I hereby give notice that an extraordinary meeting of the Orākei Local Board will be held on:

 

Date:                      

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Thursday, 23 April 2015

5.00pm

St Chads Church and Community Centre
38 St Johns Road
Meadowbank

 

Orākei Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Desley Simpson, JP

 

Deputy Chairperson

Colin Davis, JP

 

Members

Ken Baguley

 

 

Troy Churton

 

 

Kate Cooke

 

 

Kit Parkinson

 

 

Mark Thomas

 

 

(Quorum 4 members)

 

 

 

Kim  Lawgun

Democracy Advisor

 

20 April 2015

 

Contact Telephone: 021 302 163

Email: kim.lawgun@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 

 


Orākei Local Board

23 April 2015

 

 

ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                        PAGE

1          Welcome                                                                                                                         5

2          Apologies                                                                                                                        5

3          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   5

4          Leave of Absence                                                                                                          5

5          Acknowledgements                                                                                                       5

6          Petitions                                                                                                                          5

7          Deputations                                                                                                                    5

8          Public Forum                                                                                                                  5

9          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                5

10        Notices of Motion                                                                                                          6

11        Feedback for the Orakei Local Board on the draft Long-Term Plan 2015 – 2025 consultation                                                                                                                    7

12        City Rail Link Update                                                                                                   71  

13        Consideration of Extraordinary Items 

 

 


1          Welcome

 

2          Apologies

 

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

 

3          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.

 

4          Leave of Absence

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for leave of absence had been received.

 

5          Acknowledgements

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for acknowledgements had been received.

 

6          Petitions

 

At the close of the agenda no requests to present petitions had been received.

 

7          Deputations

 

Standing Order 3.20 provides for deputations. Those applying for deputations are required to give seven working days notice of subject matter and applications are approved by the Chairperson of the Orākei Local Board. This means that details relating to deputations can be included in the published agenda. Total speaking time per deputation is ten minutes or as resolved by the meeting.

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for deputations had been received.

 

8          Public Forum

 

A period of time (approximately 30 minutes) is set aside for members of the public to address the meeting on matters within its delegated authority. A maximum of 3 minutes per item is allowed, following which there may be questions from www members.

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for public forum had been received.

 

9          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.”

 

10        Notices of Motion

 

At the close of the agenda no requests for notices of motion had been received.

 


Orākei Local Board

23 April 2015

 

 

Feedback for the Orakei Local Board on the draft Long-term Plan 2015 – 2025 consultation

 

File No.: CP2015/05360

 

  

Purpose

1.       This report accompanies raw and summarised feedback from Orākei residents and groups on the draft Long-term Plan 2015 - 2025 (LTP), so this can be publicly received by the Orākei Local Board. Based on this feedback, the report recommends:

·    Messages for the Budget Committee on regional proposals such as rates increases and transport investment.

·    Advocacy positions to the Budget Committee on Orākei projects or initiatives that require governing body and/or council controlled organisation support.

 

2.       The Orākei Local Board’s 23 April 2015 extraordinary business meeting is also an opportunity to formally request the governing body brings forward the upgrade of the Meadowbank Community Centre from the LTP proposed date of 2020/21 to 2015/16.

Executive summary

 

3.       Consultation on the LTP ran from January 2015 until 16 March 2015. We received and processed written feedback from 27,383 submitters, of which 1648 listed Orākei as their local board. We also gathered feedback through community meetings, the Orākei Have Your Say event on 3 March 2015 and feedback submitted through social media. Raw feedback from all these sources is attached for reference.

4.       The strongest messages from the Orākei community on the regional LTP proposals were:

·    Opposition to the proposed 3.5 per cent overall rates increase

·    Opposition to reducing the business differential

·    Support for a higher uniform annual general charge

·    Opposition to the creation of a Development Auckland council-controlled organisation.

5.       Submitters also expressed strong support for the Orākei Local Board’s advocacy projects: the Tamaki Harbour Edge Connector boardwalk, Pourewa/Selwyn train station and a more equitable balance between regional and local investment.

6.       Draft Orākei messages on regional LTP proposals and the Orākei advocacy projects are included in Attachment A. These are based on the community feedback and directions from the Orakei Local Board’s workshops. The Board’s agreement is sought to send this to the Budget Committee to inform its workshops with local boards from 24 to 29 April 2015.

7.       The draft LTP schedules the upgrade of Meadowbank Community Centre for 2020/21. As the project is a priority for the board and is supported by the Orakei community, the board may wish to formally request that the governing body brings forward the upgrade to 2015/16. The board may also wish to express its concern about the wording of the consultation questions.

