I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the City Centre Advisory Panel will be held on:

Date:

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Monday, 27 November 2023

4.00pm

Auckland Policy Office, Kauri Meeting

Level 6, 45 Queen Street, Auckland 1010

City Centre Advisory Panel

OPEN ADDENDUM AGENDA

MEMBERSHIP

Chairperson

Mr Scott Pritchard

Independent

Deputy Chairperson

Mr Patrick Reynolds

Transport sector (Waka Kotahi)

Members

Ms Viv Beck

Business associations (Heart of the City)

 

Mayor Wayne Brown

Auckland Council

 

Ms Kiri Coughlan

Tertiary education sector (University of Auckland)

 

Mr George Crawford

Property sector (Property Council of NZ)

 

Mr Neville Findlay

Retail sector representative

 

Mr Jamey Holloway

Business associations (Karanga-a-hape Road Business Association)

 

Mr Grant Kemble

Mana whenua (Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei representative)

 

Cr Mike Lee

Waitematā and Gulf Ward Councillor, Auckland Council

 

Ms Amy Malcolm

Tertiary education sector (Auckland University of Technology)

 

Ms Shona McCullagh

Arts, culture and events sector (Auckland Arts Festival)

 

Mr Adam Parkinson

Residents’ association (City Centre Residents Group)

 

Mr Antony Phillips

Residents’ association (City Centre Residents Group)

 

Ms Helen Robinson

Social sector (Auckland City Mission)

 

Ms Genevieve Sage

Waitematā Local Board Chair, Auckland Council

 

Ms Debbie Summers

Tourism and travel sector (ID Tours)

 

Mr Alec Tang

Sustainability and climate change

 

Ms Christina van Bohemen

Urban design sector representative

(Quorum 9 members)

 

 

Lata Smith

Kaitohutohu Mana Whakahaere Matua / Senior Governance Advisor

22 November 2023

Contact Telephone: +64 27 221 7183

Email: Mike.Giddey@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 


City Centre Advisory Panel

27 November 2023

 

 

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City Centre Advisory Panel

27 November 2023

 

 

City Centre Targeted Rate Portfolio update

File No.: CP2023/18333

 

  

 

Te take mō te pūrongo

Purpose of the report

1.       To seek feedback from the City Centre Advisory Panel on the investment priorities for the proposed city centre targeted rate investment portfolio as part of the development of the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

Whakarāpopototanga matua

Executive summary

2.       The city centre targeted rate was established to help fund the development and revitalisation of the city centre. The rate applies to businesses and residential land in the city centre and is estimated to raise $25.7 million in financial year 2024.

3.       The city centre targeted rate investment portfolio is an integral and complementary part of the overall council group investment in the city centre, alongside funding from the general rate and the Regional Land Transport Programme.

4.       Staff will present an overview of the council group investment in the city centre at the City Centre Advisory Panel’s 27 November 2023 meeting.

5.       The operational City Centre Action Plan, developed by Eke Panuku Development Auckland in collaboration with the Council group, will be used to align council investment in the city centre. The action plan programmes align with the six areas of focus, identified by the panel in response to the Mayor and Councillors’ direction to the council for the Long-Term Plan 2024-2034. The six areas of focus are improve community and visitor safety, enhance vibrancy and experience, grow a thriving residential population, premier learning and innovation hubs, increase climate resilience, and maximise value of integrated transport networks.

6.       The city centre targeted rate investment portfolio for 2024-2034 has been updated to align with the City Centre Action Plan programmes. The city centre targeted rate contributes to several key programmes in the action plan, including:

·        enhance people experience and support communities - delivering a vibrant, inclusive and safe place, a sense of community, and support the community through change and disruptions.

·        increase investment and attractions – promote the city centre as an attractive place for to live, work, visit and invest in.

·        strengthen climate response and advance mana whenua outcomes – delivering on increased greenery, improved stormwater quality. Partnership with mana whenua and embedding mana whenua identity and culture.

·        integrate City Rail Link - delivering safe and attractive spaces around the new City Rail Link stations, integrating the City Rail Link with the public transport network, and delivering infrastructure to enable growth.

·        facilitate regeneration of precincts – delivering healthy residential living and quality compact urban outcomes to supporting the growth of residents in the city centre, while responding to each precinct’s special qualities and characteristics.

