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ACPL and Auckland Transport told to pull finger

Quite literally as well-looking at the Minutes of the recent Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board meeting held on Monday 17th August.

You can read the Minutes (web version) HERE.

In regards to Auckland Transport being told to well pull finger we have the following from the Local Board:

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Auckland Transport Report – August 2015

Resolution number OP/2015/134

MOVED by Member LT Fuli, seconded by Member SC Grey:  

That the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board:

a)      receives the Auckland Transport monthly report for August 2015.

b)      request that Auckland Transport provides a firm cost estimate for a gateway sign on East Tamaki Road, Papatoetoe.

c)     request that Auckland Transport and Auckland Council Property Ltd incorporate residential accommodation options to the airspace above the Manukau bus interchange (lot 59) for the board to consider.

d)     note the long-term plan 2015- 2025 identified Manukau metropolitan centre as a key priority area to improve public transport and quality urban living. Future proofing the bus terminal by investing in these areas will drive positive environmental, economic and social outcomes for Auckland and local areas.

e)      request Auckland Transport and Auckland Council Property Ltd identify opportunities in the long-term plan to improve the linkages to local amenities to the bus terminal interchange, such as Putney Way and local retail stores.  

CARRIED

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Auckland Transport Quarterly Update to Local Boards – For the quarter – 1 April to 30 June 2015

Resolution number OP/2015/135

MOVED by Chairperson E Collins, seconded by Deputy Chairperson HVR Robertson:  

That the Ōtara-: Papatoetoe Local Board:

a)       receive the Auckland Transport Quarterly update for the quarter 1 April to 30 June 2015.

b)      request Auckland Transport to present to the board a clear and realistic system and realistic opportunities to achieve its local board plan transport outcomes, such as, local interchanges, safer train stations, better local Park and Rides services, direct rail connections to the Auckland Airport and Homai train station; and the Te Araroa national trail through Puhunui Reserve.

A direct rail connection to Homai Station is the Manukau rail South Link which I have been pushing for since 2011. So from the above the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board has instructed Auckland Transport to lay out the timeline for getting the Manukau South Link built and operational.

The Local Board has also asked Auckland Transport and ACPL (soon to be Development Auckland) to look at residential (and probably commercial) designs to be incorporated into the Lot 59-Manukau Transport Interchange. That will certainly prove to be interesting given the Resolution I got from the Auckland Development Committee seeking a please explain from Auckland Transport on the progress of the Interchange (see: Ben Ross: Advocating for Southern Auckland – On Transport #Auckland2016)

I also see given that Manukau is a Metropolitan Centre (or even a Super Metropolitan Centre) that the Local Board wants AT and ACPL to look at enhancing connections across the Centre from the Manukau Interchange and Rail Station.

Manukau Bus Interchange MK1 design
Manukau Bus Interchange MK1 design

In regards to ACPL being told to pull finger:

Auckland Council Property Limited Local Board Six-Monthly Update 1 January to 30 June 2015

Resolution number OP/2015/139

MOVED by Chairperson E Collins, seconded by Deputy Chairperson HVR Robertson:  

That the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board:

a)      receive the Auckland Council Property Limited Local Board Six-Monthly update 1 January to 30 June 2015.

b)      request Auckland Council Property Ltd to begin work in facilitating potential providers to fund and build residential accommodation options to the airspace above the bus interchange at Manukau (lot 59).

c)      note the long-term plan 2015- 2025 identified Manukau metropolitan centre as a key priority area to improve public transport and quality urban living. Future proofing the bus terminal by investing in these areas will drive positive environmental, economic and social outcomes for Auckland and local areas.

d)      seek a workshop with Auckland Council Property Limited to prepare a local property plan under ACPL’s optimisation policy, in order to maximise use of local assets and with any sales to be reinvested back into the local board area.

e)      seek updated reporting from Auckland Council Property Limited on the Papatoetoe Town centre and Infratil contract.

f)       request that Auckland Council Property Limited invest any proceeds from the sale of South Hayman Park land to the Crown to the development of the remainder of Hayman Park and other parks in the Ōtara Papatoetoe Local Board area.

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It seems the Local Board is preparing Manukau to be ready once the Unitary Plan goes live next year and their Area Plan that was done last year can be executed. Combine it with the Auckland Transport resolutions and the resolutions regarding the Future Urban Land Strategy below and you can see the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board is at Action Stations but the Council Controlled Organisations need a shove along.

Future Urban Land Supply Strategy

Resolution number OP/2015/140

MOVED by Chairperson E Collins, seconded by Member LT Fuli:  

That the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board advise the Auckland Development Committee and hearing panel on the Strategy that the board:

a) agree in principle with the sequencing proposed within the draft Future Urban Land Supply Strategy, as these appear to meet the objective of a well-managed  urban expansion;

b) request that the draft strategy be amended to recognise that any proposed urban expansion in the south will have transport impacts on the existing transport infrastructure serving Ōtara-Papatoetoe, and will necessitate investment in routes serving Ōtara-Papatoetoe, as well as local infrastructure in the areas being developed;

c) request that the draft strategy be amended to indicate the method of financing the new infrastructure, and in particular to indicate the share of the costs expected to fall to ratepayers, and the share to be borne by developers, through development contributions or otherwise;

d) request that a similar sequencing strategy be developed for the development of existing urban centres in Auckland, including brown fields and centres such as Manukau and Old Papatoetoe, which could help to absorb population growth, with moderate investment and removal of blockages to development.

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So the Local Board is aware that with it housing the second largest Metropolitan Centre in Auckland and one of two potential Super Metropolitan Centres (Albany being the other) – Manukau it can help absorb growth providing now Council pulls finger and develops a comprehensive strategy for developing the Brownfield areas. In other words formalising the Ten Spatial Priorities under the Long Term Plan.

Spatial Priorities 2

Spatial Priorities

Excellent on pushing things along after the CCO’s and the Council have been dithering around with the above projects for too long now. Hopefully we get can full implantation of the above projects from next year!

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