 

 

 

 

Recommendation/s

That the Orākei Local Board:

i)          receives this report and the attached feedback from Orākei submitters on the draft Long-term Plan 2015 – 2025.

ii)         notes that a majority of submitters expressed support for the Orakei Local Board’s proposals.

iii)         confirms the following list of advocacy points, based on community feedback and board member discussions, for its workshop with the Budget Committee on 29 April 2015:

 

Regional Proposals - top four consultation topics

 

Investing in Auckland

The Orakei Local Board supports an overall rates increase of 2.5 per cent, not the proposed 3.5 per cent increase. The Orakei community is also strongly opposed to the 3.5 per cent increase. The Board and its constituents support making savings in the governance and support activity area and reviewing the operating expenditure on Ports of Auckland that is included in this line. We do not feel confident ratepayers are getting value for money from this expenditure; for example some of the planning work council and its subsidiaries undertake seems to serve little purpose. We also support making savings in the economic and cultural activity area.

 

Fixing Transport

Neither the basic transport network nor the Auckland Plan transport network provide positive transport solutions for the Orakei Local Board area. The board's top priority advocacy projects, which have been extensively consulted on with residents, are not included in either option: developing a new train station in Selwyn/Pourewa and separating traffic along Tamaki Drive through THE-C boardwalk. The cases for tolls or petrol taxes have not been well made and more time is needed to better explain and consult with our residents on these options before a preferred option can be agreed.

 

Your Rates

The Orakei Local Board supports increasing the UAGC to $500 as the burden on Orakei residential ratepayers is already too great. We also consider any reduction in the business differential should take into account the impact on residential ratepayers. There was more support for increasing the UAGC in Orakei than in the rest of the region and a large majority of Orakei LTP submitters opposed reducing the business differential. The board considers the business rates question was poorly framed and did not explain the council’s policy on this issue. We support a 10 per cent cap on residential rates increases in 2015/16.

 

Housing and Development

Not enough information has been provided on this and from the Orakei Local Board's perspective it is not clear what the benefits are: it does not guarantee key Orakei placemaking projects, such as the Tamaki Drive Masterplan, will be advanced. A majority of Orakei LTP submitters opposed this initiative, in contrast to the rest of the region.

 

 

 

Local Priorities

 

Advocacy request

Activity area

Why is it a priority

Funding implications or options

Upgrade Meadowbank Community Centre

Parks, Community and Lifestyle

 

The facility has not been fit for purpose for a number of years and renovations have been deferred as demand has increased. As it is centrally located and easily accessible, an upgrade would benefit a wide area. Consultation on the LTP and the LBP showed a majority of the Orakei community support upgrading the centre. The Community Facilities Action Plan did not rate the project an action priority.

The projected cost is $3.6m. In the current LTP the project was scheduled for 2016/17 but this has been pushed back to 2020/21 in the proposed LTP. The Orakei Local Board requests that this is brought forward to 2015/16.

Advocate to the governing body for a more equitable balance between larger-scale regional initiatives and investment at the local level

Governance and Support

This is a general advocacy point in response to the Orakei Local Board area paying the highest residential rates in the region and getting a relatively low level of council investment. The projects that are being progressed in the LTP do not always reflect local priorities. The Board proposes that local boards' top priorities should replace the lowest regional priorities.

No direct funding implications overall, but would result in a decrease in regional projects and an increase in local projects. 

 

Reduce the burden on ratepayers

Governance and Support

A clear message from the Orakei community is that the rates burden is a significant issue for residents. In addition to increasing the UAGC, the Orakei Local Board asks that the governing body explore other options for keeping rates down, including reviewing its ownership of non-core elements of council’s holdings in the port and the airport and slowing the move to fully fund depreciation.

No direct funding implications.

 

 

 

 

 

CCO Priorities

 

Advocacy request

Activity area

Why is it a priority

Funding implications or options

Tamaki Harbour Edge Connector boardwalk

AT - Cycleways and walkways

This is a priority project from the Tamaki Drive Masterplan, which was developed through community consultation. The community has expressed strong support for the project through the LTP and the Local Board Plan and the Orakei Local Board considers that insufficient progress has been made on this project since it was signed and endorsed by the mayor.

Not costed

 

Advocacy request

Activity area

Why is it a priority

Funding implications or options

Selwyn/Pourewa Train Station

AT - Public transport

The Orakei community expressed strong support for this project through consultation on the LTP and the LBP. It contributes to the Auckland Plan transformational shift of moving to outstanding public transport within one network. AT is undertaking a feasibility study and this project must be included in the final LTP.

