Albert-Eden Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of an extraordinary meeting of the Albert-Eden Local Board held in the Albert Eden Local Board Office, 135 Dominion Road, Mt Eden on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 at 2.00pm  Extraordinary Meeting.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Peter Haynes

 

Deputy Chairperson

Glenda Fryer

 

Members

Helga Arlington

 

 

Lee Corrick

 

 

Graeme Easte

 

 

Rachel Langton

 

 

Margi Watson

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABSENT

 

Member

Tim Woolfield

 

Governing Body Member

Cathy Casey

 

 

 

ALSO PRESENT

 

Governing Body Member

Christine Fletcher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Albert-Eden Local Board

22 April 2015

 

 

 

1          Welcome

 

 

2          Apologies

 

Resolution number AE/2015/34

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer, seconded by Member H Arlington:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         accepts the apology from Member Tim Woolfield for absence and notes the apology from Governing Body Member Cathy Casey for absence.

CARRIED

 

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

 

4          Leave of Absence

 

There were no leaves of absence.

 

 

5          Acknowledgements

 

There were no acknowledgements.

 

 

6          Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

 

7          Deputations

 

There were no deputations.

 

 

8          Public Forum

 

8.1

Chamberlain Park redevelopment options

 

Richard Quince, resident, was in attendance to deliver a Public Forum presentation outlining possible redevelopment options for Chamberlain Park.

 

Resolution number AE/2015/35

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer, seconded by Member H Arlington:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         thanks Richard Quince, resident, for his Public Forum presentation regarding options for the redevelopment of Chamberlain Park.

CARRIED

 

 

 

8.2

Chamberlain Park consultation

 

Will McKenzie, resident, was in attendance to deliver a Public Forum presentation regarding consultation on Chamberlain Park.

 

Resolution number AE/2015/36

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer, seconded by Member LA Corrick:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         thanks Will McKenzie, resident, for his Public Forum presentation regarding consultation on Chamberlain Park.

CARRIED

 

 

9          Extraordinary Business

 

9.1

Mt Albert Aquatic Centre

 

The Albert-Eden Local Board recently resolved to award a service contract for the management and operation of the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre.  In addition, the Board resolved that the awarding of the contract is conditional upon a Living Wage being incorporated for all the facility’s employees and staff.

The contract with the new service provider is expected to be finalised prior to the Board’s next monthly business meeting scheduled on Wednesday, 6 May 2015.

A case therefore exists for the Board to consider an Extraordinary Item of Business to discuss whether a Living Wage provision be included in the new service contract.

 

Resolution number AE/2015/37

MOVED by Chairperson PD Haynes, seconded by Member MJ Watson:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         considers an extraordinary item of business at Item 17 to discuss the adoption of a Living Wage at the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre.

CARRIED

 

 

10        Notices of Motion

 

There were no notices of motion.

 

11

The Albert-Eden Local board advocacy and feedback on Long-term Plan 2015 – 2025 proposals

 

Resolution number AE/2015/38

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer, seconded by Chairperson PD Haynes:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receives the Albert-Eden Local Board advocacy and feedback on the Long-term Plan 2015 – 2025 proposals report and the attached feedback from Albert-Eden submitters on the draft Long-term Plan 2015 – 2025.

b)      delegates to the Chair the power to provide the board’s feedback on the draft Long-term Plan 2015-2025 on behalf of the Albert-Eden Local Board during the board’s upcoming discussions with the Auckland Council Budget Committee to inform its decisions on 7-8 May 2015.

c)      confirms an updated list of Advocacy points for the discussions with the Budget Committee on 24, 28 and 29 April as set out in the following tables below:

Local Priorities:

Advocacy request

Activity area

Why is it a priority?

Funding implications or options

Renew Mt Albert Town Centre  - ensure the completion of the Mt Albert Town Centre renewal (public open space next to the rail station and streetscape improvements) by retaining funding of $1.971m for 2015/2016 in the proposed LTP, along with funding in the 2012-22 LTP for FYs 17 & 18.

Local Planning and Development

Public Transport - Move to outstanding public transport within one network.
Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living.

(76 per cent support: LTP feedback)


The Mt Albert Town Centre renewal provides a fantastic opportunity to leverage the recent train station investment and increased public transport patronage. 

Auckland Council has acquired the ground lease to the land next to the station and is soon to procure professional design services to develop a public open space on and to improve streetscapes in the town centre.

The local board is investing $1.5 million for design, consultation and consenting work this financial year. 

After extensive consultation spanning over more than a decade, public expectations are running high. In recent months the town centre has lost its two largest employers and other longstanding businesses, so the need for progress is urgent.

Public investment in the plaza and wider streetscape improvements through the town centre are expected to provide a catalyst for private investment and generate economic development and urban regeneration, making Mt Albert a destination.

Mt Albert town centre has been highlighted as a spatial priority, as part of the Inner West Triangle, in close proximity to the 'Mt Albert 1 SHA', and to the soon-to-be redeveloped UNITEC site.   

$1.971 million deferred from the 2014/2015 local board budget to 2015/2016, but no funding for future years.

Renew village centres as part of the Albert-Eden Transformation Programme - by bringing forward funding from the Albert-Eden Transformation Programme (currently funded in FYs 18, 19, 20 and 21 to improve Pt Chevalier, Greenwoods Corner and Sandringham village centres.

Local Planning and Development

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living.

(71 per cent support: LTP feedback)


The Board has prioritised three of our village centres as having high needs for renewal.

All three are nodes for growth, and require renewal to retain and capture new economic and employment benefits, and foster community led development.

The projects are as follows:
(a) Community-led planning and development of Sandringham village: to be used as a pilot project for neighbourhood planning in Auckland (a mayoral priority in the LTP).

(b) Pt. Chevalier centre (located in the Inner West Triangle). This centre has suffered as a result of the St Lukes Mall development. An upgrade is needed to counter the planned expansion of the mall. Pt. Chevalier has been highlighted as a spatial priority as part of the Inner West Triangle.

