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Voting closes on 2 Shore business improvement district proposals

Published 13 May 2008

Voting has closed on 2 North Shore applications to become a business improvement districts.

 

North Shore City Council endorsed improvement district guidelines in September 2007. Voting closed on 30 April on the Albany Business Association’s proposal and 7 May on the Birkenhead Town Centre Association’s application.

 

If the council approves improvement district proposals following positive votes, targeted rates will be applied in the 2 business districts.

 

Earlier story:

5 May 2008: Waitakere plan for business improvement district targeted rate

 

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Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Shore council sends events strategy out for submissions

Published 13 May 2008

North Shore City Council’s strategy & finance committee has endorsed putting out an events strategy for public notification. It’s been prepared since the need for one was raised in November 2006.

 

A report at that time highlighted a lack of strategic objectives for the council’s events unit, increasing pressure to contribute to regional events and impacts & issues relating to successes in securing major events for the city.

 

Among the strategy’s 6 objectives:

 

to create “a varied calendar of exciting & dynamic events which celebrate city identity & strengths”to capture the economic & city promotion/brand benefits provided by eventsto increase the events sector’s quality & efficiency, andto capitalise on outcomes through targeted & strategic sponsorship investment. 

It might have stopped there but, in keeping with the demand for overwriting at this council, it spins out to become an all-encompassing, worthy document – even to the detail of the council’s bureaucratic framework.

 

In the end, councillors were satisfied with what they were sending out, although it’s a compilation of policy, exhortation, possibilities – not so much a strategic path, and so not likely to be a document event organisers will leap to in search of what this council, simply, believes organisers should offer and the council wants.

 

The document will go to community boards and then to 6 weeks of public consultation.

 

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Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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North Shore City Council progress on growth strategy projects in the final quarter of 2006:

Published 14 January 2007


Apartment developments review – Good Solutions Guide


A proposed guide has been developed based on the New South Wales residential flat design code. A number of councils & the Ministry for the Environment have had input. A draft has been finished and the final Good Solutions Guide for Apartments was to be completed late 2006.


Devonport Peninsula transport study


A number of land use & transport scenarios have been identified for the study area and quantified in terms of households, population & employment. They will be evaluated using subjective multi-criteria assessment & transport modelling to determine impacts on the existing transport network and possible interventions to service the development scenarios.


Urban design protocol action plan


Stage 1 of the modified urban design webpage has gone live, with stage 2 to have been completed by the end of 2006. The council is in the process of identifying council capital works projects for review by design review process or urban design panel. It’s continuing to review urban design training needs for elected members & council staff.


Wairau Valley transport & land use study


Consultants are undertaking a workshop with council staff to identify land use & transport options, developing a number of scenarios & transport solutions.


Growth areas


Albany streetscape design


The second stage of the project, the more prescriptive detail of the streetscape design, has been prepared and is being reviewed internally. Once finalized, this will be used to


guide specific street design for the Albany Centre area to promote an integrated street network, alternative modes of transport & strong physical design elements.


Albany Centre plan change


The project objective is to ensure the district plan reflects outcomes sought in the Albany Centre vision & development strategy. The council was negotiating appeals, with Environment Court time allocated in December.


Browns Bay Centre


2 main projects are under way:

A mixed-use zone is proposed for a discrete area of Browns Bay (& Albany Village) to encourage more of this form of development. A draft plan change is to be notified early in 2007
Beach Front Lane promenade – resource consent has been granted. A few outstanding issues have to be attended to before the project goes to tender. The project objective is to create a high-quality public space to encourage property owners to redevelop in a manner relating to the reserve & beach.

Centres review


Phase 1, the urban assessment of selected centres, has been completed. The second phase of the project is to undertake an economic assessment of these centres.


Devonport master plan


The master plan has been adopted, published & distributed to key stakeholders.


Highbury


The centre plan has been adopted and implementation issues are being scoped.


