I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board will be held on:

 

Date:                      

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

6.00pm

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Chamber
Takapuna Service Centre
Level 3
1 The Strand
Takapuna

 

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

 

OPEN ADDENDUM AGENDA

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Mike Cohen, QSM, JP

 

Deputy Chairperson

Joseph Bergin

 

Members

Dr Grant Gillon

 

 

Dianne Hale, QSO, JP

 

 

Jan O'Connor

 

 

Allison Roe, MBE

 

 

(Quorum 3 members)

 

 

 

Sonja Tomovska

Local Board Democracy Advisor

 

9 October 2014

 

Contact Telephone: (09) 486 8593

Email: sonja.tomovska@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

14 October 2014

 

 

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32        Approval of Draft Milford Centre Plan for Community Engagement                      5   

 

    


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

14 October 2014

 

 

Approval of Draft Milford Centre Plan for Community Engagement

 

File No.: CP2014/23871

 

  

 

Purpose

1.       To present the Draft Milford Centre Plan for the Local Board to endorse for public engagement.

2.       The Board endorsed the preparation of a Milford Centre Plan at its meeting on 15 July 2014. A working party comprising the Local Board Chair, Deputy Chair and Member Jan O’Connor together with representatives of the Milford Village Forum, the Milford Business Association, Milford Residents’ Association and Castor Bay Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association, has been overseeing the preparation of the draft for public engagement. 

3.       The focus of the draft is primarily on place making opportunities to improve the quality of amenities and facilities to support Milford’s future growth. The draft plan has used the community initiated “Milford Village Community-led Visioning Report” as the starting point for developing a vision statement and five key moves with staged potential actions.

4.       The plan proposes a defining vision: “Milford has a strong local identity” and this is backed by the principles of natural and cultural heritage, Kaitiaki, character, accessibility and social infrastructure. Engagement will review this vision and the actions with wider community and stakeholder feedback.

5.       The proposed five key outcomes are:

Outcome 1:      A strong connection between Milford town centre, Milford Beach and Lake Pupuke

Outcome 2:      Kitchener Road as a pedestrian friendly ‘main street’

Outcome 3:      Quality destinations at the coastal edge and Lake Pupuke that attract locals and visitors to Milford

Outcome 4:      A healthy and attractive Wairau Estuary that is a destination in its own right and has strong connections with the town centre and other Milford destinations 

Outcome 5:      An attractive, vibrant community focal point at the heart of Milford’s town centre

6.       Following the close of public engagement, the feedback will be summarised, including any input from the iwi consultation process which will be carried out in parallel to this process, and reported back to the working party along with any recommended amendments.

7.       The final document will come back to the Local Board for adoption in early 2015.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      endorse the draft Milford Centre Plan (Attachment A to this report) for public engagement and feedback in November 2014.

b)      delegate the approval of any minor amendments or additions to the draft Milford Centre Plan to the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the local board prior to community engagement commencing.

 


Comments

 

Background

 

8.       A Centre Plan for Milford has been anticipated by the local community for a number of years and is included in the 2011 Local Board Plan (“Implementation of Milford strategic planning”) and the current draft Local Board Plan. At the Board’s meeting on 15 July 2014 it authorised the preparation of a Centre Plan for Milford Town Centre and appointed a working party to guide its preparation.

9.       With some discretionary funding from the Local Board, the community developed its own “Milford Village Community- led Visioning Report” in 2013. It identified the key issues of concern for the community and suggested many ideas for improvement projects. The report proposed that the Auckland Council and Local Board develop priorities and a plan of action for key Milford projects to benefit the community over the long term and enhance its environment. The suggestions in the report have been an important starting point for the development of the recommended outcomes and actions in the draft Centre Plan.

Strategic context

10.     The draft Centre Plan reflects the Auckland Plan directives and aspirations for well managed growth and creating the world’s most liveable city. It is also consistent with the general intentions, outcomes and projects proposed in the draft Devonport Takapuna Area Plan and the Local Board Plan. The Centre Plan does not address concerns in the community-led Vision Report regarding height and the extent of growth potential, as these are being addressed through the Proposed Unitary Plan submission and hearings process.

