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

 

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

9.30am

Meeting Room One
Level One, Franklin the Centre
12 Massey Ave
Pukekohe

and via Microsoft Teams videoconference.

Either a recording or a transcript of this meeting will be published to the Auckland Council website.

 

Franklin Local Board

 

OPEN AGENDA

 

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Andrew Baker

 

Deputy Chairperson

Angela Fulljames

 

Members

Malcolm Bell

 

 

Alan Cole

 

 

Sharlene Druyven

 

 

Amanda Kinzett

 

 

Matthew Murphy

 

 

Logan Soole

 

 

(Quorum 5 members)

 

 

 

Denise Gunn

Democracy Advisor

 

14 June 2022

 

Contact Telephone: 021 981 028

Email: denise.gunn@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


 


Franklin Local Board

21 June 2022

 

 

ITEM   TABLE OF CONTENTS            PAGE

1          Welcome                                                                                   5

2          Apologies                                                                                 5

3          Declaration of Interest                                          5

4          Confirmation of Minutes                                                         5

5          Leave of Absence                                                                    5

6          Acknowledgements                                              5

7          Petitions                                                                 5

8          Deputations                                                           5

9          Public Forum                                                                            5

10        Extraordinary Business                                       5

11        Adoption of the Franklin Local Board Agreement 2022/2023                                           7

12        Franklin Local Board Community Grant Programme 2022/2023                                        25

13        Hūnua Traverse Marketing Strategy                 39

14        Local board feedback on the council’s preliminary response to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 and the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021                                                                    105

15        Local board feedback on proposed supporting plan changes to accompany the Medium Density Residential Standards and National Policy Statement on Urban Development plan change                                                               129

16        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 


1          Welcome

 

The Chair will open the meeting and welcome everyone present.

 

2          Apologies

 

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

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as a member and any private or other external interest they might have.

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)          confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Tuesday, 24 May 2022 as  true and correct.

 

 

5          Leave of Absence

 

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

 

6          Acknowledgements

 

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

 

7          Petitions

 

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

 

8          Deputations

 

Standing Order 7.7 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 Franklin 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.

 

9          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.

 

10        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.”


Franklin Local Board

21 June 2022

 

 

Adoption of the Franklin Local Board Agreement 2022/2023

File No.: CP2022/07928

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To adopt the local content for the Annual Budget, which includes the Franklin Local Board Agreement 2022/2023, the message from the chair, and local board advocacy.

2.       To adopt a local fees and charges schedule for 2022/2023.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

3.       Each financial year, Auckland Council must have a local board agreement, as agreed between the Governing Body and the local board, for each local board area.

4.       From 28 February to 28 March 2022, council consulted on the proposed Annual Budget 2022/2023. Local boards considered this feedback and then held discussions with the Finance and Performance Committee on 25 May 2022 on regional issues, community feedback, and key local board initiatives and advocacy areas.

5.       Local boards have now considered local content for the Annual Budget 2022/2023 which includes a local board agreement, a message from the chair, and local board advocacy, as well as a local fees and charges schedule for 2022/2023.

6.       On 29 June 2022, the Governing Body will meet to adopt Auckland Council’s Annual Budget 2022/2023, including 21 local board agreements.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)      adopt the local content for the Annual Budget, which includes the Franklin Local Board Agreement 2022/2023, the message from the chair, and local board advocacy (Attachment A).

b)      adopt a local fees and charges schedule for 2022/2023 (Attachment B).

c)       delegate authority to the Chair to make any final changes to the local content for the Annual Budget 2022/2023 (the Franklin Local Board Agreement 2022/2023, message from the chair, and local board advocacy).

d)      note that the resolutions of this meeting will be reported back to the Governing Body when it meets to adopt the Annual Budget 2022/2023, including each Local Board Agreement, on 29 June 2022.

 

Horopaki

Context

7.       Local board plans are strategic documents that are developed every three years to set a direction for local boards. Local board plans influence and inform the Annual Budgets which outlines priorities, budgets and intended levels of service over a one-year period. For each financial year, Auckland Council must also have a local board agreement, as agreed between the Governing Body and the local board, for each local board area.

8.       Throughout the development of the Annual Budget 2022/2023, local board chairs (or delegated local board representatives) have had the opportunity to attend Finance and Performance Committee workshops on key topics and provide local board views on regional issues being considered as part of the Annual Budget 2022/2023.

9.       From 28 February to 28 March 2022, the council consulted with the public on the Annual Budget 2022/2023. One locally held event was held in the Franklin Local Board area to engage with the community and seek feedback on both regional and local proposals.

10.     A report analysing the feedback on local board priorities, as well as feedback from those living in the local board area related to the regional issues, was included as an attachment on the 10 May 2022 business meeting agenda.

11.     Local boards considered this feedback, and then held discussions with the Finance and Performance Committee at a workshop on 25 May 2022 on regional issues, community feedback and key local board initiatives and advocacy areas.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

12.     Both staff and the local board have reviewed the local feedback received as part of  consultation on Annual Budget 2022/2023 and local boards have received a report analysing the local feedback. It is now recommended that local boards adopt local content for the Annual Budget 2022/2023 (Attachment A), including the Local Board Agreement 2022/2023, the message from the chair, and local board advocacy, as well as a local fees and charges schedule for 2022/2023 (Attachment B).

13.     The local board also consulted on whether the community would consider the sale of Ardmore Hall and Bell Field if the proceeds would help deliver other local improvements.

14.     The consultation feedback received on these priorities was mixed with strong views expressed both in favour of this as an option for addressing local community need and objecting on the basis that the facilities are important to local heritage and identity.

15.     The local board will consider community feedback through this consultation alongside other considerations and provide direction on the future of these local assets at its June 28 business meeting.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

16.     The decisions recommended in this report are procedural in nature and will not have any climate impacts themselves.

17.     Some of the proposed projects in the Local Board Agreement may have climate impacts. The climate impacts of any projects council chooses to progress with will be assessed as part of the relevant reporting requirements.

18.     Some of the proposed projects in the Local Board Agreement will be specifically designed to mitigate climate impact, build resilience to climate impacts, and restore the natural environment.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

19.     Local boards worked with council departments to develop their local board work programmes for 2022/2023 that will be adopted at June business meetings. The local board work programmes help inform the local board agreements.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

20.     This report seeks local board adoption of its content for the Annual Budget 2022/2023 and other associated material, including the Local Board Agreement 2022/2023.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

21.     Many local board decisions are of importance to and impact on Māori. Local board agreements and the Annual Budget are important tools that enable and can demonstrate council’s responsiveness to Māori. 

22.     Local board plans, which were developed in 2020 through engagement with the community including Māori, form the basis of local priorities. There is a need to continue to build relationships between local boards and iwi, and where relevant the wider Māori community.

23.     Of those who submitted to the Annual Budget 2022/2023 from the Franklin Local Board area 20 identified as Māori. Four iwi entities from the Franklin Local Board rohe also made a submission to the Annual Budget 2022/2023. These submissions were provided to the local board for consideration at local board workshops during the development of their local board agreement.

24.     Ongoing conversations will assist local boards and Māori to understand each other’s priorities and issues. This in turn can influence and encourage Māori participation in council’s decision-making processes.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

25.     The local board agreement includes the allocation of locally driven initiatives (LDI) funding and asset-based services (ABS) funding to projects and services for the 2022/2023 financial year.

