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Unitary plan notes - 2015

 

Link to current Orakei Board reports (note Tamaki Drive Masterplan) 

http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/AboutCouncil/representativesbodies/LocalBoards/Orakeilocalboard/Pages/orakeiplans.aspx

 

Auckland Transport's update of Tamaki Drive Safety Improvements

are detailed on their website at the following link:

https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/tamaki-drive-safety-improvements/#details

 

Auckland Transport's proposed safety improvements to the Tamaki Drive and Ngapipi Rd intersection:

https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks/tamaki-dr-and-ngapipi-rd-intersection/

 

Auckland Transport (AT) and the NZ Transport Agency are designing a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians that will follow the eastern rail line from Glen Innes Station to Tamaki Drive:

https://at.govt.nz/easternpath

 

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Click here for notes re 2015 AGM presentation by Dr Rob Bell, NIWA Principal Scientist

 

King Tides Auckland is part of the Global King Tides initiative working together to collect and share information on sea level change and its potential impacts. It encourages  people from around the Auckland region to visit and photograph the highest tides (known as King Tides) that naturally occur along our coastline each year. These photographs capture a living record of our changing coastlines and provide us with a glimpse into the future of what our normal daily high tides may look like in 30 to 50 years’ time with projected global sea level rise.  

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Our submission on the proposed Unitary Plan

updated 13 Dec 2013

 

CURRENT ACTION (JANUARY 2014)

KEY Submissions on the Auckland Unitary Plan

1. Tamaki Drive should retain status as a Scenic Way. The Unitary Plan should refer to the Tamaki Drive Master Plan, Tamaki Drive Design Guideline, and incorporate the District Plan Scenic Way and Coastal policies about Tamaki Drive.

2. Extend the Coastal Protection Yard to Tamaki Drive. Protect Tamaki Drive character and fore shore at Mission Bay and Kohimarama by a new character overlay.

3. Enhance the waterfront environment by including additional protection for coastal pohutukawa. List significant specimens in the Schedule of Notable Trees.

4. Support the Tamaki Drive Master Plan ‘key moves’ to provide more space for a widened seaward promenade; create a safe, family-friendly walking and cycling route next to the Hauraki Gulf; and provide a two-way cycle lane on seaward side for local and resident commuter cycling use.

5. Protect visual amenity by prohibiting Billboards in

Character Defined Areas, and in Public Open Space along or visible from Tamaki Drive, and on the seaward side of Tamaki Drive

 

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The Tamaki Drive Design Guidelines state:

"Tamaki Drive comprises a series of cliff promontories interspersed with bays. Like mixed beads on a string each buffers and emphasizes the uniqueness of the other and the Drive can be considered as a unified sequence of individual character areas… The Drive in total is all of these localities, and is experienced as more than just the sum."

The District Plan describes Tamaki Drive as "a distinctive landscape of much value to the City and the wider region… The totality of the Tamaki Drive landscape forms a unique scenic way extending from Judge’s Bay at its western end to Achilles Point in the east which warrants special consideration." The Coastal Management Area and the Coastal Protection Yard cover Tamaki Drive. The Tamaki Drive cliffline 30m inland from the seaward boundary of the sites adjacent to Tamaki Drive is given additional tree protection. District Plan, Part 5B.3.2 Coastal

The Plan classifies Tamaki Drive as a Scenic Way, and aims to protect the special visual and scenic qualities of Tamaki Drive by (i) avoiding impairing existing views and salient landscape features within the Scenic Way; (ii) maintaining existing public access to the seaward side of Tamaki Drive and the harbour; and (iii) ensuring that the present open space aspect of the area is maintained; and (iv) ensuring that new buildings… reflect the historical and maritime character of the area; and … do not detract from the natural scenic qualities of the area.

