Transport and Community Place Making Resources
Land Sales in Manukau
Update on Parklet
Apologies for the short notice as the agenda came out very late last week.
The November Agenda for the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board monthly meeting is out and the web version can be read HERE.
|Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board – 16 November 2015|
Auckland Transport Report – November 2015
File No.: CP2015/23683
- 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 Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board area.
- 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.
That the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board:
a) receive the Auckland Transport report – November 2015.
Transport Capital Fund Project Update
- The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board receive $549,292 per year of the triennium for their Local Board Transport Capital Fund. 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.
- The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board has in this triennium decided to focus their Transport Capital Fund on improving local business districts. The Board used the fund to complete a project in Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board that enabled a seamless connection from the Bus Interchange on East Tamaki Road to the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Town Centre through to the Manukau Institute of Technology. The $500,000 contribution was also a part contribution to Auckland Council’s Economic Development project that also included art work. Previously the board upgraded Davies Avenue to become an open space, using the fund from the first triennium.
- Currently the board has $41,000 available until the end of the 2016/17 financial year. Attachment A provides further detail.
Otara Footpath Upgrade
- Photo of before the footpath upgrade of the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board Town Centre.
- Photos of after the footpath upgrade of the Otara Town Centre completed early in 2015.
Manukau Bus/Train Interchange (previously Lot 59)
- The proposed Manukau Bus Station is a key part of the roll out of a new public transport network across south Auckland. It will provide Aucklanders with a new network of buses and trains that will get them to their destination faster and more efficiently. Attachment B.
- The Manukau train station sees an average of 1037 daily week day passenger trips and is currently the 13th busiest station in Auckland.
- Auckland Transport (AT) has now developed concept design plans for the proposed new high quality bus station, aimed at making it easy to transfer between trains and buses, as well as between bus services. It will be designed to have sufficient capacity for long distance coach services. The facility will also feature a large enclosed waiting area similar to an airport lounge.
- Auckland Transport seeks feedback on the concept design to help make an informed decision to provide a high quality bus station and customer experience.
- Located right next to Manukau train station, the Manukau civic offices car park on Putney Way (between Davies Avenue and Osterley Way) will be transformed to a 23-bay bus station. The train and bus stations will be linked by a covered walkway.
- The entire structure will be designed to provide a high quality public transport experience which will be safe and accessible for everyone. Temporary bus stops will be installed on Davies Avenue to allow the new network to operate smoothly until the station is constructed and opens in the second half of 2017.
- To support the rollout of the new network in south Auckland, Auckland Transport is also is building new bus and train stations at key locations in Pukekohe and Otahuhu.
Bus station features
- The bus station is likely to feature the following:
- Convenience kiosks
- A ticket office
- AT Metro customer service
- Drop off and pick up facilities
- Cycle parking facilities
- Taxi parking
- Customer waiting areas
- Bus staff office facilities
- 24 hour security, help points and CCTV
- Designed to allow for regional coach services (for example, services currently using Leyton Way at Westfield Manukau will be moved to the bus interchange)
- Public days will be held at the following dates, times and venues:
|Tuesday, 10 November 2015||12 to 2 pm||Centre Court, Westfield – Manukau|
|Thursday, 12 November 2015||5 to 8 pm||Centre Court, Westfield – Manukau|
|Saturday, 14 November 2015||10 am to 1 pm||Ground level, Manukau Institute of Technology, entrance to Manukau Station|
HOP Card Price Change
- The HOP card originally cost $10, including GST, when it was launched in 2012, but since then Auckland Transport has discounted it to $5.00 to encourage uptake. The actual cost of the card is $8.54, excluding GST, and Auckland Transport has been funding the shortfall. This is significant, considering over 600,000 cards have been sold.
- Now that most customers have a HOP card, AT is removing the discount which was applied while the system was rolled out and bedded down. The increase will apply from Thursday 17 December, 2015.
Auckland Transport News
Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Cycle Path
- Construction has started on one of Auckland’s biggest walking and cycling projects, connecting Auckland’s eastern suburbs to the Waitemata Harbour. A dawn blessing and sod turning ceremony marked the start of the construction phase on 21 October. The sod turning ceremony was attended by representatives of Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, Orakei Local Board, Auckland Council, New Zealand Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and the Hon Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport.
- The shared path starts at Merton Road in Glen Innes and follows the rail line all the way to Tamaki Drive and will connect communities and provide a route into the city for people on bikes and is another step on the way towards easing traffic congestion.