(c) Greenwoods Corner: the community is very involved in defining the scope of the renewal and has developed a detailed architectural plan for the redevelopment of the area.

Funding has been included in the LTP as follows: FY 18 - $1.5m, FY19 - $3m, FY20 $1.8m and FY21 $2.6m.

Retain sportsfields capacity development funding -  where work is already underway, such as:

a) Fowlds Park, Nixon Park and Phyllis Reserve (see below);

b) Phyllis Reserve - retain funding in the LTP to ensure that the NZTA SH20 mitigation funds are invested in their totality (as Phyllis Reserve will require funding from the governing body).

Parks, Community and Lifestyle

Children and Young People - Dramatically accelerate the prospects of Auckland's children and young people.

(85 per cent support for improving parks: LTP feedback)


The Albert Eden Local Board has a serious shortfall in sport field capacity. Albert-Eden has Auckland’s lowest levels of open space provision, with only 2.8 hectares per 1000 residents. The three areas with the largest identified shortfall in the region are all located in Albert-Eden. 

With no sportsfields upgrades delivered in Albert-Eden under the SFC Programme to date, and a fast growing population, the current shortfall in sportsfields hours is worsening and needs addressing with urgency. 

Significant council and community investment has already gone into planning for these three parks.

The planned and approved upgrade of Phyllis Reserve mitigates the loss of Waterview Reserve. As a jointly funded project, we would like to ensure that funding currently included in the Mayor's proposal is retained in the final version of the LTP.

Not funded in draft LTP. However, the board have since received advice signalling that these projects will in fact be funded as part of the sportsfield capacity programme.

Phyllis Reserve  - TBC

Ensure adequate funding to develop the initial stages of Chamberlain Park - to retain golfing facilities while providing new sporting, recreational and cultural facilities, and cycling and walking paths.

Parks, Community and Lifestyle

Environment - Strongly commit to environmental action and green growth 

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

Albert Eden has a serious shortfall in terms of sportsfield capacity. To address this shortfall, the Board is investigating alternative uses for the Chamberlin Park Golf Course.

A master plan being prepared in 2014/15-2015/16 will outline options for the future development of the Park, including improved facilities and a range of recreational activities, such as sportsfields and reconfigured golf.

Establish a comprehensive Resource Recovery Centre (or hub) for central Auckland- drawing on the scoping research and a business plan developed in collaboration with Waitemata and Puketapapa Local Boards.

Environmental Management and Regulation

Environment - Strongly commit to environmental action and green growth

(81 per cent support: LTP feedback)

The Regional Strategy and Policy Committee has recently approved the strategic direction, budgets (subject to the 2015-2025 LTP) and site selection criteria for community recycling centres to enable the full delivery of the Resource Recovery Network.

We would like to ensure that the full delivery of a resource recovery centre in the central isthmus is prioritised within the first three years of the LTP, as it leaves a large gap in the network.

TBC 

Appropriately fund the Maunga Authority - provide on-going funding for the Maunga Authority to ensure acceptable levels of maintenance, renewals and improvements are made.

Parks, Community and Lifestyle

Maori Wellbeing - Significantly lift Maori social and economic well-being    

Environment - Strongly commit to environmental action and green growth   

The Maunga Authority must be funded at a level that prevents further deterioration in the maunga. Maunga are invaluable in cultural, geological and archaeological terms, and are critical parts of Auckland's identity and heritage.

TBC - Note: this is a regionally tagged budget

Progress the Greenways project - by creating a regional capital fund to fund the implementation of local walking, cycling, ecological and bridle connections for local Greenways Plans across Auckland.

Parks, Community and Lifestyle

Environment - Strongly commit to environmental action and green growth

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

(82 per cent support: LTP feedback)


The local board wants to provide a safe and comprehensive network of cycling and walking connections in its area requiring further investment over the next ten years. 

A review by the Albert Eden Youth Board and the Waitemata Youth Collective showed that youth - the future of Auckland - want more money spent on walking and cycling.

TBC

Ensure quality intensification for Albert Eden - managing growth in accordance with excellent design principles and heritage consideration.

 

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

It is critical to the Council's credibility that intensification be high quality in terms of urban design, given the undertakings made during the Unitary Plan process.

However, to ensure high quality urban design, Auckland Council must adequately resource the functions that support this.

TBC

Ensure adequate funding is set aside in the latter years of the LTP to retain a functioning Aquatics Centre in Albert Eden.

Environmental Management and Regulation

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

Children and Young People - Dramatically accelerate the prospects of Auckland's children and young people


The Facilities Network Plan identifies a gap for aquatic and leisure facilities in the western corridor running from Mt Eden to Glen Eden. Remedial works on the pool will start shortly. 

However, this 'remedial work' only provides a short-term solution. The Board is advocating that sufficient funds be put aside in the latter years of the LTP to ensure that the Albert-Eden community continues to have access to well-functioning aquatic facilities.

There needs to be funding for the development of a new pool in the LTP in the outer years.

Ensure adequate Development Contributions - to cover growth in Urban Areas.

Auckland Development

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

The local board would like the governing body to consider funding for assets in existing urban areas in the light of the legislative constraints related to the use of development contribution

NA

Retain the Central Joint Funding Committee and its legacy funding for accommodation support and community group assistance for the central isthmus.

Parks, Community and Lifestyle

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

The Board notes that if the funding isn’t retained for the central isthmus community groups face a $1.5 million shortfall in funding opportunities from 2015/2016.

$1.5m

Request that the Governing Body authorise a change to the Albert-Eden Asset-Based-Services (ABS) Public Art budget -  to move the budget to the Town Centre Transformation budget.

 

Only the governing body can make decisions on ABS budgets. The Board wish to make this change in response to significant feedback from the community regarding public art. The Board wish to reassure the community that the term 'public art', not only refers to traditional public art, but also creative urban design interventions that are usable/functional etc.