District Plan Part 5C, Scenic Way

Under the Proposed Unitary Plan 2013 Paritai Reserve and the Glendowie cliffs are recognised as Significant Ecological Areas and the Whenua Rangatira has protection, but the area from Mission Bay to Cliff Rd St Heliers is omitted

 

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Tamaki Drive Design Proposals

A summary of submissions presented to the Orakei Local Board

  

Public Meeting with the Orakei Local Board,

held on Thursday 14 April 2011

Royal Akarana Yacht Club

 

Submission – Executive Summary

 

  1. Planning documents The Society supports the existing planning documents relating to Tamaki Drive, comprising:

-          Tamaki Drive Design Guideline (1992),

-          operative District Plan – Scenic Way policy and rules (1999), 

-          Draft Design Manual (draft 2006) (redevelopment priorities at para 7.5).

-          These documents should be continued and updated.

 

  1. The Landing The Society supports the concept plan for the Landing at Okahu Bay. It queries the parking charges on trailers which result in hazardous parking on Tamaki Drive.

 

  1. Promenade extensions The Society proposes a long term policy and focus on promenade or boardwalk extensions and improvements progressively along the whole of Tamaki Drive.  The Society recommends the wide boardwalk along the New Plymouth City foreshore as a model.

 

  1. Seating As part of the promenade improvements, the Society urges the establishment of seating promontories or alcoves along the Drive at appropriate intervals.

 

  1. Reclamation To facilitate the promenade improvements, the Society would support further reclamation of the foreshore along Tamaki Drive and relocation of the seawall, but does not support new reclamation for commercial activities.

 

  1. Pedestrian and cyclist safety The Society supports all actions to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety, including widening of the carriage way and footpaths.

 

  1. Bridge widening The Society considers the two bridges on Tamaki Drive should be widened to improve safety and efficiency of the transport route and pedestrian space.

 

  1. Traffic lights The Society supports the installation of traffic lights at the Ngapipi Road intersection.

 

  1. Parking provision The plan for Tamaki Drive should investigate the policies and adequacy of parking (at Okahu Bay and other beach locations).

 

  1. Mission Bay The Society supports suitable improvements at Mission Bay to the waterfront and commercial area.

 

  1. St Heliers The Society supports retention of the village character at St Heliers as far as practicable.

 

  1. Tree protection The Society supports protection of the pohutukawa trees along the Drive cliff face on both public and private land, and removal of envasive weeds and plants on public land.

 

  1. Road flooding The Society considers parts of the western end of Tamaki Drive that have subsided and are at risk of flooding should be raised.

 

  1. Orakei Point The Society has an ongoing concern as to effects of the large scale development that could occur at Orakei Point.

 

  1. Consultation The Society urges the Auckland Council and the Orakei Local Board to consult with the Society and other community groups where any development may be significant or affect the amenities of Tamaki Drive.

 

  1. Working party The Society recommends that the Orakei Local Board establish a working party (or committee) including representatives of Auckland Council, iwi and community groups (including the Tamaki Drive Protection Society) to progress policy, plans and priorities for the management and development of Tamaki Drive.

 

Submission details

 

1 Introduction

The Orakei Local Board is responsible and democratically accountable for identifying and communicating the interests and preferences of the people in its local board area in relation to the content of the strategies, policies, plans, and bylaws of the Auckland Council.  (Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009, s 16(1)(b)).  As part of this function, the local board must adopt a local board plan not later than 31 October 2011 and use the special consultative procedure (s 20).  The local board plan should reflect the priorities and preferences of the communities in respect of the level and nature of local activities to be provided by the Auckland Council over the next three years, and also enable the local board to communicate those interests and preferences to Auckland Council, and more broadly to inform the development of the next long term plan.  (s 20)

 

The Tamaki Drive Protection Society Incorporated, was established in February 1991.  The main objective is (a) “to promote and encourage the consideration and action of any matter relating to Tamaki Drive and its preservation as a public amenity” and (b) “to device and propose the adoption of any measures which the Society may regard as necessary or desirable for the preservation of Tamaki Drive as a public amenity”. … .  Accordingly, the Society has the long term protection of Tamaki Drive as its core focus, including appropriate development of the amenity, and enhancement of the public enjoyment of the area.