11.     The Long Term Plan (LTP) and Annual Plan processes are on-going and mean there is significant uncertainty about funding and the timing of the projects identified. However, the main purpose of the plan is to identify actions that could improve the town centre and its surrounding area over time and support that being achieved, by short, and medium to long term stages in an integrated way.

Developing the draft Centre Plan

12.     Research into what is already known about the centre was carried out by planning staff, including a review of previous feedback and research from the Devonport- Takapuna Area Plan. Beca Consultants have worked with council staff to develop the concepts and wording of the draft plan.

13.     The working party has met three times. Workshop 1 on 24th July was to detail the issues affecting the centre and develop a concept that would enable the centre to achieve the community’s and council’s desired outcomes. A technical officers’ workshop was held on 28 July and input gathered from a wide range of internal departments including extensive discussions with officers of Auckland Transport, to ascertain how the outcomes might be achieved. Workshop 2 was held on 19th August to consider the key actions of the plan, and an update meeting was held on 24th September to work through the draft plan and project feasibility issues. Their feedback has been addressed in the attached Draft Plan, in preparation for public consultation.

Key content of the draft Centre Plan

14.     The Draft Centre Plan is attached to this report (Attachment 1). It contains the proposed overall vision, the key outcomes sought and the actions to take those outcomes forward over the short term (0-5 years) and medium to long term (6-30 years+). The extended second delivery period is due to on-going uncertainty about the Long Term Plan budgets.

15.     The plan proposes a vision that “Milford has a strong local identity” backed by the principles of heritage, Kaitiaki, character and accessibility which will be applied across all actions.

16.     The proposed five key outcomes are built around the walkable loop and heart of Milford concepts on page 8 and 9 of Attachment 1 and are, in summary:

Outcome 1:         A strong connection between Milford town centre, Milford Beach and Lake Pupuke

Outcome 2:       Kitchener Road as a pedestrian friendly ‘main street’

Outcome 3:         Quality destinations at the coastal edge and Lake Pupuke that attract locals and visitors to Milford

Outcome 4:         A healthy and attractive Wairau Estuary that is a destination in its own right and has strong connections with the town centre and other Milford destinations

Outcome 5:         An attractive, vibrant community focal point at the heart of Milford’s town centre

17.     Each outcome is explained by specific objectives and possible actions to achieve it

18.     The draft plan may need some refinements and minor word changes for layout illustration and style subsequent to this meeting, prior to public engagement. It is recommended that the Chair and Deputy Chair be delegated authority for the final approval of the document for public engagement.

Community engagement on the draft Centre Plan

19.     Assuming approval at this meeting, consultation with iwi groups and significant interest groups, will be carried on. The draft will be released for full public engagement in November and will focus on obtaining wider community and stakeholder feedback.

Consideration

Local board views

20.     The Local Board members have had input through the workshops to date and will consider the public and stakeholder feedback following the engagement period at a further workshop.

Maori impact statement

21.     The thirteen iwi groups who have a recognised relationship to the Devonport Takapuna area are in the process of being consulted. All iwi received a letter of invitation to have early involvement in development of the plan and an explanation of the project. This was followed up by phone and email but not all iwi have been able to be contacted yet. A meeting has been held with Ngati Maru. A date for a hui is being sought with other iwi in November. Some interest in further involvement, probably in specific projects, has been indicated. When the final recommended plan comes before the board we expect to be able to report on the iwi response and the level of involvement they wish to take from there on, such as partnering with the council or community on local environmental projects.

Implementation

22.     Once engagement feedback has closed and been analysed, a proposed final document will be developed through the working party before being reported to the Local Board for adoption early next year.

23.     Implementation of the centre plan actions requires a range of methods, including the Long-term Plan (including Local Board agreements), Local Board Plans and advocacy through the responsibilities of other agencies (including CCOs).


 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

aView

Draft Milford Centre Plan

9

      

Signatories

Authors

Terry Conner - Principal Planner, Planning North/West

Authorisers

Penny Pirrit - Regional & Local Planning Manager

Eric Perry - Relationship Manager

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

14 October 2014