There is $163,000 in the proposed Asset-based services budget in the proposed LTP for 2015/2016.

 

 

Regional Advocacy – top four LTP consultation topic

Investing in Auckland

The Albert-Eden Local Board is prepared to accept a rates increase of up to 3.5% with the proviso that council continues to identify savings (that don’t impact on levels of service) to reduce the rates increase.

The Albert-Eden Local Board supports a more equitable balance of spending between regional and local priorities, and a greater focus on achieving better value for its investment and services.

Undertake a review of Auckland Council Governance and Support expenditure (and CCOs) in response to significant public feedback and concern regarding costs (including a review of the expenditure on Ports of Auckland).

Fixing Transport

The Albert-Eden Local Board supports a middle-way between the two proposed transport plans: one that shifts the balance towards public transport more generally, but also retains adequate investment in existing roading infrastructure, where the aim is to enhance safety, optimise the network, or improve roads for all users (buses, cyclists, and other vehicles).

In so far as this requires additional funding over and above the Basic Transport Plan, the Albert-Eden Local Board supports funding this (smaller) gap entirely from a regional fuel tax, as opposed to a fuel tax plus rates as proposed in the draft LTP. Fuel prices are currently low which makes it a good time to levy the tax which would be a fraction of the natural variation in petrol prices faced by consumers.

The Albert-Eden Local Board supports light rail. Roads such as Dominion Road, leading into Symonds Street, are already close to capacity at peak times. Light rail potentially offers an efficient, attractive and cost effective solution to current capacity issues and will provide for future growth.

Your rates

Support keeping the UAGC at $385.

Support a pause on business rate decreases for one LTP cycle and requests that a review is undertaken in the interim to determine the benefits and costs of lower rates for businesses.

Support advocacy to central government that the rates rebate be automatically applied for people whose income falls under the threshold (which means there is no need to apply).

The Albert-Eden Local Board supports a cap of 10% on rates increases for the 2015-2016 financial year.

Housing and Development

Support the creation of Development Auckland.

 

Council Control Organisation (CCO) priorities

Advocacy request

CCO

Why is it a priority?

Dominion Road Upgrade

AT - Roads

Public Transport - Move to outstanding public transport within one network.
Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living.


The Dominion Road Corridor upgrade presents an opportunity to improve the amenity value of, and add interest to, the local board area. The Board supports the retention of funding and continuation of this project, and wishes to see high quality and substantial improvements to the paving, street furniture and lighting, and the impacts of construction on businesses and residents minimised.

Investigate Light Rail feasibility

AT - Public transport

Public Transport - Move to outstanding public transport within one network

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living


The local board notes that in the RLTP document, Light Rail is suggested for: Dominion Road, Sandringham Road, Manukau Road, Mt Eden Road, Symonds St and Queen St. This has a major impact on the Albert-Eden area.
The local board recognises that there could be exceptionally positive outcomes if light rail is designed and implemented on these corridors, but is conscious that parking along these roads will come under increased pressure to be removed. There is a need to ensure an adequate budget is in place to provide reasonable short and long term mitigation of removed parking along arterials. This should commence with the implementation of consistent parking regimes on the side roads of arterial routes and local centres. The change in behaviour of commuters travelling through or to the local centres impacted by light rail is difficult to assess. The local board welcomes discussions on possible solutions should the Light Rail option be endorsed by the Auckland Transport Board.

Retain NZTA SH20 mitigation funds in the LTP  - to ensure that the funds are invested in their totality (as the SH20 shared path project may require a top-up from  Auckland Transport).

AT - Roads

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

The delivery of the SH20 Waterview shared path between Alan Wood Reserve, Mt Albert and Great North Road, Waterview is a condition of the decision of the Waterview motorway connection. 

Funding by NZTA is capped at $8m. Auckland Transport agreed to top funding to realise the shared path project. This funding needs to be retained.

 

Other regional proposals – with local impact

Proposal

Feedback

Leverage efficiency and cost benefits from the leisure network.

Support in principle - but more information required

Remove some street gardens which have high maintenance and safety costs compared to the benefit they offer and replant some street gardens with low maintenance perennials.

Support in principle - subject to local board specific information; to be agreed by local boards on a case-by-case basis

Replace some shrubberies in local parks with grass and maintain through mowing.

Support in principle - subject to local board specific information; to be agreed by local boards on a case-by-case basis

Greater use of sprays in all parks, instead of mechanical means, for maintaining grass edges.

Support in principle - provided the spray is organic and non-toxic to humans and animals.

Decommission some poorer performance park assets and community facilities.

Support in principle - but based on local board input and priorities

Increase revenue by harmonising fees for cemetery and cremation services, introducing charges for private access over local and sports parks and reviewing bach and camping fees.

With respect to the second part of the proposal (e.g. private access over local and sports parks and reviewing bach and camping fees)  - support

Introduce an event permit fee for events held in open public spaces.

Support - but for commercial events only.
The Board also notes that this appears to conflict with the Empowered Communities approach which is trying to encourage greater community development. Events are an excellent catalyst for community development, but permit fees and costs could put some organisers off.

Growing levels of community participation across the region.

Insufficient information for which to respond

Communities contributing towards the achievement of outcomes that meet their priorities.

Insufficient information for which to respond. However, the board request that this statement be amended to say "Communities contributing towards the achievement of outcomes that meet their priorities, consistent with the Local Board Plan"

Local prioritisation and delivery.

Insufficient information for which to respond. However, the board request that this statement be amended to say, "consistent with the Local Board Plan"

Diverse community needs being recognised and responded to effectively.

Support in principle

Council achieving better outcomes, tailored to local community priorities.

Support in principle

A reduction in the cost to deliver community development activity, over time.

Support in principle - but more information required

A more targeted approach to programmes and events in libraries.

Do not support - what does this mean? More information required

Harmonise social housing rentals across the regional based on a  threshold of charging 30% of a tenants pre-tax income.