Northcote


A concept plan for development of Northcote Central was endorsed in 2005 by partners North Shore City Council, Housing NZ Corp & the project’s community trust. A development plan incorporating delivery projects has been identified, a priority project being the development of a new channel for access & open space known as the Greenway. Housing NZ Corp has completed the first stage of housing redevelopment with the refurbishment of existing star flats. The next stage of housing redevelopment up to 2010 is being planned, likely to include substantial additional dwellings on identified blocks.


Takapuna strategic study


Workstreams have been developed and a report went to the council’s strategic management committee in December.


Statutory plan changes


Improving the design & location of intensive residential developments (plan change 1)


The plan change became operative in October and the district plan is being updated.


Strategic direction plan change (plan change 2)


3 appeals have been received. The Environment Court agreed to place the appeals on hold pending plan change 12 variation 1 outcomes.


Long Bay structure plan, stage 2 (plan change 6


4 appeals have been received and Environment Court hearings have been timetabled for July.


Albany Centre (plan change 9


8 appeals have been received. The council is continuing discussions with the appellants. An Environment Court hearing was scheduled for December.


Redraft of parts of the district plan (plan change 12, variation 1)


This is required under the Local Government Auckland Amendment Act 2004. Hearing of submissions was to be completed in December, but other LGAAA hearings are to continue through early 2007. A decision is expected at the end of the first quarter of 2007.


Addressing the effects of infill development on the character of residential areas (plan change 17)


Hearings were completed in November and a decision was expected before the end of the year.


Mixed-use zone (plan change 19)


The draft plan change is being finalised, consultation is under way and a peer review undertaken.


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Attribution: Forum agenda, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Update on North Shore City growth strategy

Published 6 August 2006


The item below is derived from North Shore City Council’s latest report to the Regional Growth Forum.




Councils around the Auckland region report into the forum periodically on what’s happening in their neighbourhood – plans, strategies, sometimes proposals for zone changes or shifts of the urban limit.


Check the links at the foot of the page for details from other reports to the forum’s last meeting, on 5 July.


Apartment developments review, Good solutions guide, a proposed guide has been developed based on the New South Wales residential flat design code. A number of councils & the Ministry for the Environment have had input into the guide. A draft has been finished and the final Good solutions guide for apartments will be completed by September
Devonport Peninsula transport study, consultants have prepared a baseline report and are preparing a number of scenarios for the study
Urban design protocol/action plan, the council is looking into a web page project for urban design & centre plans
Wairau Valley transport & land use study, consultants are undertaking a workshop with council staff, to identify land use & transport options.

Growth area progress:

Albany streetscape design, the council’s infrastructure & environment committee adopted the strategy in February. The project steering group has now identified a second stage to this project, which includes more prescriptive detail in regard to placement of trees, cross-sections of the road layout & various materials. The second stage of this project focuses on the alignment of streetscape design and the design criteria outlined in the infrastructure design manual
Albany Centre plan change, the project objective is to ensure the district plan reflects outcomes sought in the Albany Centre vision & development strategy. Appeals are being negotiated and Environment Court time has tentatively been allocated in December
Browns Bay centre plan, 2 main projects are under way:

1. A mixed-use zone is proposed for a discreet area of Browns Bay to encourage more of this form of development. A draft plan change is under way
2. Beach Front Lane promenade project, resource consent has been granted. A land reclassification process needs to be further advanced before construction starts.

Centres review:

Urban assessment of selected centres, phase 1 has been completed. The second phase is to undertake an economic assessment of these centres
Devonport master plan, consultants are preparing additional options to address issues raised in the submissions to the draft plan
Highbury, the centre plan has been adopted and implementation issues are being scoped
Northcote, the Northcote centre project has continued to develop a programme for integrating the needs of the community with the future built environment. The next phase of the project is focused on the development of an implementation plan for the centre
The Housing NZ Corp community renewal project, in partnership with the community, is now entering its first stage with the announcement of the funding for the refurbishment of the Star Flats. Planning for housing in the wider area is starting
Takapuna strategic study, the council is scoping the brief and holding workshops with council staff. The area of study includes Lake Pupuke & Smales Farm and is bounded by the Northern Motorway. Staff will report to the council’s strategic management committee in December.

