I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board will be held on:

 

Date:                      

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

3.00pm

Rooms 1 & 2
Level 26
135 Albert Street
Auckland

 

Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Dr Lucy Baragwanath

University of Auckland

Members

Dick Ayres

Member, CBD Residents Advisory Group

 

Mayor Len Brown, JP

Auckland Council

 

Shale Chambers

Chair Waitemata Local Board

 

Tim Coffey

Member, CBD Residents Advisory Group

 

John Coop

Warren and Mahoney, NZ Institute of Architects

 

Jillian de Beer

de Beer Marketing & Communications

 

Kate Healy

Ngati Whatua o Orakei Corporate Limited

 

Barbara Holloway

Karangahape Road Business Association

 

Andrea Hutchins

Property Council of NZ

 

Mike Lee

Councillor, Auckland Council

 

Nigel Murphy

Auckland University of Technology

 

David Wright

Heart of the City

 

(Quorum 6 members)

 

 

 

Tam White

Democracy Advisor

 

17 April 2015

 

Contact Telephone: (09) 890 8156

Email: tam.white@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 

 


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ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                        PAGE

1          Apologies                                                                                                                        5

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   5

3          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               5

4          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                5

5          Auckland City Centre Board membership                                                                  7

6          Issues of significance                                                                                                  19

7          CCI Progress Update for Auckland City Centre Advisory Board
- to 15 April 2015                                                                                                         
21

8          Myers Park Stage 2 Development Update                                                                39

9          City Centre Place Activation Strategy                                                                       65

10        Wayfinding (Regional Signage)                                                                               105 

11        Consideration of Extraordinary Items 

 

 


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 a member and any private or other external interest they might have.

 

3          Confirmation of Minutes

 

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Wednesday, 25 March 2015, as a true and correct record.

 

 

4          Extraordinary Business

 

Section 46A(7) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“An item that is not on the agenda for a meeting may be dealt with at that meeting if-

 

(a)        The local authority by resolution so decides; and

 

(b)        The presiding member explains at the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public,-

 

(i)         The reason why the item is not on the agenda; and

 

(ii)        The reason why the discussion of the item cannot be delayed until a subsequent meeting.”

 

Section 46A(7A) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 (as amended) states:

 

“Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,-

 

(a)        That item may be discussed at that meeting if-

 

(i)         That item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and

 

(ii)        the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but

 

(b)        no resolution, decision or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.”

 

 

 


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Auckland City Centre Advisory Board membership 

 

File No.: CP2015/05723

 

Purpose

1.       To propose amendments to the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board Terms of Reference.

2.       To inform discussion of the composition of the Auckland City Centre Board including current vacancies.

3.       To propose a process to select new and replacement Board members, and the positions of Chair and Deputy Chair.

Executive Summary

4.       The Terms of Reference have been updated to clarify minor errors and to reflect changes in Council’s management structure relating to the Board. A copy of the proposed amendments to the Terms of Reference including the amended Selection Policy are provided as attachment A.

5.       The positions of Chair and Deputy Chair are due for election for another year. Nominations were called for and close at 4pm on Tuesday 21 April 2015. It is recommended that the Board receives nominations and elects the Chair and Deputy Chair at the April meeting.

6.       The Board represents an agreed schedule of City Stakeholders. The composition of the Advisory Board currently is as follows:

City Stakeholders

No of Representatives

Representatives

Corporate sector including financial and other professional services

2

vacant

Vacant

Urban design/institute of architects

1

John Coop

Warren and Mahoney, NZ Institute of Architects

Tourism/travel

2

vacant

Vacant

Business Improvement Districts

2

David Wright

Heart of the City

Barbara Holloway

Karangahape Road Business Association

Retail

1

Vacant

Education (The University of Auckland & Auckland University of Technology)

2

Lucy Baragwanath

University of Auckland

Nigel Murphy

Auckland University of Technology

Ngati Whatua 

1

Kate Healy

Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Limited

Residents (representatives from the CBD Residents Advisory Group)

2

Tim Coffey

Dick Ayres

Property Council

1

Andrea Hutchins

Property Council of NZ

Arts and Cultural Sector

1

Jillian de Beer

de Beer Marketing & Communications

Governing Body of Auckland Council (Mayor and Waitemata Ward Councillor)

2

Cr Mike Lee

Mayor

Waitemata Local Board

1

Shale Chambers

Chair

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7.       Five additional members are needed to fully represent the City Stakeholders. The attached Terms of Reference provide a Policy for selection and replacement of Board members. It is proposed that nominations for new members shall close on 13 May 2015, for discussion and endorsement at the Board meeting on 27 May 2015.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      elect the Chair and Deputy Chair

b)      endorse the proposed amendments to the Terms of Reference for the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

c)      agree that nominations for new members shall close on 13 May 2015, for discussion and endorsement at the 27 May 2015 Board meeting.