26.     LDI funding is discretionary funding allocated to local boards based on the Local Board Funding Policy (included in the Annual Budget), which local boards can spend on priorities for their communities. Local boards can also utilise LDI funding to increase local levels of service if they wish to do so.

27.     Funding for ABS is allocated by the Governing Body to local boards based on current levels of service to run and maintain local assets and services including parks, pools and recreation facilities, community facilities, and libraries.

28.     A local fees and charges schedule for 2022/2023 is adopted alongside of the Local Board Agreement 2022/2023. The fees and charges have been formulated based on region-wide baseline service levels and revenue targets. Where fees and charges are amended by a local board that results in lower revenue for the council, the shortfall will need to be made up by either allocating LDI funds or reducing expenditure on other services to balance overall budgets. 

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

29.     Decisions on the local content of the Annual Budget 2022/2023, including the Local Board Agreement 2022/2023 and a local fees and charges schedule for 2022/2023, are required by 23 June 2022 to ensure the Governing Body can adopt the final Annual Budget 2022/2023, including each Local Board Agreement, at its 29 June 2022 meeting.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

30.     The resolutions of this meeting will be reported to the Governing Body on 29 June 2022 when it meets to adopt the Annual Budget 2022/2023, including 21 local board agreements.

31.     It is possible that minor changes may need to be made to the attachments before the Annual Budget 2022/2023 is adopted, such as correction of any errors identified and minor wording changes. Staff therefore recommend that the local board delegates authority to the Chair to make any final changes if necessary.

32.     Local board agreements set the priorities and budget envelopes for each financial year. Work programmes then detail the activities that will be delivered within those budget envelopes. Work programmes will be agreed between local boards and operational departments at business meetings in June 2022.

 

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Franklin Local Board Agreement 2022-2023

11

b

Franklin Fees and Charges 2022-2023

23

      

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Renee Burgers - Lead Advisor Plans and Programmes

Authorisers

Louise Mason - General Manager Local Board Services

Carol McKenzie-Rex - Local Area Manager Franklin Manurewa Papakura

 

 


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21 June 2022

 

 

Franklin Local Board Community Grant Programme 2022/2023

File No.: CP2022/07135

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To adopt the Franklin Community Grant Programme 2022/2023.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The Auckland Council Community Grants Policy guides the allocation of local, multi-board and regional grant programmes to groups and organisations delivering projects, activities and services that benefit Aucklanders.

3.       The Community Grants Policy supports each local board to review and adopt their own local grants programme for the next financial year.

4.       This report presents the Franklin Community Grant Programme 2022/2023 for adoption (as provided in Attachment A to this report).

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)      adopt the Franklin Community Grant Programme 2022/2023 provided in Attachment A to this report.

 

 

Horopaki

Context

5.       The Auckland Council Community Grants Policy guides the allocation of local, multi-board and regional grant programmes to groups and organisations delivering projects, activities and services that benefit Aucklanders.

6.       The Community Grants Policy supports each local board to review and adopt its own local grants programme for the next financial year. The local board grants programme guides community groups and individuals when making applications to the local board.

7.       The local board community grants programme includes:

·        outcomes as identified in the local board plan

·        specific local board grant priorities

·        which grant types will operate, the number of grant rounds and opening and closing      dates

·        any additional criteria or exclusions that will apply

·        other factors the local board consider to be significant to their decision-making.

8.       Once the Local Board Community Grant programme 2022/2023 has been adopted, the types of grants, grant rounds, criteria and eligibility with be advertised through an integrated communication and marketing approach which includes utilising the local board channels.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

9.       The aim of the local board grant programme is to deliver projects and activities which align with the outcomes identified in the local board plan. The Franklin Community Grant Programme has been workshopped with the local board and feedback incorporated into the grants programme for 2022/2023.

10.     The grant programme for 2022/2023 has been reviewed to reflect the Local Board Plan 2020 outcomes. The programme has one new component:

·    school swimming pool grants will be allocated on a two-year basis.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

11.     The local board grants programme aims to respond to Auckland Council’s commitment to address climate change by providing grants to individuals and groups with projects that support community climate change action. Local board grants can contribute to climate action through the support of projects that address food production and food waste; alternative transport methods; community energy efficiency education and behaviour change; build community resilience and support tree planting.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

12.     The grants programme has no identified impacts on council-controlled organisations and therefore their views are not required.

13.     Based on the main focus of an application, a subject matter expert from the relevant council unit will provide input and advice. The main focus of an application is identified as arts, community, events, sport and recreation, environment or heritage.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

14.     The grants programme has been developed by the local board to set the direction of its grants programme. This programme is reviewed on an annual basis.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

15.     All grant programmes respond to Auckland Council’s commitment to improving Māori wellbeing by providing grants to organisations delivering positive outcomes for Māori. Applicants are asked how their project aims to increase Māori outcomes in the application process.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

16.     The allocation of grants to community groups is within the adopted Long-Term Plan 2021-2031 and local board agreements.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

17.     The allocation of grants occurs within the guidelines and criteria of the Community Grants Policy. Therefore, there is minimal risk associated with the adoption of the grants programme.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

18.     An implementation plan is underway and the local board grants programme will be locally advertised through the local board and council channels, including the council website, local board Facebook page and communication with past recipients of grants.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Franklin Local Board Community Grants programme 2022-2023

29

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Arna Casey - Grants Advisor

Authorisers

Pierre Fourie - Grants & Incentives Manager

Carol McKenzie-Rex - Local Area Manager Franklin Manurewa Papakura

 

 


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Franklin Local Board

21 June 2022

 

 

Hūnua Traverse Marketing Strategy

File No.: CP2022/08300

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       For the Franklin Local Board receive the Hūnua Traverse Marketing Strategy (Attachment A) that was developed by Meneth Consulting as part of the Franklin Local Board economic development work programme 2020/2021 (ID 2274) and endorse next steps.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Franklin Local Board, with support from Tātaki Auckland Unlimited (TAU) and other Council departments, has been progressing the development of a “Hunua Trail” (now known as the Hūnua Traverse) visitor experience and platform for local economic development since 2015.

3.       The Hūnua Traverse is a walking and cycling connection between Clevedon, through the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park to Kaiaua on the Firth of Thames.

4.       To support the success of the project as a platform for economic development, the Franklin Local Board allocated Locally Driven Initiative (LDI) funds to TAU in 2020 for the production of a marketing strategy for the Hūnua Traverse ahead of opening to the public.

5.       TAU contracted Meneth Consulting to undertake this work which, after some COVID related delays, was completed and presented to the local board and representatives of Iwi with direct interests in the wider Clevedon area and Hūnua Ranges Regional Park at a workshop on 31 May 2022.

6.       An outcome of the workshop was a direction from the local board for council staff to bring the Meneth Hūnua Traverse marketing strategy and proposed next steps to a business meeting for formal consideration.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)      receive the Hūnua Traverse Marketing Strategy (Attachment A) and logo (Attachment B).

b)      approve the proposal to fund the Clevedon Community and Business Association (CCBA) to refine and deliver the Hūnua Traverse marketing strategy, including the logo, and to lead development and delivery of a local business leverage programme.

c)      approve the proposal to use $19,605 unspent Hūnua Trail work programme budget on the refinement of the Hūnua Traverse marketing strategy, including the logo, to ensure that this aligns with both Hūnua Trail project brand-work and is considered by Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngaati Whanaunga and Ngāti Paoa.

