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, 27 September 2017

3.00pm

Room 1, Level 26
135 Albert Street, Auckland

Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

OPEN AGENDA

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Mr John Coop

Corporate sector

Deputy Chair

Mr Andrew Gaukrodger

Corporate sector

Members

Ms Viv Beck

Business Improvement District

 

Ms Noelene Buckland

City Centre Residents Group

 

Member Shale Chambers

Waitemata Local Board, Auckland Council

 

Mr Greg Cohen

Tourism/Travel

 

Mr Ben Corban

Arts and Cultural Sector

 

Mr Terry Cornelius, JP

Retail sector

 

Cr Chris Darby

Auckland Council (Mayor’s alternate)

 

Mayor Hon Phil Goff, CNZM, JP

Auckland Council

 

Mr Dane  Grey

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei

 

Mr Mark Kingsford

Corporate sector

 

Cr Mike Lee

Liaison councillor, Auckland Council

 

Ms Amy Malcolm

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

 

Mr James Mooney

Urban design/institute of architects

 

Mr Nigel Murphy

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

 

Mr Adam  Parkinson

City Centre Residents Group

 

Mr Patrick Reynolds

Transport representative

 

Mr Michael Richardson

Business Improvement District

 

TBC

Property Council of NZ

 

(Quorum 10 members)

 

 

 

Sonja Tomovska

Governance Advisor

22 September 2017

Contact Telephone: 09 890 8022

Email: sonja.tomovska@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 


 

Terms of Reference

 

(Excerpt –full terms of reference available as a separate document)

 

These terms of reference set out the roles, responsibilities and working arrangements for the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board.

The board is a key advisory body, with no decision-making or autonomous budgetary authority.

The board advises Auckland Council on achieving the vision and strategic outcomes of the Auckland Plan, the City Centre Masterplan, the expenditure of the City Centre Targeted Rate, the development portfolio and city centre issues. Auckland Council includes:

 

·         The Governing Body and its relevant committees

·         Waitematā Local Board

·         Council controlled organisations

 

Membership:

 

The board will comprise of up to 16 external city centre stakeholders and three elected members. The board will have between 15 and 19 members at all times.

 

External board members will have an association with an Auckland City Centre group or organisation and have the ability to understand and provide expert advice on Auckland City Centre issues. The membership includes a position for mana whenua.

 

The board’s term ends one month prior to the next local government elections in 2019.

 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

27 September 2017

 

 

ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                        PAGE

1          Apologies                                                                                                                        5

2          Declaration of Interest                                                                                                   5

3          Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                               5

4          Extraordinary Business                                                                                                5

5          Nelson/Hobson Street Update                                                                                     7

6          City Centre Update for the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board - to 15 September 2017                                                                                                                                       27

7          Business Case for Walking                                                                                        37

8          Development Response Strategy and draft Action Plan                                        55

9          Auckland Plan Refresh Engagement                                                                        69

10        Destination Marketing Report from Heart of the City 2016/17                               79

11        Midtown Bus Improvements project update                                                            91 

12        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, 23 August 2017, 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.”

 

 

 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

27 September 2017

 

 

Nelson/Hobson Street Update

 

File No.: CP2017/19658

 

  

 

Purpose

1.       The purpose of the Nelson/Hobson Street Update is:

·    to provide the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board with the context and vision for Nelson and Hobson Streets;

·    to inform the board of the opportunities, constraints, interdependencies and key issues for delivery of the vision; and

·    to receive advice and feedback from the board members on what they see as priorities for the previously endorsed City Centre Targeted Rate allocation for Nelson and Hobson Street.

2.       The Hobson and Nelson - City Fringe to Waterfront presentation is attached as Attachment A of this report.

 

 

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      provide advice and feedback on the Nelson/Hobson Street vision.

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Hobson and Nelson - City Fringe to Waterfront presentation

9

      

Signatories

Author

Tim Fitzpatrick – Manager City Centre Design, Auckland Design Office

Authoriser

Barry Potter - Director Infrastructure and Environmental Services

 


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Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

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City Centre Update for the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board - to 15 September 2017

 

File No.: CP2017/19487

 

  

 

Purpose

1.       To update the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board on progress on City Centre projects and initiatives to 15 September 2017.

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

·   Programming Activities

·   Operations

·   Delivery Projects

3.       For physical project delivery, a coloured bar shows the three stages of development: 

Feasibility / Investigation

        

Design / Consultation

 

Construction

 


An arrow        then shows what current stage of the project.

