Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Agenda – September 2015

Lots of initiatives under way

Auckland Transport continue to dither with an interchange

 

The agenda for the September Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board is out and the web version can be read HERE while the PDF version can be read at the bottom of this post.

 

Transport (including streetscapes)

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board – 21 September 2015

Auckland Transport Report – 21 September 2015

File No.: CP2015/19111

 

Purpose

  1. The purpose of this report is to respond to local board requests on transport-related matters and to provide information to Elected Members about Auckland Transport activities in the local board area.

 

Executive Summary

  1. This report covers matters of specific application and interest to the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board and its community, matters of general interest relating to Auckland Transport activities or the transport sector, and Auckland Transport media releases for the information of the Board and community.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board:

a)      receive the Auckland Transport Monthly report for September 2015.

b)      approve construction of the Hunters Corner Street lights from Shirley Road to Sutton Crescent, with an increased budget from the previously agreed $292,000 to a total cost of $320,000.

c)      approve construction of (Option 1 as attached) footpath upgrades in the Old Papatoetoe Business Improvement District, stage one being St George Street from Wallace Road to Shirley Road at a total cost of $740,000.

 

Comments

Transport Capital Fund Project Update

  1. The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board receive $549,292 per year of the triennium; the purpose of this fund is to provide an opportunity for the Board to provide transport improvements to align with the aspirations of their local board plan.
  2. The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board has in this triennium decided to focus their Transport Capital Fund money on improving local business districts. The local board used the fund to complete a project in Otara that enables a seamless connection from the Bus Interchange on East Tamaki Road to the Otara Town Centre and then on to the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT).  The $500,000 contribution was a part contribution to Auckland Council’s Economic Development project that also included art work.
  3. Previously the local board upgraded Davies Avenue, Manukau to become an open space, using the fund from the first triennium.

 

Old Papatoetoe Business District Footpath Upgrade

  1. Auckland Transport has completed the design of the upgrade to the Old Papatoetoe Business District.  The proposal is to upgrade the footpaths and street furniture in the business area from Wallace Road, along St George Street, finishing at the recently upgraded section of Shirley Road.
  2. Auckland Transport has spoken to Auckland Council Property Ltd (ACPL) to ensure that the options presented to the local board at the workshop on 7 September, align with the upgrade of the pedestrian mall.
  3. Auckland Transport presented the attached options and recommends that the Local Board select option 1 ensuring that this is finished with a sealant that ensures chewing gum is easy to remove, with a proposed cost of $740,000. Attachment A.

 

Hunters Corner Streetlight Upgrade

  1. Auckland Transport has reviewed the Hunters Corner Streetlight upgrade project following completion of the design.  The scope of the street lighting upgrade is on Great South Road from Sutton Crescent to Shirley Road.
  2. Auckland Transport’s original concept proposed a simple replacement of the existing old concrete poles with new poles in the same locations but updating them with LED luminaires. This proposal does not meet the new lighting levels required by the street lighting design standard. This requires us to improve the current lighting requirements for this area, particularly at the intersections.
  1. Auckland Transport propose  to do this by adding streetlights to existing traffic signal poles and by replacing some low level traffic signal poles with combined signal and streetlight poles. Ensuring that the ability for banners remain at the same dimensions that currently exist.
  1. The fixed cost required to construct this project is $320,000, this is an increase from previous estimates proposed for this project. The last cost estimate was $292,000.  It is recommended that the local board approve the new estimate of $320,000 for the works in Great South Road, and that should there be any savings on this project when the work is completed, that Auckland Transport carry out side road LED replacements to ensure that the budget is fully spent.

 

Approved Transport Plan

  1. Auckland Transport presented the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board with the finalised programme from the consultation of the proposed RLTP (Regional Land Transport Plan). This presentation included the proposed capital and operational programmes specifically for the Ōtara-Papatoetoe area. This programme is attached, please note that as with all plans and programmes, these are subject to change, but Auckland Transport will consult with the local board if this happens. Attachment B.