 

Horopaki

Context

7.       The Franklin Local Board has been supporting the development of a walking and cycling trail through the Hūnua Ranges as an added attraction to the local board area that can bring with it economic opportunities, along with the recreational benefits that will be available to local residents.

8.       As part of the project, and to support the delivery of intended outcomes, the Franklin Local Board requested that work be undertaken to ensure that the Trail experience be promoted in a way that attracts people, supports a positive visitor experience (product marketing) as well as supporting the environmental, cultural and local economic outcomes envisaged in the Hūnua Trail Aspirational Plan (adopted by the board in 2019).

9.       The Franklin Local Board allocated LDI funds to TAU as part of its local board work programme in 2020 (work programme ID 2274) for the production of a Hūnua Trail marketing strategy.

10.     Meneth Consulting was appointed by TAU to complete this work in March 2021.

11.     The marketing strategy (attachment A) was developed by Meneth Consulting through an analysis of the Hūnua Trail Aspirational Plan and cycle trail market as well as through consultation with the local community, Iwi and mountain biking community. Meneth also delivered a trial ‘ride’ of the route with cyclists of varying capabilities and surveyed their experience.

12.     The objective of the strategy is to build sustained awareness, engagement, and advocacy for the Hūnua Trail, now recommended to be named the Hūnua Traverse, as a new half-day ride in the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park, primarily targeting Electric Mountain Biking (E-MTB) riders.

13.     The strategy identifies different market segments (user groups) and identifies a range of actions to help both promote the Hūnua Traverse as well as work with stakeholder groups to develop and improve the trail experience.

14.     Communications about the Hūnua Traverse will promote engagement across all permissible user groups, but marketing will primarily focus on the E-MTB segment, with messaging promoting their suitability for overcoming the challenging terrain.

15.     The marketing approach is based around two key phases, The first is focused on setting the Hūnua Traverse up for sustained success through the creation of core marketing assets, building awareness and engagement with residents and targeted audiences.

16.     The second phase, in which the Hūnua Traverse is publicly launched, seeks to build awareness and engagement, initially in the key Auckland market, before entering key domestic and international markets.

17.     A two-phase marketing plan is provided within the strategy covering a 12-month set up phase and a subsequent establishment, strengthening and leveraging phase:

a)      The Hūnua Traverse Marketing Plan has provided several suggested activities that ultimately require a staffing and operational resource to deliver.  These are to:

·    Develop collateral

·    Develop a website

·    Establish social media channels

·    Build a customer database

·    Hold a soft launch event / weekend event series and feedback

·    Maintain partnerships, local support and ensure alignment / create shared value

·    Establish new partnerships

·    Support product development

·    Support development of the experience

·    Understand usage and collect feedback.

18.     As part of the strategy, and to support the delivery of recommendations, a logo was developed by Tessa Harris who has whakapapa back to the maunga in the Hūnua Ranges.  The design speaks to the traverse over the two maunga, the ponga trees that form a canopy over some of the route, as well as referencing bike tyre tracks (Attachment B).

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

19.     The physical works required in support of visitor safety and environmental protection (way-finding and information signage, bike-friendly gateways and kauri die-back cleaning stations) are well under way. It is expected that a soft launch of the Hūnua Traverse will be possible by late October 2022.

20.     While the Hūnua Trail Aspirational Plan and Hūnua Traverse Marketing Plan both reference a need for governance resource over the trail, it has become clear that there are existing governance mechanisms over the assets that support the visitor experience. The governing body of Auckland Council has governance over the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park and its operations (including the Hūnua Traverse route). The Auckland Transport board are responsible for governance over the public roads that form part of the Hūnua Traverse route.

21.     Auckland Transport and Auckland Council (Regional Parks Rangers) will continue to be responsible for permissions and management of the route itself, including approving any requirements or improvements relating to the Hūnua Traverse as a visitor experience and any environmental management. This includes liaising with Mana Whenua Kaitiaki on land use, and Watercare as the leaseholders of roads within the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park that form part of the traverse route. 

22.     Neither Auckland Transport nor Auckland Council are in a position to manage the promotion of the Hūnua Traverse as a local economic development opportunity i.e. the actions recommended in the Hūnua Traverse Marketing Strategy. 

23.     The marketing strategy and logo were presented to the local board and representatives of Ngāti Tamaoho and Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki for feedback and to inform next steps.

24.     At the workshop options for realising the potential of the Hūnua Traverse as a platform for local economic development were discussed, with staff recommending that the board allocate budget to fund the Clevedon Community and Business Association (CCBA) to:

i)        refine the marketing plan and logo as outlined in the Meneth Hūnua Traverse Marketing Strategy and develop and deliver the key actions recommended in the strategy in consultation with Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngaati Whanaunga and Ngāti Paoa

ii)       lead and manage the promotion and development of the Hunua Traverse visitor proposition (brand and experience) in consultation with Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, Ngāti Tamaoho, Ngaati Whanaunga and Ngāti Paoa (who all have interest in the Hūnua Ranges and how the area is represented)

iii)      develop and deliver a local business leverage programme to support local economic return on the local board’s investment.

25.     Both the board and Iwi representatives present endorsed this approach and TAU staff met with the CCBA to present this opportunity to them on Thursday 9 June. The CCBA committee resolved at the meeting to accept the proposal on the basis that this strongly aligns with their aspirations to promote Clevedon as a place to visit and live. This aspiration is currently being developed through their Destination Clevedon project.

26.     As the CCBA has now confirmed acceptance of the proposal, TAU staff are now developing a funding agreement to commence as soon as possible, noting that the Hūnua Traverse will be ready to open in late October 2022. It is essential that the CCBA has sufficient specialist resource in place as soon as possible to establish working relationships with Iwi, Regional Parks, and Auckland Transport, to refine and develop on the Meneth Strategy (including logo) and to prepare for Hūnua Traverse opening.

27.     The CCBA are already delivering a wider Destination Clevedon project, and the Franklin Local Board allocated funds to this project via its 2020/2021 work programme (which carried over into the 2021/2022 financial year).

28.     It is recommended that the board approve the use of $19,605 unspent carry-over budget, allocated to supporting the CCBA to progress Hūnua Trail project outcomes, and to progress immediate planning for the implementation of the Hūnua Traverse marketing strategy refinements.

29.     Budget contributions for the 2022/2023 financial year will be presented to the board for consideration as part of the board’s local economic work programme at the board’s business meeting on 28 June 2022.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

30.     The Hūnua Traverse promotes walking and cycling as a recreational activity.

31.     The Hūnua Traverse as a local economic development opportunity also enables local people to work and recreate locally and is an initiative that supports reduced motor-vehicle movements (from commuting).

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

32.     Auckland Council’s Regional Parks and Community Facilities departments will manage and maintain physical aspects of the Trail within the Hūnua Ranges.  This is accounted for in departments’ work programmes.

33.     Auckland Council’s Regional Parks team will lead the ongoing relationship with Watercare as the leaseholder of the roads use by the Traverse within the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park.

34.     Auckland Transport’s Elected Member Relationship Manager attended the 31 May workshop with the board and is a participant in the Hunua Traverse (Trail) project team. Decisions in this report do not have any impact on the management of the road corridor.

