Local Board Plan to be Adopted.
Metropolitan and Town Centres in Focus, Greenways Program to Begin!
Today the Papakura Local Board will adopt the 2017 Papakura Local Board Plan that will go subsequently operative for the next three years. Earlier in the years submissions had been called for on the draft Plan and hearings were later heard.
I had submitted on the draft Plan asking for two main things:
- Speeding up of the Papakura Metropolitan Centre Master Plan
- Implementation of the Greenways Plan
In regards to the Papakura Metropolitan Centre Master Plan that is being worked on through the Manurewa – Takanini – Papakura Integrated Plan while the Greenways Program is set to be implemented in the Local Board Plan as well.
Below is the Agenda on the Local Board Plan to be adopted:
|Papakura Local Board
27 September 2017
Adoption of the Papakura Local Board Plan 2017
File No.: CP2017/18226
- To adopt the final version of the Papakura Local Board Plan 2017.
- Under the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 each local board is required to adopt a local board plan by 31 October 2017.
- The Act also requires local board plans to be developed using the special consultative procedure. The consultation period for the 2017 local board plans ran from 22 May to 30 June 2017.
- The local board has considered submissions received and feedback gathered from the consultation period. As a result of this consideration, the following changes are proposed:
- Refocus of the plan from Papakura town centre focused, to also address the development of Takanini, Drury and other satellite centres
- Utilise the strong Māori heritage as an opportunity to put Papakura on the map as a tourism destination
- Further strengthening of the wording under the ‘vibrant and prosperous metropolitan centre’ outcome by adding a safety focus
- The need to improve the overall standard of all parks and community facilities in Papakura is specifically being mentioned
- Wording to be changed to reflect the boards support to create a schedule of sports, arts and cultural events that promote Papakura as a visitor destination
- The wording under the objective ‘Public transport is safe, convenient, reliable and affordable’ was further strengthened to include the need for a third line further South and to futureproof the rail network and enable express trains.
- The Papakura Local Board Plan 2017, which includes proposed changes, is attached to this report (Attachment A).
- Pending adoption of the plan, photos and other design features will be added to prepare for publication.
That the Papakura Local Board:
a) adopt the Papakura Local Board Plan 2017 (Attachment A to the report entitled “Adoption of the Papakura Local Board Plan 2017”), subject to the following amendments:
· Refocus of the plan from Papakura town centre focused, to also address the development of Takanini, Drury and other satellite centres
· Utilise the strong Māori heritage as an opportunity to put Papakura on the map as a tourism destination
· Further strengthening of the wording under the ‘vibrant and prosperous metropolitan centre’ outcome by adding a safety focus
· The need to improve the overall standard of all parks and community facilities in Papakura is specifically being mentioned
· Wording to be changed to reflect the boards support to create a schedule of sports, arts and cultural events that promote Papakura as a visitor destination
· The wording under the objective ‘Public transport is safe, convenient, reliable and affordable’ was further strengthened to include the need for a third line further South and to futureproof the rail network and enable express trains.
b) delegate authority to the Chairperson to approve any minor edits that may be necessary.
- The Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 requires local boards to produce and adopt a local board plan every three years. This means that thePapakura Local Board Plan 2017 must be adopted by 31 October 2017.
- Local board plans are strategic plans for the following three years and beyond. The plans reflect the priorities and preferences of the community. They guide how the local board:
- makes decisions on local activities and projects
- provides input into regional strategies and policies.
- The plans form the basis for development of the annual local board agreement for the following three financial years and subsequent work programmes. They also inform the development of council’s 10-year budget.
- Under Section 83 of the Local Government Act 2002 local boards are required to use the special consultative procedure in adopting their local board plan. The consultation period ran from 22 May to 30 June 2017.The board also held a hearing on 2 August 2017.
- Submissions were made through the following channels and coded together:
- online form available on the Shape Auckland website
- hard copy form included in the household summary document
- via email or post.
- In total 382 submissions were received on the draft PapakuraLocal Board Plan 2017. In addition, 87 people provided feedback at engagement events and there were 50 pieces of feedback gathered through Facebook. Ten people spoke at the hearing that was held on the 2 August 2017.
Consideration of submissions and feedback
- The board has considered the submissions and feedback gathered. They received data analysis reports and all submissions and feedback to read on 28 July 2017 and held a workshop to discuss this on 16 August 2017.
- A hearing was held on 2 August 2017 where submitters were able to speak to their written submission. Following the hearing the board held a deliberation meeting. Advice has been sought from staff on matters raised during the consultation period and this is reflected in the table included later in this report.
- Public feedback on the draft plan was generally positive, with 73% of the respondents supporting the outcomes sought through the Local Board Plan. Some feedback was given concerning things people didn’t like or thought were missing from the draft plan. This feedback mostly related to council processes and specific projects. These matters will be addressed via other routes, for example, conversations with staff looking after the named council processes and the Local Board work programming process.
