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

 

Date:                      

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

5.00pm

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

 

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Dr Grant Gillon

 

Deputy Chairperson

George Wood, CNZM

 

Members

Mike Cohen, QSM, JP

 

 

Jennifer McKenzie

 

 

Jan O'Connor

 

 

Mike Sheehy

 

 

(Quorum 3 members)

 

 

 

Karen Durante

Democracy Advisor

 

27 July 2017

 

Contact Telephone: 021 726 065

Email: karen.durante@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

01 August 2017

 

 

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        Devonport-Takapuna Local Board feedback on the Lake Road Improvements project                                                                                                                                         7  

12        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.

 

The Auckland Council Code of Conduct for Elected Members (the Code) requires elected members to fully acquaint themselves with, and strictly adhere to, the provisions of Auckland Council’s Conflicts of Interest Policy.  The policy covers two classes of conflict of interest:

 

i)              A financial conflict of interest, which is one where a decision or act of the local board could reasonably give rise to an expectation of financial gain or loss to an elected member; and

 

ii)             A non-financial conflict interest, which does not have a direct personal financial component.  It may arise, for example, from a personal relationship, or involvement with a non-profit organisation, or from conduct that indicates prejudice or predetermination.

 

The Office of the Auditor General has produced guidelines to help elected members understand the requirements of the Local Authority (Member’s Interest) Act 1968.  The guidelines discuss both types of conflicts in more detail, and provide elected members with practical examples and advice around when they may (or may not) have a conflict of interest.

 

Copies of both the Auckland Council Code of Conduct for Elected Members and the Office of the Auditor General guidelines are available for inspection by members upon request. 

 

Any questions relating to the Code or the guidelines may be directed to the Relationship Manager in the first instance.

 

 

4          Leave of Absence

 

That an apology from Deputy Chairperson G Wood for leave of absence, be 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 Devonport-Takapuna 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 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

 

There were no notices of motion.

 


Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

01 August 2017

 

 

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board feedback on the Lake Road Improvements project

 

File No.: CP2017/14762

 

  

 

Purpose

1.       This report requests the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board (the local board) provide feedback on Auckland Transport’s (AT) Lake Road improvements project.

Executive summary

2.       AT is investigating how to improve the efficiency and reliability of travel along Lake Road, between Takapuna and the Devonport peninsula.

3.       AT is considering a range of solutions to best address congestion issues on Lake Road.  Investigations have found that a variety of improvements would work best to maximise the existing infrastructure and services, while providing greater access to alternative transport options.

4.       AT have considered three levels of investment: low, medium and high.  Each investment level would result in different improvements in journey times, reliability, and the integration of bus and ferry services, along with improvements to walking and cycling facilities.

5.       Public consultation on the three investment levels was undertaken between 10 June and
8 July 2017.  This process included a mail-drop to all residents, engagement events and engaging with key stakeholders.  At the time of reporting, approximately 1,100 submissions have been received, with most respondents supporting the high and medium options. 

6.       This report requests the local board formalise their views on the proposed investments levels, and other matters, such as:

·    which transport modes should be prioritised along the corridor;

·    considering better and improved walking and cycling connections along the peninsula;

·    footpath improvements and undergrounding of powerlines;

·    indicative staging for delivering the project; and

·    supporting a transit lane on Esmonde Road to reduce congestion on Lake Road.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board:

a)      provides feedback on the Lake Road improvements project.

 

Comments

 

Project overview

7.       Lake Road is the only arterial road in and out of the Devonport peninsula and serves as the main connection to the rest of the North Shore and Auckland for people living and working in the area.

8.       The local community has regularly raised concerns about the unpredictability of travel conditions along Lake Road during weekday peak times and weekends.

9.       AT is investigating options to improve the accessibility, reliability, and availability of travel choices to and from the Devonport peninsula.  The options aim to make it easier and more convenient to travel to local shops, parks, beaches, and community centres.

10.     AT propose using a mix of new and re-purposed transit lanes (for higher occupancy vehicles and public transport), walking and cycling facilities, and technology solutions to improve available trip information.

11.     Benefits of the improvements project include:

·    increasing the amount of people able to move through the corridor;

·    improving access to local destinations;

·    improving reliability of trip times;

·    improving access to alternative transport options, including public transport, walking and cycling;

·    encouraging use of higher occupancy vehicles and buses;

·    accommodating dedicated, safe cycling and walking facilities and improve connections to the parallel green ways; and

·    relieving pressure on the network through travel-planning measures.

12.     Full details of the project, and the draft Indicative Business Case can be found on the AT website: https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/lake-road-improvements/ .

