Community driven urban renewal
So how do you the community (the people and the businesses) want Manukau City Centre to be shaped over the next thirty years?
That is the question Panuku Development Auckland must take out to Southern Auckland (and even the northern Waikato) this year if it to develop a comprehensive (complete) but comprehensible (logical, plain and coherent) plan for Manukau’s Transform project. This is unless one wants to encounter a path of more maximum resistance from the community as Auckland Transport is facing with the Manukau Interchange and now apparently Airport Rail.
Last month at the final Auckland Development Committee for 2015 I laid out community expectations in regards for the Manukau Transform project as well as Onehunga’s and Panuku’s ‘Unlock’ renewal projects such as Henderson Metropolitan Centre as well (see: Panuku: The Presentations and The Work Ahead for Panuku #BetterAuckland). In that presentation I laid out the International Association Public Participation (IAP2) guidelines for participating with the public (community) ranging from ‘inform’ right up to ’empower’ with Collaborate and Empower to be used through the urban renewal program. As you will also notice in the presentation Councillors questioned me back on the IAP2 as they in their hearts and selves do want community driven urban renewal as much as possible.
How do you want your Manukau?
Panuku (and it seems Auckland Transport) have already started the ground work in creating a “High Level Project Plan” that will be reported back to the Auckland Development Committee in March or April this year. From there I hope the foundation is then laid on what is achievable through the limited resources the City has in which then the community can then lead the Transform from there (like a fiscal envelope of sorts).
It seems there is a chart floating around (from Auckland Transport) giving what is essentially a stock take of the southern end of Manukau:
This is good when combined with the Council owned land that can be flipped into sites that can be developed:
And here is an aerial iso-shot to give it a comparison:
Breaking it down into bite-size pieces
Given a Transform project such as Manukau is going to be both large and long-term (30 years) breaking down the project into clear and logical blocks both in time and physical geography is going to need to be done. The Otara-Papatoetoe Area Plan has already laid out the time breakdowns on Manukau’s Transform (also subject to funding via the Long Term Plans and Annual Plans). What needs to be done next is breaking down Manukau by physical geography. That being dividing Manukau City Centre up into sectors (of course all linked to one another) and working through how each sector is now and is to be renewed with the amount of given resources available through that fiscal envelope.
To add a measure of complexity those sectors are then broken down to its individual components such as:
- Roads and road layouts (bus lanes, cycle ways along the road)
- Current and future land use (commercial, mixed, residential or civic)
- Green (parks, plaza’s or green belts no matter how small
- Infrastructure such as water and waste water
- Public transport servicing the sector
- Traffic flows and congestion
- Community and any perceptions or sense of identity given to that sector (can include Fear of Crime)
But with people having their heads on their shoulder (like an advocate(s), and those to be in the front line of engagement from Panuku) and able to work together even in times of conflict (we will disagree at times) the above tasks can be done and the outcomes meeting the expectations of Southern Auckland. I suppose these advocates and the frontline staff from Panuku will need the following in order to deliver these expectations from the South (people and business):
- Experience in a variety of consultation and engagement approaches including stakeholder management and facilitation skills.
- Understanding and appreciation of the workings and functions of local government (and of the Community and businesses), including current and future drivers.
- Proven ability to focus, prioritise actions and manage risks successfully (applies both sides).
Because remember for both sides (Panuku and the community) in being able to deliver a Manukau we all want over thirty years there is a high level of community interest in the Manukau Transform project. Bringing the community (and Stakeholders)(because even advocate run the risk of alienating the community) fully on board including deciding on an overall vision for Manukau (as the example) would be critical. Developing new community engagement methods to go alongside traditional methods of submissions, town hall meetings and workshops that are consistent with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) parameters will be needed if Manukau’s Transform is to be a success for both the community and Panuku.
So bearing all this in mind the floor is open. How do you want your Manukau within the next 30 years?