Published 31 January 2011
The Albert-Eden Local Board is one of the 21 new Auckland boards to produce a fairly long list of key objectives & activities for the year through to June 2012 for its February meeting.
They include advocacy on Rugby World Cup issues and a role in resolving disputes over Westfield (NZ) Ltd’s plans to redevelop its St Lukes mall. A second list of key initiatives to start on will take the board through to a programme in 2012.
The advocacy list is:
Rugby World Cup, ensuring parties involved in Eden Park event management meaningfully consult with residents & businesses to achieve mutually positive outcomesKingsland railway station, beautificationWairepo swamp walkway, retain as walkway and not as shared-use roadSt Lukes Mall redevelopment, participate in mayoral mediation, advocate to Auckland Transport on congestion solutions, seek local board involvement in the consenting process to maximise community benefitTraffic in residential streets, encourage through traffic to use arterial roads, reduce need for car travel within the ward, implement further traffic-calming measuresVolcanic cones, Maungawhau-Mt Eden management plan implementation with priority on restricting bus access, developing a visitor centre and provision of other transport modes to the summitInvestigate vesting all the publicly owned Owairaka-Mt Albert land to Auckland Council to enable comprehensive management of the maungaEnsure compliance with local development criteria on all private land on volcanic cone slopesState Highways 20 & 16, local board participation/inclusion in all council/working party discussionsFocus on cycleways, community connections, community facilities, open space & urban designHighlight to Auckland Council what part of the highways mitigation the council needs to fundDevelopment of a catch-up plan to address investment in the communities surrounding the highways deferred over the past decade due to historical uncertainty of motorway plans & routesDominion Rd, ensure any redevelopment of Dominion Rd incorporates meaningful consultation with the community (residents & businesses)Sustainability, initiate regional & local sustainability plans, including the recruitment of a local board sustainability advisor resourceInitiate a local cycling & walking strategyEncourage council to develop measures of progress using non-economic indicators such as environmental, physical or social wellnessConservation areas, initiate undergrounding, kerbing & resurfacing of Burnley Terrace in accordance with its heritage statusLocal bus services, investigate local services to support village shopping centres & transport hubsOpen space acquisitions, acquisition as a priorityOther areas: liquor reforms, local board influence over community bylaws, service level management, contract negotiation of services (eg litter management), investigation of a comprehensive survey of the built heritage in the area, implementation of Auckland migrant settlement strategy, local employment & economic activity such as the development of a creative precinct.
The board also proposes to start or implement a list of key initiatives (some not yet agreed with the governing body and not included in the draft budget contained in this draft agreement):
Mt Albert Town Centre renewal, including integration of the rail station upgradeParks management plans (restoration of open spaces, riparian margins, beaches etc)Pt Chevalier Harbour View Reserve, upgrade facilitiesBusiness improvement district programme, empower & encourage business groups not currently involved to join the programmePedestrian & cycling connections through open space for communities (eg Waterview-Avondale, Mt Albert & Pt Chevalier)Develop management strategy to protect & enhance streams, including riparian vegetationDevelop coastal management strategy (eg public access & mangroves)Scoping & feasibility study on sustainability initiatives in 2011 (best practice, overseas examples) and initiate outcomes of study through practical local outcomes by 2012Board communications strategyBuilt heritage features, compile listBungalow Festival, planning for celebration of a characteristic architectural style in this areaVolunteer groups, purposes, needs, carry out audit/censusWalking paths, audit to check safetyWalking map showing community facilities, produce map
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Attribution: Local board agenda, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.