 

Manukau Bus/Train Interchange (previously Lot 59)

  1. Auckland Transport and Auckland Council Property Limited (ACPL) have met to discuss opportunities for development within the Manukau area. Currently, the local board has a workshop planned for 5 October, where a joint presentation will be made on these opportunities and where they currently sit within the delivery of the interchange programme.

 

Kolmar, St George and Wallace Intersection Upgrade

  1. As requested by the local board, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council Property Group have met to discuss this project.  Both teams are investigating all options and will present these to the local board as a joint presentation on the 5 October. We will then provide a report for the 19 October Business Meeting.

 

New Tender System for Auckland’s Bus Services

  1. In a milestone for the city’s transport services, Auckland Transport is calling for tenders to operate its New Network bus services in south Auckland (including Pukekohe and Waiuku).
  2. These will be the first tenders called under the new Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) system and the first PTOM tenders called to create the long awaited New Network. This will mean major improvements to the way people travel on bus, train and ferry.
  3. With the southern tender process leading the way, invitations will be called progressively for bus operators to tender in other sectors; west Auckland will be next later this year.
  4. The tenders for Auckland’s southern bus services opened on 17 August and close on 28 September. The successful tenderers will be named early in 2016 and should be operating the New Network Services by October 2016.
  5. The New Network will create a region-wide network of bus, train and ferry services.  The key principle is to run a number of high frequency services that are designed to work together through easy connections, using what is called a “hub and spoke connected network”.
  6. By having more frequent services operating every 15 minutes, 7am to 7pm, seven days a week, passengers can just turn up and go.  They will meet connecting services at transport interchanges – the spokes, the interchanges being the hubs.
  7. The services, where appropriate, will feed train services rather than duplicating them to maximise the efficiency of the new electric rail fleet and between buses and trains and provide more direct and frequent journeys for south Auckland and the rest of the region.
  8. The call for tenders represents a milestone both in providing bus services to Auckland’s travelling public and also in the way they are provided.  PTOM is a service contracting framework under the Land Transport Management Act (LTMA) 2003, ratified by NZ Transport Agency (NZTA). It subsidises passenger routes and incentivises service providers to maximise efficient and effective delivery of public transport in a partnering arrangement with Auckland Transport.
  9. PTOM is welcomed by NZTA, it recently approved Auckland Transport’s Request for Tender process and documentation that will be used to attract tenderers and select the operators.
  10. Under PTOM about half the region’s bus services will be contracted by competitive tender and the balance will be directly negotiated with the current bus operators.
  11. These arrangements differ significantly from the current part contracted and part-deregulated system in which bus companies receive fare revenues and subsidies.
  12. Check out the New Network: https://at.govt.nz/about-us/campaigns/next-steps-in-public-transport/new-bus-network/

 

Upgrade to White Light for Auckland Streets

  1. Auckland Transport has begun New Zealand’s most ambitious LED replacement programme.
  2. It is replacing 44,000 high pressure sodium (golden yellow light) street lights with energy efficient light emitting diodes (LED) luminaires. Auckland Transport owns more than 100,000 street lights, approximately one third of the country’s total lighting stock.
  3. The first phase of the programme is being rolled out over five years and will see half the regions street lights change from golden yellow light to white light.
  4. The rest of the conversion to LEDs will potentially follow in four to five years and project is expected to see net savings of $32 million over the 20 year design life of the LED luminaires.
  5. In March, Transport Minister Simon Bridges – who is also the Minister of Energy and Resources – announced a policy change that would allow local authorities looking at upgrading road lighting to LED to access funding faster.
  6. Auckland Transport has just awarded for four new Street Light Maintenance and Renewals contracts for four years beginning this month. This includes the replacement LED programme which began in May 2015.
  7. Mr Bridges says this is an excellent result and that the accelerated renewal LED conversion programme ensures capital is available to all councils that wish to undertake this work. LED technology – which is cheaper over time, safer and more efficient – is a smart choice for communities and for New Zealand.
  8. The region is divided into four contract areas: Electrix Ltd won the north and west contracts, Downer ITS won the central and south contracts. Auckland Transport is in the process of awarding a contract to Northpower for Waiheke Island. Northpower is the Vector contractor on the island so has a depot and staff there.
  9. Phase one of the contracts focuses mainly on residential roads which comprise approximately 40 per cent of the regions street lighting network.
  10. AT has had a policy since 2012 that all new lights on pedestrian dominated roads will be LED luminaires. Changing the old lights to LEDs will reduce the energy consumption by more than 60 per cent.  Auckland Transport already has approximately 2,000 energy efficient LED luminaires in service. The roll-out will immediately see 1,000 lights replaced in the Mount Albert/Mount Roskill area.
  11. At the same time the new luminaires are changed a Tele-management System (TMS) is being installed to manage and monitor the network.  Through better management of light levels a further 15 to 20 per cent of energy savings can be achieved. The TMS will provide enhanced customer service as any faults on the network will be reported daily.
  12. AT already has LED luminaires around Eden Park which are controlled by a TMS system. This was established under an earlier project and has worked well by increasing light levels before and after events.
  13. International experience has shown that white light is also a factor in crime prevention; delivers greater comfort and security and improves visibility and reaction times for drivers and pedestrians, resulting in fewer vehicle crashes and injuries.