- The path will be around four metres wide and constructed mostly in concrete. Timber boardwalks will cross the water at Orakei Basin and concrete will be used for longer structures such as the proposed Hobson Bay crossing. LED lighting will extend the hours of access, particularly during the winter months. Although the geography is hilly in places, the pathway is designed to keep gradients as low as possible.
- The first stage of the shared path from Merton Road to St Johns Road is due to be finished in late 2016.
Cycling Numbers Increasing
- The number of people cycling in Auckland is up 7% according to research released recently by Auckland Transport. An independent survey conducted earlier in the year, looked at the walking and cycling habits of more than 1600 people living in Auckland and compared the findings with last year.
- It found that the number of people who said that they did any cycling at all went from 20% to 27%. The number of people cycling at least once a week was also up to 11% compared with 6%, 12 months ago.
- While the reason for cycling is still exercise or fitness (68%) or recreation (48%), there was a steady growth in those saying cycling to work was the reason they get on a bike (up to 16% from 12%). The survey also gathered information about where people lived and found that those living directly east and west of the city have the highest proportion of people cycling.
- This research is a source of real data in order for AT to plan ahead for the future cycle improvements. Putting in protected cycle facilities in the right parts of the city will make people feel and be safer when riding around the city. To maximise the investment which has come from local and central government, AT plans to improve the network for cycling into and around the city centre as well connections to public transport interchanges.
- People living in the inner city and the corridor running north-south from the city have the highest potential for growth in cycling. To get people cycling, overcoming perception of safety seems to be the greatest barrier.
Let’s Carpool Campaign
- Auckland Transport is running a public campaign in November to encourage carpooling. The key objective is to reduce the amount of single vehicle occupancy trips into central Auckland by encouraging people to give carpooling a go and visit the Let’s Carpool website to register. The target audience is people aged between 20 and 45 years working in Central Auckland.
Road Safety Young Driver Marketing Campaign
- Young driver crashes are a high strategic priority identified in “Safer Journeys” and locally this issue is of high concern due to the number of deaths and serious injuries resulting from these crashes. From 2010 to 2014, there were 664 death and serious injury crashes involving young drivers and these crashes resulted in 74 deaths and 749 serious injuries. Targeting 18-24 year old male and female drivers, the main campaign objectives are:
- To contribute towards a reduction in serious injury crashes involving young drivers across the Auckland region
- To increase young driver’s safety awareness and understanding of the consequences of dangerous driving
- To continue to grow the Snapchat and Facebook database of young drivers. This follows on from the success of the May 2015 young driver campaign, whereby AT generated 2,193 new likes on the “Youredriving” Facebook page and 5,185 new Snapchat followers.
- Based on the tagline of “You wouldn’t do that”, the three road safety themes are Distraction, Speeding and Drink Driving. Three different scenarios will be developed into short 10 second videos and released on Snapchat and Facebook:
- You wouldn’t text while in a job interview. Don’t Text. You’re Driving.
- You wouldn’t drink before hitting the gym. Don’t drink. You’re Driving.
- You wouldn’t rush through a hot date. Don’t speed. You’re Driving.
- To help incentivise people, AT will run a competition challenging Snapchat users to send in a snap of their own 10 second video (or static photo) showing a scenario where they “Wouldn’t do that”. The best entries will be posted on Snapchat for the public to vote on and the favourite choice each week, over a three week period, will receive a prize of an iphone 6.
Operating Conditions for Unmanned Aircraft (UAV) Drones, Remotely piloted aircraft (RPAS) and others
- In response to the recent update of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Rules, Auckland Transport has developed a set of conditions for Unmanned Aircraft/Drones (UAV) operators to meet before flights in Auckland Transport airspace over roads and other public places under the control of AT. Unlicensed UAV operators flying under 101 rule now require property owner permission before taking flight. This rule includes the regulation of model aircraft, kites, drones, balloons and other unmanned remote controlled piloted aircraft.
- AT has taken a risk-based approach in line with the intention of the CAA, due to the high risk of drone malfunction and road safety to only allow those with public liability insurance to operate over roads. The purpose of the conditions is to minimise public nuisance, risk to all road users and to remind operators of their obligations prior to flights. UAV’s/drones are not permitted in, on or above AT public transport vehicles, stations, terminals and wharves, near traffic lights and intersections, in AT controlled parking buildings, or on roads adjacent to the zoo. UAV operators must avoid flying over the road, and if necessary, at a height of 20m or more to minimise distraction to drivers. If using the road, UAV’s may only take off from the grass berm avoiding all overhead lines.