Executive summary (highlights)

Planning Committee

4.       At the 6 September 2017 meeting the Planning Committee gave support to the majority of plans contained within the Waterfront and City Centre recommendations. Detailed planning and funding options can now be investigated.

Ellen Melville Centre and Freyberg Place Upgrade

5.       Work is now complete and both the square and Centre are open.

Myers Park

6.       An alternative, innovative flood protection solution is being investigated, once the feasibility study is completed the solution will be presented to the board.

‘Two Great Streets’

7.       AT and council working together on the future of Victoria and Wellesley Streets.

Public Art strategy

8.       A strategy is underway to provide a vision and rationale for investment in City Centre public art. This will be discussed with the Board in October.

Activate Auckland

9.       A busy October is planned with ARTWEEK and The Auckland Heritage Festival taking place.

City Centre Monitoring

10.     An economic profile of the City Centre (2016) is now available at: https://ecoprofile.infometrics.co.nz/Auckland%20City%20Centre%20(3%20CAUs).  This will be updated annually.

 

Recommendation

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      receive the City Centre Update report to 15 September 2017.

Comments

Programming

Overall City Centre Planning

11.     There is significant work underway to integrate critical planning elements for the City Centre. This includes an update to the implementation strategy for key City Centre Master Plan transformational programmes in midtown and downtown precincts, as well as other key areas across the City Centre.

12.     The work is being coordinated through the City Centre Governance framework and will be finalised in time for the political engagement process for the Long-term Plan, which commences at the end of September 2017. In the lead up to this, a number of elements have been workshopped with Councilors, Waitemata Local Board and the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board.

13.     The Planning Committee met on 6 September 2017 and were appreciative of all issues covered in the integrated plan

Wynyard Quarter and Central Wharves

14.     At the 6 September 2017 meeting the Planning Committee resolved (resolution PLA/2017/109), subject to funding:

·    Waterfront corridor – enhancements to the public realm in the Viaduct, including removal of public parking from the Eastern Viaduct, and a replacement Wynyard Crossing bridge on the same alignment for walking and cycling

·    Central wharves – the proposed staged delivery of additional waterfront public space and new ferry infrastructure, and the need for further cruise infrastructure in the medium-long term and noting:

1.   that the transition of Captain Cook Wharf to a cruise terminal and berths remains the optimal option to deliver the economic benefit from growth of the cruise industry but remains subject to negotiation with the Ports of Auckland Limited;

2.   the long term masterplan for Queens Wharf as a key public and event space will need to be staged with projects such as the ferry terminal, cruise infrastructure and the removal of the Cloud;

3.   that Ports of Auckland Limited will be invited to a Planning Committee workshop in the near future to outline its development proposals for port land in the short to medium term, including its proposal for Captain Cook Wharf.

·    Wynyard Quarter – the realignment of Wynyard Point open space to accommodate a regional destination park and to provide for more optimal development blocks, and noting that this will require a future plan change.

15.     A separate report on the Port Future Study will be reported to the Planning Committee in October. A Planning Committee workshop for the Ports of Auckland Board to present their development plans for the wharves, including Captain Cooks Wharf has been scheduled for 1 November 2017.

16.     Panuku will continue to work with Auckland Transport to agree a transport strategy that meets the needs of the Wynyard Quarter, including reference to the accommodation of Mass Rapid Transit and the bus network.

17.     The Planning Committee has been advised of the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board’s August 2017 resolution stating that they: “Do not at this stage support the Halsey Street north extension option” (resolution CEN/2017/57).  The Planning Committee has left this option open for further discussion.

Downtown

18.     The Planning Committee endorsed the coordinated programme of transport and streetscape projects for the Downtown area, (resolution PLA/2017/109), based around a pedestrian-focused core, supported by quality public transport to the east and west, and integrated with Waterfront planning.

19.     New facilities for bus customers are proposed in Lower Albert St for Northern and North-western Busway services, and a new Quay Street East facility for Isthmus and some Eastern services.  These two facilities remove the need for buses to operate in Lower Queen Street and the central core of Quay Street.  This change enables these areas to become high quality pedestrian-focused spaces to be developed in collaboration with adjacent private sector developments. There will be the option to close these spaces to host major waterfront or civic events, whilst the nearby bus services can continue to bring in customers for those events and ongoing City Centre activities.

20.     Additional streetscape improvements along Quay Street will build upon the City Centre Master Plan’s aspirations for a waterfront boulevard.  This will be based around the central pedestrian-focused core of Lower Queen Street and Queens Wharf to be constructed in co-ordination with major private sector developments such as Commercial Bay and the Britomart precinct. An upgrade of the Quay Street seawall is an essential enabling component.