Progress towards statutory plan changes:

Plan change 1, improving the design & location of intensive residential developments, the council aimed to resolve discussions with appellants by the end of July
Plan change 2, strategic direction plan change, the plan change has 3 appeals. The Environment Court agreed to place the appeals on hold pending plan change 12 variation 1 outcomes
Plan change 6, Long Bay structure plan, stage 2, the council released a decision notice in May and it’s been appealed
Plan change 9, Albany Centre, the decision on the Albany Centre variation & plan change was confirmed by the council and endorsed by the council in October 2005. Hearings were held in July & August 2005 and 8 appeals have been received. The proposal is to create a sub-regional centre that will provide for a mix of business, retail & residential activities. Staff will report on this plan change to the council’s strategic management committee in August
Plan change 12, variation 1, redraft of parts of the district plan required by the Local Government Auckland Amendment Act, hearing of submissions is under way from May-December
Plan change 17, addressing the effects of infill development on the character of residential areas, submissions closed n 19 May, 300 submissions were received
Plan change 19, mixed-use zone, the council has finalised the draft plan change & section 32 report for the strategic management committee’s July meeting.

Growth strategy links:


 


Update on growth strategies around the Auckland region


Update on Auckland City growth strategy


Update on Franklin growth strategy


Update on Manukau growth strategy


Update on North Shore City growth strategy


Update on Papakura growth strategy


Update on Rodney growth strategy


Update on Waitakere growth strategy


 


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Attribution: Growth forum, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Shore council sets out programmes for plan changes & district plan review

Published 17 April 2006


North Shore City Council’s strategic management committee agreed last week the council needs to engage the public more broadly on district plan issues.



Senior environmental policy advisor Ewen Patience put a full roundup of current & proposed plan changes before the committee, in a report which follows a councilor workshop in February.


The council will start the programme for its 2012 review of the part-operative district plan “in earnest” with reports in 2008. Mr Patience also said:

staff needed to keep finding ways of making the district plan user-friendly
staff will explore further methods for engaging with the public more broadly on district plan issues, and
staff will continue to explore the range of incentives to achieve good environmental outcomes, as alternatives to rules or education.

Mr Patience said a district plan can be prepared & notified in territorial sections, but this was unlikely to be feasible. He said a programme of prioritised work needed to be established for the 2 years from June 2006 to ensure current workstreams are completed through to plan change notification and that background work is done on setting the scene for the run-in to the review.


Priorities & resourcing had to be established – Mr Patience said new projects had major potential resourcing implications. These included the council’s review of the regional growth strategy and the possible major review of general tree protection.


He said the main messages arising from the February workshop affecting plan changes were:

Takapuna centre issues needed to be carefully scoped, given that the Takapuna centre vision had been overtaken by time and that the previous council blueprint project which was to address the Takapuna fringe would not be broad enough in scope
centres work needed to consider strategies for ferries, and some smaller ‘centres’ such as Belmont also had to be considered
work on the Northcote centre plan chang should become an A priority project
general tree protection needed to be revisited in terms of costs & benefits (a report on that is due later this year)
certain rules that are very cost-effective, even though not strictly within the council’s powers, should continue to be considered for application
the issue of too much parking being required in centres that act as transport nodes needed careful consideration
parking standards also needed careful consideration as some roads are adversely affected by on-street parking.

Status of current plan changes and estimate of completion, assuming some appeals:

Change 1, intensive residential development, one appeal, being negotiated (affects business zones only), completion June
Change 2, strategic direction, 3 appeals, being negotiated; change 2 modified by variation 1 (arising from change 12 on regional growth strategy consistency), completion December
Change 6, Long Bay structure plan, decision notice due April 2006, completion June 2007
Change 9, Albany Centre, decision notice issued October 2005, completion June 2007
Change 11, financial contributions for parking, submissions closed, hearing yet to be scheduled, completion December
Change 12 (incorporating variation 1 above), regional growth strategy consistency under the Local Government Auckland Amendment Act, summary of submissions soon to be notified, completion June 2007
Change 13, building line restrictions, submissions closed 7 April, completion December
Change 14, Nell Fisher Reserve (Highbury Library), notified 17 November 2005, completion December
Private plan change 15, rezoning of areas A, B & C near the intersection of Greville Rd & Hugh Green Drive, Albany, submissions closed 17 March, completion December
Private plan change 16, Chelsea mixed-use overlay area, notified 30 March, submissions close 5 May, completion March 2007.