 

Local Board views and implications

  1. The Board’s views will be incorporated during consultation on any proposed schemes.

Implementation

  1. All proposed schemes are subject to prioritization, funding and consultation.

Attachments

No. Title Page
AView Upgrade of the footpaths of the Old Papatoetoe Business Improvement District 17
BView Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) 21

Signatories

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Full concept drawings from the above agenda item can be seen in the PDF version at the bottom of this post

 

Place making planning is important to get right. This is my own place making alternative ideas for the Manukau Super Metropolitan Centre
Place making planning is important to get right. This is my own place making alternative ideas for the Manukau Super Metropolitan Centre. Note: Sleepyhead site now to become a Mixed Use Special Housing Area

 

 

Sutton Crescent ‘Upgrade’

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board – 21 September 2015  

Corner of Sutton Crescent and Great South Road, Papatoetoe

File No.: CP2015/19129

 

Purpose

  1. To report the findings of the “Sutton Corner Concept Working Party” and recommend adoption of the preferred concept plan.

Executive Summary

  1. On 16 March 2015 the Otara Papatoetoe Local Board resolved “that the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board:
  2. a) approve the setting up of the Sutton Corner Concept Working Party.
  3. b) agree the Terms of Reference for the working party.
  4. c) appoint Members Robertson and McCracken as its representatives on the working party, with Member Robertson to chair the working party.
  5. d) request that the working party complete its work and report back to the board in July 2015 with its preferred concept plan options” (OP/2015/30 refers).
  6. The Working Party, which was made up of groups directly impacted by the future development, met on four occasions and considered a number of concept options. The preferred option is attached and recommended for adoption.
  7. The working party unanimously agreed that the attached plan was the option that could best achieve the desired community outcomes.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board:

a)      Adopt the attached Sutton Crescent and Great South Road Corner, Papatoetoe, Concept Plan.

 

Comments

  1. The parcel of land on the corner of Sutton Crescent and Great South Road, Papatoetoe, is contained in eight titles comprising approximately 6,400 square metres.
  2. The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Plan proposes to open up the Sutton Crescent/ Great South Road corner, to make the sports facilities visible from Great South Road and create an open space close to the Hunters Corner shopping area.  The local board plan continues a long-standing council policy to acquire this land.  Council already owns some of the land.
  3. While the broad outcomes for the corner site are well established, the details of development still need to be worked out.  An approved concept plan for the site is needed to provide a clear vision and framework to assist council with decision making on acquisitions, property (including lessee) management and future site development.
  4. The Otara Papatoetoe Local Board resolved to establish a working party to consider various options and recommend a concept plan encompassing the parcel of land.
  5. The working party comprised two members from the Otara Papatoetoe Local Board, two representatives from the Hunters Corner Town Centre Association Incorporated, two representatives from the Papatoetoe Sports and Community Charitable Trust and a representative from Hunters Plaza.
  6. The working party met on four occasions; 30 March, 13 April, 4 May and 25 May 2015. The methodology employed was to identify stakeholder requirements and aspirations, consider legal requirements and to develop a concept plan to achieve as many of the identified requirements as possible.
  7. The requirements and aspirations of stakeholder organisations were identified as:

 

Green space

Need green space with an indoor /outdoor café /restaurant. The space does not need to be a huge area but we need somewhere for shoppers to have an al fresco lunch and eat their sandwiches. Preference for a green communal space.