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

aView

Amended Terms of Reference

9

      

Signatories

Author

Tam White - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Andrew Guthrie – Project Director, City Centre Integration

 


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Issues of significance

 

File No.: CP2015/05841

 

Purpose

1.       To enable Board Members to discuss issues of significance in relation to the city centre.

Executive Summary

2.       The following issues have been identified for discussion and an opportunity for Board members to raise any concerns they may have:

a.            Harbour related

i.          Wharves

ii.          Port

 

b.           Transport related

i.          City Rail Link

ii.          Bus network

iii.         Light Rail

iv.        Pedestrian/cycle ways

 

c.            Street life-related

i.          Safety

ii.          Pollution

iii.         Homelessness

iv.        Public open spaces

 

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      receive the information.

 

 

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.    

Signatories

Author

Tam White - Democracy Advisor

Authoriser

Andrew Guthrie – Project Director, City Centre Integration

 


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CCI Progress Update for Auckland City Centre Advisory Board
- to 15 April 2015

 

File No.: CP2015/06452

 

Purpose

1.       To update the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board on City Centre Integration progress to 15 April 2015.

Executive Summary

2.       The report provides a high-level overview of progress on projects and initiatives in the City Centre, including:

a.       Targeted Rate Projects

b.       Other City Centre Projects

c.       City Centre Strategies / Initiatives

d.       Information Requested in Response to Board Resolutions

e.       Forward Planner

f.       Targeted Rate Financial Monthly Update

3.       Of particular note is:

a.       Aotea Framework - a workshop with the Board will be held ahead of the meeting, to explore key issues and opportunities in and around the Aotea precinct, and provide direction for the draft Framework.

b.       Central Wharves - in February, the Auckland Development Committee directed staff to undertake more work describing the issues and opportunities, timing and funding options, on option 4 development of the Central Wharves, and comparison with the status quo, and report back to the Committee.  A number of issues were highlighted for consideration, including outcomes for Maori and public engagement.

c.       Work is underway, and will be reported back to the Auckland Development Committee in the second half of 2015.

d.       The Central Wharves investigations will consider how the redeveloped wharves could function and address aspirations following a future transfer of Captain Cook Wharf from port operations, and what steps can and should be taken ahead of that to enable the interim demand for redevelopment of public spaces, cruise and ferry facilities, and street upgrades.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      receive the City Centre Integration progress update to 15 April 2015.

 

 


 

Comments

Targeted Rate Projects

O’Connell Street Shared Space

4.       An eight week trial of street closures and activation (Thursday’s between 12-8pm) concludes at the end of April.  Feedback will be collated from O’Connell St tenants, and applied to future design improvements and activation programmes for other city centre streets.  Feedback to date has been informative, particularly in relation to the potential for different operating regimes throughout the day / night.

Bledisloe House Customer Services Centre and Bledisloe Lane

5.       All works are due to be completed in April, followed by an Opening Celebration (tbc).

Myers Park Upgrade – Stage 2

6.       An update on design progress is provided in a separate paper, and will be presented to the Board meeting for information.

Beach Road

7.       The contractor commenced working between Mahuhu Crescent and Britomart Place in early April.  Works completion is expected by the start of July, weather permitting.

Freyberg Square and Ellen Melville Hall

8.       Freyberg Square / Ellen Melville Hall – Consultant services tenders closed on the 7th April and are currently being evaluated, for award and commencement in May 2015.  Construction is targeted to commence mid-2016.

High Street

9.       Heart of the City has completed an on-line survey of local businesses and community members, requesting feedback on the recently completed O’Connell St upgrade and input to further potential upgrades in the High St precinct.  A feedback report will be provided to the Board in May.

10.     A strategy for the potential redevelopment of the wider High St precinct will be developed with engagement from the business and residential community.  This will be informed by the HotC survey feedback as well as design and engagement on the Freyberg Square project.

Karangahape Rd

11.     Projects aligned with the Karangahape Road Plan 2014 – 2044 will be reviewed with the local board and Karangahape Rd BID before submission to the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board for support of Targeted Rate funding.

Wayfinding Signage

12.     In June 2014 the Board endorsed funding support for implementation of a city centre Wayfinding Strategy.

13.     An update on the draft Wayfinding (Regional Signage) project is provided in a separate paper, and will be presented to the Board meeting seeking further endorsement.

Other City Centre Projects

Hobson and Nelson Street upgrade

14.     Initial reference design for both streets is awaiting testing through traffic modelling to inform options for reduction of traffic lanes, and public realm enhancement including for pedestrians and cyclists.

15.     Project funding is not provided in the current LTP proposal, but is proposed for inclusion under the Auckland Plan Transport funding model.  Stage 1 works between Wellesley and Victoria Streets is targeted in 2017.

Victoria Street Linear Park

16.     No further update.

Quay Street Streetscape Upgrade

17.     Project funding is not included in the Basic Transport Programme incorporated in the LTP, and is included with a 2015/16 commencement in the alternative Auckland Plan transport programme.  To be resolved through the LTP review and engagement process mid-2015.

