The Auroville Township Planning and Development Research Organisation
As approved by the Residents Assembly of 19.02.2007
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1.0 Objectives and overall parameters
The goal is to realize these objectives as soon as possible. Implementation will be phased, with one year, five year and other periodic plan phases.
The over-arching parameters for participating in the work of the Planning and Development organization are as follows:
2.0 Organisation and Management
L'Avenir d'Auroville will have nine work area teams. The work area teams are coordinated and managed by Coordinators, who together will comprise the management team of L'Avenir d'Auroville. The responsibilities of the Management Team are to:
3.0 Work Areas
3.1 Overall Coordination and Facilitation
Note : In case a Municipal Council is created to replace the Working Committee and Auroville Council, this coordinator could be considered as the person on the Municipal Council representing planning and development.
3.2 Planning and Urban Design
Planning and urban design of the township;
3.3 Socio-economic Planning and Development
Conceive, plan, develop and implement economy models and processes in line with the Auroville Vision;
Conduct and co-ordinate data collection on the socio-economic impact of the present development and proposing a plan for the creation of creative, sustainable work, education, training and cultural opportunities for the present and future residents of the Auroville Township and income-generating activities to support people, collective services and facilities;
Prepare development models for a service sector development that would be able to provide for the needs of the Auroville residents.
Network with local agencies (panchayat, block, district, state and national level) to enable Auroville to have an active voice in the regional development, to protect the interests of Auroville therein and to represent Auroville to these agencies;
Collect and supply data and maps on the present and proposed developments in the area that would impact / affect the planning and development of Auroville;
Create and participate in joint development programs in the region that would ensure a harmonious and sustainable development.
3.5 Township Development
3.6 Administration, Accounts and Reporting
Manage funds (development, operations, maintenance), provide accounting services for various task forces / projects and technical support for all accounting and statutory regulations and compliances;
Provide the administrative service needed for the functioning of the planning, development and technical support office;
Design and implement systems and processes, including IT-enabled processes;
Design and implement reporting systems.
3.8 Communication and Consultation
4.0 Technical Services
This will be a common pool of technical and professional people with expertise that includes survey, mapping, data collection & management, drafts persons, architects, planners, engineers and infrastructure planners. This team will be working primarily with the first 5 coordinators, and can be full or part time and working either centrally or out of their own work/residential offices, according to the needs of the organization. The criteria required are competence and commitment to the task and teams.
5.0 Task Forces
Multidisciplinary task forces may be created to research and articulate options for development plans and projects.
6.0 Advisory Body
An international group of inspirational individuals who are recognised innovative/original leaders and who would help Auroville leapfrog to the next level of planning and development may be constituted.
7.0 Formation of the Organisation
It may be difficult to find the qualified people willing and able to fulfil the objectives of the Organization. Roger Anger will be involved in the selection of coordinators.
Preference for positions in the organization will be given to qualified Aurovilians, Newcomers and long-term associates. If inadequate responses are received, the necessary professional and technical skills may be sought from outside Auroville.
Coordinators will be invited to serve for a period of 3 years. These and all other positions within the organization are expected to demonstrate their capacities and will be subject to an annual performance evaluation. Subsequent periods of service for coordinators may be approved. At the end of each term, the Residents' Assembly will be notified that a coordinator's term of service is up for renewal and evaluation inputs invited. If successful service is adequately documented, the coordinator may be invited to serve for another 3 year term.
Vacancies due to resignation, non-renewal of service or death will be filled by the Residents' Assembly.
8.0 Qualifications for Coordinators
9.0 Decision Making
10.0 Interaction with Residents and Working Groups
Some decisions of L'Avenir d'Auroville will affect the interests of present residents, units or other working groups. There will also be many residents and working groups with constructive and creative proposals and suggestions to improve the planning and development of Auroville. Therefore various communication links, work forums, task force participation, a periodic information newsletter and a committed residents reflection and feedback process will be established to harvest these inputs for the improvement of the planning and development of Auroville.
While every effort will be made to address all concerns and interests related to its work, Auroville residents may develop a system which includes how to deal with issues and concerns regarding decisions of working groups, and this would also apply to decisions of L'Avenir d'Auroville.
11.0 Name of the Organisation
The name of the organisation “ L'Avenir d'Auroville ( The Auroville Township Planning and Development Research Organisation )” has been chosen for the following reasons:
Main Elements of the Galaxy Concept and Master Plan
The architectural forms, the choice of materials, the lay-out of parks and gardens, the different means of transportation, the required services and infrastructure etc. will evolve according to the needs, the advances in know-how and technology, experiments and new discoveries in: innovative, sustainable energy systems; sustainable water management including rain water harvesting; non-polluting transport systems; planning aimed at a collective way of life.
Matters to be referred to Roger for approval / final decision
Note : Escalation of matters to Roger should progressively reduce as it is expected that an increasingly mature and capable Planning Organisation will resolve most issues while respecting the main elements of the Galaxy Concept and the Master Plan.
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