I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board will be held on:
Thursday, 24 September 2020
This meeting with proceed via Skype for Business.
Either a recording or a written summary will be uploaded to the Auckland Council website.
Waitākere Ranges Local Board
OPEN ADDENDUM AGENDA
Sandra Coney, QSO
(Quorum 3 members)
Democracy Advisor, Waitakere Ranges Local Board
21 September 2020
Contact Telephone: 021 194 6808
Waitākere Ranges Local Board
24 September 2020
24 Glen Eden Town Centre Pop Up Cycleway - Innovating Streets Fund Pilot Project 5
Waitākere Ranges Local Board
24 September 2020
File No.: CP2020/13653
Te take mō te pūrongo
Purpose of the report
1. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency recently approved funding for a pop-up cycleway in Captain Scott Road, Glen Eden as part its Innovating Streets for People Pilot Fund.
2. This report is to update the local board on the next steps, to seek allocation of a 10 per cent local share of funding, and to recommend appointment of a local board member to the project steering group.
3. Waka Kotahi introduced the Innovating Streets for People Pilot Fund (ISPPF) in April 2020 to support council projects that aim to transition streets to be safer and more liveable spaces.
4. The Glen Eden Town Centre Pop Up Cycleway was approved in the second round of ISPPF funding in late August/ September 2020 after being proposed by the local board and supported by Auckland Transport through an expressions of interest process.
5. This report seeks local board support for the Glen Eden Town Centre Pop Up Cycleway, allocate the local board’s share of 10 percent ($21,000) of the total cost of the project and delegate a local board representative/s to work with the Innovating Streets Pilot Fund team to deliver this project by June 2021.
6. The Local Board Transport Capital Fund (LBTCF) has a balance of $157,711 for FY20/21.
That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:
a) support progressing the Innovating Streets Pilot Fund project – “Glen Eden Town Centre Pop Up Cycleway”, in partnership with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport.
b) allocate $21,000 from the Waitakere Ranges Local Boards - Local Board Transport Capital Fund to meet its 10 percent funding requirement for the “Glen Eden Town Centre Pop Up Cycleway” project; and
c) appoints XXX as the local board’s representative and delegates authority to XXX for this Innovating Streets project.
7. This section provides an overview of the Innovating Streets Pilot Fund, provides the local boards current funding position to assist the local board decision making to deliver the proposed Innovating Streets Pilot Fund project listed below.
· Glen Eden Pop Up Cycleway
Appointment of local board representative to project steering group
8. An important part of Innovating Streets projects is to work with the community to develop projects through a co-design process.
9. It is recommended the local board appoint a representative to work with the project to team to streamline its delivery and complete this project by June 2021. This is due both to the tight timeframe, and the nature of the co-design process.
10. The expected role of the local board lead will be to participate in and help lead the co-design and engagement process and therefore they will require delegated authority fulfil this role.
11. The expected role of the local board lead will be to participate in and help lead the co-design and engagement process.
12. The project group is yet to be formed though is likely to include Auckland Transport and Auckland Council staff, local board representation, community stakeholders, and iwi.
Innovating Streets Pilot Fund
13. Earlier this year on 3 April 2020, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency released the Innovating Streets for Pilot fund, which supports council projects that aim to transition streets to be safer and more liveable spaces. The fund encourages the use of ‘tactical urbanism’ techniques, such as pilots and pop-ups - interim treatments that can be delivered within a short timeframe to test and help demonstrate the value of future permanent street changes that make walking and cycling easier. Projects that Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency aims to support include:
· temporary, or semi-permanent, physical changes to streets
· improvements that test a permanent fix and prototype a street design
· activations that help communities re-imagine their streets.
14. The fund makes up to $1 million available for each project in 2020/21. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will provide a financial assistance rate of up to 90 percent, as well as support for capability building for successful applicants.
15. Local boards, as part of the application process, were required to indicate that they could fund a 10 per cent local share of the total cost of the proposed project.
16. Initially, the fund allocated $7 million for projects across New Zealand. This cap was lifted on 12 April 2020 to an unspecified amount with the actual amount to be distributed dependent on the quality of the bids received.
17. There were two application rounds for the pilot fund. The first round opened on 3 April and closed on 8 May 2020. Successful applicants in round one were announced in June 2020. The second round was from 8 June till the 3 July 2020, with successful applicants to be announced in late August/ early September.
18. The expectation is that projects from either round will be delivered by the end of June 2021.
Local Board Transport Capital Fund (LBTCF)
19. As noted above, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will provide financial assistance of up to 90 percent of the successful proposals. Applicants are expected to fund the remaining 10 percent as its contribution. Waitakere Ranges Local Board indicated in its expression of interest that they would fund their portion from their LBTCF.