18.     Further planning and redevelopment of the streetscape upgrade will be informed by any early outcomes from the Central Wharves investigations, the Downtown Public Open Spaces review, and the timing and requirements of any future light rail network.

Quay St Seawall Seismic Upgrade

19.     Project commencement is deferred until 2020 under the Basic Transport programme incorporated in the LTP, brought forward to a 2015/16 commencement in the alternative Auckland Plan transport programme.  To be resolved through the LTP review and engagement process mid-2015.

20.     Further planning and redevelopment of seawall upgrade will be informed by any early outcomes from the Central Wharves investigations, Quay St Streetscape and the timing and requirements of any future light rail network.

Ferry Basin Redevelopment

21.     Further planning and redevelopment of ferry infrastructure will be informed by any early outcomes from the Central Wharves investigations.

22.     Initial redevelopment will be staged to align with planned Quay St streetscapes and seawall upgrades.

Westhaven Promenade

23.     Stage 2 is currently proposed in the Basic LTP for construction 2017 – 2019.  Design is progressing.

 

Wynyard Quarter Redevelopment

24.     Construction of the first stage of Halsey and Gaunt St upgrades is due to start by May 2015. Priorities for completion are the services and street upgrades fronting the Fonterra development (planned for completion early 2016).

25.     Work will also start by mid-2015 on upgrades to Madden and Packenham Streets.

26.     Engagement with key stakeholders is underway to manage traffic and pedestrian movements into and out of the Quarter during the works.

27.     Residential development has commenced with the opening of display suites (Willis Bond).

28.     Resource consent negotiations are underway for the hotel development planned adjacent to Te Wero Bridge.

Transport Infrastructure

29.     Planning and design scenarios for an Integrated PT Network are being developed by Auckland Transport (AT), with and without a potential light rapid transit (LRT) network.  A report will be presented to the AT Board at the end of April, responding to requests for more information on procurement and timing. 

30.     The implications of potential LRT for currently planned projects in the city centre are significant and will inform sequencing and timing of those projects. 

Cycle Network

31.     The Nelson St cycleway re-activates the old Nelson St Off-ramp and continues along Nelson St.

a.       Stage 1 of the project has commenced as a joint NZTA / AT initiative and will be completed through to Victoria St by late 2015.  Enhancement of the route through higher quality landscaping, lighting and urban design features is being considered, and may be an opportunity for the application of targeted rate funds.

b.       Stage 2 continues through to Fanshawe and Quay St.  Design options are underway and delivery is targeted for completion in early-mid 2016.

32.     The Westhaven Drive / Beaumont St cycleway design is being progressed through public engagement, and trial sections. AT is working with representatives of local business, Waterfront Auckland and developers to balance the implications on parking.

33.     AT is working with central government on a bid for a $45M share of the national Urban Cycleway Fund (UCF), which will deliver key elements of the cycle network.  Projects put forward by AT in the city centre for design and construction in the period 2015 - 2018 include:

a.       Western Waterfront City Connections (St Mary’s Bay links)

b.       Ian McKinnon Drive Connection (NW Cycleway to Upper Queen St)

c.       East-West Route – Phase 1 (Victoria Park to Nelson St)

d.       East-West Route – Phase 2 (Nelson St to Grafton Rd)

e.       Karangahape Rd / Upper Queen St (Ponsonby Rd to Symonds St)

f.       Western Waterfront Commuter Route (Westhaven to City)

g.       Safety Improvements in CBD

h.       Quay St (lower Hobson St to Taparoa St)

i.        Eastern Waterfront City Connection (Eastern Rail Cycleway to Taparoa St)

 

 

SkyPath

34.     Submissions Hearings will be held in May due to the large number of submissions received (approximately 11,600).  Four independent commissioners have been appointed.

City Centre Strategies / Initiatives

Programme and Funding

35.     A City Centre Targeted Rate Financial Summary to end of March 2015 is attached.

36.     The City Centre Programme will be revisited with the Board in May, following direction from the LTP Budget Committee meeting in early May.

a.       CCI will propose a draft programme with evaluation criteria applied, for review with the Board.

b.       The assessment criteria previously applied to the CBD Streetscape Upgrade Programme were generally agreed at the March Board meeting as being a useful starting point for evaluation of a programme of targeted rate-funded projects. Criteria were:

·        Complement existing upgrades and supports key CBD locations (25%)

·        Deliver a degree of change, making a significant difference (45%)

·        Encourage, support and leverage investment (10%)

·        Upgrade high use area (10%)

·        Promote alternative north south pedestrian routes that connect east west routes (10%)

Precinct Frameworks

37.     Framework documents are underway for key city centre precincts, to collate planning and project information and inform decisions on projects and initiatives.  The frameworks will be reviewed and updated at intervals to reflect the changing environment:

a.       Downtown – complete.  Further workstreams are underway to develop options for Central Wharves and Downtown West areas.