35.     Following resolution from the Franklin Local Board, Parks Sport and Recreation staff will provide an update on the establishment of the Hūnua Traverse to the appropriate committee of Auckland Council.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

36.     The local board have been central to driving the trail concept as an opportunity for local economic development. This aligns strongly with Outcome 1 of the Franklin Local Board Plan 2020, specifically outcome 1, objective 1; “Facilitate local economic development opportunity, and recovery, by protecting and promoting our natural resources, local narrative ad local talents”

37.     There remains a potential financial commitment from the local board as the trail launches and becomes established and it is recommended that unspent 2021/2022 LDI budget (within the Hūnua Trail project) be allocated to progress CCBA-led work immediately.

38.     The 2022/2023 financial commitment will considered by the board as part of the work programme report coming to the local board at a business meeting 28 June 2022.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

39.     The Franklin Local Board invited Ngāti Paoa, Ngaati Whanaunga, Ngāti Tamaoho and Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki governance representatives to join with the board in receiving briefing from staff on the operational improvements in preparation for opening the Hūnua Traverse (delivered by Parks staff) and the Marketing Strategy (delivered by Meneth Consulting for TAU). 

40.     Each of these Iwi have participated in the development of a Hūnua Trail concept at varying times and to varying degrees since the inception of the initiative in 2015.

41.     Ngāti Tamaoho and Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki representatives attended the workshop on 31 May. Both expressed an interested in participating in the ongoing development and delivery of the Hūnua Traverse product, noting that how the Hūnua Ranges is represented is of importance to Iwi. Ngāti Tamaoho in particular noted that there may need to be further dialogue on the logo prior to launch to support any endorsement.

42.     Both restated their expectation they be actively engaged by the Regional Parks staff in the management of the route and surrounding environment as kaitiaki for the Hūnua Ranges and noting their land interests.

43.     In endorsing next steps in the Hūnua Traverse marketing strategy and logo the Franklin Local Board are supporting the development of a visitor experience with the potential for Iwi-led cultural, environmental and economic initiatives to be progressed as part of overall product and leverage programme development.

44.     The Franklin Local Board’s strong support for community-led delivery (via the CCBA) will support Iwi and other local community organisations to have the opportunity to influence how the Hūnua Traverse develops in terms of cultural and local economic benefits.

45.     It is envisaged that the CCBA will lead ongoing engagement with Iwi in refining and developing the marketing strategy and visitor experience, and this expectation will form part of any funding agreement pending board approval of next steps through this report.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

46.     There is no financial impact associated with receiving the Meneth Marketing Strategy. 

47.     This report does seek approval to use carry-over budget (originally allocated toward the “Hūnua Trail project” in the 2020/2021 work programme) to deliver early work on the Hūnua Traverse marketing strategy refinements. If approved, TAU staff will release these funds to the CCBA to enable them to enable delivery on early aspects before the end of the financial year e.g. CCBA procurement of marketing expertise.

48.     Budget allocation to enable delivery of next steps within the 2022/2023 financial year will be considered as part of the 2022/2023 work programming process which will be considered by the board at the 28 June business meeting. Sufficient budget has been allocated within the draft 2022/2023 work programme.

 

 

Ngāraru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

49.     This report recommends that the community, led by the CCBA, is resourced to operationalise the Hūnua Traverse Marketing Plan and develop and deliver a local business leverage plan. This recommendation is intended to mitigate the risk of non-delivery to the local community and to maximise the potential for development of developing the Hūnua Traverse as a significant sub-regional visitor attraction and cultural asset.

50.     The risk of CCBA non-performance, including the risk of poor engagement with Iwi will be mitigated by establishing clear and measurable performance indicators within a funding agreement.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

51.     Once the board has approved recommendations, TAU staff will immediately commence the development of a funding agreement with CCBA so that the $19,605 carry-over funding can be released immediately and so 2022/2023 funding can be released as soon as possible once the 2022/2023 work programme is approved.

52.     It is envisaged the Franklin Local Economic Development Broker will support and mentor the CCBA in the operationalisation of the Hūnua Traverse marketing strategy and in the development of the local business leverage plan, including providing access to Tātaki Auckland Unlimited tourism and economic development expertise.

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

The Hūnua Traverse Marketing Strategy (final)

45

b

Hūnua Traverse logo

101

c

Hūnua Traverse mountain motif

103

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Jonathan Sudworth - Local Economic Development Advisor, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited

Authorisers

John Norman – Head of Economic Places, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited

Carol McKenzie-Rex - Local Area Manager Franklin Manurewa Papakura

 

 


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Local board feedback on the council’s preliminary response to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 and the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021

File No.: CP2022/07888

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       The purpose of this report is to seek feedback from the local board on the council’s preliminary response to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPS-UD) and the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021 (RMA amendments).

2.       This report includes an overview of the feedback on the council’s preliminary response received through the public consultation from 19 April to 9 May 2022.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

3.       The council’s preliminary response to the NPS-UD and RMA amendments are set out in the NPS-UD and the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS).  Some of these are not optional. Council must change the Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP) to put these new rules in place.

4.       However, the NPS-UD allows us to make some limited decisions to help shape the future of our city.  Council can determine:

i)       the distances of walkable catchments, where buildings of six storeys or more are required. These are the areas around the city centre, rapid transit stops, and the ten metropolitan centres (Albany, Takapuna, Westgate, Henderson, New Lynn, Newmarket, Sylvia Park, Manukau, Botany and Papakura)

ii)       the building heights and density to enable residential development within and next to other suburban centres – neighbourhoods centres, local centres, and town centres

iii)      the “qualifying matters” that will apply in Auckland, or the characteristics within some areas that may allow the council to modify (or limit) the required building heights and density.

5.       Central government has already identified a number of qualifying matters. The council is also able to include other ‘qualifying matters’ that are important for Auckland.

6.       The elements of the preliminary response that the council is able to determine were open to feedback. A three-week public engagement on the council’s preliminary response to the NPS-UD and RMA amendments was completed on 9 May 2022. This included an independently run survey of 2000 Aucklanders. The feedback has been analysed, and the themes that have emerged from that analysis were presented to local boards on Monday, 30 May 2022

7.       The feedback summary report is attached to this report and has been published on the AKHaveYourSay website. The feedback responses received have also been published on the website.

8.       Local boards are now invited to give feedback on the council’s preliminary response, with particular regard to the matters available to council to make decisions on. A template (Attachment C) has been provided to assist the preparation of that feedback.

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)      note the council’s preliminary response to the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 and the Resource Management (Enabling Housing Supply and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2021

b)      note the feedback received from Aucklanders on the council’s preliminary response during the three-week public consultation in April and May 2022

c)       provide feedback on the council’s preliminary response, to be considered by the Planning Committee in preparation of the proposed intensification plan change for notification in August 2022.

 

Horopaki

Context

9.       The NPS-UD and the RMA amendments require that a proposed intensification plan change (IPI) must be notified by 20 August 2022. The Planning Committee and local board chairs (or their delegates) have attended numerous workshops and made decisions in 2021 and 2022 on preliminary policy directions to guide how the council will implement the NPS-UD and RMA amendments.

10.     At its meeting on 31 March 2022 the Planning Committee approved a preliminary response to the NPS-UD (Attachment A), for the purpose of public engagement for three weeks in April and May 2022. The preliminary response was made available to the public on the Auckland “Have Your Say” website from 19 April to 9 May.