21.     It was noted that funding is in place for the Auckland Transport bus projects but a reallocation of or additions to budgets for other projects will be required.

22.     The growth in pedestrian and cycle movement along the waterfront corridor from downtown to Wynyard Quarter will be met by an upgrade of the public space including the removal of public parking on Eastern Viaduct. Replacement of the Wynyard Crossing bridge will be required to cater for the significant and fast growing pedestrian and cyclist use, and to provide a resilient and cost effective connection.

23.     The Planning Committee amended the original recommendations to seek a future removal of the Lower Hobson St flyover but most of the debate was focused on waterside issues (and Americas Cup matters), with a high degree of comfort on the landside issues.

24.     Although political support is a critical milestone, the phasing for delivery of this programme remains complicated from a technical and constructability point of view. Consenting issues could present a risk to delivery of the programme of works for the 2021 milestone. A strategic and coordinated approach and consideration of the need for special legislation may be required to reduce this risk. Consultation will need to be accelerated and based on high-level design concepts. Liaison with mana whenua for working around water and water quality/treatment will need to start immediately.

25.     Projects will likely need to run in parallel to complete by 2021. Running stakeholder engagement and consultation while in the procurement phase may also need to be considered to meet the desired timeframes.  The City Rail Link Limited team have highlighted that there are significant utility implications for the seawall and streetscape works, so urgent liaison from a programming perspective is recommended.

Midtown

26.     Auckland Transport has addressed previous public consultation concerns by developing a new ‘crossover’ bus route option which retains major bus services on Wellesley Street and avoids the need for these on Victoria Street. This enables the staged delivery of the Victoria Street linear park.

 

27.     The ‘crossover’ arrangement swaps some major bus route groups using Symonds Street so that no turning is required (the east-west and north-south services simply ‘crossover’ each other). Some current Midtown services will therefore access Britomart, whilst some current Britomart services will instead cross Midtown to Wynyard Quarter. Wellesley St will become a high quality ‘bus boulevard’, supported by a new ‘University Station’ in Grafton Gully.  Wellesley Street and Victoria Street will both be busy pedestrian areas surrounded by important City Centre activities, and Auckland Transport and Auckland Council are committed to developing them both into great city streets.

28.     These two complementary projects are to be delivered in co-ordination with planned City Rail Link construction on both streets, and in support of wider City Centre public and private developments, such as future Mass Rapid Transit, the New Zealand International Convention Centre and ongoing development of the Learning Quarter. Further consultation will occur with bus customers, key stakeholders and the public in relation to street design.

29.     Auckland Transport has funding in place for the core bus project (however the station elements of the ‘crossover’ option is likely to see the need for an increase) and there is partial funding for the Victoria Street linear park, but additional and earlier funding is required to develop both corridors to become the high quality pedestrian spaces they need to be.  A presentation was made to the City Rail Link management team recently and they are supportive of the approach but note there is still potential for variation in the timing and delivery programme for the Aotea station works, so the Midtown works will need to be flexible as a result.

30.     Engagement with New Zealand Transport Agency and the University of Auckland on the Grafton Gully station is commencing, although there is still the need to determine the ideal project management arrangement, given the potential for complexity and third party involvement.

Learning Quarter

31.     Improvement projects in Albert Park are on track for completion by year end.

32.     Safety issues around the Chris Booth sculpture are being investigated and may result in additional improvements as part of the Albert Park upgrade.

33.     The Learning Quarter Working Group, comprising of Auckland Council, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), and the University of Auckland, will next meet on 19 September.

34.     Tactical Urban Initiatives are being planned for St Paul and Mount Streets.

Homelessness

35.     Auckland Council’s Affordable Housing Policy Team has commenced work to give effect to the decision on homelessness from the Environment and Community Committee in August 2017.  The primary focus is the development of a stakeholder engagement plan to support working across council and with external stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs and the private sector.  In particular, this will provide the foundation for the development of the cross-sectoral regional plan on homelessness.  They are also developing a report to support advocacy to central government on social and affordable housing strategies which directly address homelessness.  

36.     The Mayor’s proposal for the 2017/2018 Annual Budget prioritised $500,000 to promote collaboration across council, government agencies, charities, businesses and philanthropic groups to address chronic homelessness.  Part of this funding will support the work of the Housing First Auckland Collective, which includes the design and implementation of an Auckland-wide by name street count and enhanced data collection.  Arts, Community and Events staff are currently in the process of finalising a funding agreement that will support this work. 