The Board support 25%

Standardise community library opening hours, including reducing central city library opening hours to match those of our local community libraries.

Support in principle to a slight reduction in opening hours in the area's three libraries but needs demand information to make a decision that reflects customers' preferences

Do not support the central library's hours being aligned with local libraries.

Reduce corporate library information services and the opening hours for local history research centres.

The local board supports efficiency gains in running the corporate library services. The local board would like to see this service better marketed internally and to elected members

Increase the time taken to deliver new library collection items onto the library shelves and introduce a new fee when users do not pick up a request book from the library.

Support

Local board urban design champion support – focus for urban design resources will be on supporting the council’s priority areas, including spatial priorities.

The local board is strongly opposed to cuts in urban design advisory support outside spatial priorities. During
consultation for the Unitary Plan, our residents have clearly expressed their concerns with intensification as exemplified by low quality developments in the CBD and CBD fringe. The council has a social obligation to ensure that the communities' aspirations for a better built environment are met - not just in the spatial priority areas but across the entire region.

In the draft LTP service level changes in December there was a proposal to cut support for local boards for open space and area planning outside the spatial priority areas. As this doesn't appear on the new list the Board assumes that this proposal has been dropped, however it considers that this support is a high priority and would not support any moves to reduce this at any time.

Community and cultural policy development – focus to support council’s priority areas.

Insufficient information

Future marine spatial plans – priority is to complete the Hauraki gulf Marine Spatial Plan but work on marine spatial plans for the Manukau, Kaipara and Whangateau will be deferred.

Insufficient information

Continue working closely with community groups and iwi to improve water quality and biodiversity (eg. Waicare programme).

Support

Implementation of sustainable catchments programme.

Support

Tailoring of regional programmes to educate and incentivise sustainable living (including Retrofit Your Home).

Support

Ongoing delivery of local board funded ecological restoration initiatives.

Support

Ongoing pest week and animal control in local hot spots.

Support

 

d)      supports regional grants funds being established as part of the 2015-2025 Long-term Plan, conditional on there being sufficient funds for all local grant schemes.

CARRIED

 

Amendment to original recommendation(s)

Member RAJ Langton moved an amendment to recommendation c) seconded by Member LA Corrick.

c)         confirms an updated list of Advocacy points for the discussions with the Budget    Committee on 24, 28 and 29 April as set out in the following tables below:

Regional Advocacy – top four LTP consultation topic

Investing in Auckland

The Albert-Eden Local Board supports a rates increase of no more than 2.5%.

 

The amendment was put and declared.

LOST

 

The Chairperson put the substantive motion.

 

Resolution number AE/2015/39

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer, seconded by Chairperson PD Haynes:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         receives the Albert-Eden Local Board advocacy and feedback on the Long-term Plan 2015 – 2025 proposals report and the attached feedback from Albert-Eden submitters on the draft Long-term Plan 2015 – 2025.

b)        delegates to the Chair the power to provide the board’s feedback on the draft Long-term Plan 2015-2025 on behalf of the Albert-Eden Local Board during the board’s upcoming discussions with the Auckland Council Budget Committee to inform its decisions on 7-8 May 2015.

c)         confirms an updated list of Advocacy points for the discussions with the Budget Committee on 24, 28 and 29 April as set out in the following tables below:

Local Priorities:

Advocacy request

Activity area

Why is it a priority?

Funding implications or options

Renew Mt Albert Town Centre  - ensure the completion of the Mt Albert Town Centre renewal (public open space next to the rail station and streetscape improvements) by retaining funding of $1.971m for 2015/2016 in the proposed LTP, along with funding in the 2012-22 LTP for FYs 17 & 18.

Local Planning and Development

Public Transport - Move to outstanding public transport within one network.
Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living.

(76 per cent support: LTP feedback)


The Mt Albert Town Centre renewal provides a fantastic opportunity to leverage the recent train station investment and increased public transport patronage. 

Auckland Council has acquired the ground lease to the land next to the station and is soon to procure professional design services to develop a public open space on and to improve streetscapes in the town centre.

The local board is investing $1.5 million for design, consultation and consenting work this financial year. 

After extensive consultation spanning over more than a decade, public expectations are running high. In recent months the town centre has lost its two largest employers and other longstanding businesses, so the need for progress is urgent.

Public investment in the plaza and wider streetscape improvements through the town centre are expected to provide a catalyst for private investment and generate economic development and urban regeneration, making Mt Albert a destination.

Mt Albert town centre has been highlighted as a spatial priority, as part of the Inner West Triangle, in close proximity to the 'Mt Albert 1 SHA', and to the soon-to-be redeveloped UNITEC site.   

$1.971 million deferred from the 2014/2015 local board budget to 2015/2016, but no funding for future years.

Renew village centres as part of the Albert-Eden Transformation Programme - by bringing forward funding from the Albert-Eden Transformation Programme (currently funded in FYs 18, 19, 20 and 21 to improve Pt Chevalier, Greenwoods Corner and Sandringham village centres.

Local Planning and Development

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living.

(71 per cent support: LTP feedback)


The Board has prioritised three of our village centres as having high needs for renewal.

All three are nodes for growth, and require renewal to retain and capture new economic and employment benefits, and foster community led development.

The projects are as follows:
(a) Community-led planning and development of Sandringham village: to be used as a pilot project for neighbourhood planning in Auckland (a mayoral priority in the LTP).

(b) Pt. Chevalier centre (located in the Inner West Triangle). This centre has suffered as a result of the St Lukes Mall development. An upgrade is needed to counter the planned expansion of the mall. Pt. Chevalier has been highlighted as a spatial priority as part of the Inner West Triangle.

(c) Greenwoods Corner: the community is very involved in defining the scope of the renewal and has developed a detailed architectural plan for the redevelopment of the area.

Funding has been included in the LTP as follows: FY 18 - $1.5m, FY19 - $3m, FY20 $1.8m and FY21 $2.6m.