11.     The preliminary response contained an overall consultation document, more detailed information sheets, and access to the GIS map viewer that illustrates zoning proposals that reflected the committee’s resolutions.  The maps also illustrated locations where various qualifying matters (mostly existing AUP overlays, endorsed by the committee) would limit the height and/or density that would otherwise be enabled.

12.     The GIS viewer was supported by information sheets that described the approach to intensification and the process that the council is following. The AUP text for the new zone provisions was not available for feedback, as this was (and is) still being prepared and tested.

13.     Since October 2021, local boards and mana whenua have been involved in helping the council develop its preliminary response. This report summarises the themes emerging from the public engagement.  Feedback received from the public, together with the ongoing involvement of local boards and mana whenua, will greatly assist the council in finalising the IPI for notification by 20 August 2022. 

14.     Feedback was specifically sought on the following matters:

i)       the extent of walkable catchments around the city centre, metropolitan centres and rapid transit network stops (as required under Policy 3(c))

ii)       the approach to, and extent of, intensification of areas adjacent to the city, metropolitan, town, local and neighbourhood centres (as required under Policy 3(d))

iii)      the selection of, and approach to, “any other qualifying matters” that limit the height and density that would otherwise be required as enabled under Policy 4. 

15.     Feedback was not sought on matters in the NPS-UD and RMA amendments that are mandatory.  Mandatory matters include the introduction of walkable catchments into the AUP, the enablement of six storey buildings in all zones in walkable catchments, and the application of medium density residential standards in all residential zones outside walkable catchments. 

16.     The public engagement (under the heading ‘Government’s new housing rules: what it means for Auckland’) comprised the following:

·        an overview of the response and how to give feedback

·        a main consultation document (also translated into numerous languages) with the full preliminary response overview

·        online feedback form with questions on consultation topics and an opportunity to provide reasons and further explanation

·        more detailed information sheets on a range of topics

·        frequently asked questions and an explanation video

·        special character area assessment survey reports

·        the GIS NPS-UD map viewer and user guide

·        information and booking links for webinars and events

·        access to a planning enquiry service for questions and further information.

17.     Hard copies of the main documents including the feedback form were placed in libraries and service centres.

18.     Online consultation activities and events were scheduled and undertaken through the engagement period, as follows:

·        four online webinars - two covering the whole preliminary response (with a focus on intensification), one on special character areas, and one on other council-identified qualifying matters

·        four ‘Have Your Say’ events – two for general opportunities for people or groups to present and discuss their feedback to members and staff, one for regional stakeholders, and one for residents’ groups and associations

·        two information meetings focussed on the special character areas qualifying matter – one on the North Shore and one in the city centre.

19.     In addition to the online and hard-copy feedback opportunity, an independently run sample survey of 2000 Aucklanders was procured from Kantar Public Limited. This was intended to enable a broader public perspective of the aspects of preliminary response, to complement the feedback offered and received from individuals, groups and organisations.

20.     All feedback received has been recorded, reviewed and allocated to themes to enable evaluation and assessment by staff and local board members. Summary reports have been prepared for the feedback received via the AKHaveYourSay website and also via the sample survey. All feedback has been published at AKHaveYourSay.

 

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

21.     Most feedback (6,094 items) was provided via our online feedback form, provided in eight languages (English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Korean and Hindi). There were also 1,766 ‘non-feedback form’ items of feedback received via email or through the post. Feedback received after the consultation closing date has not been included in the analysis within the “Summary of Feedback” report (Attachment B). However, feedback received later than the closing date is being considered and will be made available for viewing along with the rest of the feedback received.

22.     Local board feedback on the preliminary response is now sought through resolutions at this meeting. This feedback will be considered in (and attached to) a report for the 30 June Planning Committee meeting where further policy directions will be determined towards the preparation of a proposed plan change for reporting to committee on 4 August 2022 for a decision on notification.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

23.     Objective 8 and policy 1 of the NPS-UD set out a policy framework that signals the need for decisions under the RMA to reduce emissions and improve climate resilience.

24.     This framework is in line with the ‘built environment’ priority of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan, which has a goal of achieving “A low carbon, resilient built environment that promotes healthy, low impact lifestyles”. The plan states that:

“To move to a low carbon and resilient region, climate change and hazard risks need to be integral to the planning system that shapes Auckland. Integrating land-use and transport planning is vital to reduce the need for private vehicle travel and to ensure housing and employment growth areas are connected to efficient, low carbon transport systems.”

25.     Applying the NPS-UD will enable additional residential intensification to occur in areas where jobs, services and amenities can be easily accessed by active modes and public transport. This will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the more efficient use of land will reduce growth pressures in areas more susceptible to the effects of climate change. In some places, applying the MDRS required under the RMA amendments will also achieve this outcome. However, a key aspect of the council’s submission on the RMA amendments was that enabling three-storey medium density housing across Auckland’s urban environment, is likely to result in a greater number of people living in areas where it is extremely difficult to provide a high level of public transport service. A more detailed analysis of climate impacts will be possible once the mapping work required to implement the NPS-UD and the RMA amendments is more advanced.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

26.     All relevant council departments and Council Controlled Organisations have been involved in preparing the council’s preliminary response to the NPS-UD and the RMA amendments. They will have an ongoing role during the feedback period through to and beyond 20 August 2022. Feedback received on the council’s preliminary response will be reviewed by the relevant departments and CCOs to assist the council in finalising the IPI for public notification.

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

27.     Local boards were briefed in October and November 2021 on the implications of the NPS-UD and local board chairs were invited to the series of Planning Committee workshops run in 2021 on the NPS-UD.  Local boards also received a detailed briefing on the council’s preliminary response in March and May 2022.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

28.     Auckland Council has obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its Significance and Engagement Policy to take special consideration when engaging with Māori and to enable Māori participation in council decision-making to promote Māori well-being.

29.     The NPS-UD provides for the interests of Māori through intensification to increase housing supply, alongside its identification of qualifying matters. The widespread intensification sought by the NPS-UD has the potential to affect Māori both negatively and positively. This includes with respect to culturally significant sites and landscapes, Treaty Settlement redress land, the urban form as it reflects mātauranga Māori and accessibility, and Māori facilities where customs and traditions are observed (such as marae).

30.     The relevant qualifying matters set out in the NPS-UD and RMA amendments include matters of national importance that decision-makers are required to recognise and provide for under section 6 of the RMA 1991, and matters necessary to implement, or to ensure consistency with, iwi participation legislation.

31.     Policy 9 of the NPS-UD sets out requirements for local authorities as follows:

“Local authorities, in taking account of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) in relation to urban environments, must:

a)      involve hapū and iwi in the preparation of RMA planning documents and any FDSs by undertaking effective consultation that is early, meaningful and, as far as practicable, in accordance with tikanga Māori; and

b)      when preparing RMA planning documents and FDSs, take into account the values and aspirations of hapū and iwi for urban development; and

c)      provide opportunities in appropriate circumstances for Māori involvement in decision-making on resource consents, designations, heritage orders, and water conservation orders, including in relation to sites of significance to Māori and issues of cultural significance; and

d)      operate in a way that is consistent with iwi participation legislation.”

32.     Policy 9 directs the council to involve iwi and hapū in the NPS-UD, during the preparation of planning documents, and to take into account the values and aspirations of hapū and iwi for urban development in the region. In the context of the NPS-UD, the council must involve mana whenua and mataawaka within the region.

