Kingston Community Visioning
Background & Introduction
Shaping our Future identified that the Kingston community was going to undergo significant growth in the coming years due to it’s close proximity to Queenstown and the zoning of land to accommodate 900 dwellings in the settlement.
Discussions with the Kingston Community Association indicated the community felt they had little sense of empowerment or ability to influence the direction of future growth and how it would impact the settlement.
Community visioning workshops were planned for late 2021. These were postponed due to the impact of Covid as the community had a desire to meet in person rather than online.
Two facilitated 3-hour public workshops were held at Kingston on 21st and 23rd August 2022 and were attended by 40 members of the community.
On arrival, participants were asked to provide one word that described the biggest issue currently facing Kingston and one word that described long term success for the community.
The first session of the workshop focused on capturing hot topics and the current big issues after which community values were explored, words that might feature in a long-term vision for the town were identified after which participants worked on describing long term success and identifying first step actions towards it.
A simple online survey was created to enable more community sentiment to be captured. There was little take up of the survey however despite a mailbox drop to promote it.
Based on the output of the workshops, a draft long term aspirational vision statement has been produced along with a series of recommendations that will take the community towards their vision.
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Community Priorities: Community Development, Preserve and enhance the environment, Diverse economy, Connectivity, Town Development, History