Published 31 January 2011
The Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board has set out its key objectives & activities – plus a list of advocacy issues – for the year to June 2012, for approval at its first meeting of the year, on Tuesday 1 February.
The key objectives & activities are:
Engage with the local communityDevelop the first local board planInput to development of regional strategies, plans & policies, including the Auckland spatial planEstablish constructive working relationships with the Auckland Council’s governing body, council-controlled organizations & other local boards.
Advocacy with the governing body on:
Remediate Otara Lake and make general estuarine & foreshore improvements, in collaboration with other local boards, central government & other key stakeholdersContinue support for the regionally significant Manukau cbd projects centred on Hayman ParkDelegation of bylaw responsibilities to local boards, enabling influence of streetscape improvements and better community control of liquor licensing/consumption, street prostitution & gamblingProvision of additional public open space at Hunters Corner, acquisition of property adjacent to Kohuora ParkImplement Papatoetoe nodal plans, including upgrade of St Georges St, Hunters Corner & Otara Town Centre business areasStart the Otara multisport facility feasibility study and provide implementation fundingOtara-Papatoetoe heritage trail development and establish a museum facility in PapatoetoePlan & provide Otara youth centres and a Papatoetoe arts centre with consideration of serving both Otara & Papatoetoe communitiesProgress business improvement district projects, with a particular focus on safety programmes, including advocacy for central government supportProvide for the development of neighbourhood parks & appropriate acquisition of adjacent properties to enhance functionality & safety of these parks.
Advocacy with Auckland Transport on:
Redesign of the Kolmar Rd/Wallace St/St Georges St intersectionDevelop a second railway crossing at Shirley & Station RdsProvide improved pedestrian access to the Norman Kirk Memorial Pool on Newbury St, OtaraImprove public transport feeder services to rail & shopping centres.
To undertake the following key initiatives in 2011-12 (these items haven’t been agreed with the governing body and aren’t included in the budget contained in this draft agreement):
Ongoing provision of free swimming pools & libraries in the local board area, in collaboration with other local boardsCommunity facility renewals, including improving access to Papatoetoe Citizens Advice Bureau, Otara CAB refurbishment, housing for the elderly maintenance & upgrades, Tupu Library extension and provision of larger premises for Fresh Gallery Arts Space in Otara Town CentreCommunity safety initiatives, including CCTV, alcohol harm minimisation, graffiti management (education, eradication & enforcement), CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design) ‘hot spot’ assessments to reduce the opportunity for crimeComplete the interchange project at Otara Town Centre on East Tamaki Rd in association with Auckland TransportRongomai Park sports fields & football club developmentHayman Park redevelopments in tandem with Manukau Centre worksNew tennis dome at Manukau Sports BowlTe Puke Otara-Hampton Park, a significant heritage reserve, to be completed for opening & promotion to the public, along with the East Tamaki fields opposite to be further designed & progressedPapatoetoe Recreation Ground, a major ‘sportsville’ development with trust management and a corner property newly acquired to be scoped for future developmentColin Dale Park motorsport development & Puhinui Reserve options investigatedStadium Reserve upgrade to start.
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Attribution: Board agenda, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.