I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Annual Plan Hearings - Waitākere Ranges will be held on:

 

Date:                      

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

2.00pm

Waitakere Ranges Local Board Office
39 Glenmall Place
Glen Eden

 

Annual Plan Hearings - Waitākere Ranges

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Sandra Coney, QSO

 

Deputy Chairperson

Denise Yates, JP

 

Members

Cr Linda Cooper, JP

 

 

Neil Henderson

 

 

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse

 

 

Greg Presland

 

 

Steve Tollestrup

 

 

Saffron Toms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glenn Boyd

(Relationship Manager)

Local Board Services (West)

 

 

Riya Seth

Democracy Advisor

 

12 March 2014

 

Contact Telephone: (09) 839 3512

Email: riya.seth@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 

 

 


Annual Plan Hearings - Waitākere Ranges

18 March 2014

 

 

ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                        PAGE

1          Apologies                                                                                                                        5

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   5

3          Summary of public submissions on the draft Annual Plan 2014/2015 – Waitākere Ranges Local Board                                                                                                                    7 

 

 


1          Apologies

 

At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.

 

 

2          Declaration of Interest

 

Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as an elected representative and any private or other external interest they might have.

 


Annual Plan Hearings - Waitākere Ranges

18 March 2014

 

 

Summary of public submissions on the draft Annual Plan 2014/2015 – Waitākere Ranges Local Board

 

File No.: CP2014/03779

 

  

 

Purpose

1.       This report provides a high-level analysis of key themes contained in submissions on the Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015 relevant to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board. The report also provides high-level analysis of the regional submissions on the Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015.

Executive Summary

2.       1,967 submissions were received on the draft Annual Plan 2014/2015, 87 of which were received after the submission deadline.  The Draft Annual Plan includes the Waitākere Ranges Draft Local Board Agreement.

3.       Legislation requires that submitters to the Draft Annual Plan be given reasonable opportunity to be heard.

4.       Submissions that cover both regional and local content will be heard at local board hearings, with at least the ward councilor(s) present to hear regional content. For the Waitākere Ranges Local Board, there were a total of 88 submissions, with 22 submitters requesting to be heard.

5.       The Waitākere Ranges Local Board did not propose any budget changes.

6.       Local issues arising from the submissions include a low level of general support for environmental and heritage initiatives, and also for parks improvements.  Six submitters also specifically expressed support for development of Lopdell House.

7.       The most significant regional issues arising from the submissions were in regards to the consultation questions, i.e. the stadium strategy and Arts Festival proposals. 

8.       A total of 1,069 submitters (54.4% of all submitters) provided an opinion on the proposed stadium strategy.  Of these, 230 (21.5%) supported the proposal, while 501 (46.9%) did not support it, and 338 (31.6%) were unsure.  The most notable opposition was attributed to moving the speedway, with 362 submitters expressing a desire to keep the speedway at Western Springs.

9.       985 submitters (50.1% of all submitters) provided an opinion on the Arts Festival proposal.  Of these, 503 (51.1%) supported the proposal, while 226 (22.9%) did not support it, and 256 (26.0%) were unsure. 

10.     The most notable other topic was opposition to fluoridation of the water supply.  237 submitters raised this point, with 217 of them coming in the form of a pro forma.

11.     The submissions relevant to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area are attached to this report.

12.     The Waitākere Ranges Local Board will consider all submissions relevant to the local board area at discussion workshops on the Draft Annual Plan and Waitākere Ranges Draft Local Board Agreement on 27 March 2014.


 

Recommendations

That the Annual Plan Hearings - Waitākere Ranges:

a)         Receives submissions on the Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015, including the Waitākere Ranges Draft Local Board Agreement, relevant to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board

b)         Hears the relevant submissions on the Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015

c)         Thanks submitters for their verbal presentations

d)         Considers any potential amendments to the Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015, including the Waitākere Ranges Draft Local Board Agreement.

 

Discussion

Context

13.     The Local Government Act 2002 and Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 require Council to use the special consultative procedure in adopting the Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015. This includes ensuring any person submitting on the Draft Annual Plan is given reasonable opportunity to be heard.

14.     The governing body agreed at the meeting on 19 December 2013, that submissions containing both regional and local content would be heard at local hearings.

15.     This report provides statistics on submissions received regionally and locally, and a brief high-level analysis of key themes and topics.

16.     More detailed analysis of submissions will be provided to the local board workshop on 27 March 2014.

17.     The consultation period for the Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015, incorporating the Waitākere Ranges Draft Local Board Agreement, was held from 23 January 2014 to 4pm 24 February 2014.

Submissions

18.     Council received and processed 1,967 submissions.  Of these submissions, 88 are relevant to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area with 22 submitters requesting to be heard.

19.     Copies of submissions for the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area are provided in Attachment A to this report.

Overview of feedback from submissions relevant to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area

20.     The submission form asked for views on local board budget changes for 2014/2015.  However, the Waitākere Ranges Local Board proposed no budget changes for 2014/2015.