b.       Aotea

o   A workshop with the Board will be held prior to the meeting. The purpose is to explore key issues and opportunities in and around the Aotea precinct, and provide direction for the draft Framework

o   ACPL is preparing a brief of requirements for an Expression of Interest (EOI) process, which seeks to obtain a development proposal for the old Civic Administration Building.

o   Workshops with Waitemata Local Board and Learning Quarter are due this month. A workshop with Councillors will be held early June 2015.

c.       Learning Quarter – to commence mid-2015.

d.       Victoria Quarter – to commence end-2015.

e.       Quay Park – to commence mid-2015.  Initial work being led by Auckland Transport (and involving NZTA and POAL) is underway to review and refresh the Eastern Waterfront Access Study and Port Access Study work from 2012.

f.       City Centre Transport - review of scope, issues and outcomes underway, including review of public transport options and freight / motorway interfaces with city centre movement. Noted that a direction on likelihood of LRT will inform outcomes.


Central Wharves Strategy

38.     In February, the Auckland Development Committee directed staff to undertake more work describing the issues and opportunities, timing and funding options, on option 4 development of the Central Wharves, and comparison with the status quo, and report back to the Committee.  A number of issues were highlighted for consideration, including outcomes for Maori and public engagement.

39.     Work is underway, and will be reported back to the Committee in the second half of 2015.

40.     It is acknowledged that the separate Port Study to be commissioned by the Mayor’s Office will inform the availability and timing of access to Captain Cook Wharf for potential redevelopment (primarily for cruise facilities as proposed in Option 4), and that this study is likely to be carried out through 2015-16.

41.     The Central Wharves investigations will consider how the redeveloped wharves could function and address aspirations following a future transfer of Captain Cook Wharf from port operations, and what steps can and should be taken ahead of that to enable the interim demand for redevelopment of public spaces, cruise and ferry facilities, and street upgrades.

Digital Auckland

42.     Preparation of a Business Case for Digital Auckland is underway.

43.     The Digital Auckland Business Case will inform how a solid, integrated and coordinated digital information network can be created, which is the first step to becoming a Smart City.  The Business Case is due to be completed in May 2015.

Urban Environment

44.     CCI is coordinating the development of work around the management of construction effects in the city centre over the next LTP programme. Council and CCO staff are collaborating on the initiative, which considers:

a.       Quarter-by-quarter timeframe projections of construction effects

b.       Mitigation of effects – traffic, noise, social environment, business

c.       Communications – momentum towards ‘the most liveable city’, future outcomes, the journey (how we manage effects while maintaining and growing a vibrant city economy and desirable place of residence)

45.     The work is awaiting resolution of the LTP programme and direction on likelihood and timing of LRT (May 2015) to progress.

 

Information Requested in Response to Board Resolutions

46.     Issues of significance – Street life-related, Safety – Digital Wayfinding presentation

Refer to Attachment A.

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

47.     A workshop seeking Local Board input to the issues and opportunities relating to the Aotea Framework will be held 21st April 2015.

Māori impact statement

48.     Two recent City Centre Hui have been held with iwi representatives.  Copies of the Agendas, Attendees and Minutes have been provided to all invited parties, including the Independent Maori Statutory Board.

49.     Of particular interest has been identification of areas where Maori can best influence outcomes at both governance and project levels.  This will be explored through further discussions – technical Hui have been set up on a monthly basis.

 

Implementation

50.     Aotea Framework will be work-shopped with the Local Board, Learning Quarter and the Board in April. The workshops are to seek input on the issues and opportunities relating to the framework.

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

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Targeted Rate Financial Status Report

35

     

Signatories

Author

Andrew Guthrie – Programme Director – City Centre Integration

Authoriser

Rick Walden – General Manager – City Centre Integration

 


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Myers Park Stage 2 Development Update

 

File No.: CP2015/06438

 

Purpose

1.       To update the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board on progress of the Myers Park Stage 2 Development project.

Executive Summary

2.       Officers presented Myers Park Stage 2 Development to the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board in November 2014. 

3.       The Board’s November 2014 resolutions included;

a.       Allocation of $3.3m of targeted rate for Stage 2, in accordance with Myers Park development plan.  Noting Stage 2 works are at conceptual design phase, further consultation, detailed design and consents will be required before the exact scope of work can be confirmed.

b.       Request staff progress with detailed design and budget update for works below, noting that works funded by the targeted rate are to be delivered by June 2016:

·        Greys Ave and Mayoral Dr Stairs

·        Mayoral Dr underpass

·        Stormwater detention dam and bio filtration area

·        Pedestrian link form Pitt St via Poynton Terrace to Myers Park

·        Queen Street entrance and kindergarten parking

·        Investigate restoration option for changing shed and caretakers cottage

·        Design and consent for restoration of heritage buildings

4.       Council’s project team has developed the project execution plan, tendered project management services, and is progressing concept design options for Myers Park Stage 2 works with local board input. 

