Waitākere Ranges Local Board

 

OPEN MINUTES

 

 

 

Minutes of a meeting of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board held via Microsoft Teams on Thursday, 23 June 2022 at 4.00pm.

 

As required under the COVID-19 Response (Urgent Management Measures) Legislation Act 2020, either a recording or a written summary will be published on the Auckland Council website.

 

present

 

Chairperson

Saffron Toms

(Absent 5.33pm to 5.39pm)

Deputy Chairperson

Greg Presland

(Presiding 5.33pm to 5.43pm)

Members

Mark Allen

 

 

Michelle Clayton

 

 

Sandra Coney, QSO

 

 

Ken Turner

 

 

 

ALSO PRESENT

 

Ward Councillor

Linda Cooper

 

 

 

Note:   Waitākere Ranges Local Board, support staff and those presenting to the meeting attended via electronic link.

 

 


Waitākere Ranges Local Board

23 June 2022

 

 

 

1          Welcome

 

Chairperson Saffron Toms opened the meeting and welcomed those present online.

 

 

2          Apologies

 

There were no apologies.

 

 

3          Declaration of Interest

 

Members were 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.

Specifically, members are asked to identify any new interests they have not previously disclosed, an interest that might be considered as a conflict of interest with a matter on the agenda.

The following are declared interests of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

Board Member

Organisation/Position

 

Mark Allen

-   Community Waitākere – Executive Officer

-   Bethells Valley Fire – Senior Fire Fighter

-   Waitākere Licensing Trust – Trustee

 

Michelle Clayton

-   Glen Eden Community House – Treasurer

-   Glen Eden Residents’ Association – Member

-   Waitākere Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) – Committee Member

-   The Personal Advocacy and Safeguarding Adults Trust – Trustee

-   Glen Eden Returned Services Association (RSA) – Member

-   Glen Eden Railway Trust – Member

-   Te Wahi Ora Charitable Trust - Member

 

Sandra Coney

-   Cartwright Collective – Member

-   Women’s Health Action Trust – Patron

-   New Zealand Society of Genealogists – Member

-   New Zealand Military Defence Society – Member

-   Pest Free Piha – Partner is the Coordinator

-   Piha Tennis Club – Patron and Partner is the President

-   Piha Wetland Trust – Partner is a Trustee

-   Waitākere Ranges Pest Free Alliance – Partner is the Co-Chair of this group

-   Waitematā District Health Board – Elected Member & Chair of Hospital Advisory Committee

 

Greg Presland

-   Whau Coastal Walkway Environmental Trust – Trustee

-   Combined Youth Services Trust – Trustee

-   Glen Eden BID – Member

-   Titirangi Ratepayers and Residents Association – Member

-   Waitākere Ranges Protection Society - Member

-   Titirangi RSA - Member

Saffron Toms

-   Titirangi Community House – Secretary

-   Huia-Cornwallis Residents and Ratepayers Association – Committee Member

Ken Turner

-   Huia-Cornwallis Residents and Ratepayers Association – Committee Member

 

 

4          Confirmation of Minutes

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/63

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member M Clayton:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)         confirm the ordinary minutes of its meeting, held on Thursday, 26 May 2022, as true and correct.

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: Alternative path proposal to Waitākere  Ranges Greenways plan (G8 route)

 

Dan Roberts, Brad Pepping, Amy Pepping and Marcia Wilson, residents of Verdale Circle, were in attendance to speak to the board regarding an alternative path for the Waitākere Ranges Greenways plan (G8 route).

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/64

MOVED by Chairperson S Toms, seconded by Member M Clayton:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      receive the deputation from Dan Roberts, Brad Pepping, Amy Pepping and Marcia Wilson, residents of Verdale Circle, and thank them for their attendance.

CARRIED

 


 

 

9          Public Forum

 

9.1

Public Forum: Sharon Davies

 

Sharon Davies was in attendance to speak to the board regarding the following matters:

-          maintenance to the Swanson lifts and the impact on those with mobility impairments

-          communications between AT and the local community when such incidents arise

-          the importance of the relationship between Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, and the local community

-          thanks to members of the local board for their advocacy/support during the latter part of the Glenview Road roadworks

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/65

MOVED by Member M Allen, seconded by Deputy Chairperson G Presland:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)        receive the presentation and thank Sharon Davies for her attendance.

CARRIED

 

 

 

10        Extraordinary Business

 

There was no extraordinary business.

 

 

11        Notices of Motion

 

In accordance with Standing Order 2.5.1 a Notice of Motion was received from Member S Coney, seconded by Member M Allen for consideration under Item 13: Notice of Motion regarding the Waitākere Ranges Local Board and 3 Waters.

