Rodney Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Rodney Local Board held in the via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, 20 April 2022 at 3.00pm.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Phelan Pirrie

 

Deputy Chairperson

Beth Houlbrooke

 

Members

Brent Bailey

 

 

Steve Garner

 

 

Danielle Hancock

 

 

Tim Holdgate

 

 

Louise Johnston

 

 

Vicki Kenny

 

 

Colin Smith

 

 


Rodney Local Board

20 April 2022

 

 

 

1          Welcome

 

The chairperson opened the meeting and welcomed those in attendance.

 

 

2          Apologies

 

There were no apologies.

 

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

There were no declarations of interest.

 

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number RD/2022/34

MOVED by Chairperson P Pirrie, seconded by Member C Smith:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)          confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Wednesday, 16 March 2022 as a true and correct record.

CARRIED

 

 

5          Leave of Absence

 

There were no leaves of absence.

 

 

6          Acknowledgements

 

There were no acknowledgements.

 

 

7          Petitions

 

There were no petitions.

 

 

8          Deputations

 

8.1

Deputation: Helensville Solar Farm proposal

 

Marco Scuderi was in attendance for this item.

 

A PowerPoint presentation was given. A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

 

Resolution number RD/2022/35

MOVED by Chairperson P Pirrie, seconded by Member D Hancock:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      thank Mr Scuderi for his presentation and attendance.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     20 April 2022 - Rodney Local Board, Item 8.1 - Deputation: Helensville Solar Farm proposal - presentation

 

 

8.2

Deputation: Bowls Warkworth

 

Mike Newland and Francois Loubser were in attendance for this item.

 

Documents were tabled on in support of the item. A copy has been placed on the official minutes and is available on the Auckland Council website as a minutes attachment.

 

Resolution number RD/2022/36

MOVED by Chairperson P Pirrie, seconded by Deputy Chairperson B Houlbrooke:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      thank Mr Newland and Mr Loubser from Bowls Warkworth for their update and attendance.

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     20 April 2022 - Rodney Local Board, Item 8.2 - Deputation: Bowls Warkworth - map

 

 

8.3

Deputation: Netball Rodney Centre

 

Karyne Ross and Lynette Gubb were in attendance for this item.

 

Resolution number RD/2022/37

MOVED by Member D Hancock, seconded by Member B Bailey:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      thank Karyne Ross and Lynette Gubb from Netball Rodney for their presentation and attendance.

CARRIED

 

 

9          Public Forum

 

There was no public forum.

 

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 


 

 

11        Notices of Motion

 

Under Standing Order 2.5.1  a Notice of Motion was received from Member C Smith for consideration under item 12.

 

12

Notice of Motion - Member C Smith: Rodney Local Board area ring-fenced rate for road sealing

 

MOVED by Member C Smith, seconded by Member T Holdgate:   

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      note that the earlier intended provision of $121 million over ten years for road improvement in the Regional Land Transport Plan has been reduced to $40 million (with front-loading of $6 million for the first three years)

b)      note that ratepayers in rural areas make up around 50 per cent of Rodney ratepayers and currently pay around 50 per cent of the Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate

c)       note that the current $150 Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate has been applied principally to benefit ratepayers in urban areas

d)      note that having an equivalent sum from rates revenue ring-fenced for spending on road sealing principally to benefit rural ratepayers will re-establish fairness across rural/urban community groups within the Rodney Local Board area and add around $4 million annually to the Regional Land Transport Plan allocation

e)      agree that partnership with local iwi in the process of selecting and prioritising rural roads for improvement with the rural transport targeted rate monies would be a positive signal of the Rodney Local Board’s recognition of Te Tiriti in Rodney and that reducing dust, improving drainage and sealing roads in rural Rodney will provide health and climate benefits and positively recognise the manaakitanga approach to kaitiakitanga of the Kaipara ki Mahurangi environment

f)       recommend that the Governing Body;

i)       recognise:

A)    the rural/urban unfairness in collection and allocation of the current Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate

B)    the availability of unspent funding from the Regional Fuel Tax

C)   the poor quality of road service assets in Rodney relative to the other local board areas

D)   the number and length of unsealed roads in the area

E)    the health, safety and climate benefits of increasing road sealing in the Unsealed Road Improvement Programme, and;

ii)       approve an additional allocation of $150 per annum per Rodney Separately Used or Inhabited Part (SUIP) in the Regional Land Transport Plan commencing from the 2022/2023 annual budget, to be used to seal unsealed roads in rural Rodney as part of the Unsealed Road Improvement Programme, with projects and priorities to be determined in partnership between rural communities and iwi.

 

Resolution number RD/2022/38

MOVED by Member D Hancock, seconded by Deputy Chairperson B Houlbrooke as an amendment by way of replacement:   

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)         request the $66.7 million that was allocated for Additional Seal Extensions across Auckland in the 2018-2028 Regional Land Transport Plan for 2023-2028 be reinstated in the 2024–2034 Regional Land Transport Plan

b)         request the proposed Additional Seal Extensions budget line item of $66.7 million in the 2024–2034 Regional Land Transport Plan be incorporated into the Committed and Essential Unsealed Road Improvements budget priority

c)          request the Rodney Ward Councillor supports all budgetary negotiations to establish additional Committed and Essential funds for the Unsealed Road Improvement Programme in the 2024-2034 Regional Land Transport Plan

d)          request the Rodney Ward Councillor present the details of this resolution to the appropriate Governing Body committee for consideration.

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Member B Bailey

Member S Garner

Member D Hancock

Member T Holdgate

Deputy Chairperson B Houlbrooke

Member L Johnston

Member V Kenny

Chairperson P Pirrie

Member C Smith

Against

Abstained

 

The motion was declared carried by 9 votes to 0.

CARRIED

 

The substantive motion was put.

 

Resolution number RD/2022/39

MOVED by Member D Hancock, seconded by Deputy Chairperson B Houlbrooke:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)          request the $66.7 million that was allocated for Additional Seal Extensions across Auckland in the 2018-2028 Regional Land Transport Plan for 2023-2028 be reinstated in the 2024–2034 Regional Land Transport Plan

b)         request the proposed Additional Seal Extensions budget line item of $66.7 million in the 2024–2034 Regional Land Transport Plan be incorporated into the Committed and Essential Unsealed Road Improvements budget priority

c)         request the Rodney Ward Councillor supports all budgetary negotiations to establish additional Committed and Essential funds for the Unsealed Road Improvement Programme in the 2024-2034 Regional Land Transport Plan

d)         request the Rodney Ward Councillor present the details of this resolution to the appropriate Governing Body committee for consideration.

A division was called for, voting on which was as follows:

For

Member B Bailey

Member S Garner

Member D Hancock

Member T Holdgate

Deputy Chairperson B Houlbrooke

Member L Johnston

Member V Kenny

Chairperson P Pirrie

Member C Smith

Against

Abstained

 

The motion was declared carried by 9 votes to 0.

CARRIED

 

 

13

Rodney local parks classification programme

 

Kiri Le Heron – Service and Asset Planning Specialist was in attendance for this item.

 

Resolution number RD/2022/40

MOVED by Member B Bailey, seconded by Member S Garner:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      confirm the six parcels of land that will continue to be held under the Local Government Act 2002 as described in Attachment B of the agenda report (dated 20 April 2022)

b)      approve two parcels of land to be declared reserve and classified according to their primary purpose, pursuant to section 14(1) of the Reserves Act 1977, as described in Attachment C of the agenda report (dated 20 April 2022)

c)      approve the classification of seven parcels of reserve land, pursuant to sections 16(1) and 16(2A) of the Reserves Act 1977, as described in Attachment D of the agenda report (dated 20 April 2022)

d)      approve the classification of 10 parcels of land according to their primary purpose, pursuant to section 14(2) of the Reserves Act 1977, as described in Attachment E of the agenda report (dated 20 April 2022)

e)      approve the reclassification of 74 parcels of reserve land, pursuant to section 24(2)(b) of the Reserves Act 1977, as described in Attachment F of the agenda report (dated 20 April 2022)

f)       revoke the resolution regarding the classification of Part Lot 3 DP 150212 (Glasgow Park), being part of resolution e) RD/2021/366.