Plan changes pending:

Infill housing review (proposed change 17), Notified in April, completion June 2007
Residential in business zones, consultant engaged, reporting early 2006, completion June 2007
Section 14, utilities, notification in May, completion June 2007.

Plan change topics to be reported in 2006-07, which are still subject to prioritising & resourcing but may result in plan changes:


Completion estimated July 2007:

Residential 3 heritage provisions review, research & section 32 work under way, reporting early 2006
Mixed-use zone research & section 32 work under way, reporting early 2006

Completion estimated December 2007:

Parking standards review (focusing on centres), overview work about to start, reporting mid-2006
Archaeological sites & Maori traditional sites, consultation under way mid-2006
Significant landscape features, background work nearing completion, section 32 work under way early 2006, reporting mid-2006
Residential controls, various minor matters as reported in December 2003 (and if not addressed in infill study or Residential 3 review), reporting mid-2006
Coastal conservation area & coastal hazards, variation 57 didn’t address the conservation area and coastal hazards work is in the early stages, reporting late 2006
Highbury centre plan, final centre plan close to determination, reporting late 2006
Northcote central area plan, background work under way, reporting late 2006
Stormwater management, background work well progressed, section 32 & draft plan changes being prepared for notification in September, reporting early 2006
Rural character & greenbelt, Blueprint project – rural development plan provisions, reporting mid-2006

Completion estimated July 2008:

Wairau Valley land use & transport study, project scoping has started, reporting mid-2006
Devonport peninsula land use & transport study, project scoping has started, reporting mid-2006
Takapuna area (strategic) study, project scoping has started, reporting late 2006
Corridor studies (streetscape & land use for major routes), project scoping has started, reporting late 2006
Noise, citywide survey of noise levels is due to be completed in 2006, reporting early 2007
Roading hierarchy (and other actions from transport strategy implementation), the council’s transport division is seeking a revision of the hierarchy of the district plan; many rules hang off the hierarchy and will need to be reviewed at the same time, reporting late 2006
Centres review, background work under way, reporting late 2006
BRT (bus rapid transit) land use integration study, background work under way, reporting mid-2006
Waste minimisation issues, concept discussions only, reporting early 2007.

Website: North Shore City Council


 


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Attribution: Council agenda, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Shore council puts 2 options on town centre rejuvenation

Published 4 April 2006


North Shore City Council is seeking feedback on proposals to accelerate its town centres rejuvenation programme.



Residents and businesses can now comment on these and other proposals as part of the city’s 2006-2016 Draft City Plan, which is currently out for public consultation. It sets out the future direction, priorities and costs of running the city over the next 10 years.


The council has proposed 2 levels of investment for public comment in its long-term plan:

the status quo, requiring $1.3 million capex/year, the amount budgeted in the 2-year-old existing long-term plan, which would allow for the maintenance of existing assets and town centre planning, or
increase capex to $2.9 million/year.

The identified work programme for the town centres of Takapuna, Devonport, Albany Village, Browns Bay, Highbury & Northcote requires a total of $29 million  over the next 10 years & a rates increase of about 0.2%/year.


Council strategic management committee chairman Gary Holmes believes the second option has advantages: “We’re New Zealand’s fourth-largest city and the vibrancy & viability of our town centres is critical to our success. With increased investment we would be able to continue our programme of enhancing their attractiveness, functionality & economic vitality.


Submissions close on Wednesday 26 April. The council’s hearings committee will meet in May & June to consider changes and the council intends to adopt the plan on 30 June.


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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Series of centre plans come through on Shore

Published 5 January 2006


Reports to the Regional Growth Forum by the region’s 7 territorial councils outline the many changes affecting property, particularly around developing town centres. This update is derived from reports to the forum’s November 2005 meeting.