 

 

12

Waitākere Ward Councillors' Update

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/66

MOVED by Chairperson S Toms, seconded by Member S Coney:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      thank Waitākere Ward Councillor Linda Cooper for her verbal update.

CARRIED

 


 

13

Notice of Motion regarding the Waitākere Ranges Local Board and 3 Waters

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/67

MOVED by Member S Coney, seconded by Member M Allen:  

That the Waitakere Ranges Local Board:

a)        request a briefing and report on:

i)          the scale and scope of current water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure in local parks and Project Twin Stream catchments identifying where this is located and the nature, ownership and management of the infrastructure

ii)         an update on which functions of Healthy Waters are expected to be transferred to the northern Water Services Entity (WSE) and which will remain with Auckland Council

iii)       what functions of Watercare will be retained within the Auckland Council family

iv)       who will have responsibility for flooding prevention, management of waterways including vegetation management and debris removal, biosecurity issues in waterways and wetlands, pollution in waterways, stormwater on roads, and on-site wastewater systems on Council-owned land

v)         who will have responsibility for ensuring on-site waste water systems on private land are operating adequately and who will be responsible for the Septic Tank Targeted Rate that operates in our area, including how it is collected and how it is spent

vi)       how it is envisaged that the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, and other boards with significant water infrastructure in their area will have a relationship and work with the northern WSE

vii)       the future collection and expenditure of the Water Quality Targeted Rate and how residents will be charged for water/wastewater under 3 Waters, including how residents will be consulted about budgets.

b)        request that this Notice of Motion be forwarded to all local boards, the Mayor, all Councillors and the Board of Watercare for their information.

CARRIED

 

 

14

Asset recycling property disposal - 33B Brandon Road, Glen Eden (part only)

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/68

MOVED by Member S Coney, seconded by Member M Clayton:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      advocates to the Governing Body that the 584m2 parcel at 33B Brandon Road, Glen Eden be retained as open space to be used by the community as well as families moving into the planned neighbouring development.

CARRIED

 

 


 

 

15

Waitākere Ranges Quick Response Round Two 2021/2022 grant allocations

 

Member S Coney declared an interest in Item 15 - Protect Piha Heritage Society Incorporated and Item 15 - Piha Wetland Trust and took no part in the discussion or voting on this matter.

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/69

MOVED by Member M Clayton, seconded by Member K Turner:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      agree to fund, part-fund, or decline each application in the Waitākere Ranges Quick Response Round Two 2021/2022.

Application ID

Organisation

Requesting funding for

Amount approved

QR2219-201

Piha Surf life Saving Club

Towards CPR equipment upgrade and replacement of manikins and backpack in Piha Surf Life Saving Club (July 2022)

$1,370.44

QR2219-202

Paul Jenkin

Towards costs to restore Donner House in Titirangi (October 2022 - January 2023)

$1,000.00

QR2219-203

Youthline Auckland Charitable Trust

Towards a contribution to the Youthline annual budget for youth helpline through call and text (July 2022 - March 2023)

$1,000.00

QR2219-205

Melanoma New Zealand

Towards nurse educator and admin support wages to run the Melanoma New Zealand Mobile Spot Check (July 2022 - October 2022)

$1,260.00

QR2219-206

West Auckland Community Toy Library

Towards librarian wages and rent for three months at the West Auckland Community Toy Library (July 2022 - October 2022)

$1,500.00

QR2219-207

Badminton New Zealand Incorporated

Towards venue hire of Waitākere  Badminton Centre for the Badminton New Zealand North Island Inter-Association 2022 (August 2022 - September 2022)

$0

QR2219-208

The Operating Theatre Trust trading as Tim Bray Theatre Company

Towards venue hire costs of the Glen Eden Playhouse for the Whale Rider production (August 2022 - November 2022)

$0

QR2219-210

The Helping Paws Charitable Trust

Towards food and kitty litter for cats in foster care for the neutering programme in Waitākere  Ranges (July 2022 - March 2023)

$1,500.00

QR2219-214

Protect Piha Heritage Society Incorporated

Towards traps for stoats, rats, and possums in Piha Road between Te Ahuahu and Karekare Roads (July 2022 - December 2022)

$1,476.00

QR2219-215

Titirangi Community House Society Inc

Towards office chair, vacuum and steam cleaner, and tear drop flags to be used at Titirangi Community House (July 2022)

$1,233.00

QR2219-216

Phoebe Stone

Towards the removal and rebuilding of the stairs as well as some materials

$1,000.00

QR2219-217

Bishop Stream Neighbourhood Garden

Towards gravel, timber, wire, additional plants, and organic weed-killer at the Bishop Stream Neighbourhood Garden (August 2022 - February 2023)

$805.00

QR2219-218

New Zealand Council of Victim Support Groups Incorporated

Toward recruitment and training costs of new volunteers of the Volunteer Victim Support Worker programme (July 2022 - June 2023)

$1,500.00

QR2219-219

Glen Eden Community Pataka
under the umbrella of Glen Eden Community House Inc

Towards rubbish bag tags and petrol vouchers for the Pataka Kai (July 2022 - May 2024)

$1,500.00

QR2219-220

Playhouse Theatre Inc.