Activate Auckland: Supporting business

37.     Working with the Karangahape Road Business Association and Auckland Transport to develop best practice in communications. We are also creating a Development Response Strategy and draft Action Plan for the precinct.

38.     Business support packages developed by Activate Auckland have been expanded to include: BusinessPac, a pilot created in partnership with Mentors NZ, Auckland Chamber of Commerce, City Rail Link Ltd. The package is being offered to Albert Street businesses impacted by the City Rail Link construction, a number of businesses have taken up the offer already. BusinessPac contains free access to business mentors, business advice line, subscription and access to Chamber business tools and business networking. BusinessPac is funded from City Centre Targeted Rate.

Events

39.     ARTWEEK 7-15 October 2017 will celebrate and showcase the visual arts and artists of Auckland.  Heart of the City supports the event within the City Centre and Activate Auckland is funding part of the Late Night Art programme on Tuesday 10 October, which offers the public an assortment of activities and activations - from giant illuminated poi in Aotea Square, to the Urban Art Village created by the University of Auckland architecture students in St Patrick’s Square

40.     AUCKLAND HERITAGE FESTIVAL October 2017. Te Rangatira & Ida: Maori Sailing Heritage on the Hauraki Gulf Activate Auckland presents an account of Mana Whenua maritime history, the adventures of Te Rangitira and Isa sailing stories of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands.

Pubs, Toilets, a Cathedral and the City Well Activate Auckland is supporting Albert St by hosting a walk back in time, meeting at the Bluestone Room and finishing at the Shakespeare Hotel, taking in original built features and architecture of the 19th Century.

Walk the Walk:  A history of fashion in the City Activate Auckland is supporting the NZ Fashion Museum to reprise their hugely popular Walk of the Walk fashion tour which uncovers the traces that remain of Auckland’s fashion history with the Central City.

For the Love of Bees project

41.     September is Bee Aware Month and Activate Auckland’s partner “For the Love of bees – a city bee collaboration” is offering many ways for the public to celebrate in the City Centre this September.  A range of free activities including bee keeping lessons, spring biking bee adventures and Lunchtime Learnings at Griffiths Gardens.

42.     Engaging with Rough Sleepers: From 7 October 2017, For the Love of Bees will be collaborating with indigenous artists from Lifewise and The City Mission as part of Auckland Artweek.

Tactical urban intervention (TUI)

43.     PlaceKit is progressing through detailed design and will soon be moulded, with initial prototypes expected next month.  The first projects:

·   Federal Street Shared Space – working with Sky City

·   Federal Street Contraflow Cycleway – working with Auckland Transport

·   St Pauls Street – working with Auckland Transport and AUT

·   Karangahape Road – working with Auckland Transport

City Rail Link Limited

44.     Albert Street is heading towards a state of relatives constancy.  By the end of October 2017, fences and hoardings will be moved off the footpath and onto the road carriageway.  Whilst the first section of the deep excavation for the rail tunnels is being completed, Albert Street will remain in a steady state for approximately one year.  The City Rail Link Street Response Team and the Activate Auckland Team will continue to deliver a programme of events, activations and business support to the Albert Street precinct.  We recommend signing up to the City Rail Link newsletter to receive their regular updates on the project:  https://www.cityraillink.co.nz/crl-connection-newsletters/

Aotea Quarter

45.     The Aotea Quarter Destination Plan (and action plan) will be finalised by the end of September 2017.  There will be an additional plan (aligning with the Quarter Plan work) that will look at how to ensure the area keeps lively and thriving through the City Rail works, plus other developments planned in the area.

46.     A reference design for Mayoral Drive that anticipates new development and the Laneways Circuit linkage into Aotea Square is in progress.

47.     An audit of parking in the Quarter is about to start; working initially with Auckland Transport’s Parking Operations.

48.     Auckland Transport expect the wayfinding manual to be ready for use by the end of the year.  Aotea Quarter may act as a pilot for the new signage.  City Rail Link Ltd and Activate Auckland are working with Auckland Transport to address temporary wayfinding needs during construction.

Cycle Network

49.     Quay Street segment of the Tamaki Drive Cycleway: Construction has been delayed due to the resource consent application being notified, following a Hearing on 11 September 2017.

50.     Nelson Street Cycleway: Works have started on the section of the Nelson Street Cycleway from Victoria Street to Pakenham Street East in Market Place, and Pitt Street from Beresford Square to Hobson Street.  (The final section to Quay Street is being delivered as part of Westhaven to the City Stage 2)

51.     Westhaven to City (Stage 1):  Construction of this project will commence in October.

52.     Westhaven to City (Stage 2):  The preferred option is a bi-directional cycleway on Market Place. Customs Street West and Lower Hobson Street. General traffic on the Market Place section would be restricted to one direction. It will provide a link for people on bikes of all ages and abilities between the cycleways on Nelson Street and Quay Street. Public consultation is currently underway.