5.       Options to modify the underpass linking Myers Park to Aotea Square / Greys Ave Carpark site are being explored in conjunction with the Aotea Framework study. It is noted that a Board workshop on 22nd April 2015 will discuss the Aotea Framework.

6.       This paper presents a design update for Board information.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      receive the Myers Park Stage 2 Development progress update.

 

Comments

7.       Refer to the attached Myers Park Stage 2 Presentation.

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

8.       Myers Park Development Plan – Stage 2 was work shopped with the Waitemata Local Board on the 3rd March 2015 requesting feedback on the following three components: Poynton Terrace entrance, Kindergarten carpark, and Mayoral Drive underpass.

9.       Waitemata Local Board parks portfolio holder update was held on the 2 April 2015.

Māori impact statement

10.     There is ongoing Iwi engagement through the project development.

Implementation

11.     Delivery is planned by end June 2016 as directed by the Board. This will be challenging in terms of the Underpass upgrade due to consenting and engagement requirements.

 

 

Attachments

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Title

Page

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Myers Park Stage 2 Presentation

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Signatories

Authors

Mark Miller, Parks Advisor – Waitemata, Auckland Council

Jane Aickin, Manager Local and Sports Parks Central, Auckland Council

Authoriser

Andrew Guthrie, Programme Director, City Centre Integration

 


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City Centre Place Activation Strategy

 

File No.: CP2015/06430

 

Purpose

1.       To seek endorsement from the Board for the development of a City Centre Place Activation Strategy.

2.       To seek agreement in principle for targeted rate funds to be used in the delivery of Place Activation programme outcomes as outlined in the City Centre Place Activation Strategy.

Executive Summary

3.       A City Centre Place Activation Strategy is being developed to support Auckland’s vision to become the World’s Most Liveable City.

4.       Place activations are activities that stimulate, motivate, invite and encourage site specific vitality and public participation e.g. events, installations, recreational programmes and other activations that attract people to spaces and enhance place experience.

5.       The purpose of the strategy is to provide a platform for facilitating collaborative and meaningful activations that reflect and generate distinct place experiences and realise strategic aspiration. Activations that will stimulate interest and visitation, enable positive dialogue with the community and generate pride in place.

6.       Draft City Centre Activation strategic outcomes and proposed programme objectives have been developed in response to the challenges and factors outlined in the City Centre Masterplan and proposed LTP, the observations of a Gap Filler Trust report by Dr Ryan Reynolds (2014) and to reflect conversations with existing place-activation providers including Regional Facilities Auckland, Waterfront Auckland, Heart of the City, K’Rd Business Association, Waitemata Local Board and Auckland Council’s Community Development Arts and Culture (CDAC).

7.       It is recognised that activation of the City Centre could be achieved through investment in a Council curated programme of activities delivered to the community and would be easily managed and controlled.  This has been the approach before with the delivery of the now defunct Living Room Programme.  The rewards from such an approach are limited to the generation of visitation and profile and does little to engage the community with the evolution of their place or empower locals to generate their own initiatives.  While the “fund and deliver” approach does demonstrate momentum and lift profile of the city as an exciting and vibrant place to do business, in the absence of grass-roots participation it can reinforce the role of the community as a passive recipient of Council place-interpretation.

8.       The City Centre Place Activation objectives are therefore broader and recognise community development as an important transformational tool and platform for sustainable city centre activation.  The strategy seeks to imbed place activation into the City Centre Community experience.

9.       Programme objectives include;

a.       To develop place propositions that reflect place character.

b.       To facilitate place activation that engages and empowers the community in the celebration and evolution of place, fostering a sense of community pride and supporting localised economy.

c.       To harness and complement existing activation initiatives and associated resources and make maximum use of existing and proposed Auckland Council programmes, projects and talents.


10.     The draft strategy recommends the development of a programme that promotes place activation as a mechanism for transformation internally and publicly, seeks to encourage and support the community in programme development and delivery and that facilitates connection and collaboration between agencies

 

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      receive the draft City Centre Activation Strategy.

b)      endorse the use of targeted rate funds for the delivery of City Centre Place Activation Strategy outcomes.

c)      agree that the City Centre Design Unit shall do further work alongside key stakeholders to further develop the City Centre Activation Strategy including a programme of delivery with budgets, to be considered and endorsed by the Board at a following meeting with a view toward programme commencement in 2015/16.

 

Comments

11.     Since amalgamation in 2010, Auckland Council has developed strong vision for the transformation of Auckland into the world’s most liveable city.

12.     Central to this is the development of spatial (place) plans such as the City Centre Masterplan and Waterfront Plan that articulate a clear vision for how the city will develop to achieve improved social and economic performance.

13.     With urban development programmes already underway, Auckland Council has recognised that the current approach to transformation does not adequately recognise benefits to be realised from effective place management and activation.  That the “build it and they will come” approach does little to engender community connection, engagement and pride in place-evolution.