Towards costume, set and prop hire from NZSSCS for the Addams Family the musical at The Playhouse Theatre (October 2022)

$1,500.00

QR2219-221

Show Me Shorts Film Festival Trust

Towards costs of staging Show Me Shorts and venue hire of Lopdell House (October 2022)

$1,119.62

QR2219-222

Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club

Towards catering for the formal opening of Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club (September 2022)

$1,500.00

QR2219-223

Piha Wetland Trust

Towards design and manufacture of Piha Wetland Interpretative sign at Piha Schoolhouse(July 2022 - June 2023)

$1,500.00

QR2219-224

Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre Trust

Towards microphone for theatre users at the Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre (August 2022 - December 2022)

$799.00

Total

 

 

$20,726.95

 

CARRIED

 

Note: During consideration of Item 15 Waitakere Ranges Quick Response round Two 2021/2022 grant allocations, Chairperson S Toms vacated the chair at 5.33pm and Deputy Chair G Presland assumed the Chair.

 

Chair S Toms rejoined the meeting at 5.39pm and assumed the Chair.

 

 

 

16

Approval of the 2022/2023 Waitākere Ranges Local Board Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Protection Programme

 

Member M Allen declared an interest in Item 16 - Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Protection Programme and took no part in the discussion or voting on this matter.

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/70

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member M Clayton:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      approve the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Protection Programme 2022/2023 (Attachment A to the agenda report).

CARRIED

 

17

Approval of the 2022/2023 Waitākere Ranges Local Board Infrastructure and Environmental Services Work Programme

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/71

MOVED by Member S Coney, seconded by Chairperson S Toms:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      approve its 2022/2023 Infrastructure and Environmental Services work programme and associated budgets, as summarised in the table below (Attachment A to the agenda report):

Climate Action Programme

$40,000

EcoMatters programmes (year three of the funding agreement)

$110,050

Kerbside recycling collection for commercial premises in Piha

$5,150

Manukau Harbour Forum

$8,000

Pest Free Waitākere Ranges Alliance coordinator

$75,000

Shorebird survey

$7,000

South Titirangi restoration programme

$15,000

Waitākere weed action project (Our Backyard)

$100,000

West Coast Animal Management Team Support

$35,000

Total

$395,200

b)      approve in principle the 2023/2024 Infrastructure and Environmental Services work programmes (Attachment A to the agenda report)

c)      note that with the funding of $110,050, EcoMatters Environment Trust will deliver the following programmes in the 2022/2023 financial year:

i)         Community Nurseries - $11,200

ii)        EcoFest West Festival - $11,250

iii)       EcoMatters Environment Centre and Sustainability Hub (EcoHub) - $39,300

iv)       Healthy homes on a budget - $5,600

v)        Love your neighbourhood - $11,250

vi)       Love your place awards - $5,600

vii)     War on weeds - $25,850.

d)      note that the indicative programmes and budgets for 2023/2024 are subject to change, and will be confirmed on an annual basis through the approval of the respective work programmes

e)      note the allocation of $500,000 asset based services capital expenditure budget towards the Foster Bay, Huia (seawall and groyne renewal) programme in the 2022/2023 financial year.

CARRIED

 

 

18

Approval of the 2022/2023 Waitākere Ranges Local Board Auckland Emergency Management work programme

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/72

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member M Allen:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)         approve the Auckland Emergency Management work programme 2022/2023 (Attachment A to the agenda report).

CARRIED

 

 

19

Approval of the 2022/2023 Waitākere Ranges Local Board Customer and Community Services work programme

 

Member M Allen declared an interest in item 19 – 2022/2023 Waitākere Ranges Local Board Customer and Community Services work programme and took no part in the discussion or voting on this matter.