Retain sportsfields capacity development funding -  where work is already underway, such as:

a) Fowlds Park, Nixon Park and Phyllis Reserve (see below);

b) Phyllis Reserve - retain funding in the LTP to ensure that the NZTA SH20 mitigation funds are invested in their totality (as Phyllis Reserve will require funding from the governing body).

Parks, Community and Lifestyle

Children and Young People - Dramatically accelerate the prospects of Auckland's children and young people.

(85 per cent support for improving parks: LTP feedback)


The Albert Eden Local Board has a serious shortfall in sport field capacity. Albert-Eden has Auckland’s lowest levels of open space provision, with only 2.8 hectares per 1000 residents. The three areas with the largest identified shortfall in the region are all located in Albert-Eden. 

With no sportsfields upgrades delivered in Albert-Eden under the SFC Programme to date, and a fast growing population, the current shortfall in sportsfields hours is worsening and needs addressing with urgency. 

Significant council and community investment has already gone into planning for these three parks.

The planned and approved upgrade of Phyllis Reserve mitigates the loss of Waterview Reserve. As a jointly funded project, we would like to ensure that funding currently included in the Mayor's proposal is retained in the final version of the LTP.

Not funded in draft LTP. However, the board have since received advice signalling that these projects will in fact be funded as part of the sportsfield capacity programme.

Phyllis Reserve  - TBC

Ensure adequate funding to develop the initial stages of Chamberlain Park - to retain golfing facilities while providing new sporting, recreational and cultural facilities, and cycling and walking paths.

Parks, Community and Lifestyle

Environment - Strongly commit to environmental action and green growth 

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

Albert Eden has a serious shortfall in terms of sportsfield capacity. To address this shortfall, the Board is investigating alternative uses for the Chamberlin Park Golf Course.

A master plan being prepared in 2014/15-2015/16 will outline options for the future development of the Park, including improved facilities and a range of recreational activities, such as sportsfields and reconfigured golf.

Establish a comprehensive Resource Recovery Centre (or hub) for central Auckland- drawing on the scoping research and a business plan developed in collaboration with Waitemata and Puketapapa Local Boards.

Environmental Management and Regulation

Environment - Strongly commit to environmental action and green growth

(81 per cent support: LTP feedback)

The Regional Strategy and Policy Committee has recently approved the strategic direction, budgets (subject to the 2015-2025 LTP) and site selection criteria for community recycling centres to enable the full delivery of the Resource Recovery Network.

We would like to ensure that the full delivery of a resource recovery centre in the central isthmus is prioritised within the first three years of the LTP, as it leaves a large gap in the network.

TBC 

Appropriately fund the Maunga Authority - provide on-going funding for the Maunga Authority to ensure acceptable levels of maintenance, renewals and improvements are made.

Parks, Community and Lifestyle

Maori Wellbeing - Significantly lift Maori social and economic well-being    

Environment - Strongly commit to environmental action and green growth   

The Maunga Authority must be funded at a level that prevents further deterioration in the maunga. Maunga are invaluable in cultural, geological and archaeological terms, and are critical parts of Auckland's identity and heritage.

TBC - Note: this is a regionally tagged budget

Progress the Greenways project - by creating a regional capital fund to fund the implementation of local walking, cycling, ecological and bridle connections for local Greenways Plans across Auckland.

Parks, Community and Lifestyle

Environment - Strongly commit to environmental action and green growth

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

(82 per cent support: LTP feedback)


The local board wants to provide a safe and comprehensive network of cycling and walking connections in its area requiring further investment over the next ten years. 

A review by the Albert Eden Youth Board and the Waitemata Youth Collective showed that youth - the future of Auckland - want more money spent on walking and cycling.

TBC

Ensure quality intensification for Albert Eden - managing growth in accordance with excellent design principles and heritage consideration.

 

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

It is critical to the Council's credibility that intensification be high quality in terms of urban design, given the undertakings made during the Unitary Plan process.

However, to ensure high quality urban design, Auckland Council must adequately resource the functions that support this.

TBC

Ensure adequate funding is set aside in the latter years of the LTP to retain a functioning Aquatics Centre in Albert Eden.

Environmental Management and Regulation

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

Children and Young People - Dramatically accelerate the prospects of Auckland's children and young people


The Facilities Network Plan identifies a gap for aquatic and leisure facilities in the western corridor running from Mt Eden to Glen Eden. Remedial works on the pool will start shortly. 

However, this 'remedial work' only provides a short-term solution. The Board is advocating that sufficient funds be put aside in the latter years of the LTP to ensure that the Albert-Eden community continues to have access to well-functioning aquatic facilities.

There needs to be funding for the development of a new pool in the LTP in the outer years.

Ensure adequate Development Contributions - to cover growth in Urban Areas.

Auckland Development

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

The local board would like the governing body to consider funding for assets in existing urban areas in the light of the legislative constraints related to the use of development contribution

NA

Retain the Central Joint Funding Committee and its legacy funding for accommodation support and community group assistance for the central isthmus.

Parks, Community and Lifestyle

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

The Board notes that if the funding isn’t retained for the central isthmus community groups face a $1.5 million shortfall in funding opportunities from 2015/2016.

$1.5m

Request that the Governing Body authorise a change to the Albert-Eden Asset-Based-Services (ABS) Public Art budget -  to move the budget to the Town Centre Transformation budget.

 

Only the governing body can make decisions on ABS budgets. The Board wish to make this change in response to significant feedback from the community regarding public art. The Board wish to reassure the community that the term 'public art', not only refers to traditional public art, but also creative urban design interventions that are usable/functional etc.

There is $163,000 in the proposed Asset-based services budget in the proposed LTP for 2015/2016.

 

Regional Advocacy – top four LTP consultation topic

Investing in Auckland

The Albert-Eden Local Board is prepared to accept a rates increase of up to 3.5% with the proviso that council continues to identify savings (that don’t impact on levels of service) to reduce the rates increase.