14.     Reflecting on the successful Waterfront Auckland approach to place transformation and drawing from international examples of urban place activation, a new commitment to Place Activation has been signalled through the recent establishment of a dedicated City Centre Activation Programme Leader role within the City Centre Design Unit of the Auckland Council Design Office.  The role is intended to generate activation within the city centre, and in doing so create meaningful and attractive places that reflect the needs of the people that inhabit them, reflect the unique character of the area and invite visitation and interest.

15.     A City Centre Place Activation Strategy is being developed to support the City Centre Activation Programme Leader to deliver Place Activation outcomes with maximum benefit to City Centre Business and residents and the wider Auckland community and economy.

16.     The draft Strategy is informed by trials that have tested the proposed way of working including the business generated “Thursdays on O’Connell” series, the Lower Queen Activation delivered in conjunction with the CDAC led Auckland Anniversary Weekend and the Auckland Transport led Open Streets on Quay event.  Each of these activations received support from the City Centre Design Unit to enable their event and to deliver a better public experience of place in line with place character and development aspiration as outlined in the City Centre Masterplan.

17.     The draft Strategy has been developed with input from Heart of the City, K’Rd Business Association, Waterfront Auckland, Regional Facilities Auckland, the Waitemata Local Board and Auckland Council Community Development Arts and Culture.

18.     At the time of this report, the draft Strategy has been tested with and has support in principle from K’Rd Business Association and Waterfront Auckland.

19.     Heart of the City supports the development and implementation of a City Centre Activation Strategy but seeks more refinement on the approach to different areas, and the delivery of outcomes targeted to each of those areas.

Strategic Outcomes

20.     The challenge for Auckland Council in activating Auckland’s places is not in the independent creation of new ideas, but to identify, enable and leverage strategic benefit from the plethora of ideas and opportunities already out there. To this end City Centre Place Activation Strategy draft outcomes focus on collaboration and facilitation and on empowering and supporting the community and existing activation groups to deliver activation in the City Centre.

Outcome 1:       established channels that engage the community with place activation and encourage “organic” place-making in communities.

Outcome 2:       an understanding in the community and throughout the organisation of the value and opportunity from place activation.

Outcome 3:       a framework that harnesses, enables, compliments and values existing place-activation groups and associated initiatives. That fosters a collaborative approach, harnessing subject-matter expertise, creating a united sense of excitement and purpose and delivering best value for money (both operationally and strategically).

Outcome 4:       facilitation of place activations that enhance the experience of public places through engaging and distinctive activities that celebrate place character (now and as intended), encourage visitation and stimulate community engagement.

Outcome 5:       Auckland is recognised as a world-leader in place-based activation.

 

Scope

21.     The following scope statement outlines what the Auckland City Centre Place Activation Strategy and subsequent programme will and won’t deliver.

 

In-scope

i.        Facilitation of new and enhanced place management and place-based community engagement in the city centre.

ii.       Facilitation of integrated City Centre Activation.

iii.      Facilitate and promote place activation initiatives in new and existing City Centre public spaces.

iv.      Facilitate a programme to up-skill City Centre activation agencies in place-activation and recognise self-generated place activation initiatives.

v.       Facilitate identification of and address policy and process barriers to place activation.

vi.      Support of low-cost urban design interventions (“Interventions and Pilots” Programme)

vii.     Support transformational interventions (“Big Ideas” programme)

viii.    Mechanism to inform urban design transformational projects.

ix.      Development and delivery of a Place Activation evaluation programme.

 


Out of scope

i.        Independent activity design or procurement.

ii.       Production of place activation initiatives.[1]

iii.      Funding of place activation on private property.

iv.      Design and delivery of existing urban design transformational projects.

v.       Delivery of regional place activation programme.

 

Strategy Actions

 

22.     Proposed actions are outlined in table 1 below. Further narrative on Activation Zones and Place activation agents is available in the full strategy document.

 

Table 1. Action outline.

Outcome Reference

Ref

Action

1

i.   

Identify place activation zones and appoint place activation agents where required.

ii.  

Develop a Place Activation web-based portal/office to receive ideas, to share news and to promote activations and activation agencies.

iii. 

Develop Place Activation toolkit to enable and support place activation providers.

iv. 

Develop a rewards and recognition programme to recognise and promote independent place activation initiatives.

2

i.   

Deliver a public communications programme that links and promotes activation initiatives across the region.

ii.  

Develop Precinct Place Propositions informed by existing place-plans and frameworks in consultation with Place-partners (precinct businesses, resident groups, key user groups)

3

i.   

Establish, fund and manage a City Centre Place Activation Collaborative forum (PAC).

ii.  

Identify and fund opportunities to up-skill City Centre activation agencies in place-activation and create sense of team.

iii. 

Inform and support the interventions and pilots programme

iv. 