33.     Individual and collective engagement has raised several key themes relating matters like the protection of scheduled and known cultural heritage and managing potential interface effects from new development with existing marae. This is supported by research undertaken by the council team in advance of these discussions with mana whenua. This has drawn on a wide range of council documents and publicly available information.

34.     Common themes that have been identified include:

a)      universal access to be provided in residential design for less able whānau members

b)      access to open space for health and wellbeing

c)      safe and connected whānau and communities

d)      avoiding development in areas poorly served by infrastructure

e)      access to affordable housing options

f)       maintaining access to customary activities e.g. waka launching, kaimoana gathering

g)      protection of Māori sites and places of cultural significance. Maintaining precincts that protect cultural values or are otherwise culturally sensitive (such as Ihumātao)

h)      avoiding negative effects of intensive residential development on established cultural activities/facilities (such as marae)

i)       provisions for Kohanga reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori in urban areas

j)       use of Māori design concepts in the development of commercial centres and in large residential developments

k)      use of mātauranga and tikanga Māori in the management of resources

l)       the support of measures to maintain and improve water quality, ecological areas, volcanic viewshafts, and the coastline

m)     avoiding exacerbating natural hazard risks

n)      maintaining the cultural significance of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area

o)      concern that Future Urban Zone land will be prematurely rezoned.

35.     The council’s engagement team continues to actively work with mana whenua representatives on these matters. 

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

36.      NPS-UD implementation has been progressing within existing budgets. However, the RMA amendments has resulted in a significant increase in the scale and complexity of the project, without any changes to the NPS-UD implementation timeframes. This will require a greater than anticipated level of change to the AUP.

37.     The financial impact of these changes will affect the current 2021-2022 and the 2022-2023 financial years, and potentially the following year. While it is expected that additional costs in the current financial year can be met through a re-prioritisation of work programmes within the Chief Planning Office, further costs (primarily relating to operation of an independent hearings panel and engagement of specialists) may require re-prioritisation of other work programmes from across the organisation.  Planning for the 2022-2023 financial year is currently underway, however any impacts will be of a scale that will not affect the council’s overall financial position.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

38.     The government has set a deadline of 20 August 2022 for the council to publicly notify the IPI. Given the scale and complexity of the work required to meet this deadline, there is a risk that the quality of engagement on the council’s preliminary response will not meet the expectation of Aucklanders and key stakeholders, and that the council may not receive quality feedback from a wide range of interests.  There is also a risk that Aucklanders and key stakeholders are unclear about the mandatory requirements of the NPS-UD and the RMA amendments, and where the council has some discretion. 

39.     These risks have been mitigated to date by strong, clear communications in the lead-up to and during the engagement period.  The responses during the consultation period show a good response from Pasifika, and the general 25-44 age group.  The responses were underrepresented in Māori, Asian and the general 15-24 age group. There was over-representation in the responses by New Zealand European / European and those over 45 years old. 

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

40.     Staff continue to analyse feedback received, and this analysis will be presented to the committee, mana whenua and local boards to inform the completion of the IPI that must be publicly notified by 20 August 2022.  Public notification is the beginning of formal submissions and hearings of those submissions.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Consultation document

113

b

NPS-UD Summary of the consultation feedback (Under Separate Cover)

 

c

Local board feedback template

119

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Eryn Shields - Team Leader  Regional, North West and Islands

Michele Perwick, Senior Policy Planner
Tony Reidy, Senior Policy Planner
Emma Rush, Senior Advisor Special Projects Heritage
Teuila Young, Policy Planner

Authorisers

John Duguid - General Manager - Plans and Places

Louise Mason - General Manager Local Board Services

Carol McKenzie-Rex - Local Area Manager Franklin Manurewa Papakura

 

 


Franklin Local Board

21 June 2022

 

 

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21 June 2022

 

 

Local board feedback on proposed supporting plan changes to accompany the Medium Density Residential Standards and National Policy Statement on Urban Development plan change

File No.: CP2022/08104

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       The purpose of the report is to seek feedback from local boards on the development of draft plan changes and variations to the Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP) that are to be considered for notification at the August 2022 Planning Committee meeting together with the Intensification Planning Instrument (IPI) on medium density residential standards (MDRS) and implementing Policies 3 and 4 of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020 (NPS-UD). These are:

·        Transport-related changes to promote safe and efficient access to residentially zoned parking spaces and rear sites, and to address additional parking issues that were identified following the mandatory removal of car parking minimums from the AUP (Auckland-wide chapters E24 Lighting, E27 Transport, and E38 Subdivision – Urban access and parking provisions).

·        Additions to scheduled items to enable their protection when the IPI is notified (Schedule 10 Notable Tree Schedule and Maps, and Schedule 14 Historic Heritage Schedule, Statements and Maps).

·        Mandatory variations to incomplete plan changes (council-initiated and private) required by the government to ensure MDRS are applied in all relevant residential zones.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       Each local board is responsible for communicating the interests and preferences of people in its area regarding the content of the council’s strategies, policies, plans, and bylaws. Local boards provide their views on the content of these documents.

3.       Auckland Council is required to publicly notify its IPI in August 2022 to implement the NPS- UD and MDRS in relevant residential zones.  The council’s IPI must now re-write residential objectives, policies and rules to include MDRS, as well as making other changes to implement NPS-UD intensification directives, like increasing height to at least six stories within walkable catchments of certain zones and the rapid transit network stations.

4.       Additional plan changes and variations are necessary to address related matters and are proposed to be notified alongside the IPI.

5.       Feedback is sought from local boards on the policy approach and content of these draft plan changes and variations prior to the Planning Committee’s August 2021 meeting where notification will be considered.

6.       The specific text of each plan change and variation is likely to be amended as these changes progress towards notification as a result of feedback received from local boards, iwi authorities, key stakeholders, internal specialists and legal review.

 

 

Transport

7.       Auckland Council has already removed minimum car parking requirements from the AUP as required by NPS-UD and is completing a technical plan change to address gaps created by those removals.  In doing so, other more complex additional parking matters need to be addressed in the AUP.

8.       Greater intensification across Auckland brings forward the need to address gaps and inconsistencies in the residential access provisions in chapters E27 Transport and E38 Subdivision - Urban.

Notable trees and Historic Heritage Places

9.       Additional notable trees and historic heritage places are proposed to be added to the AUP schedules 10 and 14 following staff-evaluation and these will be qualifying matters in the IPI. Historic heritage places and notable trees are qualifying matters that will be set out in the IPI to limit intensification so those values can be accommodated.  Amendments to the notable tree and historic heritage places schedules are required to both update and add in newly assessed items for protection. It is important to protect qualifying matters by including items that are not presently scheduled to avoid the loss of those items through intensification.

Variations to incomplete plan changes

10.     The government requires that the council prepare a variation for each plan change commenced, but not completed, at the time the December 2021 amendments to the Resource Management Act (RMA) came into force, where a change relates to a relevant residential zone.  The governments’ MDRS will apply for up to six private plan change requests, and one council-initiated change. 

 

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the Franklin Local Board:

a)    note the content outlined in the agenda report relating to the development of draft plan changes and variations to the Auckland Unitary Plan to be considered for notification at the August 2022 Planning Committee meeting together with the Intensification Planning Instrument on medium density residential standards and implementing Policies 3 and 4 of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development 2020

b)    provide feedback as the local board’s response to the matters discussed in this report:

i)     Transport

ii)    Notable trees - Schedule 10

iii)   Historic heritage - Schedule 14

iv)   Variations to incomplete plan changes.