 

1.1 Existing planning documents - policies and rules applying to Tamaki Drive

In considering the content of the proposed Orakei Local Plan, one influence will be the provisions in the pending Auckland spatial plan, which are running in parallel at the present time.  Both the Orakei Local Plan and the spatial plan should acknowledge the existing strategies and plans applicable to Tamaki Drive.  These can be briefly summarised. 

 

1.2 Auckland City Design Guideline Number 2, “Tamaki Drive” 1992

This 66 page document was signed off by Patricia Thorp as Chairperson of the Planning Committee on 1 May 1992.  The document contains a preface which states “Tamaki Drive is recognised and highly regarded for its attractive physical qualities and natural advantages.  It is a major scenic attraction and offers both active and passive recreational leisure opportunities (including tourist facilities).  It is also an area of considerable cultural significance to the Maori people.  In addition, Tamaki Drive itself functions as a major transport route between the eastern suburbs and the city centre.    It is my hope that these guidelines will provide a sound and explicit framework for the wise future management of the Tamaki Drive scenic route in a manner which balances vitality, opportunity, and conservation of resources”. 

 

 

The design guideline contains 11 chapters and an appendix referring to existing zoning provisions, maps, and recognition of the Tamaki Drive scenic character area. At page 29, part 5.0 land use objectives and guidelines, lists a number of objectives which include:

 

5.1       “Ensure that open-space areas and features which support large-scale recreational events are retained and where possible enhanced;

 

5.2       Limit land or water-related uses which do not demonstrate an overriding need for direct harbour access off Tamaki Drive etc. (see further objectives in the appendix A to this document).

 

The Tamaki Drive scenic character area, was recognised in the planning maps for the city of Auckland District Scheme Operative 1991.  (One of these maps is annexed A.)

 

The zoning provisions were superseded by provisions introduced in the proposed District Plan 1993 (Isthmus).

 

1.3 Operative District Plan 1999 – Isthmus Section

Part 5B – Coastal, deals with the management of the Isthmus coastline, including the coastline adjacent to Tamaki Drive.  Pages of particular relevance comprise Part 5B.5 Resource Management Strategy, which comprehends 5B.5.1 Coastal Management Area, 5B.5.2 Particular Elements, 5B.5.3 Esplanade Areas, 5B.7 Rules: Coastal Management Area. 

 

Under 5B.7.1, buildings and structures, the requirement for resource consent in relation to new buildings and structures in the coastal management area (which applies to Tamaki Drive) includes particular reference to “Any assessment of development in the coastal management area within that area defined as the Tamaki Drive Scenic Way … shall have, in addition particular regard to the provisions of clause 5C.7.7 Scenic Way”. 

 

1.4 Scenic Way (District Plan 1999)

Part 5C.7.7 Scenic Way, contains the objectives to recognise and protect the special and visual and scenic qualities of Tamaki Drive.  The provisions comprise 5C.7.7.1 objective, 5C.7.7.2 Strategy, 5C.7.7.3 Rules:Scenic Way.  (See attached appendix B)

 

The Society strongly supports the present objectives and strategy set out under part 5C.7.7, and would expect these objectives and strategies to be continued in any replacement document, and also acknowledged in the Orakei Local Board Plan. 

 

In relation to use and development, the Society draws attention to the objective to avoid impairing existing views to and from the harbour and salient landscape features within the Tamaki Drive Scenic Way; maintaining existing public access to the seaward side of Tamaki Drive and the harbour; ensuring that the present open space aspect of the area is maintained; ensuring that new buildings and structures are designed in harmony with those existing buildings and structures which reflect the historical and maritime character of the area; and that their scale, form, colour and siting does not detract from the natural scenic qualities of the area.  There is full notation requiring recognition and providing for Maori values and the principles with regard to matters affecting the Tamaki Drive Scenic Way. The final paragraph under 5C.7.7.3 Rules: Scenic Way, refers to the Tamaki Drive Design Guidelines providing particular policy and design guidelines which indicate a method of achieving the plans objective and policies for resource management within the Tamaki Drive Scenic Way. Compliance with the Guidelines is deemed to satify any asessment but other methods may be employed which demonstrably satisfy the policies.  Accordingly, the Tamaki Drive Design Guidelines retain a relevance and vitality by way of this cross reference. 

