We’ve drafted an Age-Friendly Policy which will guide the Council’s planning to explicitly consider the needs of the growing number of older residents.
The proposed policy aims to address the issues raised by the community on the needs of older people and the ways that the Council can help develop an age-friendly community. Our community has told us that the main issues for our older residents are accessibility, transport services, networks and infrastructure, housing, social connection, and affordability.
The proposed policy sets goals and objectives across a range of areas where the Council has a role in developing an age-friendly community. We’ve also included examples of the methods or actions that will achieve those objectives.
These actions will mostly be implemented through other key planning documents, particularly the Activity Management Plans, Long Term Plan and Tasman Resource Management Plan review, and the adoption of this policy has been timed to inform the development of those plans. We think many of these initiatives will benefit people of all ages and abilities.
We want to know what you think of the proposed policy. Does it identify and address the opportunities and challenges of an ageing population? Will the objectives improve the wellbeing of our older residents?