21.     The local themes or topics that received the most significant number of comments from submissions to the Waitākere Ranges Local Board are outlined below:

·   7 submitters were supportive of and/or advocating for local environmental and heritage initiatives

·   7 submitters were supportive of and/or advocating for local parks initiatives

·   6 submitters were supportive of the Lopdell House development.


Consultation questions

22.     Consultation Question 1: Stadium Strategy – A total of 1,069 submitters (54.4% of all submitters) provided an opinion on the proposed stadium strategy.  Of these, 230 (21.5%) supported the proposal, while 501 (46.9%) did not support it, and 338 (31.6%) were unsure.  The most notable opposition was attributed to moving the speedway, with 362 submitters expressing a desire to keep the speedway at Western Springs.  Waitākere Ranges Local Board submitters were slightly less supportive, with 55.1% of the 49 submitters not supporting the stadium strategy.  This is outlined below in figure 1.

Figure 1 – Stadium Strategy proposal

Overall

(1,069 submissions)

Waitākere Ranges Local Board submitters

(49 submissions)

 

23.     985 submitters (50.1% of all submitters) provided an opinion on the Arts Festival proposal.  Of these, 503 (51.1%) supported the proposal, while 226 (22.9%) did not support it, and 256 (26.0%) were unsure.  Submitters from the Waitākere Ranges Local Board were even more supportive of the proposal with 61.9% of the 42 submitters supporting an annual Arts Festival.  This is outlined below in figure 2.

Figure 2 – Arts Festival proposal

Overall

(985 submissions)

Waitākere Ranges Local Board submitters

(42 submissions)

 

Regional overview

24.     There were 165 regional submissions, with 44 requesting to be heard.  High-level information on the regional submissions is provided below.  Of those requesting to be heard at a regional hearing, 8 were from individual submitters, 22 from special interest groups, 11 from businesses or business associations, and a further 3 from Maori organisations.

25.     The topics listed below in table 1 indicate the most commonly raised submission points relating to regional activities (not including the consultation questions), with a summary of the most significant issues below.

Table 1 - Regional topics

Topic Description

Number of submissions commenting on topic

% of total submissions

Watercare – Water Supply

247

12.6%

Regional arts & culture initiatives

54

2.7%

Social housing proposal – Do not support

51

2.6%

Expenditure – too high

38

1.9%

Transport strategy

35

1.8%

Request for funding

31

1.6%

Auckland Transport – Public transport

29

1.5%

General comments about the plan

29

1.5%

Auckland Transport – Roads

27

1.4%

Rates – too high

24

1.2%

Environmental strategy, policies & programmes

23

1.2%

 

26.     Watercare Services – Water supply – 226 of the 236 submissions regarding water supply were opposing fluoridation of the water supply.  Of those submissions, 206 came via a pro forma.  The points raised outline a believed violation of human rights in that ratepayers have no choice as to whether their water is treated to include fluoride chemicals.  The form also outlines a perceived health risk and that fluoride should be obtained through toothpaste only.

27.     Regional arts & culture initiatives – of the 54 submitters that commented on this topic, 48 are requests for Council to consider Massive Theatre Company for annual investment and assistance to find a home.  While most of which are from members/supports, the Theatre does also make an official submission requesting funding itself.

28.     Social Housing proposal – 51 submitters outlined their reasons for not supporting the proposal to increase social housing rental charges by 5%.  Just over half of these submitters outlined the major reason being the increase was not affordable.

Next steps

29.     Decisions on the final Waitākere Ranges Local Board Agreement will be made at the decision-making meeting on Thursday 10 April 2014. Members may require additional information to support their decision-making. Officers’ responses to requests for information will be tabled at the deliberation meeting.

Consideration

Local Board Views

30.     The Waitākere Ranges Local Board will consider all submissions relevant to the local board area at the workshop on the Draft Annual Plan and Waitākere Ranges Draft Local Board Agreement on 27 March 2014.

Maori Impact Statement

31.     The implementation of the Annual Plan 2014/2015 has the potential for positive outcomes for M­āori. Notwithstanding the projects already identified in the draft Annual Plan 2014/2015 that contribute to Māori the impact will be clearer when consideration and decisions are made by the Waitākere Ranges Local Board and the Governing Body, at their respective decision-making meetings, on the Draft Annual Plan 2014/2015 and the Waitākere Ranges Draft Local Board Agreement.

32.     Mana Whenua authorities were sent a letter about the consultation process. Maatawaka received information via standard communications processes that Auckland Council use to disseminate Annual Plan information       

33.     Te Reo Māori regional summaries and submission forms were available, as well as translators for submissions received in, and/or submitters wishing to address the hearing in Te Reo Māori.

Implementation Issues

34.     Implementation issues on the various matters raised in submissions will be considered when making decisions at decision-making meetings on the Draft Annual Plan and Waitākere Ranges Draft Local Board Agreement on 10 April 2014.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Draft Annual Plan 2014-2015 - Waitakere Ranges Local Board Submissions (Under Separate Cover)

 

      

Signatories

Author

Dean McIntosh - Governance Analyst - Governance Project Team  

Authoriser

Glenn Boyd - Relationship Manager Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges, Whau