- Key feedback points are outlined in the table below. Analysis of these points, and any resulting substantive proposed changes to the outcome chapters, are outlined in the corresponding columns.
|Key public feedback points||Analysis||Proposed changes|
|A number of submitters have commented on the fact that the draft plan only focused on the development of the Papakura town centre.||Board members were supportive of refocusing the plan and staff advised that there are no policies or legal directives or constraints that prevent the board to refocus the plan.||Specific mention be made of the Takanini, Drury and other satellite centres.
|Feedback was received for the need to specifically mention the strong Māori heritage and links to the land, and the opportunity to utilise this and show that connection through art and promotional activities.||Staff advised that there will be opportunities through the boards work programme to further build on this and explore opportunities.||A key initiative was added focusing on the creation of an environment which encourages and supports creativity and helps showcase local artists.
The key initiative of working together with mana whenua and mataawaka was widened and an initiative put in around utilising the strong Māori heritage to put Papakura on the map as a tourism destination.
|A lot of commentary was received around the need to make Papakura and specifically the town centre a safer and more welcoming place.||An option is to strengthen the wording under the ‘vibrant and prosperous metropolitan centre’ outcome by adding a safety focus.||Safety is now specifically mentioned as part of the key initiative around the town centre.|
|Submissions were received requesting that the overall standard of sport parks and community facilities be improved.||Detailed actions regarding sports and community facilities mentioned by submitters will be addressed through future annual work programmes and are covered by the local board plan outcome ‘People in Papakura lead active, healthy and connected lives’.||A sentence was added referring to the need to improve the overall standard of all parks and community facilities in Papakura.|
|Submitters highlighted the fact that they would like to see more (free) events in Papakura.||Staff advised that with the current infrastructure there is an opportunity for Papakura to host (national) events.||Specific mention is made in the plan for the boards support to create a schedule of sports, arts and cultural events that promote Papakura as a visitor destination.|
|Many people commented on the need for congestion in Papakura and surrounding areas to be addressed. Further investment in public transport was seen as a solution for this issue.||Work is already underway by Auckland Transport to promote public transport and make the network more frequent and reliable.||The wording under the objective ‘Public transport is safe, convenient, reliable and affordable’ was further strengthened to include the need for a third line further South to futureproof the rail network and enable express trains.|
Changes to the Papakura Local Board Plan 2017
- The Papakura Local Board Plan 2017, with proposed substantive changes to the outcome chapters as described in the above table, is attached to this report (see Attachment A).
- Other minor changes, made for the purposes of clarification, are also included.
Local board views and implications
- The local board’s views have driven the development of the plan attached to this report.
- In developing the plan, the board considered:
- what they already know about our communities and what is important to them
- community feedback on the development of an Integrated Area Plan for the Manurewa-Takanini-Papakura area
- submissions received via online forms, hardcopy forms, emails and post as well as feedback provided by people at engagement events and gathered through Facebook
- regional strategies and policies, including the Auckland Plan, I Am Auckland – the Children and Young People’s Strategic Action Plan, the Māori Plan for Tamaki Makaurau, Quality of Life Survey 2016, New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016-2026, Auckland Transport Regional Land Transport Plan, the Papakura Greenways – Local Paths Plan, New Zealand Positive Aging Strategy and the Papakura Local Economic Development Action Plan – April 2014
- staff advice
- stakeholder views from mana whenua, mataawaka and the pasifika community (as sought at the Pasifika fono held on 21 June 2017).
Māori impact statement
- As part of developing the plan, the board have:
- considered views expressed by mana whenua authorities at a sub-regional governance level hui and local level one-on-one hui
- considered pre-existing feedback from Māori within the local board area
- attended a BBQ on 2 June 2017 held at the Papakura Marae, an event delivered in partnership with the Papakura Youth Council and specifically targeting youth
- attended a southern local boards’ engagement hui with mana whenua on 27 June 2017 in the Manukau Civic building
- attended a southern local boards hui on the 29 June 2017 with mataawaka at the Manurewa Marae.
- The Papakura Local Board Plan 2017 promotes outcomes and matters of importance to Māori (for instance a focus onnatural environment and heritage, protecting and nourishing it for future generations).The Papakura Local Board has also endorsed the resolutions of the joint mana whenua and local board members working party for Māori input into local board decision-making. These include:
- establishing a representative mana whenua body for local boards to engage with directly at a governance level
- initiating te ao Māori training for local board candidates and members developed by mana whenua
- inviting mana whenua participation in local board workshops
- convening formal kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) hui between local board members and mana whenua at marae at the start of each new political term.
- Pending adoption of the plan, minor edits may be necessary. This report recommends that responsibility for approving these are delegated to the Chair.
- Photos and other design features will then be added to the plan to prepare for publication.
In regards to the Greenways program and other transport initiatives:
Now to get the funding secured in the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 for the Papakura Greenways program!