- These conditions for unlicensed operators will be available soon on the AT public website for operators to seek approval prior to flights. This will be granted automatically should operators meet the conditions of flight. Enforcement is by way of the CAA, NZ Police and the AT/AC Public Safety and Nuisance Bylaw. Complaints will not be responded to by Auckland Council, but monitored and recorded for future education.
- These conditions were created in collaboration with Auckland Council and other CCO’s to ensure regional consistency.
Local Board views and implications
- The Board’s views will be incorporated during consultation on any proposed schemes
- All proposed schemes are subject to prioritization, funding and consultation.
|AView||Local Board Transport Capital Fund||39|
|BView||Proposed Manukau Bus Station||41|
Source: November Agenda
In regards to the Manukau Bus Interchange: Do Not Forget to Submit on @AklTransport Manukau Bus Interchange #BetterAuckland
Community Place Making Resource (and update to Manukau Parklet)
Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board – 16 November 2015
Community-led placemaking resource
File No.: CP2015/21941
- To present all local boards with the recently developed resource on community-led placemaking.
- The Communities Shaping their Places – A Good Practice Resource 2015, a resource on community-led placemaking is now available to the council and the wider public.
- This resource was commissioned by the Local Board Community-led Placemaking Champions Group.
That the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board:
a) receive the Communities Shaping their Places – A Good Practice Resource 2015.
- The Local Boards Community-Led Placemaking Champions Group is a group of local board chairpersons and local board members who have been meeting regularly since the beginning of 2014. Members of the group are Bill McEntee, Brenda Steele, Catherine Farmer, David Collings, Desley Simpson, Julia Parfitt, Julie Fairey, Lindsay Waugh, Lydia Sosene, Peter Haynes (Chairperson), Pippa Coom, Simeon Brown, Steve Tollestrup, Vanessa Neeson and Brenda Bailey.
- The key purpose of this group is to champion, develop best practice examples and promote community-led placemaking through the work of the local boards and throughout the wider council.
- This work has been progressed through 3 related work streams:
- Workstream 1 – Spread Good Ideas on Community-led Placemaking
- Workstream 2 – Council Enablers and Barriers to Community-led Placemaking
- Workstream 3 – Innovative Community-led Placemaking in Auckland.
- The Communities Shaping their Places – A Good Practice Resource 2015 introduces some fun practical ways that Auckland Council can support community-led placemaking and is an output of workstream 1.
- This resource describes community-led placemaking in plain language, contains some great ideas and examples and highlights other useful resources and information.
- The Communities Shaping their Places – A Good Practice Resource 2015 is available on the council website and in hard copy through the libraries.
Local Board views
- The Communities Shaping their Places – A Good Practice Resource 2015 is available to local boards and communities for their consideration and dissemination.
Māori impact statement
- The Communities Shaping their Places – A Good Practice Resource 2015 is a resource for iwi and can be considered and applied to projects that benefit Maori and their community interests.
- Local boards can determine the appropriate way to implement and apply this resource.
|AView||Communities Shaping their Places – A Good Practice Resource – 2015||131|
Source: November Agenda
Which brings me to the Manukau Parklet that was meant to open last month. Given Auckland Transport’s situation with the Manukau Bus Interchange (where the Parklet was going as part of the Interchange) I let the Parklet fall by the wayside until an absolute firm idea on the Interchange is finally presented.
That said in Auckland Transport’s designs and my own designs that I submitted for the Manukau Bus Transport Interchange there was green space set aside at the eastern end of the Interchange. that green space I had originally intended for the park to go there and once we have an idea where Auckland Transport is going with the Interchange the proposed park can go back there as a passive recreation space.
|Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board – 16 November 2015|
Sites proposed for divestment
File No.: CP2015/21472
- This report seeks the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board’s endorsement for Panuku Development Auckland to recommend the divestment of the council owned properties at section 17, 50 Manukau Station Road, Manukau and 12R Birdwood Avenue, Papatoetoe.
- The first property presented in this report, section 17, 50 Manukau Station Road, Manukau is a 9,710m2 site adjacent to the Manukau city centre that is currently utilised as a car park. Due to the size, shape and location of this property it has significant development potential.
- The rationalisation process for this property commenced in May 2015. Consultation with council and its CCOs, Iwi authorities and the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board has now taken place. Feedback received has largely been supportive of the proposed divestment of this site for development purposes. The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board has provided informal feedback that it is supportive of the proposed divestment and development of this site.
- Should approval be obtained to enable development of this site, Panuku Development Auckland will work with the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board and seek to ensure an optimal development outcome that is based on the needs of the community and complimentary to the surrounding area.