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/73

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Chairperson S Toms:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)         approve the 2022/2023 Customer and Community Services work programme and its associated budget (Attachment A to the agenda report)

b)        approve in principle the 2023/2024 Customer and Community Services work programme (Attachment A to the agenda report), noting that the LDI Opex allocations will be balanced to budgets in the associated future years’ work programme

c)         approve in principle the 2024/2025 Customer and Community Services - Community Facilities only work programme (Attachment A to the agenda report), noting that the LDI Opex allocations will be balanced to budgets in the associated future years’ work programme

d)        approve the Risk Adjusted Programme projects identified in the 2022/2023 Customer and Community Services work programme (Attachment A to the agenda report)

e)         provide the following feedback for consideration by the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee on projects funded from the Landslide Prevention, Local Parks and Sports Field Development budgets (Attachment D to the agenda report):

i)     support the regionally funded projects and proposed timing of their delivery, in the Community Facilities work Rahul:

 

A)           ID 20731 Singer Park - upgrade sports lighting and sports field

 

B)           ID 27877 Clayburn Reserve – develop neighbourhood Park

 

C)           ID 31937 Wekatahi Reserve Piha – Landslide prevention.

ii)    express concern that the local board has been informed that Growth funding for the Clayburn Reserve – develop neighbourhood park project proposed to be deferred to post 2025/2026 as part of the Governing Body capital expenditure decisions made in the Annual Budget 2022/2023. The local board requests that the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee reconsider this deferral as Glen Eden has been subject to considerable growth and property development and is in real need of improved green space for its growing population. Of the projects identified this should be prioritised over Wekatahi Reserve.

f)          note that funding for the Coastal Renewals, Landslide Prevention, Local Parks and Sports Field Development budgets is subject to approval by the Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee.note that there may be minor changes to year one of the 2022/2023 Local Board C&CS Work Programme, and other changes in years 2 and 3 which are approved in principle, due to Annual Budget decisions affecting capital budgets and that changes required will be discussed with and reported to the local board early in the new financial year.

CARRIED

 

Note:   Under Standing Order 1.9.7 Member S Coney requested that her dissenting vote against clause e) i) C) be recorded.

 

20

Adoption of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board Agreement 2022/2023

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/74

MOVED by Chairperson S Toms, seconded by Member M Allen:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      adopt the local content for the Annual Budget, which includes the Waitākere Ranges Local Board Agreement 2022/2023, the message from the chair, and local board advocacy (Attachment A of the agenda report)

b)      adopt a local fees and charges schedule for 2022/2023 (Attachment B of the agenda report)

c)      delegate authority to the Chair to make any final changes to the local content for the Annual Budget 2022/2023 (the Waitākere Ranges 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.

CARRIED

 

 

21

Local board feedback on Auckland Transport's Draft Parking Strategy (2022)

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/75

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member M Clayton:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)         welcomes the opportunity to provide the following feedback on Auckland Transport’s Parking Strategy Refresh.

b)        welcomes the strategy’s emphasis on helping to:

i)         support sustainable transport modes

ii)        accommodate anticipated growth

iii)      utilise Auckland’s limited space

iv)      rapidly reduce our transport emissions to support Auckland Council’s target of reducing emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and

v)        support a safer transport system and

vi)      address the negative impacts of urban sprawl and low-density development.

c)         broadly supports the principles set out in the draft Parking Strategy

d)        note the contribution that decreased parking on major arterials makes to decreasing congestion, thereby supporting Waitākere Ranges businesses

e)         note the emphasis in the plan on the strategic transport network, and broadly supports a tiered approach to parking management

f)          oppose fees being imposed for using park and rides in the local board area on the basis that this will decrease use and increase congestion and is inequitable given the lack of public transport provision for the outer areas of the local board’s rohe

g)        agree that the draft parking strategy should reflect the transport and land use characteristics of each location to ensure that parking interventions are appropriate for the local context

h)        note that it appears that in most of the Waikere Ranges Heritage Area parking / roading network, which has less access to public transport and less dense land use activities, a ‘responsive’ approach will be taken when parking issues arise, such as high demand or safety issues, or when the transport and land use characteristics of the area change

i)          note that there are easily identifiable areas along West Coast communities where the practical implementation of this plan would be welcome sooner rather than later

j)          support the approach of having comprehensive parking management plans for town centres, like Glen Eden, where housing intensification is happening

k)         oppose fees being imposed for using park and rides in the local board area on the basis that this will decrease use and increase congestion and is inequitable given the lack of public transport provision for the outer areas of the local board’s rohe

l)          support a graduated proactive approach so that when areas are changing from lower to higher tiers work in preparation of their changed status is taken

m)       refer Auckland Transport to the Waitākere Ranges previous resolutions (Resolution number WTK/2021/76) and restates the following:

Note the following parking issues in our area:

i)         parking demand in Titirangi village and Glen Eden town centre

ii)        park and ride capacity at train stations along the Western train line

iii)      access to public transport for communities with low or no public transport services

iv)      visitor parking at bush and coastal destinations throughout the Waitākere  Ranges where there is limited parking.’

n)        refer Auckland Transport to the Waitākere Ranges previous resolutions (Resolution number WTK/2021/77), and restates the following:

The need to include a transition strategy to outline how we move from a city built for cars to one with low or no parking. Looking at parking separate to urban form risks punishing people who have no choice.