 

Proposed approach

13.     AT is considering a range of solutions to best address congestion issues on Lake Road.  Investigations have found that a variety of improvements would work best to maximise the existing infrastructure and services, while providing greater access to alternative transport options.

14.     There are multiple congestion points along Lake Road and people accessing the motorway are often affected by the conditions of Esmonde Road.  AT’s proposed approach focuses on improvements to Lake Road, Esmonde Road, and Bayswater Avenue.  This includes:

·    using a mix of new transit lanes (for higher occupancy vehicles and public transport);

·    walking and cycling infrastructure improvements;

·    changing the existing bus lane on Esmonde Road to a transit lane, providing easier access to the motorway for higher occupancy vehicles;

·    improved bus and ferry services and infrastructure within the peninsula; and

·    greater use of technology to convey up to date travel information, so travellers can make the best journey choice.  This could be through smartphone applications showing rideshare opportunities and travel conditions, and also electronic roadside signs with information on travel conditions.

 

Investment levels

15.     In developing their approach, AT have considered three levels of investment: low, medium and high.  Each investment level would result in different improvements in journey times, reliability, and integration of bus and ferry services, along with improvements to walking and cycling facilities.

16.     All the investment levels include a transit lane on Esmonde Road, travel planning initiatives, bus / ferry improvements, and technology initiatives.

17.     The following table outlines the three proposed investment levels:


 

 

Investment

Description

Impact

Benefit

Funding required

Low

Kerbs unchanged, road markings used to achieve segments of transit lanes.

Bus / ferry improvements to services and infrastructure. 

Cycle lanes retained. Travel planning and technology components.

Minor community disruption, easier to achieve, least delivery risk but less likely to achieve large benefits.

Quicker to secure funding and deliver; likely within 5 years.  Least benefits.

Approximately $10 million

Medium

Shift some kerbs to create longer sections of transit lanes. 

Bus/ferry improvements to services and infrastructure. 

Cycle lanes retained. Travel planning and technology components.

Moderate community disruption and delivery risk. 

All work within existing road space, power line undergrounding if possible.  Possible flush median removal in some locations.

Moderate time to secure funding and deliver.  Likely 5-10 years.

Moderate benefits but less risky than high investment option.

Approximately $30-40 million

High

Widen road into adjoining properties.

Greater provision for all transport modes.  Bus/ferry improvements to services and infrastructure.

Separated cycle lanes. Travel planning and technology components.

High community disruption.  Greater scale and range of benefits.

Need for property acquisition, which impacts time and cost.

More feasible to underground power lines.

More time and complexity in obtaining funding, consents and approvals, likely 10+ years. 

More likely to deliver maximum benefits (but at highest cost and community disruption).

 

More than $70 million

 

Public consultation

18.     AT undertook public consultation on the three investment levels between 10 June and 8 July 2017.  This process included a mail-drop to all residents, engagement events (e.g. Takapuna Sunday Markets) and engaging with key stakeholders.  At the time of reporting, approximately 1,100 submissions have been received, with most respondents supporting the high and medium options.  Other preliminary findings include:

·    get on with delivering the project as quickly as possible;

·    support a staged approach to minimise overall disruption;

·    support measure to improve people carrying capacity along the corridor;

·    cyclists need to be accommodated within the overall project;

·    a need to retain cycle lanes, and support for an alternative route for cyclists;

·    cycle lanes to be removed and separated from Lake Road;

·    improved bus and ferry service / connections;

·    improved pedestrian access (e.g. better lighting, wider footpaths); and

·    improved infrastructure at the Bayswater ferry terminal.

19.     It should be noted that AT staff are still processing and analysing submissions from the public consultation, and are currently preparing a feedback report to inform the next steps of the project.  Once completed, the report will be presented to the local board for their consideration and comment.  It is expected that the report will be completed in August / September 2017.

 

Consideration

Local board views and implications

20.     The local board has received briefings and workshops throughout the development of the project.  This report requests the local board formalise their views on the proposed investments levels, and other matters, such as:

·    which transport modes should be prioritised along the corridor;

·    considering better and improved walking and cycling connections along the peninsula;

·    footpath improvements and undergrounding of powerlines;

·    indicative staging for delivering the project; and

·    supporting a transit lane on Esmonde Road to reduce congestion on Lake Road.

 

Māori impact statement

21.     There are no implications for Māori at this stage of the Lake Road Improvements project.

 

Implementation

22.     Local board feedback will help inform the development of the Detailed Business Case and guide Long-term Plan discussions with the Governing Body.

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Lake Road Improvements project - DRAFT Indicative Business Case

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Signatories

Authors

Tristan Coulson - Senior Local Board Advisor Devonport-Takapuna

Authorisers

Eric Perry - Relationship Manager

 


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