7.       The city centre targeted rate will fund expenditure totaling approximately $280 million over the next eight years. An overview of the city centre targeted rate portfolio budget is provided as Attachment A. The portfolio budget is reviewed every three years in conjunction with the council’s Long-term Plan process and updated annually with new forecasts.

8.       The City Centre Advisory Panel provides feedback on the investment priority of the city centre targeted rate portfolio every three years as part of the long-term plan process. Staff are seeking feedback on the city centre targeted rate investment priorities that aligns to the City Centre Action Plan programmes.

9.       Following feedback received for the City Centre Advisory Panel, staff will amend the draft city centre targeted rate investment portfolio which will then be considered by the Governing Body as part of the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 process.

Ngā tūtohunga

Recommendation/s

That the City Centre Advisory Panel:

a)      whakarite / provide feedback on the investment priorities in the proposed city centre targeted rate investment portfolio as part of the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

Horopaki

Context

10.     The City Centre Masterplan sets the direction for the development of Auckland’s city centre. The masterplan was refreshed in 2020 and approved by the former Planning Committee at its March 2020 meeting (resolution PLA/2020/17). It is a place-based document that gives effect to the aspirations for the city centre in the Auckland Plan.

11.     The city centre targeted rate was established in 2004/2005 financial year to help fund the development and revitalisation of the city centre and aims to enhance the city centre as a place to work, live, visit and do business. It achieves this by providing a high-quality urban environment, promoting the competitive advantages of the city centre as a business location, and promoting the city centre as a place for high-quality education, research, and development.

12.     The city centre targeted rate applies to business and residential land in the city centre area and is estimated to raise $25.7 million in the 2023/2024 financial year. The current end date is the 2030/2031 financial year.

13.     The extension of the city centre targeted rate to 2031 was approved by the Governing Body in June 2021 (GB/2021/78). There is no proposal at this stage to extend this or change the rating policy as part of the Long-term Plan 2024-2034 process. Future extension and changes can be considered as part of subsequent annual budget processes and are subject to public consultation.

14.     The rate can only be applied to relevant activities that benefit property owners inside the rating area. The depreciation and consequential operating costs of capital works (such as cleaning and maintenance) are funded from general rates.

15.     The city centre targeted rate is contributing to improvements that will change the way people work, learn, live in and visit the city centre. Major transformations of the waterfront in Downtown and Karangahape Road are now complete, and the midtown area is in the middle of major regeneration and development alongside the City Rail Link’s Te Waihorotiu Station.

16.     Staff provided an update on the delivery of the city centre targeted rate investment portfolio at the panel’s 11 September 2023 meeting. Resolution CCAP/2023/4. The City Centre Targeted Rate Annual Report for 2022/2023 was published on 28 September 2023 in OurAuckland website.

17.     The City Centre Advisory Panel provides advice on the investment priorities in the city centre targeted rate portfolio every three years as part of the long-term plan process.

18.     The investment priorities established as part of the Long-term Plan 2021-2031 for the city centre targeted rate investment portfolio are focused on the following key transformational moves from the City Centre Masterplan:

·        Waihorotiu Queen Street valley and rapid transport-oriented development such as development around the Te Waihorotiu and Karanga-a-Hape City Rail Link stations Supporting growth around the stations and creating pedestrian-priority streets, improving public spaces, providing safe access around the stations and reinforcing the Queen Street valley as Auckland’s cultural, commercial and retail heart.

·        Green links – investing in ways to connect our green open spaces and respond to climate change by increasing planting and canopy cover in the city centre and supporting sustainable development.

·        City to the villages – better connections between the city centre and city fringe to provide safe, accessible, and enjoyable journeys to and from the city centre and supporting planning for the development of underdeveloped areas on the immediate fringes of the city centre.

·        Investment in revitalisation, activation, and destination marketing programmes, supporting a lively, healthy and inviting environment for people that reflects our city’s culture and identity and encourages people into the city centre.

·        Promote residential growth, enhance quality of life, and boost well-being for city centre residents, and ensure that the city centre reflects Tāmaki Makaurau’s unique identity and culture.

Tātaritanga me ngā tohutohu

Analysis and advice

Future Investment Priorities

19.     Eke Panuku is leading the development of the City Centre Action Plan which will be used to align council group investment in the city centre.

20.     The City Centre Action Plan identifies 10 programmes across the city centre to help realise the aspirations of the city centre masterplan (see Figure 1).