The Albert-Eden Local Board supports a more equitable balance of spending between regional and local priorities, and a greater focus on achieving better value for its investment and services.

Undertake a review of Auckland Council Governance and Support expenditure (and CCOs) in response to significant public feedback and concern regarding costs (including a review of the expenditure on Ports of Auckland).

Fixing Transport

The Albert-Eden Local Board supports a middle-way between the two proposed transport plans: one that shifts the balance towards public transport more generally, but also retains adequate investment in existing roading infrastructure, where the aim is to enhance safety, optimise the network, or improve roads for all users (buses, cyclists, and other vehicles).

In so far as this requires additional funding over and above the Basic Transport Plan, the Albert-Eden Local Board supports funding this (smaller) gap entirely from a regional fuel tax, as opposed to a fuel tax plus rates as proposed in the draft LTP. Fuel prices are currently low which makes it a good time to levy the tax which would be a fraction of the natural variation in petrol prices faced by consumers.

The Albert-Eden Local Board supports light rail. Roads such as Dominion Road, leading into Symonds Street, are already close to capacity at peak times. Light rail potentially offers an efficient, attractive and cost effective solution to current capacity issues and will provide for future growth.

Your rates

Support keeping the UAGC at $385.

Support a pause on business rate decreases for one LTP cycle and requests that a review is undertaken in the interim to determine the benefits and costs of lower rates for businesses.

Support advocacy to central government that the rates rebate be automatically applied for people whose income falls under the threshold (which means there is no need to apply).

The Albert-Eden Local Board supports a cap of 10% on rates increases for the 2015-2016 financial year.

Housing and Development

Support the creation of Development Auckland.

 

Council Control Organisation (CCO) priorities

Advocacy request

CCO

Why is it a priority?

Dominion Road Upgrade

AT - Roads

Public Transport - Move to outstanding public transport within one network.
Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living.


The Dominion Road Corridor upgrade presents an opportunity to improve the amenity value of, and add interest to, the local board area. The Board supports the retention of funding and continuation of this project, and wishes to see high quality and substantial improvements to the paving, street furniture and lighting, and the impacts of construction on businesses and residents minimised.

Investigate Light Rail feasibility

AT - Public transport

Public Transport - Move to outstanding public transport within one network

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living


The local board notes that in the RLTP document, Light Rail is suggested for: Dominion Road, Sandringham Road, Manukau Road, Mt Eden Road, Symonds St and Queen St. This has a major impact on the Albert-Eden area.
The local board recognises that there could be exceptionally positive outcomes if light rail is designed and implemented on these corridors, but is conscious that parking along these roads will come under increased pressure to be removed. There is a need to ensure an adequate budget is in place to provide reasonable short and long term mitigation of removed parking along arterials. This should commence with the implementation of consistent parking regimes on the side roads of arterial routes and local centres. The change in behaviour of commuters travelling through or to the local centres impacted by light rail is difficult to assess. The local board welcomes discussions on possible solutions should the Light Rail option be endorsed by the Auckland Transport Board.

Retain NZTA SH20 mitigation funds in the LTP  - to ensure that the funds are invested in their totality (as the SH20 shared path project may require a top-up from  Auckland Transport).

AT - Roads

Urban Living - Radically improve the quality of urban living

The delivery of the SH20 Waterview shared path between Alan Wood Reserve, Mt Albert and Great North Road, Waterview is a condition of the decision of the Waterview motorway connection. 

Funding by NZTA is capped at $8m. Auckland Transport agreed to top funding to realise the shared path project. This funding needs to be retained.

 

Other regional proposals – with local impact

Proposal

Feedback

Leverage efficiency and cost benefits from the leisure network.

Support in principle - but more information required

Remove some street gardens which have high maintenance and safety costs compared to the benefit they offer and replant some street gardens with low maintenance perennials.

Support in principle - subject to local board specific information; to be agreed by local boards on a case-by-case basis

Replace some shrubberies in local parks with grass and maintain through mowing.

Support in principle - subject to local board specific information; to be agreed by local boards on a case-by-case basis

Greater use of sprays in all parks, instead of mechanical means, for maintaining grass edges.

Support in principle - provided the spray is organic and non-toxic to humans and animals.

Decommission some poorer performance park assets and community facilities.

Support in principle - but based on local board input and priorities

Increase revenue by harmonising fees for cemetery and cremation services, introducing charges for private access over local and sports parks and reviewing bach and camping fees.

With respect to the second part of the proposal (e.g. private access over local and sports parks and reviewing bach and camping fees)  - support

Introduce an event permit fee for events held in open public spaces.

Support - but for commercial events only.
The Board also notes that this appears to conflict with the Empowered Communities approach which is trying to encourage greater community development. Events are an excellent catalyst for community development, but permit fees and costs could put some organisers off.

Growing levels of community participation across the region.

Insufficient information for which to respond

Communities contributing towards the achievement of outcomes that meet their priorities.

Insufficient information for which to respond. However, the board request that this statement be amended to say "Communities contributing towards the achievement of outcomes that meet their priorities, consistent with the Local Board Plan"

Local prioritisation and delivery.

Insufficient information for which to respond. However, the board request that this statement be amended to say, "consistent with the Local Board Plan"

Diverse community needs being recognised and responded to effectively.

Support in principle

Council achieving better outcomes, tailored to local community priorities.

Support in principle

A reduction in the cost to deliver community development activity, over time.

Support in principle - but more information required

A more targeted approach to programmes and events in libraries.

Do not support - what does this mean? More information required

Harmonise social housing rentals across the regional based on a  threshold of charging 30% of a tenants pre-tax income.

The Board support 25%

Standardise community library opening hours, including reducing central city library opening hours to match those of our local community libraries.

Support in principle to a slight reduction in opening hours in the area's three libraries but needs demand information to make a decision that reflects customers' preferences

Do not support the central library's hours being aligned with local libraries.