The review needs to consider:

i)         access to employment opportunity which is unevenly spread across Auckland

ii)        the risk of disproportionate impact on people on lower incomes, social costs, pain of change, fining people on low incomes

iii)      the risk of disproportionate impact on women who often have the role of household manager doing multiple journeys, with childcare, school drop-offs, shopping and sports training

iv)      alignment with the “Age-Friendly Auckland Plan” currently under development.’

o)      consideration needs to be made of suitable parking for emergency and health care services to be able to perform their duties on site

p)      thank staff for their work on the Auckland Transport’s Draft Parking Strategy (2022).

CARRIED

 

 

22

Local board feedback on Auckland Transport's proposed speed limit changes

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/76

MOVED by Member S Coney, seconded by Deputy Chairperson G Presland:   

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)         approve the tabled feedback provided to Auckland Transport’s Safe Speeds Programme on the proposed Phase Three speed limit changes

b)        request that Auckland Transport engage with the Piha Ratepayers and Residents with a view to reducing speed on Piha Road and Seaview Road from the beginning of the 50 kph zone at the top of Piha hill to the village. 

CARRIED

 

Attachments

a     23 June 2022, Waitākere Ranges Local Board Item 22: Local board feedback on Auckland Transport's proposed speed limit changes - Waitākere Ranges Local Board feedback

 

 

23

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

 

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member M Allen:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)         provide the following feedback on 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):

General comments

i)                 the Auckland Unitary Plan already provides sufficient capacity for housing intensification that has not yet been realised

ii)                the quality of new housing development in Auckland is a significant issue that needs to be addressed in the plan change. As a voluntary design guide, the Auckland Design Manual has not been effective and a new approach is needed to produce quality urban environments across Auckland

iii)              there is a lack of cohesion in the scale of development making it appear incongruent with the existing character of areas

iv)              there is a need for reform beyond housing to deliver the urban development change Auckland needs. Continuing with a development model that allows shopping malls and big-box stores at the end of the motorway is exacerbating Auckland’s car dependency at a time when there is an urgent need to reduce transport emissions.

v)               we have concern that in our area urban development is being left to market forces alone

vi)              a significant shift is needed for the Unitary Plan to achieve the NPS’s minimum expectations for a well-functioning urban environment that includes:

A)     good accessibility for all people between housing, jobs, community services, natural spaces, and open spaces, including by way of public or active transport

B)     and supports reductions in greenhouse gas emissions

C)     and is resilient to the likely current and future effects of climate change.

vii)             the preliminary urban development proposal is overly focused on enabling intensified housing development alone rather than integrated planning to ensure areas grow in a planned way.

viii)            there needs to be requirements for open space provision alongside intensification. We are otherwise condemning future generations to re-live past mistakes

ix)              the current practice of clear-felling development sites of mature trees and vegetation is removing ecological corridors across urban Auckland. This is counter to our Climate Plan and the Urban Ngahere Strategy 

Rapid Transit Network (RTN)

x)               support intensified transit-oriented development around train services on the Western Line, subject to any qualifications made below

xi)              note that the Western Train Line is the Waitakere Ranges’ only designated Rapid Transit Network connecting west Auckland suburbs from the outer semi-rural village of Swanson through to Avondale and, paralleling New North Road into the city centre

xii)             we have concern that in our area development is being left to market forces alone without adequate planning and investment from Auckland Council and the wider council family

xiii)            Council needs to plan for ‘additional infrastructure matters’ along the Western Line train stops to enable the proposed housing development capacity of six-storeys or more

xiv)            this should include addressing open space provision, community infrastructure, walking and cycling networks and street upgrades

Walkable catchments

xv)             support 10-minute walkable catchments around rapid transit stops

xvi)            recommend strengthening the objectives, policies and rules in the Unitary Plan relating to cycling and walking provision in the Terrace Housing and Apartment Zone around the Rapid Transit Network

xvii)           developments should be directed to actively consider opportunities for walking and cycling connections indicated in greenways and paths plans, including the Waitakere Ranges Greenways Plan

xviii)          consideration should be given to designating an indicative walking and cycling network within area’s zoned for intensification to future proof connections to public transport, open space and centres