North Shore


Good solutions guide – apartments


The council wants input from other councils as it develops a guide based on the New South Wales residential flat design code. A draft document will be sent to councils in early 2006 for comment.


Infill suburban character study


The council is considering a range of potential changes to the district plan in relation to residential infill.


Progress on growth areas:


Northcote


The Northcote Centre project has continued to develop a programme for integrating the needs of the community with the future built environment. The next phase of the project is focusing on the development of an implementation plan for the centre. The Housing NZ Corp community renewal project, in partnership with the community, is entering its first stage with the announcement of the funding for the refurbishment of the star flats.


Highbury


The Highbury Centre review project is at the point of finalising the concept design for the centre. The council will consider submissions & feedback in early 2006.


Plan change progress:


Long Bay structure plan, variation 66 & plan change 6, went to a hearing in November.


Albany Centre, variation 67 & plan change 9, hearings were held in July & August and the council confirmed the decision was confirmed on 19 October 2005. The changes allow for a mixture of business, retail & residential activities in a sub-regional centre.


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Shore council releases planning combo with options

Shore council releases planning combo with options


North Shore City Council has released its draft city plan for submissions – a series of documents which combines an annual plan with the new long-term plan every council must produce for the first time this year.


The council has also produced its proposal for collecting development contributions, the last section in a draft policy document, which in turn is the seventh of 7 city plan “modules”.


The development contributions document has an embargo to Monday 22 March on it for legal reasons, so details of that policy will hit this website after midnight Sunday.


The 7 module documents are:

An overview, including how the city plan fits into North Shore’s strategic planning framework
Strategic issues in more detail
Important proposals the council wants feedback on
Community outcomes in the plan, progress towards achieving them & a programme for identifying new ones
Activity statements, a summary of the scope & nature of key areas such as wastewater, water & transport
Financial statements, costing council work programmes for the next 10 years
And policies.

The council has worked out budgets which, it forecasts, will mean an average 2.9% rate rise in each of the next 3 years and an average 3.2% rate rise over the term of the 10-year plan.


The numbers are variable – the third module, Proposals, lists 14 proposals on which ratepayers are offered options. The different costs of each option are set out in the document and in a newsprint highlights paper.


The council wants submissions back by Thursday 22 April. It will put a submission form on its website, and will also post the city plan documents on the website.


Among the 14 proposals:

Stormwater & wastewater consents (for which the council expects to lodge applications, as an operator, in August). Options are to finance at the current rate or accelerate it.
Undergrounding utilities. Since the Power NZ (& successors) undergrounding has ended, no funding for undergrounding is provided. Options offered are a $1 million/year scheme or a $4 million/year scheme.
Funding growth. Collection of development contributions under the Local Government Act would mean about $195 million over 10 years would come from contributions instead of rates. The alternative is to seek contributions under the Resource Management Act, which would take longer to oput in operation, would cost more to implement, would offer fewer collection opportunities & more appeal opportunities.
Town centres. The council proposes to increase spending on town centre planning from $400,000/year to $1.3 million/year, with an extra $150,000/year operating cost, to go from what it says is “planning work of limited value” to a programme of accelerating capital improvements
Acquisition & development of strategic sites. The council gets compromised by not having funding available, then requires substantial debt funding for a purchase. It proposes establishing a fund, at $3 million/year, to buy or develop sites “considered necessary to deliver multiple community outcomes”. Benefits it sees are higher-quality urban environments, more integrated development, improved town centre economic viability & property value.
Economic & tourism initiatives. Options are more, less or the same funding. The council spent considerable time on a tourism policy last year.
Waste levy & kitchen waste collection. These proposals involve levying all waste going to landfill (avoidable by reducing waste) and introducing a voluntary kitchen waste collection.
Coastal parkland. Like the strategic sites proposal, this involves establishing a fund – $25 million capital cost plus $2.6 million/year operating cost.
Northern recreation centre. Options are to do nothing, have the council provide a centre or get one through a public-private partnership.

 Council website: North Shore City Council

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