53.     Midtown cycleway (Victoria Street):  Detailed design started in July, with construction expected in 2018. This cycleway links to a number of existing and proposed cycle facilities and as such is a section of the larger midtown cycling connection.

54.     Tamaki Drive cycleway: Based on the consultation received and on the fact that the Glenn Innes shared path is going to connect with Tamaki Drive on the Ngapipi Road intersection, the design has been reviewed. As a result, a two-way protected cycleway on the northern side of Tamaki Dr, between Solent Street and Ngapipi Bridge, is proposed.  A project update is being delivered to the public as part of the consultation for the Glenn Innes Shared Path – section 4 and Ngapipi Bridge projects. Consultation started on 11 September and closes on 8 October 2017.

Wynyard Quarter Redevelopment

55.     There is no new update this month; June’s update is included for reference.

56.     Works continue on Madden Street (between Daldy Street and Sanfords) and Gaunt Street (between Daldy Street and Bus Depot entrance). Works are to build new in-ground infrastructure to support the higher density residential and commercial land use, build sustainable stormwater solutions and high amenity streetscapes.

57.     The work on Madden Street is being carried out by Panuku Development Auckland and the upgrade to Gaunt Street is an Auckland Transport project. Both projects will be completed early September 2017.

58.     The Precinct and Willis Bond commercial and residential construction projects continue. Precinct GridAKL at 10 Madden Street is the next to be completed with a formal opening planned for September 2017.

Operations

59.     City Centre Public Art Strategy - A plan for investment in public art in the City Centre is being developed. The aim being to provide the vision and rationale for investment, a curatorial framework, define sites and outline an implementation programme through to 2025. The plan will be formed in the context of the Public Art Policy and existing and scheduled provision in the City Rail Link and Wynyard Quarter.  It will take into account all relevant existing strategies and plans for the City Centre area, including the public art work floor scheme bonus.

The resulting works will become part of Auckland Council’s public art asset collection for their future management, care and maintenance. The strategy will be included for discussion in October’s agenda.

60.     Smart Cities pedestrian monitoring – we anticipate early ground work will result in Request for Tenders going out to the market in October 2017.

61.     We are in the final stages of securing the interface between Auckland Council consents and Land Information New Zealand’s Forward Works Viewer platform.  This will provide enhanced information on surrounding works, to anyone working within the road reserve.

62.     Monitoring – we now have a publically available Infometrics 2016 annual report providing information on the economic profile of the City Centre, including statistics on productivity, jobs, growth, business numbers and population.  Please view at the following link: https://ecoprofile.infometrics.co.nz/Auckland%20City%20Centre%20(3%20CAUs)

Delivery

Lower Queen Street and Albert Street Reinstatement upgrades

63.     The City Rail Link team have previously presented to the Board concepts for the Albert Street streetscape upgrades and the latest designs for Lower Queen Street– the concepts were well received and the Board endorsed, in principal, the allocation of funding ($20m and $10m respectively), under the provision that further detail is presented back to the board as it is developed.

Downtown Public Spaces

64.     The reference design has been completed.  Project work is being planned as part of the Downtown/Waterfront programme of works, a funding request is being submitted through the LTP process.

Britomart Streetscapes

65.     Planning is underway for Stage 3 – Tyler Street (Gore Street to Britomart Place) – as well as the remainder of the programme.  Coordination is key in terms of staging and timing with the various public and private developments in the vicinity.

66.     An update on the programme delivery will be presented to Auckland City Centre Advisory Board in due course.

SkyPath

67.     Concept design work is being led by Panuku and is progressing well for the Harbour Bridge Park.  This includes investigation on how to improve cycling and walking connections to SkyPath’s southern landing, and Auckland Transport’s cycling and walking improvements in Herne Bay.

Ellen Melville Centre and Freyberg Place Upgrade

68.     Freyberg Place and Ellen Melville Centre are successfully completed and open to the public.

 


Myers Park Upgrade – Stage 2

69.     A stormwater engineer has been appointed to undertake a feasibility study on an alternative flood protection system.  If feasible, this has the potential to reduce construction costs as well as address a number of health and safety, and construction risks.

70.     A recommended way forward will be presented to the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board once the feasibility study is complete.

Karangahape Rd Streetscape Enhancement and Cycleway

71.     The project team is continuing to develop the design in further detail, including resolving ground levels, location and the replanting of vegetation.