20. Due to the financial impacts of Covid-19, local boards have a revised limited LBTCF budget to deliver their 20/21 programme. Workshops are currently underway with local boards to determine their reprioritisation of this year’s programme. For those local boards with successful Innovating Streets Pilot Fund proposals, local boards are expected to allocate funding to meet their share of the project.
21. The proposed budget for the “Glen Eden Town Centre Pop Up Cycleway” is $210,000, with $189,000 funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. The local board share of 10 percent is $21,000.
22. There is currently $157,711 remaining in the Waitakere Ranges LBTCF which. This has to be spent by June 2021.
23. The local board had scheduled workshops in July 2020 to discuss the prioritisation of their LBTCF which will include consideration of this project for funding.
Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu
Analysis and advice
Nominated project for Innovating Streets Pilot Fund funding
24. The following potential project was nominated by the local board for the Innovating Streets Pilot Fund in July 2020:
· Glen Eden Town Centre Pop Up Cycleway
25. This project was highlighted as priority by Auckland Transport and the Waitakere Ranges Local Board for the following reasons:
26. Glen Eden is the only town centre in the Waitakere Ranges Local Board area, situated in West Auckland.
27. With a population of 3,575 (2018 Census) this community has a growing population with increasing numbers of families moving into this area. Glen Eden is well served by public transport and is on the western line train service providing regular and frequent service to Auckland’s city centre. The area links to the environment of the Waitakere Ranges and a growing network of greenways to link green spaces and community facilities.
28. Captain Scott Road provides a direct link to the town centre, however pedestrian and cycle numbers are low and concerns with driver speeds precipitate an environment not aligned with strategic outcomes for town centre regeneration and greenways priorities.
29. Residents frequently highlight fast vehicle speeds and concern for safety particularly for school children. Measured speeds are 57k/hr (85th percentile). Along Captain Scott Road, there have been 18 crashes, 3 crashes resulting in serious injury, 1 minor injury and 14 non injury crashes. This includes a serious pedestrian crash, due in part to speed and lack of visibility with the typography and parked vehicles.
30. The opportunity for this project is to create safer streets, with slower traffic on Captain Scott Road, an undulating road with residential driveway entrances and low frequency bus route to the town centre.
31. The aim is to highlight the opportunity for cycling by providing a separated connection to Glen Eden Intermediate and Glen Eden Primary Schools, and for residents to the town centre and train station. Increasing the low numbers of pedestrians and cyclists and reducing the concerns of residents around safety.
Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe
Local impacts and local board views
32. Local board views, informed by local community engagement, were incorporated into to the development of the application to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency as discussed in this report.
33. Outcomes in the Glen Eden Town Centre Plan and Waitakere Greenways Plan are to improve walking and cycling connections in and around the town centre and train station.
34. This project also aligns to the Glen Eden Town Centre urban design framework and implementation plan, Waitakere Ranges Greenways Plan priorities, and related project planning for the Glen Eden Town Centre “One Local Initiative” (AC-led), Glen Eden Pedestrian Safety Improvements (AT-led).
35. Local boards will continue to be engaged with the projects as they progress via their local board representative working with the project team and through Auckland Transport’s Local Board Monthly report.
Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori
Māori impact statement
36. There are no specific impacts on Māori by the project specified in this report. Auckland Transport is committed to meeting its responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi-the Treaty of Waitangi and its broader legal obligations in being more responsible or effective to Māori.
37. Our Maori Responsiveness Plan outlines the commitment to with 19 mana whenua tribes in delivering effective and well-designed transport policy and solutions for Auckland. We also recognise mataawaka and their representative bodies and our desire to foster a relationship with them.
38. This plan in full is available on the Auckland Transport Website - https://at.govt.nz/about-us/transport-plans-strategies/maori-responsiveness-plan/#about
39. Any engagement with Māori, or consideration of impacts and opportunities, will be carried out on an individual project basis.
Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea
40. The financial implication of the board approving recommendations b) of this report is the allocation of $21,000 of the LBTCF. This leaves $136,711 remaining.
Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga
Risks and mitigations
41. Auckland Transport will put risk management strategies in place on a project by project basis.
42. There is a risk to the project through inability to meet the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency deadline of June 2021, particularly if there are significant delays to allocating the local board’s share of funding or delegation of local board representatives.
Ngā koringa ā-muri
43. Auckland Transport and Kotahi Waka will begin design and delivery of this project in consultation with the delegated local board member/s.
44. Formal reporting to the local board will be continue through the Auckland Transport Monthly report to the local board.
Route map for pop-up cycleway
Caroline Tauevihi, Elected Member Relationship Manager
Jonathan Anyon, Elected Member Relationship Team Manager
Glenn Boyd - Relationship Manager Henderson-Massey, Waitakere Ranges, Whau