CARRIED

 

 

14

Local board feedback on the draft 2021 Regional Parks Management Plan

 

Resolution number RD/2022/41

MOVED by Chairperson P Pirrie, seconded by Deputy Chairperson B Houlbrooke:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)         provided the following feedback on the draft 2021 Regional Park Management Plan to provide to the hearings panel

i)           support the general direction of the proposed Regional Park Management Plan

 

 

ii)         note the plan outlines much needed infrastructure, development and protection that needs to be completed in Regional Parks, however not enough funding has been invested in the Regional Parks network and the demand from population growth and tourism is starting to outstrip the facilities and provision of infrastructure and this needs to be urgently addressed

iii)        request careful consideration be given on how to manage recreational activities in Regional Parks as population growth increases demand

iv)        support feedback that calls for better planning around how recreational access will be balanced with scenic and environmental values

v)         shared paths in regional parks are not suitable given their ecological landscape(s), which do not allow for appropriate pathway widths to accommodate the speeds of recreational cyclists and that the management plan should contain specific measures to provide for dedicated cycling tracks as population growth and demand will lead to safety concerns and potential conflict between users

vi)        request access to all Regional Parks be improved including driveway, carparks, walking and cycling

vii)      support more access via public transport to all Regional Parks and joint work be done with Auckland Transport to develop a better understanding of demand and public transport options

viii)     ensure as many Regional Parks as possible are accessible for older persons and mobility impaired, such as vehicle access for mobility card holders to vantage points, with some accessible furniture provided at those points

ix)        support native regeneration over farming in a phased approach while maintaining some park areas as working farms to allow recreation and to preserve the heritage of parkland donated by pioneer farming families.

x)         support adopting and implementing the Auckland Regional Pest Management Plan 2020-2030 provisions as part of the Regional Parks Management Plan.

xi)        support feedback suggesting Regional Parks should introduce a volunteer Kaitiaki program across the network

xii)      request Mahurangi East and the northern end of Pakiri regional parks be provided with basic infrastructure such as metalled carparking areas and composting public toilets, particularly at Pakiri, as this is needed urgently to address the issue of visitors going across private land to access the beach

xiii)     request the provision of moderately priced user-pays or permit holder boat launching facilities at Te Rau Puriri, Wenderholm, and Sullivans Bay, including investigating the provision of a boat ramp at Scandretts, which would ensure the assets are paid and maintained by the permit fee and could also mean the provision of boat ramps be accelerated

xiv)     support access for hang gliders and paragliders at Wenderholm, Te Arai, Tawharanui, and Pakiri

xv)      support Scott Point being included as part of Mahurangi East Regional Park instead of Mahurangi West as it is currently

xvi)     do not support construction of the Te Muri stream bridge until access has been provided via Hungry Creek Road to minimise traffic and parking impacts on the Mahurangi East community

xvii)   note Auckland has a fantastic network of Regional Parks however many of these are difficult to access and lack amenities and infrastructure to allow for more visitors

xviii)  note despite significant population growth and prior to COVID-19 the substantial growth in domestic and international visits, investment in Regional Parks has been too low and demand is now outstripping the infrastructure

xix)     note there has been a lot of fuss about ‘co-governance’ and Auckland Council could address this by providing more meaningful definitions of co-governance and co-management

b)      nominate Chairperson P Pirrie to speak to the comments in resolution a) at the hearings panel meeting on 9 May 2022.