72.     Working with the Karangahape Rd Business Association, a community design group has been convened.  This group will work alongside the project design team contributing to the street design elements, as well as communication with the wider Karangahape Road community through their well-established networks.

73.     The Auckland Design Office Activation team is involved to advise on opportunities to capture design thinking from the local community and support during construction.

Poynton Terrace

74.     A Group Services Agreement is being completed which will enable detailed design work and consultation to begin.

Federal Street upgrade – Stage 2

75.     The concept design is being progressed. The project team will present the latest designs at this meeting.

76.     Public consultation is planned for November 2017.

Hobson and Nelson Street upgrade

77.     Traffic modelling is still in progress.  Once this is completed it will inform the longer term phasing of the street upgrades.

78.     Discussions are progressing between Auckland Council and the New Zealand International Convention Centre in relation to the Hobson Street streetscape and convention centre’s frontage.

Beach Road Maori Artwork

79.     Five bronze sculptures of working waka prow are to be installed on the existing “waka plinths”, between Britomart Place and Tangihua Street in early October 2017.  Plans are underway for an official opening soon after.

O’Connell Street Public Art

80.     Surveying work on #5 and #10 facades have been completed.  Once analysed, a design meeting will be scheduled with the artist to complete detailed design.  It is expected that consents will be lodged in October.

81.     The artwork is planned to be installed in early 2018.

Consideration

Local board views and implications

82.     Engagement with the Waitematā Local Board has occurred on all City Centre projects that are actively progressing. Specific engagement with the board is included in the project plans for individual projects. The board is generally supportive of the direction being taken.

Māori impact statement

83.     Monthly hui are being held throughout 2017 with iwi representatives, with the purpose of seeking mana whenua input into the scoping and design process of City Centre projects.

Implementation

84.     Prior to the implementation of City Centre projects and initiatives, regular meetings and workshops are held with many stakeholders including the Waitematā Local Board, Heart of the City, Karangahape Road Business Association, Learning Quarter stakeholders, iwi and the appropriate Auckland Council committee(s).

 

Attachments

There are no attachments for this report.     

Signatories

Author

Emma Taylor - Development Programmes Lead

Authoriser

Barry Potter - Director Infrastructure and Environmental Services

 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

27 September 2017

 

 

Business Case for Walking

 

File No.: CP2017/19656

 

  

 

Purpose

1.       Presentation summarising the work to date on the Business Case for Walking, including recapping the research efforts, including:

·        Measuring Pedestrian Congestion,

·        The Relationship Between Pedestrian Connectivity and Productivity, and

·        Valuing the Urban Realm

followed by an update on a new project underway measuring pedestrian volumes, and developing a model to estimate pedestrian demands.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      receive the Business Case for Walking report.

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Business Case for Walking presentation

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Signatories

Author

Darren Davis - Transport and Landuse Integration Programme Manager, City Centre Design

Authoriser

Barry Potter - Director Infrastructure and Environmental Services

 


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Development Response Strategy and draft Action Plan

 

File No.: CP2017/19657

 

Purpose

1.       To present the Development Response Strategy and draft Action Plan. The presentation is attached in Attachment A of this report.

2.       Barbara Holloway also presented to the City Centre and Waterfront Executive Steering Group meeting on 1 September 2017.

Executive Summary

3.       The City Centre is undergoing a substantial and sustained period of development. Maintaining an economically prosperous and successful City Centre requires significant, coordinated effort beyond construction management of each project.

4.       Activate Auckland, under the aegis of the ADO, has facilitated a Development Response Group (the DRG) including representatives from across the Council family, City Rail Link Ltd, Heart of the City and K Road Business Association.

5.       From a study of development response approaches, by similar cities overseas, it is clear that there are a number of different mechanisms which could be valuable for Auckland.

6.       Without a coordinated response to address the effects of Auckland’s growth, any response will be less than optimal.  This potentially represents an economic and reputational risk for Auckland. All City Centre stakeholders wish to see joined up mitigation which exploits the opportunities presented by long term growth.

7.       Activate Auckland commissioned Auckland’s City Centre Development Response Action Plan which identifies nine priority areas for best practice development response; communications and engagement, strategic planning, operations management, business support, activation, wayfinding, behaviour change (travel demand management) monitoring and evaluation, and funding.