 
Civic identity

We also need a civic heart; some sort of feature such as a rotunda, town clock tower or water fountain is needed.

 
Passive recreation

Passive recreation area required. Not keen to see the area built-up and enclosed.

 
Active recreation

At least one 3-a-side basketball court and hoop and a commercial gymnasium.

 
Formal and informal sport

Pavilion for tennis and netball. Additional tennis court. Indoor basketball /netball /volleyball /badminton court adjacent to the pavilion.

 
Sustainability

Awareness and acceptance of the trust’s need for financial sustainability.

 

  1. Various concept options were considered, including options developing the corner site solely with the titles currently owned by Auckland Council, developing the site with any one or more of the titles not currently owned by Auckland Council and lastly the corner site in its entirety.
  2. The working party systematically considered concept options. The options firstly considered were based around the utilisation of the properties currently owned by Auckland Council. The working party unanimously agreed that those options could not achieve the desired community outcomes.
  3. The options secondly considered were based around the utilisation of the properties currently owned by Auckland Council together with any one additional property not currently owned by Auckland Council. The working party unanimously agreed that those options could not achieve the desired community outcomes.
  4. The options thirdly considered were based around the utilisation of the properties currently owned by Auckland Council together with any two additional properties not currently owned by Auckland Council. The working party unanimously agreed that those options could not achieve the desired community outcomes.
  5. The options lastly considered were based around the utilisation of the corner site in its entirety. The working party unanimously agreed that this option could best achieve the desired community outcomes.

 

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

  1. The findings of the working party and the rationale for such findings were discussed with the Otara Papatoetoe Local Board at a workshop on Monday 6 July 2015.

Māori impact statement

  1. 15.6% of Otara Papatoetoe residents identified themselves as Maori in the 2013 census, compared with 10.7% across the Auckland’s population. The desire to create additional areas of open space and enhance the visibility of and access to existing open space will benefit all residents, including Maori.
  2. Maori will be invited to engage during the site’s detailed design and development. The recommended concept plan recognizes the intent to include abstract themed play that recognises the Maori and Pacific culture of Papatoetoe.

Implementation

  1. The adoption of the recommended concept plan requires no further implementation.

 

Attachments

No. Title Page
AView Recommended Concept Plan 37

Signatories

 

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Manukau Plaza 1980 and 1990 Source: Auckland Council - Manukau Research Centre
Manukau Plaza 1980 and 1990
Source: Auckland Council – Manukau Research Centre

 

Events

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board – 21 September 2015  

Puhinui Stream Event May 2016

File No.: CP2015/18589

 

Purpose

  1. To seek approval for the allocation of $15,000 from the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board local event support fund, to deliver ‘Puhinui Stream’ as a dual local board event on Saturday 7 May 2016.

Executive Summary

  1. ‘Puhinui Stream’ is a 5km non-competitive give it a go event open to runners, walkers, casual cyclists and children.  Following the 5km Puhinui stream walkway, the event will start in Hayman Park, Manukau and end in Totara Park, Manurewa.
  2. The Manurewa Local Board has been asked to confirm $15,000, from the local event support fund at the 10 September 2015 local board meeting.
  3. The Puhinui Stream event will be delivered by council event delivery staff.  Event delivery staff will work to engage local community groups and council staff in parks, recreation and environment from both local board areas.
  4. Event delivery staff met with the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board events, park and recreational portfolios holders to discuss the proposed event.  Members have shown support for the event and suggested the potential of a dual-board event. Manurewa Local Board supports this initiative on the basis that both boards provide equal funding.
  5. If the event is a dual event across the  Manurewa and Ōtara-Papatoetoe local boards, activities at Hayman Park will be expanded and council staff will seek to engage community groups and people in the Manukau area to participate in the event.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board:

a)      Approve funding of $15,000, from the local event support fund, towards the Puhinui Stream event on 7 May 2016.

b)      Delegate the event portfolio holder, or  recreation portfolio holder to approve the event programme with support and advice from staff.