Reduce corporate library information services and the opening hours for local history research centres.

The local board supports efficiency gains in running the corporate library services. The local board would like to see this service better marketed internally and to elected members

Increase the time taken to deliver new library collection items onto the library shelves and introduce a new fee when users do not pick up a request book from the library.

Support

Local board urban design champion support – focus for urban design resources will be on supporting the council’s priority areas, including spatial priorities.

The local board is strongly opposed to cuts in urban design advisory support outside spatial priorities. During
consultation for the Unitary Plan, our residents have clearly expressed their concerns with intensification as exemplified by low quality developments in the CBD and CBD fringe. The council has a social obligation to ensure that the communities' aspirations for a better built environment are met - not just in the spatial priority areas but across the entire region.

In the draft LTP service level changes in December there was a proposal to cut support for local boards for open space and area planning outside the spatial priority areas. As this doesn't appear on the new list the Board assumes that this proposal has been dropped, however it considers that this support is a high priority and would not support any moves to reduce this at any time.

Community and cultural policy development – focus to support council’s priority areas.

Insufficient information

Future marine spatial plans – priority is to complete the Hauraki gulf Marine Spatial Plan but work on marine spatial plans for the Manukau, Kaipara and Whangateau will be deferred.

Insufficient information

Continue working closely with community groups and iwi to improve water quality and biodiversity (eg. Waicare programme).

Support

Implementation of sustainable catchments programme.

Support

Tailoring of regional programmes to educate and incentivise sustainable living (including Retrofit Your Home).

Support

Ongoing delivery of local board funded ecological restoration initiatives.

Support

Ongoing pest week and animal control in local hot spots.

Support

 

d)        supports regional grants funds being established as part of the 2015-2025 Long-term Plan, conditional on there being sufficient funds for all local grant schemes.

CARRIED

 

 

12

Chamberlain Park Master Plan Options

 

Shyrel Burt, Principal Policy Analyst, Rebecca Eng, Principal Policy Analyst, were in attendance to speak to this report.

 

Resolution number AE/2015/40

MOVED by Chairperson PD Haynes, seconded by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         approves, in principle, a redesign of Chamberlain Park to provide for a wider range of passive and active uses, including golf and the ecological restoration of Meola/Waititiko Creek, subject to further consultation on options.

b)         approves the Chamberlain Park master plan scenarios 1-4 (Attachment A) for consultation in May 2015.

c)         notes that documentation will be developed for public consultation that will include:

            i.          an outline of the four scenarios.

            ii.          indicative costs, noting that there is currently no funding in the draft             2015-2025 Long Term Plan to implement the master plan, however the             board is advocating to the Governing Body for this to be rectified.

            iii.         summary of an assessment against design objectives and their relative             benefits, risks and opportunities of each scenario.

d)         delegates to the whole board the authority to sign off the finalised maps and consultation material for Chamberlain Park prior to the release for engagement.

e)         notes that the indicative costs of the four options be supplied to local board members at a workshop within the next two weeks.

f)          thanks Shyrel Burt, Principal Policy Analyst, Rebecca Eng, Principal Policy Analyst, for their attendance.

 

Amendment to original recommendation(s)

Member RAJ Langton moved an amendment to resolution b), c) and d) seconded by Member LA Corrick.

 

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

b)         defers the public consultation on Chamberlain Park until indicative costs and further public consultation documents are developed and considered by the Board.

c)         requests that enabling works by Auckland Transport be included in the indicative costs, provided that Auckland Transport support these works.

d)         requests that if consultation proceeds the scenarios presented for consultation includes the status-quo.

The amendment was put and declared.

LOST

 

The Chairperson put the substantive motion.

 

Resolution number AE/2015/41

MOVED by Chairperson PD Haynes, seconded by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         approves, in principle, a redesign of Chamberlain Park to provide for a wider range of passive and active uses, including golf and the ecological restoration of Meola/Waititiko Creek, subject to further consultation on options.

CARRIED

 

Secretarial Note:       Member LA Corrick and Member RAJ Langton voted against resolution a) and requested their dissenting vote be recorded.

 

Resolution number AE/2015/42

MOVED by Chairperson PD Haynes, seconded by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

b)         approves the Chamberlain Park master plan scenarios 1-4 (Attachment A) for consultation in May 2015.

c)         notes that documentation will be developed for public consultation that will include:

            i.          an outline of the four scenarios.

            ii.         indicative costs, noting that there is currently no funding in the draft             2015-2025 Long Term Plan to implement the master plan, however the             board is advocating to the Governing Body for this to be rectified.

            iii.        summary of an assessment against design objectives and their relative             benefits, risks and opportunities of each scenario.

d)         delegates to the whole board the authority to sign off the finalised maps and consultation material for Chamberlain Park prior to the release for engagement.

e)         notes that the indicative costs of the four options be supplied to local board members at a workshop within the next two weeks.

f)          thanks Shyrel Burt, Principal Policy Analyst, Rebecca Eng, Principal Policy Analyst, for their attendance.

The substantive motion was declared

CARRIED

 

Secretarial Note:       Member LA Corrick and Member RAJ Langton voted against resolutions b) and c) and requested their dissenting vote be recorded.

 

13

Albert Eden 2014/2015 Small Local Improvements Programme - April update

 

Katrina Morgan, Team Leader SLIPs, was in attendance to speak to this report.

 

Resolution number AE/2015/43

MOVED by Member MJ Watson, seconded by Member GD Easte:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      formally adopts the Nicholson Park Development Plan 2015.

b)      notes there is $7,228 SLIPs capital funding remaining for deferred projects and for allocation to new projects in the 2014/2015 financial year.

c)      notes there is $18,212 SLIPs operational funding remaining to allocate in the 2014/2015 financial year.

d)      notes that delegated authority has been given to the Board’s SLIPs portfolio leads extending them the power to allocate the remainder of the 2014/2015 SLIPs capital and operating expenditure to ensure additional projects can be approved and delivered before the end of the financial year.

e)      thanks Katrina Morgan, Team Leader SLIPs, for her attendance.