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      receive the presentation on the Development Response Strategy.

b)      endorse the completion of The Development Response Strategy to enable a council-wide integrated approach to managing development response.

c)      hold a workshop prior to the next board meeting to determine priorities for the Action Plan.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Development Response Strategy and draft Action Plan presentation

57

     

Signatories

Author

Barbara Holloway, Activation Manager, Auckland Development Office (ADO)

Authoriser

Barry Potter - Director Infrastructure and Environmental Services

 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

27 September 2017

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

27 September 2017

 

 

Auckland Plan Refresh Engagement

 

File No.: CP2017/19604

 

Purpose

1.       The purpose of this report is to seek feedback from the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board on draft Auckland Plan content to inform the final draft of the refreshed Auckland Plan.

Executive summary

2.       At its 28 June 2017 meeting council staff provided the Board with summaries of the strategic themes and focus areas for the refreshed Auckland Plan for their consideration.

3.       Feedback from the Board and other stakeholders informed further development of the content and development of the strategic framework. The framework was approved in principle by the Planning Committee on 1 August 2017. 

4.       This report seeks formal feedback on the revised package of materials (attachment A) across the six outcome areas and the Development Strategy.  

5.       Further Planning Committee meetings will be held in October and November to finalise draft content for the proposed Auckland Plan prior to public consultation in early 2018. 

 

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      provide feedback on the package of materials across the six outcome areas and the Development Strategy (attachment A).

b)      note that the resolutions of this meeting will be considered in the drafting of the refreshed Auckland Plan.

 

Comments

6.       Auckland Council is required under the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 to develop and review a spatial plan for Auckland. The Auckland Plan refresh provides an opportunity to revisit Auckland’s most challenging issues, to ensure the plan continues to be a useful guiding document for Auckland.

7.       On 28 March 2017, the Planning Committee endorsed a streamlined spatial approach for the refresh of the Auckland Plan. The refreshed plan is intended to be more focused and structured around a small number of inter-linked strategic themes that address Auckland’s biggest challenges. The plan is also intended to have a greater focus on the development strategy.

Relationship to the City Centre Advisory Board

8.       The City Centre is one of two place based initiatives of the current Auckland Plan (Section D). The City Centre Masterplan’s implementation is a fundamental component for delivery of the Auckland Plan and for Auckland’s success over the next 30 years and beyond. The city centre’s population has already exceeded population forecasts, and is expected to grow by a further 30,000 over the next 10 years, making implementation of the Masterplan even more important.

9.       The implementation of the City Rail Link is also a key component of the Auckland Plan. The City Rail Link will drive a major shift towards greater use of Auckland’s public transport, and unlock areas to support residential and business development in the city centre.

 

Next steps

10.     On 28 November 2017, the Planning Committee will meet to agree on the draft Auckland Plan for consultation. 

Consideration

Māori impact statement

11.     The council is required to provide opportunities for Māori engagement and to support Māori capacity to participate in decision-making. When making significant decisions in relation to land or a body of water, the council must take into account the relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral land, water, sites, waahi tapu, valued flora and fauna and other taonga.

12.     Staff from the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) provided guidance on the strategic themes of the plan. The IMSB’s Māori Plan for Tāmaki Makaurau was a guiding document underpinning the development of the strategic themes and focus areas.

13.     The strategic themes acknowledge and celebrate Māori culture as Auckland’s point of difference, and Māori as Treaty partners in Auckland.

14.     Māori Identity and Wellbeing is one of the six outcomes of the plan. The outcome describes the application of te ao Māori values to the region, acknowledges the unique role of mana whenua as kaitiaki of Tāmaki Makaurau and acknowledges the foundational role of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

15.     Engagement with mana whenua, mataawaka, and relevant Māori community groups has been undertaken to develop the draft plan.

Implementation

16.     Feedback from the Board will be considered in the drafting of the refreshed Auckland Plan.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Auckland Plan Refresh Engagement Draft Content

71

     

Signatories

Author

Christina Kaiser - Principal Strategic Advisor

Authorisers

Jacques Victor - GM Auckland Plan Strategy and Research

Barry Potter - Director Infrastructure and Environmental Services

 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

27 September 2017

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

27 September 2017

 

 

Destination Marketing Report from Heart of the City 2016/17

 

File No.: CP2017/19796

 

Purpose

1.       Viv Beck, Heart of the City Chief Executive is submitting a report on destination marketing expenditure in the last financial year.

Executive summary

2.       Heart of the City receives $400k from the City Centre Targeted Rate to support destination marketing activities in the City Centre.

3.       The attached report discusses how the funds were applied.

4.       Viv Beck is happy to talk to the report and answer questions as required.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      receive the Destination Marketing Report from Heart of the City.