Not costed

 

Regional Proposals – other proposals with local impact

 

Comment on proposed level of service changes

The Orakei Local Board supports in principle efforts to drive efficiencies in council services. However, very little information has been provided about the proposed level of service changes in the Long-term Plan Revised Local Budgets document and we cannot endorse them until we have a clearer indication of the impact on our constituents. We also support further investigation of other options, such as the sale of non-core elements of council’s shareholdings in the port and airport that would allow council to minimise rates increases and maintain levels of service. Below are some specific comments on proposals to change services.

 

 

 

 

 

Proposal

Feedback

Funding implications or options

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

The facility has not been fit for purpose for a number of years and renovations have been deferred as demand has increased. As it is centrally located and easily accessible, an upgrade would benefit a wide area. Consultation on the LTP and the LBP showed a majority of the Orakei community support upgrading the centre. The Community Facilities Action Plan did not rate the project an action priority.

See board proposals for minimising rates increases.

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

 

This is a general advocacy point in response to the Orakei Local Board area paying the highest residential rates in the region and getting a relatively low level of council investment. The projects that are being progressed in the LTP do not always reflect local priorities. The Board proposes that local boards' top priorities should replace the lowest regional priorities.

See board proposals for minimising rates increases. 

 

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 a library

A clear message from the Orakei community is that the rates burden is a significant issue for residents. In addition to increasing the UAGC, the Orakei Local Board asks that the governing body explore other options for keeping rates down, including reviewing its ownership of non-core elements of council’s holdings in the port and the airport and slowing the move to fully fund depreciation.

Proposal has potential savings.

 

 

Proposal

Feedback

Funding implications or options

·    Growing levels of community participation across the region

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

·    Local prioritisation and delivery

·    Diverse community needs being recognised and responded to effectively

·    Council achieving better outcomes, tailored to local community priorities

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

We support a community-led approach to community development and safety in principle but it is not clear how ready community groups are to take on this role. We would require a thorough assessment of community capacity and capability in each local board area before commenting

N/A

 

 

 

Background

 

8.       This feedback represents the Orākei community’s priorities and preferences. It is intended to inform the Orākei Local Board’s workshop with the Budget Committee on 29 April. At this meeting the Orākei Local Board will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the key consultation issues of investing in Auckland, fixing transport, sharing rates and housing and development, as well as local priority projects and issues.

9.       The Orākei community’s LTP feedback will also inform the Board’s decisions on locally driven initiatives allocations and advocacy content for the Orākei Local Board Agreement 2015/2016. The Local Board Agreement is due to be finalised in June, after the Budget Committee has confirmed the total locally driven initiatives budgets for local boards.

Messages on Regional Proposals

 

10.     Attachment B summarises the LTP feedback from Orākei residents and groups on the regional LTP proposals such as rates increases and the level of transport investment.

11.     Based on the size of the majorities supporting or opposing the proposals and differences with submitters in the rest of the region, the strongest messages from the Orākei community were:

Message

Orākei

Region

Oppose a 3.5 per cent overall rates increase[1]

64 per cent oppose

54 per cent oppose

29 per cent support

38 per cent support

Oppose reducing the business differential

68 per cent oppose

63 per cent oppose

24 per cent support

28 per cent support

Support a higher UAGC

47 per cent support increase

21 per cent support increase

30 per cent no change

49 per cent no change

Oppose the creation of a Development Auckland CCO

39 per cent oppose

33 per cent oppose

33 per cent support

43 per cent support

 

12.     Like the rest of Auckland, a majority of Orākei submitters supported keeping rates down by cutting council spending on governance and support over the term of the LTP.

13.     Compared with the region as a whole, there was weaker support in Orākei for the Auckland Plan transport network and stronger support for the basic network, but a higher percentage were still in favour of the Auckland Plan network (40 per cent to 32 per cent).

14.     There were similar levels of support for the different transport funding options in Orākei and the rest of the region. The strongest support was for motorway charges at 39 per cent, while 25 per cent favoured tax and rates and 22 per cent supported neither option.

 

Advocacy Projects

 

15.     Attachment C summarises the feedback sought in the Orākei Local Board insert. Around 180 submitters responded to these questions. The insert asked submitters whether they supported the board’s advocacy for:

·    The Tamaki Harbour Edge Connector boardwalk (THE-C)

·    The Selwyn/Pourewa train station

·    A more equitable balance between larger-scale regional initiatives and investment at the local level.

16.     Of the submitters that responded to these questions, large majorities of 84 to 87 per cent supported each of the three proposals. Between 170 and 180 submitters commented on THE-C and Selwyn/Pourewa train station, while 125 submitters commented on the proposal to advocate for more balance between local and regional investment.