CARRIED

 

 

15

Sandspit Carpark - options to provide an improved parking service

 

Zee Lasseter – Business Growth and Development Manager and Geoff Pitman – Area Manager Operations were in attendance for this item.

 

Resolution number RD/2022/42

MOVED by Member D Hancock, seconded by Member B Bailey:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      request staff to undertake a procurement process to identify a specialist parking provider to provide parking services, under a Reserves Act 1977 licence, at Sandspit Carpark described as Allotment 340 Parish of Mahurangi, Survey Office Plan 43479, located at 1429 Sandspit Road, Laly Haddon Place, Sandspit.

CARRIED

 

 

16

Grant a new community lease to Riverhead Community Courts Club Incorporated for land it occupies at Riverhead War Memorial Park

 

Karen Walby – Community Lease Specialist was in attendance for this item.

 

Resolution number RD/2022/43

MOVED by Chairperson P Pirrie, seconded by Member V Kenny:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      grant Riverhead Community Courts Club Incorporated a community lease for 132 square metres (more or less) of land legally described as Lot 1 Deposited plan 56612 comprising part of Riverhead War Memorial Park, 1087 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Riverhead (Attachment A to the agenda report) subject to the following terms and conditions:

i)     term – 10 years with one right of renewal for 10 years commencing 21 April 2022

ii)    rent - $1.00 plus GST per annum if demanded

iii)   a community outcomes plan will be appended as a schedule to the lease agreement

b)      approve Riverhead Community Courts Club Incorporated Community Outcomes Plan (Attachment B to the agenda report).

c)      note all other terms and conditions will be in accordance with the Auckland Council Community Occupancy Guidelines 2012 and the Reserves Act 1977.

CARRIED

 

 

17

Auckland Transport update on the Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate

 

Duminda Wijayasinghe – Programme Director was in attendance for this item.

 

Resolution number RD/2022/44

MOVED by Chairperson P Pirrie, seconded by Member B Bailey:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      receives the Auckland Transport update on the Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate.

CARRIED

 

 

18

Local Board views on private plan change 70 for 751 and 787 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa

 

Resolution number RD/2022/45

MOVED by Member D Hancock, seconded by Member B Bailey:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)         provide local board the following views on private plan change 70 by Riverview Properties Limited for 751 and 787 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa

i)        do not support proposed Private Plan Change 70 in its current state as it does not have the unconditional support of Waka Kotahi and Auckland Transport and does not adequately provide for walking, cycling and public transport connectivity

ii)      note that the proposal does not fully align with the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2021, in regard to the strategic priorities as detailed in the submission by Waka Kotahi

iii)    note that plan change 70 depends on existing pedestrian connections which are not fully and safely established, and in particular, the link between South Avenue to the 128 bus service does not provide a safe option for pedestrians

iv)    note that there are no existing pedestrian or cycle connections to the northern township where the local school, gas station are located and the proposal depends on prospective future pedestrian connections which are not proposed to be provided through this development

v)      seek that the applicant accept the offer of Waka Kotahi to partner and to provide safe pedestrian connections to public transport nodes in Kaukapakapa

vi)    note that the application does not implement the formation of safe pedestrian accessways as identified through the Rodney West Local Paths (Greenways) Plan 2019

vii)   note that the failure to address alternative transport options for Kaukapakapa residents means the proposed plan change will not enable the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

viii) acknowledge that Auckland Transport seeks that the plan change application be declined due to unresolved transport issues

b)      appoint local board member D Hancock to speak to the local board views at a hearing on private plan change 70, if it is considered necessary by the local board

c)      delegate authority to the chairperson of Rodney Local Board to make a replacement appointment in the event the local board member appointed in resolution b) is unable to attend the private plan change hearing.

CARRIED

 

 

19

Auckland Transport - Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw 2022

 

Resolution number RD/2022/46

MOVED by Chairperson P Pirrie, seconded by Member D Hancock:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      endorse the draft Activities in the Road Corridor Bylaw 2022 ahead of it being submitted to the Auckland Transport Board for final approval.