Town and Local Centres

xix)            note that the Western Line connects our town and local centres from Glen Eden to Swanson so the proposed planning changes are influenced by proximity to train stations rather than classification as centres. In places, this creates a mismatch with a risk of creating an intensified dormitory suburb with few shops and services, and poor access to jobs 

Glen Eden

xx)             Glen Eden has the potential to be an exemplar compact urban centre with intensification around the town centre and train station

xxi)            we support the walkable catchment being clearly defined in the plan change and is appropriate for the area

xxii)           our concern relates to the quality of development, open space provision, and the need for council investment and coordinated planning to accompany the development enabled in the Unitary Plan

xxiii)          the lack of walking and cycling infrastructure is a significant constraint to encouraging active modes, with roads often not safe for cycling 

xxiv)         development around the rapid transit stops, centres and open space should promote walking and cycling connections to create liveable, walkable and connected neighbourhoods 

xxv)          completion of the Avondale to New Lynn shared path, leaves New Lynn to Sunnyvale as the missing link to connect intensifying areas along the Western Line. We would like to see a designated route

xxvi)         an action from Auckland’s Climate Plan is to “develop masterplans that demonstrate and promote the opportunity for zero carbon, transit-oriented developments that build climate resilience.” We would like to see a Precinct Plan developed for Glen Eden and incorporated into the Unitary Plan

Infrastructure-constraints / additional infrastructure

xxvii)        as the decision-maker for parks and open space, we have concern that in areas zoned for housing intensification:

                                             A)          constraints on stormwater infrastructure combined with topography becomes a pressure on local parks and natural streams to provide for stormwater infrastructure and outflows, as an ‘easy’ option. There should be a strengthened requirement for water sensitive design and protection of open space from the impact of adjoining development

                                              B)          the Unitary Plan does not adequately address the need for walking and cycling connections between open space, centers and rapid transit stops in areas zoned for housing intensification of six storeys or more.

Sunnyvale

xxviii)       Sunnyvale Train Station serves the surrounding area as a Rapid Transit stop, and council provides significant community services with Parrs Park and its facilities, however it is not a centre and there are few shops, services or jobs in the immediate area

xxix)         a walking-cycling connection from Sunnyvale to Glen Eden following the rail corridor would promote access to jobs and services, and complete a connection to Henderson

xxx)          the proposal includes THAB zone immediate alongside council sports fields that are used at night so it increases the risk of reverse sensitivity issues. However we recognize the benefit of intensifying around parks with open space providing a positive aspect and amenity in a more built-up environment

Swanson

in Swanson village:

xxxi)         we recommend an intensity below six storeys, with a graduated step down in height to create a buffer as it nears the Rural Urban Boundary and Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area, which should be considered as qualifying matters

Qualifying matters

xxxii)       support the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area being a qualified matter

xxxiii)        support Significant Ecological Areas being considered as a qualifying matter

xxxiv)        protecting and restoring the North West wildlife link between the Hauraki Gulf Islands such as Titiri Matangi and the Waitakere Ranges forest, Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa, should be a qualifying matter

Special Character Areas

xxxv)         we have an interest in the question of special character areas in the Auckland isthmus, however we defer to the local boards in those areas on that question. We note that:

                                             A)         the character inner city suburbs were built with kauri from the Waitakere Ranges so there is a strong historical association between the timber milling and de-forestation that took place in the ranges and the growth of Auckland that is worth preserving. Letting such valuable resource go to waste would be a further indignity

                                              B)         protecting lower density housing in one part of the city likely increases development pressures in other parts

                                              C)         light rail is predicated on intensification to get the most benefit from the investment.

 

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/77

MOVED by Chairperson S Toms, seconded by Member M Clayton an amendment by way of addition of clause xxxii):  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)         provide the following feedback on 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):

Swanson

in Swanson village:

xxxi)    we recommend an intensity below six storeys, with a graduated step down in height to create a buffer as it nears the Rural Urban Boundary and Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area, which should be considered as qualifying matters

xxxii)   refer the Planning Committee to the Swanson Heritage Plan

 

CARRIED

 

Note:   Under Standing Order 1.9.7 Member K Turner requested that his abstention to the amendment be recorded.

 

The substantive motion was put.