 

Comments

  1. The Puhinui stream event aims to attract a culturally diverse audience of all-ages including families, teams, friends and individuals who may use it as a training event.
  2. The event is designed to benefit participants by encouraging a healthy active lifestyle, be entertaining and offer education about the stream geography and environment.
  3. The event will feature activities and live music at the start and finish lines with entertainment and activities placed along the 5km route (refer to Appendix A for event format).
  4. The event also contributes to the Auckland Sport and Recreation Strategic Action Plan, in particular Goal 7 Participation:  ‘More Aucklanders living physically active lives through participation in informal physical   activity, recreation and sport’. This is achieved through:
    1. Affordable and accessible options
    2. Children and young people being more active
    3. Promoting healthy and active lifestyles
    4. Auckland’s diverse range of communities being more active.
    5. The Manurewa Local Board will consider a recommendation to allocate $15,000 at the Thursday 10 September local board meeting on the basis that Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board allocates equally.  If allocation from Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board is less than $15,000 the Manurewa Local board will fund up to $25,000.
    6. The Puhinui Stream event will be delivered by council event delivery staff.  Event delivery staff will work to engage local community groups and council staff in parks, recreation and environment from both local board areas.
    7. Event delivery staff met with the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board event, park and recreational portfolios holders to discuss the proposed event.  Members have shown support for the event and suggested the potential of a dual-board event. Manurewa Local Board supports this initiative on the basis that both boards provide equal funding.
    8. As a Manurewa and Ōtara-Papatoetoe dual-board event activities at Hayman Park will be expanded and council staff will seek to engage community groups and people in the Manukau area to participate in the event.
    9. In the event that Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board chooses not to fund this event, it can be delivered by the Manurewa Local Board using Hayman Park for a start-line with reduced activities.

 

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

  1. The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board has an interest in supporting sports and recreation, and events.
  2. It is proposed that Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board and Manurewa Local Board  work together to deliver an event beneficial to the wider community of South Auckland.

Māori impact statement

  1. The Puhinui Stream event is designed to benefit the local community as a whole, including Māori.  Local iwi were not specifically consulted with in the scoping of this event.

Implementation

  1. If the local board to approves funding for this event, discussions around tailoring the event for both local board areas will be finalised by late November 2015.  This will enable council staff to commence community engagement with groups and potential commercial partners.
  2. Council staff will work with both local boards to determine possible partners/sponsors for the event with the goal of securing $5,000 – 10,000 sponsorship by February 2016.
  3. It is proposed that the event takes place on Saturday 7 May 2016 with no rain date.

Attachments

No. Title Page
AView Attachment A: Puhinui Stream Event Proposal 109
BView Attachment B: Puhinui Stream Estimated Budget 111

Signatories

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Plenty of things happening in the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board area

 

What is also in the agenda towards the back is the status report of previous Resolutions seeking reports or updates on various happenings in the Local Board area. In this case the Resolutions moved by the Local Board last month to get Auckland Transport and now Development Auckland moving on both the Manukau Interchange and development options in the Manukau City Centre to coincide with the Interchange development.

 

Apparently there is to be a workshop hosted by AT and Development Auckland on October 5 about the Manukau Interchange while the Governing Body is due to get the same workshop in November or December.

Talk about the Interchange being workshopped to absolute death since the original concept designs were approved by Council in May 2013. Just of note we are up to the fourth set of designs for the Manukau Interchange since the original set in May 2013 (see below) and no firm timeline on completion let alone construction start dates.

 

Time to call for an ALL STOP, evaluate the entire project to date then do the entire thing from scratch!

 

Manukau Bus Interchange MK1 design Lodged May 2013
Manukau Bus Interchange MK1 design
Lodged May 2013

 

The Otara Papatoetoe Local Board September Agenda

 

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