 

1.5 Operative District Plan 1999 Appendix B (Planning Maps)

 

Appendix B contains four concept plan provisions applying to Tamaki Drive. (See attached Appendix C)

 

B12-02 Concept Plan – Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World.  This concept plan applies to the development of the Kelly Tarlton facility and provides that any further development must, in assessing a resource concept application, have regard to the Tamaki Drive Guidelines and the need to protect the existing cliffs and vegetation. It also indicates that any significant proposals to establish or extend the existing facility should be carefully assessed by way of a plan change.   

 

B12-03 Concept Plan – Okahu Hardstand.  This provision sets out the possible activities which may be developed within the hardstand area. 

 

B12-04 Council Carpark in the vicinity of the Orakei Jetty.  The Society acknowledges the development which has occurred adjacent to the Kelly Tarlton facility.

 

B12-05 Concept Plan – Papakianga, Whenua Rangitira area. The Society acknowledges the significance of the Whenua Rangitira and the good working relationship between Ngati Whatua and the Auckland Council in respect of the co-management of this area.  The question of upgrading the pedestrian area along Tamaki Drive at Okahu Bay, to enhance the capacity of the existing footpath to provide a wider boardwalk facility and better accommodation of cyclists, is considered later in this submission.

 

1.6 Tamaki Drive Design Manual-Draft Summary (5 September 2006)

The Society has copies of the Draft Summary prepared by the former Auckland City Council.  It has also had the benefit of a presentation by the planning staff in relation to possible improvements arising to Tamaki Drive in accordance with the policies in the document. (See attached extracts appendix D)

 

The Society generally agrees with the analysis comprised in the summary document and endorses in principle the improved design elements, and possible upgrades.

 

In particular, under para 7.5 main priorities, it supports the following priorities set out:

 

  1. Footpath improvements, widening and user separation (particularly in high use areas or where paths are significantly degraded or potentially dangerous.

  2. Regular access points to the water (promontories).

  3. Mission Bay upgrade.

  4. Tamaki Drive gateway/Teal Park procurement and redevelopment.

  5. Cliff line stability and weed management.

  6. Street tree planting and enhancement of growing conditions for existing trees.

  7. Street light replacement and rationalisation.

  8. Rationalisation and integration of storm water outlets.

  9. Takaparawha Point upgrade.

  10. (Sea wall strengthening and reinstatement as urgency requires.)

 

 

2 The Landing Okahu Bay

The concept plan and present proposals for developing the hardstand are generally supported by the Society.  The Society supports the upgrading or redevelopment of the premises of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club.  The Society would not support any extension of the recently established marina.  The Society acknowledges and commends the improvements undertaken by the former Auckland City Council in resurfacing the hardstand in the landing and providing for an upgrade of toilet facilities, and parking provision. 

 

The Society would question the wisdom of requiring payment for vehicles and trailers, as the present practice has led to a number of trailers being parked on Tamaki Drive in order to avoid the charges.  These trailers protrude into Tamaki Drive beyond the parking markings, and are hazardous to cyclists and may in time give rise to serious traffic accidents.  The Society considers there should be no charge for the temporary parking of boat trailers within the hardstand where attached to motor vehicles.

 

3 Tamaki Drive promenade extensions

The Society supports a grand vision of establishing a significant promenade or boardwalk with footpath widening along strategic parts or eventually the whole of Tamaki Drive.

 

The Society commends the former Auckland City Council for the development of comprehensive boardwalks along the St Heliers and Kohimarama beachfronts.  Both boardwalks excel as examples of excellent planning, with appropriate provision for seating, and other allocation of space, for pedestrians and other users of the boardwalk facilities.

 

Although Okahu Bay is a beach with a different character and quality, and comes under the joint management with the Whenua Rangitira Trust Board of Ngati Whatua, the Society would urge that consideration should be given to developing a promenade or boardwalk along that beachfront which would widen the existing footpath to provide for adequate accommodation of the substantial crowds during the summer months.  Presently, the use of that part of Tamaki Drive is at times hazardous for pedestrians mixed with cyclists, dog walkers, prams, and visitors who may not appreciate the supposed division of the footpath between cyclists and pedestrians.