Co-fund or seed activation initiatives in the City Centre public spaces that reflect place propositions and align to CCMP aspirations.

4

i.   

Identify and address physical, policy and process barriers to place activation.

ii.  

Assist agencies to develop, gain permissions and consents and deliver place activation initiatives, both in public spaces or positively impacting public spaces including CCIPP Programme initiatives.

iii. 

Develop a rewards and recognition programme to recognise and promote independent place activation initiatives.

5

i.   

Develop a Place Activation evaluation programme to measure success and capture lessons.

ii.  

Deliver annual Place activation evaluation programme

iii. 

Identify national and international opportunities to tell the Auckland Place Activation Story.

 

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

23.     The Waitemata Local Board has received a presentation via Workshop on the City Centre Place Activation Strategy and has expressed support in principle.

Māori impact statement

24.     The City Centre Place Activation Programme will provide a platform for the place-specific celebration of culture and heritage.

Implementation

25.     Strategy is in the process to be developed.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

aView

City Centre Place Activation Strategy - Presentation

71

     

Signatories

Author

Tim Watts - Manager Built Environment

Authoriser

Andrew Guthrie, Programme Director, City Centre Integration

 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

22 April 2015

 

 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

22 April 2015

 

 

Wayfinding (Regional Signage)

 

File No.: CP2015/06436

 

Purpose

1.       To provide the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board (ACCAB) with an update on the strategy for Wayfinding (Regional Signage) for Auckland, and particularly as it applies to the city centre.

Executive Summary

2.       Directional and place signage across the Auckland region is inconsistent and incomplete following the amalgamation of the eight previous Council structures.  Existing signage uses multiple colour, fonts, descriptive language, sign asset sizes and shapes, while many areas are not signed at all.

3.       A draft Wayfinding (Regional Signage) Strategy is being developed across Auckland Council and the Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs) to clarify strategic and design principles, and propose a trial and implementation plan for the region.

4.       The project is focussed on providing cross-modal wayfinding solutions for Aucklanders and visitors amongst four key user groups:

·        The Pedestrian, both residents and visitors

·        The Cyclist, both residents and visitors

·        The Public Transport user, from first timers through to regulars and visitors

·        The Motorist, both residents and visitors

5.       Auckland Council and its CCOs have funded the Wayfinding Strategy to date, and are seeking further funding to implement a test programme across four precincts.

6.       In the city centre, Council is seeking additional funding from the City Centre Targeted Rate to implement a test programme in the Downtown / Wynyard Quarter precinct.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      endorse the strategic and design principles for the Wayfinding (Regional Signage) Strategy

b)      support testing in the Wynyard/Westhaven test precinct 

c)      confirm the Board’s previous Resolution (June 2014) to contribute funding from the City Centre Targeted Rate for implementation of the Wayfinding Strategy in the city centre up to the sum of $900,000.

 

Comments

7.       Wayfinding can be defined as spatial problem solving. It is knowing where you are in a building or an environment, knowing where your desired location is, and knowing how to get there from your present location.

8.       Directional and place signage across the Auckland region is inconsistent and incomplete following the amalgamation of the eight previous Council structures.  Existing signage uses multiple colour, fonts, descriptive language, sign asset sizes and shapes, while many areas are not signed at all.

9.       Residents and visitors are easily confused with the current signage as there are so many different designs depending on their location and mode of travel.  There are also too many signs, which adds to the clutter.

10.     In late 2013 the Council group commenced an investigation of a Wayfinding Signage Strategy for the region, with an initial budget of $600,000.

11.     Part of this funding was used to engage a design company called Thoughtfull Design to research and develop a strategy for Auckland ($352k), with the remainder used to resource the project team.  The outputs from the initial investigation phase include strategic and design principles and sample prototype material for further development in test precincts.

 

Principles

12.     The following principles were identified:

·        Present me with one official shared source of information that is consistent across the whole region

·        Encourage me to use new cycle and pedestrian routes through easy to use physical, visual and functional cues

·        Offer me route information and options that allow me to choose what’s best for me

·        Clearly define the boundaries between areas for me so that I can understand where I am within the region

·        Orientate me by maximising landmarks to identify and place me in relationship to my surroundings

·        Showcase what’s available for me to do in each area

·        Design a wayfinding system for me that is logical, legible and free of ambiguity

·        Create a common, shared and consistent spoken language

·        Provide me with information at regular intervals throughout my journey

·        Place information for me consistently so I know where to look

 

13.     The project is focussed on providing cross-modal wayfinding solutions for Aucklanders and visitors amongst four key user groups:

·        The Pedestrian, both residents and visitors

·        The Cyclist, both residents and visitors

·        The Public Transport user, from first timers through to regulars and visitors

·        The Motorist, both residents and visitors

 

Strategy

14.     The strategy is for Auckland to be one of the first cities in the world to implement a comprehensive, holistic wayfinding system across the region that covers the four key transport modes (walking, cycling, vehicles and public transport).