- The second property presented in this report, 12R Birdwood Avenue, Papatoetoe is a landlocked, 349m2 road reserve that is subject to the Reserves Act 1977.
- The rationalisation process for this property commenced in December 2014. Consultation with council and its CCOs, Iwi authorities and the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board has now taken place. Feedback received has been supportive of the proposed divestment of this site and the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board has provided informal feedback that it is supportive of the proposed disposal of this site.
- If approval is obtained to dispose of this site, the reserve status of the land would need to be revoked. Final revocation of the reserve status will be subject to completing the statutory requirements of the Reserves Act 1977 and Local Government Act 2002, including public advertising. The costs of the reserve revocation process would be borne by the purchaser of the property. Given the size and shape of this property, it could only be disposed of to an adjoining landowner.
That the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board:
a) endorses Panuku Development Auckland’s recommendation to the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee to dispose of section 17, 50 Manukau Station Road, Manukau
b) endorses Panuku Development Auckland’s recommendation to the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee to revoke the reserve status and dispose of 12R Birdwood Avenue, Papatoetoe.
- Panuku Development Auckland and Auckland Council Property department work jointly on a comprehensive review of council’s property portfolio. One of the outcomes of the review process is to identify properties in the council portfolio that are potentially surplus to requirements and that may be suitable to sell. The subject sites were identified as potentially saleable through the review process.
- Once a property has been identified as potentially surplus, Panuku Development Auckland engages with council and its CCO’s through an expression of interest process, to establish whether the property must be retained for a strategic purpose or is required for a future funded project. Once a property has been internally cleared of any service requirements, Panuku Development Auckland then consults with local boards, ward councillors, mana whenua and the Independent Maori Statutory Board. All sale recommendations must be approved by the Panuku Development Auckland Board before it makes a final recommendation to the Auckland Council governing body.
Section 17, 50 Manukau Station Road property information
- Section 17, 50 Manukau Station Road is a 9,710m2 site adjacent to the Manukau city centre that is currently utilised as a car park. The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan zoning for the site is Metropolitian Centre – Manukau. The property does not have a rating valuation and a registered valuation is pending.
- The property was acquired by the Manukau City Council in 1966 as part of a larger block of land for commercial and industrial development. Over time, the larger block of land has been used for various public works and developed as the Manukau city centre. The subject land is residual land which comprises sections 13, 17, 18 and 21 Manukau Station Road, and are held in one certificate of title. A new certificate of title is pending for the subject land.
- This site appears to have potential for either residential, commercial or mixed use development occurring.
- The internal consultation process for this property commenced in May 2015. An expression of interest was received from Auckland Transport, recommending that this site be investigated as a potential future car park. This will be considered once the development potential of the site has been assessed.
- The Heritage team was invited prior to the internal consultation process to raise any archaeological issues. The Closed Landfills and Contaminated Land Response team were also asked to assess this site prior to the internal consultation commencing to ensure any possible contamination issues were identified. No issues were raised. The internal consultation process also provided the Maori Strategy and Relations team the opportunity to flag any issue that is of particular relevance to Maori. No issues were raised.
- Panuku Development Auckland recommend the divestment and development of this site. Should a resolution be obtained to enable this, Panuku Development Auckland would seek to ensure that the highest and best use of the site is achieved, and that any proposed development of this site would take into account the surrounding area and be based on the needs of the community. This would include considering affordable housing options for this site.
Source: November Agenda
Not again with land sales in a Metropolitan Centre especially as Panuku Development Auckland is due to next month present Manukau City Centre as a Transform class urban renewal project that is in the same class as Wynyard Quarter for such renewals.
Again as I told the Auckland Development Committee last year (see: The Reaction To My Presentation to the Auckland Development Committee [Updated with figures and links]) and will be telling the Regional Policy and Strategy Committee when the item comes up with them that the land in question is in a Metropolitan Centre should not be sold. But rather sit in Council’s hands and they lease out the air rights over the land for commercial development (thus giving an extra revenue source as they would with the Manukau Bus Interchange if they allow a residential/commercial tower over the top of it).
Potential land use for the site that is proposed for sale:
- Stays as a surface car park and takes over the role of the car park from Lot 59 where the Interchange is going
- Another parking building is built
- A commercial tower is built while a public car parking facility is placed underground
- Layover site for metro and intercity buses using the Interchange across Manukau Station Road while public car parking is placed below ground again.
In any case and yet again I am sure hanging on to land in a Metropolitan Centre such as Manukau City Centre would be more fiscally prudent than selling it off for a small one off gain.