 

Meadowbank Community Centre

 

17.     The upgrade of the Meadowbank Community Centre has had fairly consistent support from the Orākei community. In the LTP consultation, 63 per cent of 172 respondents supported the upgrade, while in the Local Board Plan consultation last year it was the fourth most favoured project in the draft plan with 142 respondents supportive of bringing forward the upgrade.

18.     The Orakei Local Board may wish to formally request that the governing body amends the LTP to bring forward the Meadowbank Community Centre upgrade from 2020/21 to 2015/16.

 

Locally driven initiatives

 

19.     The local board insert asked submitters whether they supported the Orākei Local Board using its discretionary LDI funding to progress parks projects in the area. Over 60 per cent of respondents supported the projects proposed for Glover Park and Shore Road Reserve, while 57 per cent of respondents supported the proposed sports field lighting improvements.

20.     Pending the Budget Committee’s approval of local boards’ total LDI budgets at its 7-8 May meetings, local boards will be able to finalise their 2015/16 agreements, including LDI allocations.

 

 

 

Sources of feedback

 

21.     Attachments B and C summarise feedback received from all sources. Raw data is also attached for reference:

·    Attachment D – social media (while the local boards of social media submitters were not recorded, the attached submissions referred specifically to the Orakei Local Board)

·    Attachment E – Have Your Say event feedback 

·    Attachment F – community meeting feedback 

·    Attachment G – written submissions spreadsheet

·    Attachment H – written submissions in full

 

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

22.     The Orākei Local Board needs to consider any changes that it might make to its LDI budget allocation and advocacy decisions in light of the feedback on the LTP proposals.

Māori impact statement

23.     Many local board decisions are of importance to and impact on Maori. The local board agreements are important tools that enable and can demonstrate the council’s responsiveness to Maori. The local board agreement is based on the local board plan which are both been developed through engagement with the community, including Maori.

Implementation

24.     Following the local board discussions with the Budget Committee on 24, 28 and 29 April the Budget Committee will make decisions on regional proposals on 7 and 8 May. Local boards will then hold workshops from 14 to 20 May to finalise their local board agreements prior to them being adopted at board meetings between 9 and 16 June.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

aView

Orākei Local Board input into LTP 2015 - 2025

17

bView

Orakei feedback on regional proposals

21

cView

Summary of feedback from Orākei residents and groups on local LTP proposals

39

dView

Social media feedback

49

eView

Have Your Say event feedback

51

fView

Community meeting feedback

65

g

Written submissions spreadsheet Orakei Local Feedback (Under Separate Cover)

 

h

Written submissions spreadsheet - Orakei Regional Feedback (Under Separate Cover)

 

i

Written submissions spreadsheet Orakei Feedback on other Local Boards (Under Separate Cover)

 

j

Draft Long-term Plan 2015-2025 - Orakei Local Board Pro forma Feedback  (Under Separate Cover)

 

k

Draft Long-term Plan 2015-2025 - Orakei Local Board Written feedback Vol.1 (Under Separate Cover)

 

l

Draft Long-term Plan 2015-2025 - Orakei Local Board Written feedback Vol. 2 (Under Separate Cover)

 

m

Draft Long-term Plan 2015-2025 - Orakei Local Board Written feedback Vol.3 a (Under Separate Cover)

 

n

Draft Long-term Plan 2015-2025 - Orakei Local Board Written feedback Vol.3 b (Under Separate Cover)

 

o

Draft Long-term Plan 2015-2025 - Orakei Local Board Written feedback Vol.4 a (Under Separate Cover)

 

p

Draft Long-term Plan 2015-2025 - Orakei Local Board Written feedback Vol.4 b (Under Separate Cover)

 

q

Draft Long-term Plan 2015-2025 - Orakei Local Board Written feedback Vol.5 (Under Separate Cover)

 

      

Signatories

Author

Kris Munday – Senior Local Board Advisor -  Orākei Local Board

Authoriser

Adam Milina - Relationship Manager - Albert-Eden & Orakei Local Boards

 


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City Rail Link Update

 

File No.: CP2015/06271

 

  

 

 

Purpose

1.       Stephen Rainbow and John Williamson from Auckland Transport will be in attendance to update the Orakei Local Board on the City Rail Link.

 

 

Recommendation/s

That the Orākei Local Board:

a)      Thanks Stephen Rainbow and John Williamson from Auckland Transport for their update to the board.

 

 

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.    

Signatories

Authors

Kim  Lawgun - Democracy Advisor

Authorisers

Adam Milina - Relationship Manager - Albert-Eden & Orakei Local Boards

     

    



[1] 1,211 Orākei submitters responded to this question in the general consultation; 158 submitters responded to the similar question in the Orākei Local Board insert: 66 per cent opposed a 3.5 per cent increase and 19 per cent supported it.