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/78

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member M Allen:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)            provide the following feedback on 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):

General comments

i)                the Auckland Unitary Plan already provides sufficient capacity for housing intensification that has not yet been realised

ii)               the quality of new housing development in Auckland is a significant issue that needs to be addressed in the plan change. As a voluntary design guide, the Auckland Design Manual has not been effective and a new approach is needed to produce quality urban environments across Auckland

iii)             there is a lack of cohesion in the scale of development making it appear incongruent with the existing character of areas

iv)             there is a need for reform beyond housing to deliver the urban development change Auckland needs. Continuing with a development model that allows shopping malls and big-box stores at the end of the motorway is exacerbating Auckland’s car dependency at a time when there is an urgent need to reduce transport emissions.

v)               we have concern that in our area urban development is being left to market forces alone

vi)             a significant shift is needed for the Unitary Plan to achieve the NPS’s minimum expectations for a well-functioning urban environment that includes:

A)   good accessibility for all people between housing, jobs, community services, natural spaces, and open spaces, including by way of public or active transport

B)   and supports reductions in greenhouse gas emissions

C)   and is resilient to the likely current and future effects of climate change.

vii)            the preliminary urban development proposal is overly focused on enabling intensified housing development alone rather than integrated planning to ensure areas grow in a planned way.

viii)           there needs to be requirements for open space provision alongside intensification. We are otherwise condemning future generations to re-live past mistakes

ix)             the current practice of clear-felling development sites of mature trees and vegetation is removing ecological corridors across urban Auckland. This is counter to our Climate Plan and the Urban Ngahere Strategy 

Rapid Transit Network (RTN)

x)            support intensified transit-oriented development around train services on the Western Line, subject to any qualifications made below

xi)           note that the Western Train Line is the Waitakere Ranges’ only designated Rapid Transit Network connecting west Auckland suburbs from the outer semi-rural village of Swanson through to Avondale and, paralleling New North Road into the city centre

xii)         we have concern that in our area development is being left to market forces alone without adequate planning and investment from Auckland Council and the wider council family

xiii)        Council needs to plan for ‘additional infrastructure matters’ along the Western Line train stops to enable the proposed housing development capacity of six-storeys or more

xiv)        this should include addressing open space provision, community infrastructure, walking and cycling networks and street upgrades

Walkable catchments

xv)         support 10-minute walkable catchments around rapid transit stops

xvi)        recommend strengthening the objectives, policies and rules in the Unitary Plan relating to cycling and walking provision in the Terrace Housing and Apartment Zone around the Rapid Transit Network

xvii)          developments should be directed to actively consider opportunities for walking and cycling connections indicated in greenways and paths plans, including the Waitakere Ranges Greenways Plan

xviii)        consideration should be given to designating an indicative walking and cycling network within area’s zoned for intensification to future proof connections to public transport, open space and centres

Town and Local Centres

xix)           note that the Western Line connects our town and local centres from Glen Eden to Swanson so the proposed planning changes are influenced by proximity to train stations rather than classification as centres. In places, this creates a mismatch with a risk of creating an intensified dormitory suburb with few shops and services, and poor access to jobs 

Glen Eden

xx)            Glen Eden has the potential to be an exemplar compact urban centre with intensification around the town centre and train station

xxi)           we support the walkable catchment being clearly defined in the plan change and is appropriate for the area

xxii)          our concern relates to the quality of development, open space provision, and the need for council investment and coordinated planning to accompany the development enabled in the Unitary Plan

xxiii)        the lack of walking and cycling infrastructure is a significant constraint to encouraging active modes, with roads often not safe for cycling 

xxiv)        development around the rapid transit stops, centres and open space should promote walking and cycling connections to create liveable, walkable and connected neighbourhoods 

xxv)          completion of the Avondale to New Lynn shared path, leaves New Lynn to Sunnyvale as the missing link to connect intensifying areas along the Western Line. We would like to see a designated route

xxvi)        an action from Auckland’s Climate Plan is to “develop masterplans that demonstrate and promote the opportunity for zero carbon, transit-oriented developments that build climate resilience.” We would like to see a Precinct Plan developed for Glen Eden and incorporated into the Unitary Plan

Infrastructure-constraints / additional infrastructure

xxvii)       as the decision-maker for parks and open space, we have concern that in areas zoned for housing intensification:

                                             A)            constraints on stormwater infrastructure combined with topography becomes a pressure on local parks and natural streams to provide for stormwater infrastructure and outflows, as an ‘easy’ option. There should be a strengthened requirement for water sensitive design and protection of open space from the impact of adjoining development

                                             B)               the Unitary Plan does not adequately address the need for walking and cycling connections between open space, centers and rapid transit stops in areas zoned for housing intensification of six storeys or more.