 

Other priority areas for improving the promenade by increasing the width of the footpath could be applied in stages to the parts between the central city at Solent Street and The Landing, between the Orakei Jetty and Mission Bay, and ultimately between Mission Bay and Kohimarama Beach, and possibly between Kohi and St Heliers.

 

In considering the adequacy of width of the promenade, a comparison could be made with the width of the footpath adjacent to the Kelly Tarlton facility.  This footpath area, which would exceed 10 metres in width, and is divided into two areas, one for the use of pedestrians, and the other for the use of cyclists, is probably in the long term the minimal extension of width which is required.

 

A comparison could be made with the impressive boardwalk established along the foreshore at New Plymouth City.  That foreshore is in an area of high tidal and wave movement and significant storms.  The boardwalk at that location appears to be outstandingly successful.  One would expect that if New Plymouth City has been able to find the resources to construct an outstanding amenity, that Auckland Council should also have the capacity to equal the achievement. 

 

4 Seating on promenade

The Society considers as part to the promenade improvements, the high desirability of establishing seating alcoves at intermittent distances along Tamaki Drive.  The alcoves could involve extension of the sea wall or promontories out over the foreshore. The alcoves would contain provision for seating, to enable opportunities for rest and relaxed viewing of the seascape by the many walkers of different physical capacities who use the footpaths. Provisoin could be made for access to the sea by suitable steps, and this could improve swimming options in all tidal phases.

 

The New Plymouth boardwalk includes the well-known Wind Wand Sculpture, and provides for seating on alcoves and in other places.  The seats or benches are crafted from old heavy wooden beams or piles, and are resilient to strong weather and hard use.

 

5 Reclamation policy

The Society does not regard the seawall along Tamaki Drive as being a heritage feature, but a structure which should be subject to redesign and relocation where found to be necessary to protect public safety and to accommodate the volume of users. The Society supports reclamation on the northern side of Tamaki Drive as necessary to accommodate widening of the carriageway and the pedestrian and cycle lanes. The Society does not support any reclamation in that location for the purpose of expansion or establishment of commercial activities.

 

6 Pedestrian and cyclist safety

A continuing issue is the question of accommodation of cyclists along Tamaki Drive.  The cycle users could be divided into several groups, according to intent and capability.  Presently, the division of the footpath between Solent Street and Mission Bay, for pedestrian use and cyclist use, is not satisfactory in the long term.  Confusion remains as to which side of the footpath should be used by the cyclists and the pedestrians, and the presence of pushchairs and walking dogs, on such a narrow footpath, makes the mixture an unsafe solution.  The Society supports the continuing ability of some cyclists to use the footpath, especially where parents are supervising young children on various levels of tricycles and bicycles.  However, the footpaths should be significantly wider for this mix of activities to be carried out safely.

 

The other major group are sporting cyclists who must use the road carriageway.  The sporting cyclist group have been accommodated in part by changes made over the last year to the markings on the carriageway, to provide for limited cycle-ways where the carriageway is of sufficient width for this outcome.  Part of the difficulty involves retaining carparking to an appropriate extent, as well as endeavouring to allow for cycle-ways and a sufficient carriageway width.  In general, these changes to the road allocation have been an improvement, but in the long term, there may be no substitution for an actual increase in the road carriageway to make a better provision for a continuous cycle-way along the whole of Tamaki Drive on both sides of the carriageway.  The expansion of the road carriageway would be a major financial commitment, and it may be some time before this type of grand vision could be implemented. 

 

The other alternative would be to restrict the use of the carriageway by sporting cyclists to various times of the day (such as early mornings during weekends), but this interference with general rights of carriage could be difficult legally unless specific powers are granted to restrict the use of the highway by cyclists.  In principle, many persons might consider that the restrictions should be on the use of motor vehicles at times rather than on cyclists.  Either way, it would be desirable to consider options for enhancing the safety of the road use by motor vehicles and cyclists, and also by pedestrians.