15.     Wayfinding systems serve a vital role for cities and can be an important element in developing a place brand.  They inform, guide, and motivate visitors and residents.  They are also important in shaping the identity of a place through their style, design, colours, lettering, content and placement.  Good signage can contribute significantly toward the satisfaction of visitors and community pride among residents.  This project will showcase one of the first significant changes across Auckland since the council’s amalgamation and will contribute towards making Auckland the world’s most liveable city.

16.     The strategy will be informed through a process of design, review and testing the new signage for the four modes:

·        Pedestrian, both resident and visitors

ü  New pedestrian signs and with icons

ü  Information Hubs with lighting (includes destination times)

ü  New region wide map design


·        Cyclist, both residents and visitors:

ü  New cycleway route markers

ü  Information Hubs with lighting (includes destination times)

ü  Region wide new map design

·        Public Transport user, from first timers through to regulars and visitors:

ü  New bus destination maps

ü  New train destination maps

ü  New region wide network map design

ü  New bus shelter branding design

ü  New train shelter branding design

·        Motorist, both residents and visitors:

ü  New street blade sign design

17.     Examples of prototype signage are attached to the paper, and will be presented to the Board for discussion.

18.     Following development of the strategy document an implementation plan will be developed for the new signage.  The strategy will be incorporated into the AT ATCOP and AC Design manuals.

 

Benefits of the Strategy

19.     Benefits include:

·        Will connect Auckland with a single wayfinding system brand with one source of truth

·        Help declutter the current signage

·        It will promote active travel and healthy lifestyles

·        Support Auckland’s regeneration to becoming ‘The World’s most Liveable City’

·        Demonstrate the benefits of cross-council agency initiatives with a strong customer focus

 

Next Steps

2Q 2015

Manufacture product prototypes

3Q 2015

Install prototypes signs in all the test precincts:

Four precincts have been identified to trial the proposed system:

·        Wynyard Quarter – major entertainment precinct where visitors eat and explore. This area covers from Princes Wharf to Westhaven so has a heavy emphasis on international visitors from cruise ships – the first touch point of the wayfinding system for tourists and locals at leisure to explore the city

·        Grafton Gully Cycleway/Dominion Road Cycleway

·        New Lynn – covers elements of new and old suburban living, a major shopping centre and large Public Transport interchange

·        Northcote Shopping Centre – classic residential suburban hub with a strong cultural mix

3Q 2015

Feedback/engage with community via focus groups

4Q 2015

Assess results of testing and develop final overarching strategy document

4Q 2015

Report back on progress

1Q 2016

Detail about incorporating into AT ATCOP and AC Design Manual – distribute info to relevant agencies for implementation recommended on a repair and upgrade/new capital works basis

2Q 2016

Develop implementation plan and implement signage within  Auckland Central City

 

 

Forecast Costs / Budgets

20.     In June 2014 the Board passed Resolutions as follows:

a)      $100,000 of targeted rate, noting it is operational expenditure, to the development of a city centre way finding strategy and the allocation of $900K to the implementation of the strategy once complete in July 2015.

b)      Note that there are no consequential opex depreciation costs associated with the development of the wayfinding strategy as this is an operational expenditure project.

21.     Auckland Council and its CCOs have funded the Wayfinding Strategy to date, and are seeking further funding to implement a test programme across four precincts.

22.     In the city centre, Council is seeking additional funding from the City Centre Targeted Rate to implement a test programme in the Downtown / Wynyard Quarter precinct as follows:

 

Item

Time Frame

Cost  Opex

Cost Capex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Production of prototypes

2Q15

 

$30,000

Wynyard/Westhaven test precinct trial

3Q15

 

$100,000

Implemention Plan Central City Phase

2Q16

 

$500,000

World Masters Games

2Q17

 

$90,000

 

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

23.     Waitemata Local Board has been briefed on 16 April.  The Project Team will continue to work with them to ensure that any Large/Small Information Plinths carry the correct information.

Waitemata Local Board will have an opportunity to visit all the trial sites once they have been installed.

24.     It is noted that the project team has also met with the Karangahape Road Business Association to discuss the digital wayfinding system (presented to the ACCAB’s March meeting) and agreed that the digital strategy should be considered as a separate package which complements the Wayfinding Strategy.

Māori impact statement

25.     The project team is working with iwi through Auckland Transport’s Maori Policy and Engagement Team on information signage.

Implementation

26.     Currently looking at 3Q15 for implementation in trial sites followed by roll out plan for city centre in 2Q16.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

aView

Regional Signage Project System Visuals

111

     

Signatories

Author

Maree Cotter -  Customer Design Manager

Authoriser

Andrew Guthrie – Programme Director, City Centre Integration

 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

22 April 2015

 

 



    

    



[1] The strategy intends production and delivery support through funding and facilitation support of initiatives proposed by the community and other initatives but does not intend to independently generate and deliver initiatives.