 

Horopaki

Context

Decision-making authority

11.     Each local board is responsible for communicating the interests and preferences of people in its area regarding the content of the council’s strategies, policies, plans, and bylaws. Local boards provide their views on the content of these documents.

12.     Local boards have a critical role in helping shape the council’s policy response to the NPS-UD. Plan changes and variations are required to address issues arising from implementing government policy and in terms of access matters in the Transport plan change, to address gaps and inconsistencies in the AUP provisions.  

13.     The plan changes and variations relate to:

Transport

·    Addressing access to residentially zoned parking spaces and rear sites to prioritise pedestrian access and safety and to improve access efficiency and convenience for all user groups.

·    Developing parking provisions to:

provide safe and convenient pedestrian access to dwellings that have no vehicle access 

require accessible parking so that people with disabilities can participate in everyday life

ensure the loading/unloading of goods can occur in a manner that does not compromise the safe and efficient functioning of the road network (including accessways)

cater for emerging changes in transport, including greater use of e-bikes, micro-mobility devices and electric vehicles.   

Notable Trees and Historic Heritage Places

·    Updating the Auckland Unitary Plan notable tree schedule 10 and adding new notable trees

·    Adding new historic heritage places to the AUP historic heritage schedule 14, and removing one place from schedule 14.

Variations to incomplete plan changes

14.     The government requires variations so that all relevant residential zones include MDRS.  Variations will be complementary to the approach taken in the IPI. These mandatory variations must be processed alongside council’s IPI and will use the same fast-track process.  Council staff will prepare variations for:

 

Incomplete private plan changes relating to relevant residential zones:

Local board area in which land is located

PC 49 Drury East

Franklin

PC 50 Waihoehoe

Franklin

PC 51 Drury 2

Franklin

PC 59 Albany 10 precinct

Upper Harbour

PC 66 Schnapper Rock Road

Upper Harbour

PC 67 Hingaia precinct 1

Papakura

Incomplete council-initiated plan changes relating to relevant residential zones

Suburbs in which land is located

 

PC 60 Open space

Less than 20 sites across:

Forrest Hill

Ellerslie

Freemans Bay

Grey Lynn

Pukekohe

Beachlands

Waiuku

Howick

Birkenhead

Mangere East

 

15.     Addressing access and parking matters must be addressed alongside the IPI so that the development community responds to growth opportunities appropriately. The rule changes are required to implement standards for assessing resource consent applications.

16.     Protecting historic heritage places and notable trees is important to comprehensively address qualifying matters in the AUP and protect these for future generations. The IPI will acknowledge historic heritage places (and other values) and notable trees as qualifying matters, but a separate change is necessary for those historic heritage places and trees that are not already scheduled but whose known values are significant, and eligible for scheduling.

17.     Local board feedback is an important input to help develop the plan changes and variations that are proposed to be notified alongside the IPI in August 2022.

18.     Local boards will have a second opportunity to express views after submissions close on the changes.  Views expressed after submissions close in a resolution will be included in the analysis of the plan changes and submissions received.  If a local board chooses to provide its views, a local board member will be invited to present the local board’s views at the hearing to commissioners, who make the decision on the plan changes.

19.     This report provides an overview of the IPI-supporting plan changes related to transport matters, and additional and corrected historic heritage places and notable trees and mandatory variations to incorporate MDRS. This report does not include a recommendation. Planning staff cannot advise the local board as to what its views should be, and then evaluate those views as part of reporting to the Planning Committee.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

Transport

20.     The Plans and Places department maintains a ‘Residential Issues Register’ and is currently finalising the draft 2021 ‘Section 35 Monitoring: B2.3 Quality Built Environment’ report. The register and the draft section 35 report identify the need for changes to the AUP to achieve better-quality access outcomes. As noted above, the identified parking issues are a consequence of the mandatory removal of car parking minimums.

21.     Attachment A outlines a summary of the potential changes at this stage in the process and the principal reasons for the changes.

Notable Trees

22.     The AUP protects and retains notable trees with significant historical, botanical or amenity values. Trees or groups of trees in Schedule 10 were evaluated using a set of criteria based on historical association, scientific importance or rarity, contribution to ecosystem services, cultural association or accessibility and intrinsic value. These factors are considered in the context of human health, public safety, property, amenity values and biosecurity.

23.     Tree schedules are highly dynamic and are not as easily maintained as other AUP schedules which are static (e.g. Outstanding Natural Landscapes Overlay Schedule, Outstanding Natural Features Overlay Schedule) meaning that they fall out of date over time. This is because subdivision, development and consents for removal/alteration as well as emergency works affect the description of listings on the Schedule. The health of trees can also naturally deteriorate. Given the number of listings contained in the Schedule, errors will continue to be identified and further updates will therefore be required. To update Schedule 10 requires a plan change. These changes cannot be addressed through any other process.

24.     There is a database of nearly 600 nominations received as submissions through the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan process and further unsolicited nominations received through the current nomination process. These nominations have been received for trees right across the region and are not limited to any specific geographical area. There is an expectation from the community that the council will evaluate and progress a plan change to add trees to the Schedule. There is a large volume of nominations and due to resourcing constraints, it has not been possible to evaluate them all at once. There will however be a portion of these nominations which have been evaluated and some of these trees may be found to meet the criteria for scheduling.

25.     Notable tree nominations are being investigated in the Albert-Eden, Franklin, Howick, Ōrākei, Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Rodney, Waitematā and Whau Local Boards. There are also more general amendments required to ensure the Schedule is accurate and operating as originally intended (for example, removals of listings where the tree has been physically removed, updating legal descriptions as a result of subdivision).

26.     Options relating to notable trees were presented to the Planning Committee on 5 November 2020 which resolved to review or make changes to the notable tree schedule as resources permit (PLA/2020/96). This included addressing existing nominations. It is important to note the scope of this work would not include calling for additional nominations.

27.     In accordance with the resolution discussed in paragraph 22, the Notable Trees Plan Change will amend Schedule 10 Notable Trees Schedule of the AUP as follows:

·        add those nominated trees which merit inclusion to the schedule

·        amend the schedule to address known inaccuracies/inconsistencies.

28.     The IPI will recognise notable trees as qualifying matters, including the newly proposed notable trees. A separate change is needed to schedule these additional trees as that is not the purpose of the IPI.

Historic Heritage

29.     Historic heritage is a matter of national importance that decision makers must consider under section 6 of the RMA. Significant historic heritage places are identified in Schedule 14 Historic Heritage Schedule, Statements and Maps of the Unitary Plan. Places identified in the schedule are subject to the provisions of the Unitary Plan Historic Heritage Overlay, which seeks to protect scheduled historic heritage places from inappropriate subdivision, use and development and enable the appropriate use of scheduled historic heritage places.

30.     For a place to qualify to be included in the AUP historic heritage schedule, each place must meet the criteria and thresholds for scheduling that are outlined in the Regional Policy Statement (RPS) section of the AUP. Historic heritage places must be at least of considerable significance to their locality or beyond.

31.     Historic heritage places have been identified in the Albert-Eden, Henderson-Massey, Howick, Ōrakei, Rodney, Waitematā and Whau Local Boards. A list of these places is included in Attachment B.

