. Vision
A clear vision for the future will inform the way ahead. It should be grounded and must relate to opportunities and the the local context.

5. Action plans
the vision should be translated into a an action plan with clear objectives and priorities.

How do you get started with community planning?

Unfortunately, there is no standard out of the box community planning blueprint. As each area is uniquely shaped by its people, culture and surroundings, the approach will be different for every community or neighbourhood. 
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A growing number of communities are getting involved in shaping their local neighborhood. This page provides an essential starting point for everyone who would like to conduct community planning. Resources in this site are collated from various websites, articles and publications. It provides best-practice knowledge from initiatives all over the world so that communities can “do-it-themselves.”

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The project is supported by the Community Development Scheme of the .  Visit  for more info, or