 

21           Figure 1. City Centre Action Plan programmes

 

22.     At its 8 November 2023 meeting, the City Centre Advisory Panel endorsed its collective feedback to the Mayor in response to the Mayor and Councillors’ direction for the Long-Term Plan 2024-2034.

23.     The panel identified six areas of focus for the council group over the coming decade. These focus areas align with the City Centre Action Plan programmes.

·        improve community and visitor safety, recognising that current safety issues are a barrier to attracting people back to the city centre

·        enhance the vibrancy and overall experience of the city centre

·        grow a thriving residential population with an aspirational growth target

·        develop the potential of the city centre as one of Asia Pacific’s premier learning and innovation hubs

·        maximise access into and around the city centre through integrated transport networks, capitalising on the City Rail Link, completing the wider rapid transit network, and the planned cycleway network, expanding connectivity, travel choice and resilience.

·        increase climate resilience, particularly through emissions reduction initiatives and adaptation measures (contained within Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan).

Proposed Council Group Investment in the Long-term Plan 2024-2034

24.     The city centre will continue to see significant investment in the coming 2024-2034 period to deliver the City Centre Masterplan vision.

25.     In addition to the city centre targeted rate, general rates will fund the waterfront development programme to deliver an attractive waterfront that is seamlessly connected to the city centre. The Regional Land Transport Programme will deliver frequent, safe and reliable access and the integration of City Rail Link.

26.     Staff will present an overview of the council group investment in the city centre at the City Centre Advisory Panel’s 27 November 2023 meeting.

City Centre Targeted Rate Investment for 2024-2034

27.     The city centre targeted rate investment portfolio is an integral and complementary part of the overall council group investment in the city centre.

28.     The proposed city centre targeted rate investment portfolio for 2024-2034 has been updated to align with the City Centre Action Plan programmes (see Attachment A).

29.     The rate will be contributing to the following programmes with a particular focus on:

·        Enhancing people experience and Support communitiesdelivering a vibrant, inclusive and safe place that is easy for people to navigate, building a sense of community, and supporting the community through change and disruptions. This is delivered through the activation and placemaking programme, public amenities improvement programme, public arts, wayfinding, as well as the development response programme delivered as part of the Midtown Programme.

·        Increase investment and attractions – promote the city centre as an attractive place to live, work, visit and invest in. This is delivered through the destination marketing programme, in partnership with the two business associations and ongoing pedestrian monitoring.

·        Strengthen climate response and advance mana whenua outcomes – delivering on increasing greenery, improve stormwater quality. All of the streetscape and public space upgrades, such as Myers Park Underpass, Te Hā Noa – Victoria Street deliver on climate response initiatives such as native tree planting, stormwater filtration, and supporting sustainable travel modes such as walking and cycling. The projects are developed in partnership with mana whenua and embed mana whenua identity and culture. Our activation and placemaking programme is designed to showcase the culture and diversity of Auckland, partnering with mana whenua on key initiatives such as Matariki.

·        Integrate City Rail Link – delivering safe, vibrant and attractive spaces around the new City Rail Link stations, integrating the City Rail Link with the public transport network, and delivering infrastructure to enable growth. This is delivered through the Midtown Programme, Te Hā Noa Victoria Street, Britomart Precinct upgrade and the Karanga-a-Hape Neighbourhood and Bus Improvements programme.

·        Facilitate regeneration of precincts delivering healthy residential living and quality compact urban outcomes to supporting the growth of residents in the city centre, while responding to each precinct’s special qualities and characteristics. This is delivered  through the High Street District programme, West Stitch / Victoria Quarter programme and the future Te Tōangaroa, as well as projects underway such as Myers Park underpass, Emily Place and the Nelson Street Laneways.

30.     The city centre targeted rate will fund expenditure totalling approximately $280 million over the remaining period of the targeted rate (2024-2031). The updated city centre targeted rate investment portfolio is provided as Attachment A.

31.     Staff are seeking feedback on the above City Centre Action Plan focus areas for city centre targeted rate investment.

32.     Staff will present at the City Centre Advisory Panel’s 27 November 2023 meeting.

Tauākī whakaaweawe āhuarangi

Climate impact statement

33.     Urban intensification and city developments have highlighted climate impact and challenges to the environment. Feedback from the panel’s workshops have highlighted that sustainability and climate change mitigation is a priority for the city centre.