 

To same objective of efficient transport management and safety for cyclists, the Society supports the continuing use or even expansion of the T2 vehicle lane in the Okahu Bay area.

 

7 Tamaki Drive bridges

The two bridges on Tamaki Drive, located to the east of the Parnell Swimming Baths pedestrian bridge, and west of the Ngapipi Road intersection, are both presently hazardous for the mix of motor vehicles and cyclists.  Each bridge is narrower than the road carriageway and this requires approaching traffic to brake to avoid cyclists or motor cyclists.  Although recent improvements have been made to allow cyclists to exit the road carriageway and enter the footpath lane, those entrances are not suitable for the faster recreation or sporting cyclists who require a smooth surface, and the entry and exit points do not appear to be used.

 

As a matter of priorities, the Society would support widening one or both sides of both of these bridges to improve the safety for mix use of vehicles and cyclists.  When one considers the priority of road reconstruction, the traffic densities along Tamaki Drive at peak periods must surely justify that level of reconstruction. This matter should be regarded as a high priority.

 

8 Traffic Lights at Ngapipi Road intersection

The intersection at Ngapipi Road has from many years of observation, been a hazardous intersection, especially during rush hour periods.  It presents a significant risk for cyclists, and for motor vehicles travelling east from the city which need to turn across the Tamaki Drive carriageway to enter Ngapipi Road, or travelling from Ngapipi Road in an easterly direction into Tamaki Drive.  Over the years there have been a number of accidents at this intersection, fortunately few being fatal. Various intersection management proposals have been considered in the past connected with the bridge widening. [These proposals may have been stalled due to an assumption that if the “Eastern Highway” adjacent to the rail line over Hobson Bay was implemented, the works on Tamaki Drive would not be required.]  

 

Accepting that traffic lights now appear at the Solent Street exit and at the Parnell overbridge, there does not appear to be any compelling reason why traffic lights should not be installed at the Ngapipi Road intersection.  With appropriate phasing, and sensitivity to traffic movements, the installation of lights at that intersection would be a major improvement.  The Society considers that high priority should be given to this installation.

 

9 Parking adjacent to Tamaki Drive

The Society believes that any master plan for Tamaki Drive should have regard to the future requirements for parking in the vicinity of areas which are heavily used for recreational purposes.  Although an emphasis can properly be given to the use of public transport, to minimise the attraction of the area for motor vehicles, there are many events which involve family gatherings and picnics. These  gatherings require the transportation of barbeques, shelter tents, ground sheets, and provisions, and inevitably result in the public using private transport rather than being practically able to use public transport. 

 

For example, the annual Waitangi Day celebration at Okahu Bay attracts a large number of private motor vehicles which are generally accommodated on the adjoining playing fields.  At Okahu Bay in particular, on other occasions, there is an issue as to whether or not the use of the Watene Reserve (on the corner of Tamaki Drive and Watene Crescent), should be made more available for special events for overflow parking.  Presently, this former overflow parking area which was commonly open at weekends is now closed, and is only used occasionally for events.  It is a view of the Society that the overflow parking area should be made more generally available during Sundays in the summer months of January, February, March, to enable family groups to use the area for parking and to access the play area and beach front.  With a suitable time closing provision (7pm), it is unlikely that any nuisance or misuse should arise.

 

10 Mission Bay Beach improvements

The Society commends the former Auckland City Council and the present Auckland Council, with support of the Orakei Local Board, for the improvements which have been carried out in the last 12 months at Mission Bay.  The upgrade of the esplanade area, seating, refuse receptacles, barbeque facilities, and the childrens’ playing area, are all excellent developments.  The management of sand, in relation to the beachfront retaining wall, is another on-going issue, which has been improved over the last 12 months.  The Society will maintain a watching brief on other improvements and changes which may occur on the beachfront, or in relation to the redevelopment (if any) of the commercial area.  The Society is aware of the possibility of the loss of the character buildings housing the Berkeley Theatre and possible footpath improvements which could be undertaken on the commercial side.

