Coming Up At the Following Committees

Economic Development, and Finance and Performance Committees meeting this week

 

The Economic Development sub-Committee, and the Finance and Performance Committee are due to meet this week.

The Finance and Performance Committee agenda (below) will be looking at the property revaluation situation which I relayed a presser on from Auckland Council yesterday (see: General Property Values Out. Some Key Information. (UPDATED))

 

The Finance and Performance Committee Agenda and Attachment

 

The ‘cover’ that looks at the Revaluation question will be out on Thursday. I will upload it once it is available.

 

The Economic sub-Committee Agenda

 

I noticed the committee was talking about industrial complexes which has been a running theme and critique on Talking Auckland. Thus I saw this agenda item:

Integrated business precinct plan: industrial south Auckland

 

Purpose

  1. To inform the Economic Development Committee of the draft integrated business precinct plan and ask the committee to endorse the draft for public consultation.

Executive summary

  1. The zoned industrial areas identified within the draft Integrated Business Precinct Plan (IBPP) make a significant contribution to the Auckland economy. The Auckland plan anticipates that a quarter of the additional jobs that will be needed in Auckland by 2041 will be provided in south Auckland.
  2. With increasing pressures for alternative land uses in and around the IBPP industrial areas there is a need to support the industrial areas in a coordinated way so that they can continue to contribute to the delivery of the economic priorities of the Auckland Plan, Auckland’s Economic Development Strategy and the Southern Initiative.
  3. The draft IBPP has been developed to provide a framework to support business and employment growth and inform the strategic approach to the future supply of industrial land to meet anticipated need. The draft sets out a vision and high level actions that are required in order to work towards achieving the IBPP’s objectives.
  4. Following the agreement of the Economic Development Committee the draft IBPP will be subject to a period of consultation prior to being reported back to the committee and local boards.

 

Recommendation/sThat the Economic Development Committee:

  1. a)      endorse the draft Integrated Business Precinct Plan: industrial south Auckland, (Attachment A) for consultation. [note from admin: see embed above for relevant Attachment A]

 

 

Comments

Why have an integrated business precinct plan

  1. In 2012, the industrial locations within the IBPP area contributed an estimated $18 billion towards Auckland’s GDP, employed 149,154 people (23% of Auckland’s total employment), and has seen employment grow by 27.5% since 2002.
  2. The Auckland Plan anticipates that an additional 276,700 jobs will be needed in Auckland by 2041. A substantial share of these jobs (51%) will be located in central Auckland with a further 25% in south Auckland.
  3. With increasing pressure for alternative land uses in and around the IBPP industrial locations, there is a need to support Auckland’s industrial areas in a coordinated way so that they can continue to contribute to the delivery of the economic priorities of the Auckland Plan, Auckland’s Economic Development Strategy and the Southern Initiative.
  1. In order for the southern industrial precincts to continue to make a significant contribution to the regional economy and realise their future potential in the context of a growing residential population we need to co-ordinate
  • the efficient use and supply of brownfield and greenfield industrial land
  • improve transport infrastructure
  • encourage high quality amenity in industrial areas
  • align growth with planned investment
  • develop partnerships with and between businesses and educators
  1. The draft IBPP has been developed to provide a coordinated framework to support business and employment growth within the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, including zoned light and heavy industrial areas located south of central Auckland and to inform the future release of industrial land to meet forecast demand.

Process to date

  1. The following diagram outlines the process that has been followed for the preparation of the draft IBPP.
  2. A project team was established to inform and guide the development of the draft IBPP. The project team was drawn from across council and included representatives from Auckland Transport (AT) and Auckland, Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The project team prepared topic reports and topic based sessions were held to help identify issues and opportunities for the IBPP area.
  3. In addition to the project team a working group of local board members has been established to ensure that the relevant local boards were able to input into the development of the draft IBPP, and steer the strategic direction of the IBPP. This will ensure that the plan responds to the priorities of the local board’s as defined in the emerging and adopted Local Board Plans.
  1. To further identify the key issues and opportunities facing the IBPP area, an informal consultation process was undertaken to gain the views of businesses within the scope of IBPP. This included a series of workshops held with business associations, and Auckland International Airport as well as telephone interviews with businesses. A summary of the main issues identified during this informal consultation process is included within the draft IBPP at appendix 6.

 

Key components of the draft IBPP

 

  1. The draft IBPP includes the following key sections:
  • Vision for the IBPP area
  • Issues and opportunities for the industrial south
  • The spatial strategy for the industrial south
  • High level actions for the industrial south
  • Appendices

o Strategic context

o Economic characteristics of the IBPP area

o Key sectors within the IBPP area

o Industrial change in the IBPP area 2002-2012

o Informal consultation findings

 

 

Spatial strategy

 

  1. The draft IBPP sets out a spatial strategy for the zoned industrial areas in south Auckland. The key elements of the spatial strategy are identified in the diagram below.
Source: http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Open/2014/08/ECO_20140820_AGN_4778_AT_WEB.HTM

 

Vision for the IBPP

 

  1. The draft vision within the draft IBPP is as follows:

“Auckland’s southern industrial locations will continue to be diverse, innovative and sustainable locations that provide opportunities to a local workforce, take advantage of transport connections, maximise trade and export opportunities and act as a key driver for the Southern Initiative and wider Auckland economy”.

  1. This vision is supported by the following high level actions that will help to form the implementation plan for the IBPP once adopted.

o support continued growth of industrial activities in the Airport area, East Tamaki, Wiri and the industrial areas at Takanini, Drury, Papakura, and Pukekohe

o retain industrial zoned land and promote the identification of further industrial land to support the objectives of the Auckland Plan

o work with business to manage the reverse sensitivity issues associated with differing adjacent land uses i.e. heavy industrial to light industrial to mixed use/residential areas

o support the retention of heavy and light industrial businesses in the IBPP area

o support the key sectors identified in the industrial zones

o promote the industrial south as a place to do business and invest

o support local boards in developing and promoting the zoned industrial areas and the opportunities within them

o develop a partnership between local employers and education providers to ensure that skills and training needs for businesses are met now and in the future

o promote the efficient movement of people and goods through a range of transport options

o align growth with infrastructure planning

Consultation

  1. Consultation on the draft IBPP is proposed to occur during September and October 2014. The focus of the consultation will be to connect with iwi, existing businesses in the zoned industrial areas (by presenting to Business Associations and companies previously consulted on during the informal consultation process), and key stakeholders including Auckland International Airport, Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA).
  2. This will occur through meetings and events as well as direct communication using an e-flyer.
  3. Once the engagement period is over, the feedback will be reviewed, grouped into themes and amendments to the draft IBPP will be discussed with the local board working group and project team, prior to presenting back to Local Board’s and the Economic Development Committee.

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Source: http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Open/2014/08/ECO_20140820_AGN_4778_AT_WEB.HTM

 

Just another piece of material to be geographically analysed especially in light of the Revaluations findings, and the Ministry of Transport commissioned paper on Auckland commute journeys.

 

None-the-less it will be interesting to see what both Committees come out with, with their respective agenda items.