Consultation on the concept plan for the $1.785 million streetscaping of Mapua's Aranui Rd will take place this year, despite the actual work not being due to start for a decade.
Councillors at the Tasman District Council's engineering services committee meeting heard that the plans for streetscaping the road and the CBD had already been discussed with residents four or five years ago.
Councillor Judene Edgar argued that consulting on the proposal again this year would create the expectation that work would start sooner than 2022-23.
However, committee chairman Councillor Trevor Norris said Mapua residents were well aware that the council did not have the money to do an upgrade now, and any work would have to wait until the $254,300 undergrounding of the road's services and a lighting upgrade in 2017-18. He said doing the consultation now was good planning.
Councillor Glenys Glover said carrying out the consultation now was good management and would help to guide developers on material and plantings between now and when work started.
But Mrs Edgar said Mapua was a fluid community, which would change between this year's consultation and 2022.
The council's transportation manager, Gary Clark, said tying the concept down would end an ad hoc development, and while it was only a guide, it would give the community an understanding of what the village would look like in the future.
Councillor Brian Ensor said the community has been involved in the latest round of landscaping discussion and was used to long-term projects.
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