CARRIED

 

 

20

Submission on central government’s proposals to transform recycling in Aotearoa

 

Resolution number RD/2022/47

MOVED by Member L Johnston, seconded by Member B Bailey:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)         provide following feedback on the Ministry for the Environment’s consultation document: Te kapanoni i te hangarua: Transforming recycling discussion document to inform the council’s draft submission:

i)          strongly support the roll out of the Container Return Scheme and the use of reverse vending machines

ii)        suggest that the reverse vending machines are located across New Zealand in convenient locations where people visit on a regular basis and already have the necessary infrastructure in place, for example, carparks, loading docks, cashiers at retail outlets such as supermarkets, Mitre 10 and Bunnings

iii)       suggest that resource recovery centres are used for large scale deposits of containers from hospitality sector

iv)       suggest that local dairies are used for over the counter container returns but with a limit to the number  of items per person that can be returned as they may not have the storage for large volume of used containers awaiting collection.

v)        suggest that reverse vending machines allow consumers the option to donate container refunds to a charity or receive a  retail cash voucher to spend or swap for cash at the participating retailer

 

 

vi)       support that plastic milk containers be exempt from the Container Return Scheme as these are a staple item and the extra cost of 20 cents per container will impact families and these containers can be recycled in the kerbside collection

vii)     strongly support the standardisation of kerbside recycling across New Zealand as this will avoid confusion as what can and cannot be recycled and help avoid recycling contamination

viii)    strongly support the food scrap collection across urban centres

ix)       strongly support all businesses separating food scrap waste from general waste.

CARRIED

 

 

21

Transport Emissions Reduction Plan

 

Resolution number RD/2022/48

MOVED by Member B Bailey, seconded by Member L Johnston:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      receive the progress update provided on the Transport Emissions Reduction Plan

b)      note the scale of the challenge to meet Auckland’s transport emissions reduction target and that mode shift is the most powerful lever for reducing transport emissions

c)      provide the following feedback on the Transport Emissions Reduction Plan

i)      believe the best approach to dramatically reduce transport emissions in our local board area requires mode shift and urgent delivery of the Rapid Transport Network for North West Rodney

ii)     delivery of the Rapid Transport Network will reduce reliance on private vehicles for transport, will shorten private vehicle journeys as park and ride options are provided and will encourage walking and cycling as an alternative to using private vehicles

iii)   believe further public transport investment in the North-East of Rodney will also prove valuable but note that due to decades of under investment, the North-West is the area for greatest need

iv)    suggest that councils should be able to decline private plan changes for greenfield developments in poorly connected rural locations where public transport services and walking and cycling connections are not being funded or provided

v)        suggest that in order to move away from car centric commuting greenfield developments need to have safe cycle lanes and walkways to transport hubs and these need to be funded and built in the early stages of the development not at the end

vi)       costs of footpath construction in Rodney is prohibitive as footpaths are required to meet urban design guidelines however gravel pathways provide safe walking connections in the rural area and suggest that Auckland Transport adopt rural roading guidelines

vii)     support off-road cycleways and walkways connectivity within and around rural town centres

viii)     suggests that to increase public transport patronage and encourage a mode shift all public transport within Auckland should be free.

CARRIED

 

 

22

Rodney Local Board workshop records

 

Resolution number RD/2022/49

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson B Houlbrooke, seconded by Member V Kenny:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      note the workshop records for 24 March and 6 April 2022.

CARRIED

 

 

23

Governance forward work calendar

 

Resolution number RD/2022/50

MOVED by Chairperson P Pirrie, seconded by Member D Hancock:  

That the Rodney Local Board:

a)      note the governance forward work calendar.

CARRIED

 

 

24        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

4.52pm                                               The Chairperson thanked Members for their attendance and attention to business and declared the meeting closed.

 

CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD AT A MEETING OF THE Rodney Local Board HELD ON

 

 

 

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