32.     Most of these places were identified as a result of the survey of the special character values that was part of the council’s response to the NPS-UD. Other places were identified via public nominations.  This work is supported by a Planning Committee resolution:

where significant historic heritage values are identified within the Special Character Areas Overlay, develop a plan change for places or areas to be added to the Auckland Unitary Plan historic heritage schedule.[1]

33.     Each identified historic heritage place’s evaluation demonstrates the criteria and thresholds for scheduling set out in the RPS are satisfied. It is important that places with significant historic heritage values are included in the AUP historic heritage schedule, so that these values can be appropriately managed. The historic heritage places listed in Attachment B are proposed to be included in Schedule 14 via a plan change. 

34.     Two historic heritage places are proposed to be deleted.  The former St Andrews Sunday School Hall at 40 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn (Schedule 14.1 ID 189) was demolished in 2019.  The Residence at 147 Sturges Road, Henderson (ID 75). This historic heritage place has been identified as not meeting the RPS thresholds for scheduling. It is not appropriate for a historic heritage place without sufficient value to remain in the AUP historic heritage Schedule 14.

35.     The IPI will recognise scheduled historic heritage places as qualifying matters, by limiting intensification to the extent necessary to continue to provide for the scheduled values. A separate change is needed to schedule the newly identified historic heritage places and to remove the place at 147 Sturges Road, as that is not the purpose of the IPI.

Variations

36.     Amendments made to the RMA in December 2021 came into force immediately and require tier 1 local authorities (including Auckland) to incorporate the government’s MDRS into all relevant residential zones.

37.     The government’s intention is that all plan changes relating to relevant residential zones also incorporate MDRS.  Transitional provisions inserted into the RMA require the council to prepare variations where changes commenced, but were not completed, when the RMA was amended.  Up to seven variations are required to be notified at the same time as the council’s IPI, and to be processed alongside it.  Work is commencing on variations to these changes:

Incomplete private plan changes relating to relevant residential zones:

Local board area in which land is located

PC 49 Drury East

Franklin

PC 50 Waihoehoe

Franklin

PC 51 Drury 2

Franklin

PC 59 Albany 10 precinct

Upper Harbour

PC 66 Schnapper Rock Road

Upper Harbour

PC 67 Hingaia precinct 1

Papakura

Incomplete council-initiated plan changes relating to relevant residential zones

 

Suburbs in which land is located

 

PC 60 Open space

 

Less than 20 sites across:

Forrest Hill

Ellerslie

Freemans Bay

Grey Lynn

Pukekohe

Beachlands

Waiuku

Howick

Birkenhead

Mangere East

 

 

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

38.     Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan sets out Auckland’s climate goals:

a)      to adapt to the impacts of climate change by planning for the changes we will face (climate adaptation)

b)      to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050 (climate mitigation).

39.     The first of the council’s climate goals is relevant because it relates to climate adaptation. That goal aligns with the legal principle for RMA decision-makers to have regard to the effects of climate change (section 7(i) RMA).

40.     However, the RMA currently precludes the second goal: consideration of climate mitigation. The council may only consider climate adaptation and resilience.

41.     Several plan changes have some bearing on climate change. The transport plan change addresses the car parking design for new developments and access to residential car parking spaces and rear sites. How sites are designed and accessed provides for climate resilience, particularly by encouraging people to walk and cycle and facilitating sustainable modes of transport. Adding notable trees to the AUP schedule provides statutory protection for trees, adds to biodiversity and improves urban amenity for residents.

 

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

42.     The draft transport plan change has been consulted on with internal advice from Auckland Transport, Watercare and all relevant council departments including Auckland Plans Strategy and Research, Resource Consents, Regulatory Services, Infrastructure & Environmental Services, and the Tāmaki Makurau Design Ope (formerly the Urban Design Unit).

43.     Key specialists are also involved in the review of the draft transport provisions and their feedback will be considered in the ongoing development of this plan change.

44.     In addition, the planning team is also working with the Infrastructure and Environmental Services technical standards team in their development of an Access Technical Guidance document for the construction and design of residential, business and rural accesses.  This is to ensure the plan change and the technical guidance document are consistent with each other.  It is anticipated the technical guidance will be completed later this year, after the notification of the transport plan change.

 

 

Ngā whakaaweawe ā-rohe me ngā tirohanga a te poari ā-rohe

Local impacts and local board views

45.     The extent of intensification anticipated by NPS-UD and RMA amendments will affect all local boards, except Aotea/Great Barrier and Waiheke.  Hauraki Gulf Islands are excluded from the application of MDRS and lie outside Auckland’s urban environment (where intensification is directed).

46.     Workshops were held with local boards on the draft transport plan change in November 2021 and in February 2022. Local boards’ feedback sought to address the access and parking matters by changing the operative AUP standards and/or creating new standards.  The draft section 32 report (which is being developed) also concurs that the issues are best addressed through statutory methods (e.g. a plan change). However, some matters could be supported by a non-statutory design guidance (e.g., cycle parking).  Other matter such as the access requirements for fire and emergency services are best addressed by additional staff training and amendments to the access Practice and Guidance Note.   Attachment C provides a summary of what we heard from local boards during workshops earlier in the year.

47.     This report and related briefings provide an opportunity for local board views to inform policy development.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

48.     Kia Ora Tāmaki Makaurau is Council’s framework for measuring our performance in delivering on the strategic priorities identified by Māori.

49.     Policy 9 of NPS-UD directs the council to particularly involve iwi and hapū in the NPS-UD during the preparation of planning documents. The proposed plan changes to implement the intensification provisions is one planning document.

50.     All mana whenua entities recognised by the council receive ongoing invitations to engage and provide feedback on the NPS-UD programme including the supporting draft transport plan change. All representatives (including those electing not to participate in collective meetings or workshops) receive information, updates and hui notes.

51.     Relevant common themes identified to date include:

a)      universal access provided in residential design for less able whānau members

b)      safe and connected whānau and communities.

52.     Staff provide regular updates on all plan changes to mana whenua and specific briefings are planned for late May and June on these changes and the IPI.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

53.     The local board is not exposed to any financial risk from providing its views on policy development.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

54.     The power to provide local board views regarding the content of a draft plan change cannot be delegated to individual local board member(s). This report enables the whole local board to decide whether to provide its views and, if so, to determine what matters those views should include.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

55.     Any views provided by the local board will be included in the August 2022 report to the Planning Committee seeking decisions on the IPI plan changes and the IPI-supporting plan changes and variations.  Following the close of submissions, local boards will have the opportunity to express views on the notified changes.

56.     If resolutions are passed after submissions close, the relevant local boards will be informed of the hearing date and invited to speak at the hearing in support of their views. Planning staff will advise the local board of the decision on the plan change by memorandum.

 

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Attachment A: Summary of key potential changes to the draft transport plan change

139

b

Attachment B: Histroic heritage places proposed to be added to Schedule 14

147

c

Attachment C: Summary of what we heard from local boards during workshops

149

     

Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Authors

Michele Perwick - Senior Principal Planner

Tony Reidy - Team Leader Planning

Emma Rush - Senior Advisor Special Projects

Teuila Young - Policy Planner

Eryn Shields - Team Leader  Regional, North West and Islands

Authorisers

John Duguid - General Manager - Plans and Places

Louise Mason - General Manager Local Board Services

Carol McKenzie-Rex - Local Area Manager Franklin Manurewa Papakura

 

 


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[1] PLA/2021/80