Also: Campground’s future, subdivision names, city land sale
Auckland Council’s Devonport-Takapuna Local Board will discuss a proposal from deputy chair Grant Gillon on Tuesday that Auckland Transport hand over some functions to local boards where they affect roads or assets in the local street area.
Mr Gillon wants Auckland Transport to delegate responsibilities, duties, functions & powers to allow landowner approval, prioritisation of proposed projects & approval of related budgets.
When the Auckland Council structure was established in 2010, Auckland Transport found it had acquired all sorts of jobs not exactly related to transport – things like street maintenance & cleaning.
More recently, the council’s governing body decided it would cut costs by not mowing street berms (they’d been done by some of the former councils, not others) – a quick track to scruffy neighbourhoods.
Then the governing body appointed an Australian outfit, Ventia, to mow reserves & clean toilet blocks regionwide, removing local contractors. That started as a dismal failure, but has improved.
One of the highest priorities for any council is to make the place look good: self-esteem follows. The return to higher self-esteem still has a long way to run.
Getting community support for clearing creeks, removing invasive weeds from bush, programmes to plant native trees & shrubs – all the many improvements that residents will undertake when they feel positive about their neighbourhood – was mowed into the drain by the berms decision.
Potholes? Let the locals sort them out, but make sure there’s a budget available.
Beachfront holiday park
The North Shore board has another perennial on its agenda this week, the lease of the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park.
Council property arm Panuku has reached agreement on a lease with experienced Top 10 operators Jeanette & Steve Edwards.
The Howick Local Board has some street names to approve – 11 lots in this residential subdivision. Additions to the housing stock have been coming in small developments like this all over the region for the last couple of years – not always obvious, often filling in gaps.
200 Victoria St West
The Waitemata Local Board has an agenda item, also brought on by Panuku, to endorse disposing of the council-owned property at the junction of Victoria & Wellesley Sts across the road from Victoria Park.
The council owns the ground, not the building, which Mainzeal Property & Construction Ltd finished refurbishing for its own head office use shortly before the company collapsed in 2013.
As I wrote when this local action page appeared for the first time last week, it makes sense to file these notes in their broad neighbourhoods – the 6 around the region, which you can click through to via the Neighbourhoods column in the top-of-page banner on this website.
The first entry appeared in all of those broad website neighbourhoods for the Auckland region – cbd, isthmus east & west, north east & west and south – and attracted stronger interest than I’d expected. This week it’ll appear in the Waitemata Local Board’s 3 areas (cbd, isthmus east & west), north-east for Devonport-Takapuna & south for Howick.
Below, you can click on the local board name to open its agenda in a new tab, or on individual agenda items (opening on this page).
Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Tuesday 21 May at 4pm, Takapuna, council service centre, 1 The Strand:
11 Rates and fee issues for Annual Budget 2019/2020
Urban Rating Area Boundary Changes
Changes to Regulatory Fees and Deposits
Revenue and Financing Policy
Rates Remission and Postponement Policy
11 Notice of Motion – Auckland Transport
21 May 2019 – Devonport-Takapuna Local Board – Notice of Motion – Deputy Notice of Motion – Auckland Transport
21 May 2019 – Devonport-Takapuna Local Board – Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009 – section 54
12 Lease and Land Owner Approval for Takapuna Beach Holiday Park
Site plan indicating location and extent of holiday park lease area
Concept renders showing proposed redeveloped holiday park (indicative only)
Table outlining background and timeline of events for establishing a new lease for the property
Existing site plan showing location of existing council owned assets
13 Business Improvement District Programme Compliance Report to Devonport-Takapuna Local Board for FY 2017-18
BID programme key elements
BID programme budgets
14 Auckland Transport monthly update – May 2019
Auckland Transport May 2019 Report
AT Quarterly Report on activites in the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Area
Travelwise School Activities
Howick Local Board, Monday 20 May at 6pm, Pakuranga Library complex
7 Aylesbury St:
21 New road and private way names in the subdivision at 2A & 4 Greenhill Crescent, Pakuranga, by Meng Ao Investment Limited Recommendation Minute
Waitemata Local Board, Tuesday 21 May at 2pm, 52 Swanson St:
8.1. Wynyard Quarter Te Wero bridge and Wynyard Quarter Dockline Tramway – Jef Grobben
8.2. Parnell Station Studios Update – Hiraani Himona
8.3. March 2019 Neighbours’ Day Shared Community Lunch Feedback – Adam Parkinson
8.4. Auckland’s Low Emission Bus Roadmap – Sarah Thompson
Attachment A – 20190319 Waitemata Local Board Item 12 Notice of Motion to Western Springs Native Bush Restoration Project, 859 Great North Road
Attachment B – 20190319 Waitemata Local Board Item 12 Second Direction by hearing Commissioners under section 41C of the Resource Management Act 1991 for 859 Great North Road
Attachment A – The Waitemata Local Board Arts and Creative Industries Needs Analysis and Stocktake of Community Space 2018
Attachment B – Scope for the Arts and Creative Industries Needs Analysis and Stocktake
21 Waitemata Accommodation Support Fund 2018/2019 grant allocations
Waitemata Local Board Grants Programme 2018/2019 [published separately]
Waitemata Accommodation Support Fund 2018/2019 Grant Applications [published separately]
Attribution: Local board agendas, Google Maps image.