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Destination Marketing Report from Heart of the City

81

     

Signatories

Author

Emma Taylor - Development Programmes Lead

Authoriser

Barry Potter - Director Infrastructure and Environmental Services

 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

27 September 2017

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

27 September 2017

 

 

Midtown Bus Improvements project update

 

File No.: CP2017/19813

 

Purpose

1.       This paper provides a brief update on the Midtown Bus Improvements project in light of the progress made recently by the cross-Council city centre and waterfront team including Auckland Council, Auckland Transport (AT), Panuku Development Auckland, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA).

Executive summary

2.       Recently a cross-Council team worked on refreshed implementation planning to deliver the 2012 City Centre Master Plan and the Waterfront Plan. The refreshed planning maintains the vision and direction of both plans, and focuses on the next phase of delivery for the Downtown and Midtown areas.

3.       A programme of high quality transport and streetscape projects has been developed for the Midtown area, a co-ordinated way forward will:

·    deliver two great city streets, on both Victoria St and Wellesley Street

·    enable the staged delivery of the Victoria Street linear park

·    provide for Wellesley Street to be the main East-West bus route

These complementary projects can be delivered in co-ordination with City Rail Link construction, provide for significant growth in pedestrian movement and support wider city centre public and private developments.   

4.       The preferred direction and projects outlined are all critical to delivering on the goals and outcomes of the City Centre Master Plan and Waterfront Plan.  These preferred directions and proposed funding and delivery scenarios are to be interrogated and tested during the Long-term Plan (LTP) process. Priority projects will be supported by business cases, including a total value analysis.  Once decisions have been made, they will be incorporated into the LTP public consultation.

5.       The preferred directions have been informed by preliminary discussions with key stakeholders.  It is assumed that further consultation and engagement will follow as appropriate for each project, once funding and project timing is confirmed.

 

Recommendation/s

That the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board:

a)      receive this update on the refreshed implementation of the Midtown bus improvements project, involving the proposed coordinated delivery of two great city streets; the Wellesley Street ‘bus boulevard’ and Victoria Street linear park.

b)      note that there will be public consultation as part of the Long-term Plan discussions on significant investments, and that there will be more detailed engagement for each project at the appropriate time in its planning and delivery.

 

 


 

Comments

6.       Significant progress has been made in developing a co-ordinated way forward for the Midtown area, which will overcome previous programme conflicts to deliver two great city streets on both Victoria St and Wellesley Street.

7.       Concerns were raised during previous public consultation by AT on Midtown bus route options that there was conflict between transport and streetscape planning.  AT has addressed these concerns by developing a new ‘crossover’ bus route option which retains major bus services on Wellesley Street and avoids the need for these on Victoria Street. This enables the staged delivery of the Victoria Street linear park.

8.       The ‘crossover’ arrangement swaps some major bus route groups using Symonds St so that no turning is required (the East-West and North-South services simply ‘crossover’ each other). Some current Midtown services will therefore access Britomart, whilst some current Britomart services will instead cross Midtown to Wynyard Quarter. Wellesley St will become a high quality ‘bus boulevard’, supported by a new ‘University Station’ in Grafton Gully. 

9.       Wellesley Street and Victoria Street will both be busy pedestrian areas surrounded by important city centre activities, and AT and Council are committed to developing them both into great city streets.  It is proposed that the development of both these projects be brought to the Advisory Board throughout their progress, for information and also to determine co-ordination with other city centre projects. 

10.     These two complementary projects are to be delivered in co-ordination with planned CRL construction on both streets, and in support of wider city centre public and private developments, such as future mass transit, the NZICC and ongoing development of the Learning Quarter. Further consultation will occur for bus customers and with stakeholders and the public in relation to street design.

11.     The next phase of the Midtown bus improvements project is to complete the Indicative Business Case phase, using feedback from public consultation and recent direction from the Planning Committee, and then commence procurement of the Detailed Business Case phase, which is expected to get underway either later this year or early next year.

12.     AT has funding in place for the core bus project (however the station elements of the ‘crossover’ option is likely to see the need for an increase) and there is partial funding for the Victoria St linear park, but additional and earlier funding is required to develop both corridors to become the high quality pedestrian spaces they need to be.

Implementation

13.     There will be more detailed consultation and engagement for each project at the appropriate time in its planning and delivery stages.  This will initially be via Long Term Plan discussions, and later through more detailed engagement for each project as they develop.

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Midtown Bus Update presentation

95

     

Signatories

Author

Daniel Newcombe - City Centre and RTN Initiatives Manager

Authoriser

Barry Potter - Director Infrastructure and Environmental Services

 


Auckland City Centre Advisory Board

27 September 2017