Sunnyvale

xxviii)      Sunnyvale Train Station serves the surrounding area as a Rapid Transit stop, and council provides significant community services with Parrs Park and its facilities, however it is not a centre and there are few shops, services or jobs in the immediate area

xxix)        a walking-cycling connection from Sunnyvale to Glen Eden following the rail corridor would promote access to jobs and services, and complete a connection to Henderson

xxx)          the proposal includes THAB zone immediate alongside council sports fields that are used at night so it increases the risk of reverse sensitivity issues. However we recognize the benefit of intensifying around parks with open space providing a positive aspect and amenity in a more built-up environment

Swanson

in Swanson village:

xxxi)        we recommend an intensity below six storeys, with a graduated step down in height to create a buffer as it nears the Rural Urban Boundary and Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area, which should be considered as qualifying matters

xxxii)       refer the Planning Committee to the Swanson Heritage Plan

 

Qualifying matters

xxxiii)      support the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area being a qualified matter

xxxiv)      support Significant Ecological Areas being considered as a qualifying matter

xxxv)        protecting and restoring the North West wildlife link between the Hauraki Gulf Islands such as Titiri Matangi and the Waitakere Ranges forest, Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa, should be a qualifying matter

Special Character Areas

xxxvi)      we have an interest in the question of special character areas in the Auckland isthmus, however we defer to the local boards in those areas on that question. We note that:

A)    the character inner city suburbs were built with kauri from the Waitakere Ranges so there is a strong historical association between the timber milling and de-forestation that took place in the ranges and the growth of Auckland that is worth preserving. Letting such valuable resource go to waste would be a further indignity

B)    protecting lower density housing in one part of the city likely increases development pressures in other parts

C)    light rail is predicated on intensification to get the most benefit from the investment.

CARRIED

 

Note:   Under Standing Order 1.9.7 the following members requested that their dissenting votes be recorded as follows:

·         Member S Coney

·         Member K Turner

 

 

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

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/79

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member M Allen:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)        provide the following feedback on draft plan changes and variations to the Auckland Unitary Plan in relation to:

Transport

i)          access standards (3.3, Attachment A) - supports changes to standards for safe pedestrian access, as well as access for fire and emergency, and waste services.

ii)        accessible parking (4.1, Attachment A)– accessible parking on-site for new residential developments is an important lifeline for residents with disabilities and their support services and contributes to Auckland being an age-friendly city.

 

iii)       bike parking and access (4.4, Attachment A) - supports proposed standards for covered and secure bike parking facilities for residential developments without a garage. There needs to be a matching intent to create a safe cycling network.

iv)       electric vehicle charging (4.5, Attachment A) - supports proposed standards to future proof developments where parking is provided with wiring for on-site electrical vehicle charging to prepare for increased uptake of electric vehicles.

                                          A)              “Any new covered carpark (garage, basement carpark or carport) associated with a residential unit required to have the appropriate ducting and wiring in place to enable future EV charger installation.

                                          B)              50% of covered visitor car park bays to also have the appropriate ducting and wiring in place to enable future EV charger installation.“

Notable trees - Schedule 10

v)         supports the intent to assess notable trees as qualifying matter for inclusion in the plan change

vi)       considers there is an on-going need to resource this going forward so that nominated trees can be assessed for protection

vii)      notes that the development practice of clearing sites of all trees and vegetation is removing ecological corridors that connect areas with high biodiversity from Waitakere Ranges to Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Historic heritage – Schedule 14

viii)    supports the intent to make this a qualifying matter though notes none of the additional sites proposed for scheduling are in the Waitakere Ranges area.

CARRIED

 

Note:   Under Standing Order 1.9.7 the following members requested that their dissenting votes be recorded as follows:

·         Member S Coney

·         Member K Turner

 

 

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Chair's Report - Saffron Toms

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/80

MOVED by Chairperson S Toms, seconded by Deputy Chairperson G Presland:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      receive Chair Saffron Toms’ June 2022 verbal report.

CARRIED

 


 

 

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Workshop Records

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/81

MOVED by Deputy Chairperson G Presland, seconded by Member M Allen:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      receive the workshop record and supporting materials for 5, 12, 19 and 26 May 2022.

CARRIED

 

 

27

Governance Forward Work Programme

 

Resolution number WTK/2022/82

MOVED by Chairperson S Toms, seconded by Deputy Chairperson G Presland:  

That the Waitākere Ranges Local Board:

a)      receive the governance forward work programme for June 2022.

CARRIED

 

 

28        Consideration of Extraordinary Items

 

There was no consideration of extraordinary items.

 

 

6.58pm                                               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 Waitākere Ranges Local Board HELD ON

 

 

 

DATE:.........................................................................

 

 

 

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