CARRIED

 

 

14

Renewal of the Community Lease to The Scout Association of New Zealand at Pollard Park, Balmoral

 

Ron Johnson, Community Lease Advisor, was in attendance to speak to this report.

 

Resolution number AE/2015/44

MOVED by Member RAJ Langton, seconded by Chairperson PD Haynes:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      approves the renewal of the community lease to The Scout Association of New Zealand at Pollard Park, Balmoral on the following terms and conditions:

          i.             renewal for the first renewal period commencing 1 February 2012, to include one further right of renewal with rent to remain at $250 plus GST per annum.

          ii.            that the lease be varied to include a community outcomes plan (attachment B) to be attached as a schedule to the lease.

          iii.           All other terms and conditions to be in accord with the existing lease date 16 November 2007.

b)      thanks Ron Johnson, Community Lease Advisor, for his attendance.

CARRIED

 

 

15

Sportsfields ground fees resolutions from the Orakei Local Board April 2015 business meeting

 

Resolution number AE/2015/45

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer, seconded by Chairperson PD Haynes:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      receives the sports-fields ground fees resolutions from the Orakei Local Board April 2015 business meeting report and notes the attached resolutions.

b)      notes with concern that the only local boards charging sports-field ground fees are those within the former Auckland City Council area boundary (Waitemata, Albert-Eden, Orakei, Puketapapa, Maungakiekie-Tamaki, Waiheke local boards) and that this is due to a legacy transition agreement which has not been resolved since 2010.

c)      supports the current review of fees and charges for the Auckland region sport-fields.

d)      requests that the Governing Body Parks, Sports and Recreation Committee address equality across Auckland regarding these charges.

CARRIED

 

 

16

Mt Albert Town Centre Upgrade - Project Update

 

Nick Seymour, Project Director - PT Capital Improvements, Rachael Eaton, Team Leader Transformation – Central/Islands, Adam Johnstone,  Project Leader, and Tim Nicholson, Consultant – Align, were in attendance to speak to this report.

 

Resolution number AE/2015/46

MOVED by Chairperson PD Haynes, seconded by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      notes that the Mt Albert Town Centre project aims to implement, by 30 June 2016:

·   a new public plaza adjacent to the Mt Albert railway station. 

·   a new pedestrian bridge linking the new plaza to the Mt Albert rail station.

·   improvements to the wider Mt Albert town centre street environment and public realm.

b)      notes that Auckland Council is required to acquire a number of sub-leases over a private car park to enable the construction of the new pedestrian bridge and plaza.

c)      endorses the initial design work (Attachment B) undertaken by staff to establish the area of the private car park that would be required to deliver:

·      new pedestrian bridge.

·      stair/ramp access.

·      some minor improvements to the car park.

d)      endorses that staff attend a workshop on 28 April 2015 with the Albert-Eden Local Board to further discuss the draft concept design (Attachment B) and to seek input into the design for a potential public plaza across the whole area.

e)      notes that funding for the construction of the pedestrian bridge will be confirmed as part of the 2015-2025 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) process in June 2015.

f)       endorses that, until the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) is approved by June 2015, staff continue to investigate other sources of funding for the pedestrian bridge.

g)      endorses that, following the outcome of the 2015-2025 Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) process and the acquisition negotiations, staff report to the Albert-Eden Local Board in July 2015 with a further update on the Mt Albert project, including the draft concept design suitable for wider stakeholder engagement.

h)      thanks Nick Seymour, Project Director – PT Capital Improvements, Rachael Eaton, Team Leader Transformation – Central/Islands, Adam Johnstone, Project Leader, and Tim Nicholson, Consultant – Align, for their attendance.

CARRIED

 

17        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

17.1

Mt Albert Aquatic Centre

 

Resolution number AE/2015/47

MOVED by Chairperson PD Haynes, seconded by Member H Arlington:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)         resolves that a Living Wage provision should be included in the new service contract being awarded to the preferred tenderer for the Mt Albert Aquatic Centre, providing that it is within the current costs of operating the facility.

CARRIED

  

 

18        Procedural motion to exclude the public

Resolution number AE/2015/48

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer, seconded by Member RAJ Langton:  

That the Albert-Eden Local Board:

a)      excludes the public from the following part(s) of the proceedings of this meeting.

b)      agrees that Governing Body Member Fletcher be permitted to remain for Confidential Item C1 Property Acquisition after the public has been excluded, because of her local area knowledge, which will help the Albert-Eden Local Board in its decision-making.

The general subject of each matter to be considered while the public is excluded, the reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter, and the specific grounds under section 48(1) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 for the passing of this resolution follows.

This resolution is made in reliance on section 48(1)(a) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and the particular interest or interests protected by section 6 or section 7 of that Act which would be prejudiced by the holding of the whole or relevant part of the proceedings of the meeting in public, as follows:

C1       Property Acquisition

Reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Particular interest(s) protected (where applicable)

Ground(s) under section 48(1) for the passing of this resolution

The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.

s7(2)(i) - The withholding of the information is necessary to enable the local authority to carry on, without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations (including commercial and industrial negotiations).

In particular, the report contains confidential information regarding property negotiations.

s48(1)(a)

The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.

 

CARRIED

 

4.24pm            The public was excluded.

 

Resolutions in relation to the confidential items are recorded in the confidential section of these minutes and are not publicly available.

 

 

Motion

Resolution number AE/2015/49

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson GJ Fryer, seconded by Member LA Corrick:  

a)         That the Albert-Eden Local Board extraordinary meeting held on Wednesday, 22 April 2015, be moved back in to open session.

CARRIED

 

 

 

4.41pm            The public was re-admitted.

  

 

 

4.42 pm                                              The Chairperson thanked Members for their attendance and attention to business and declared the meeting closed.

 

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