34.     The proposed city centre targeted rate investment portfolio will continue to incorporate critical environmental and climate change measures, such as sustainable procurement, recyclable and re-usable materials, opportunities to improve water treatment, greening the environment (for example, more trees and planters), monitoring and evaluation of environment measures, compact and low-carbon urban design.

35.     Many of the projects achieved through the city centre targeted rate contribute to the goals of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Plan, in particular the built environment and transport priority areas. Projects that contribute to these areas include the Wai Horotiu Queen Street project and Te Hā Noa Victoria Street that deliver safety improvements to walking, cycling and micro mobility, as well as new trees and planting.

Ngā whakaaweawe me ngā tirohanga a te rōpū Kaunihera

Council group impacts and views

36.     Eke Panuku is leading the development of the City Centre Action Plan on behalf of the council group which will be used to align council group investment in the city centre.

37.     Projects and activities in the city centre will continue to be delivered by several council group or council-funded organisations, including Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, Watercare and Eke Panuku, as well as City Rail Link Limited.

38.     The council group continues to work collaboratively for the planning and delivery of the programme to ensure alignment and to minimise the level of disruption to city centre communities.

39.     The panel has expressed the need to continue work on a holistic integrated approach to planning and coordination of development in the city centre across the council group.

40.     The Development Programme Office has updated the city centre targeted rate portfolio as part of the wider council group long-term plan prioritisation and coordination work.

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

Local impacts and local board views

41.     The city centre sits within the Waitematā Local Board area. The city centre targeted rate portfolio contributes to delivery of the outcomes of the Waitematā Local Board Plan 2020, as well as the outcomes identified in the Waitematā Local Board Plan 2023.

42.     The Waitematā Local Board has previously been supportive of the city centre targeted rate portfolio and has co-funded several projects (such as Myers Park underpass). The Waitematā Local Board receives regular updates on city centre projects through memorandums, monthly workshops and quarterly reports.

Tauākī whakaaweawe Māori

Māori impact statement

43.     The City Centre Masterplan 2020 sets out a vision for the city centre to have a sense of place informed by the past and looking to the future, with thriving and authentic tangata whenua identity and culture (Outcome 1: Tāmaki Makaurau - Our place in the world).

44.     The delivery of city centre targeted rate programmes and projects will promote partnership with Mana Whenua on city centre projects, the use of te reo Māori, festivals and events, and incorporation of Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland design approach founded on Māori design for unique architectural and spatial design responses.

Ngā ritenga ā-pūtea

Financial implications

45.     The city centre targeted rate was approved by the Governing Body at its meeting in June 2021: resolution (GB/2021/78). The city centre targeted rate applies to businesses and residential land in the city centre and is estimated to raise $25.7 million in financial year 2024.

46.     The updated city centre targeted rate investment portfolio reconciled the increased allocation of city centre targeted rate budget towards the Te Hā Noa Victoria Street project from $10 million to $34.2 million (resolution number GB/2023/31), approved by the Governing Body at its 23 March 2023 meeting.

47.     In addition, budget lines have also been adjusted to reflect inreased costs due to ongoing inflationary market forces, that will continue to impact on the city centre targeted rate portfolio.

48.     This proposed city centre targeted rate investment portfolio for 2024-2034 will be part of the long-term plan process and future Annual Plan processes.

Ngā raru tūpono me ngā whakamaurutanga

Risks and mitigations

49.     There is significant cost volatility in the construction markets that could change the projects costs. The project team is continually checking against the budget, managing design and project scope to deliver within the available budget. These costs are updated as part of the Annual Plan process.

Ngā koringa ā-muri

Next steps

50.     Staff will finalise the city centre targeted rate investment portfolio for 2024-2034, taking account of the panel’s feedback, and submit it for consideration and final approval as part of the long-term plan process, which will include public consultation.

51.     The city centre targeted rate investment portfolio for 2024-2034 will be approved by 30 June 2024 as part of the Long-term Plan 2024-2034.

52.     The City Centre Advisory Panel will continue to be updated on the city centre targeted rate portfolio programme as it progresses.

Ngā tāpirihanga

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

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City Centre Targeted Rate portfolio projects update

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Ngā kaihaina

Signatories

Author

Jenny Larking, Head of City Centre Programmes

Authorisers

Barry Potter, Director Infrastructure & Environment Services

Simon Oddie, Lead Officer

 

 



City Centre Advisory Panel

27 November 2023