 

Overall, the Society supports the retention of the present character at Mission Bay, as providing a prime attraction for visitors, and continuing the charm of the area. The Society would not support any increase of existing height limits for buildings. The Society is opposed to any further commercialisation of the Mission Bay waterfront reserve or any increase in advertising in respect of the commercial activities on the reserve.  Further enhancements such as sculptures around the waterfront, would be welcomed, where of appropriate design and location.

 

11 St Heliers Bay and commercial area

The Society considers that the village plan for St Heliers Bay needs ongoing support, and that recent developments involving the Sheffield Properties building on the corner of Tamaki Drive and Maheke Street, and the demolition of the three art deco cottages (Markam properties) indicate that the character of St Heliers could be progressively lost over time.  The Society is aware of the legal issues surrounding the balance between retaining traditional character and property owners’ expectations for freedom of development and design.  The Society urges that the Orakei Local Board maintain a close watch on future developments, with a view to incentives (rating remissions), or other methods which may be available to enhance retention or refurbishment of the existing character of St Heliers. 

 

12 Tree protection

The Society has made a submission in relation to changes to the RMA in respect of tree protection.  The Society is concerned that the historic pohutukawa trees along the Tamaki Drive Scenic Way may be progressively removed where on private property.  The Society has requested that the Auckland Council consider listing the more prominent pohutukawa trees on private property where appropriate, to ensure that the attractiveness and stability of the headland behind the Drive is maintained.  The Society supports replacement of pohutukawa in areas where the trees have not survived.  The Society commends the steps taken on the various public reserves to manage and nourish the existing trees.

 

In relation to visibility of the trees, the Society acknowledges the present floodlighting of trees.  The Society would not wish the floodlighting to be extended, due to ecological considerations.  The Society acknowledges the improvements in relation to road lighting, with the relocation of street lighting from the northern side of Tamaki Drive to the southern side, to enhance the views.

 

The Society is concerned with the management of invasive weeds and plants on public land. Active management is required by Auckland Council to minimise and eradicate these ecological problems.

 

13 Tamaki Drive levels and flooding

In recent years, it has become apparent that parts of Tamaki Drive to the west of the Ngapipi Road Bridge are at risk of flooding in high tide situations or where significant easterly storms are occurring.  The Society observes that the level of Tamaki Drive appears to have subsided in this location.  The Society would expect the Auckland Council, in conjunction with Auckland Transport, to undertake immediate studies of the road level, and to undertake work to raise the level of the road, and the adjacent seawall to counter further risks of flooding.  It is quite predictable, that with really serious flooding, Tamaki Drive will be completely closed.  If this closure occurs during rush hours, substantial interruption will be experienced by both public transport and private users.  As the problem is presently foreseeable, it would not be excusable to fail to take remedial steps at this stage. 

 

Where the road level of Tamaki Drive is raised, at the same time, an opportunity could be taken to widen the adjacent footpath area on the northern side in particular.  It may be recalled that at the time when the historic dingy lockers were removed near this location the City Council promised to investigate a replacement facility.  In fact, no replacement facility has been provided.  At least one could have envisaged a small promontory or alcove for seating to enable users again to better enjoy the amenity.  The only addition has been a drinking fountain, which ought to be supplemented by a seating area, as presently only one seat is located on the 1-2 kilometre stretch between Ngapipi Road and Solent Street.

 

14 Orakei Point Development

The Society was a submitter on the plan change relating to Orakei Point.  The Society had a concern in relation to traffic generation from the proposed 700 dwelling unit development, where the traffic could impact on Tamaki Drive, and the views from Tamaki Drive into the Hobson Bay area.  The Society notes that the plan change has recently been approved.  The Society was also concerned about removal of pohutukawa trees at the Point, and possible restrictions on public access to the esplanade reserves or reductions in the reserve widths.  The Society will maintain a continuing watch on the appropriateness of the development.

 

15 Consultation

The Society would encourage the Orakei Local Board to continue its tradition of consultation with the Society and other community groups on any matters of significance to the community.  In respect of Tamaki Drive, in relation to significant resource consent applications or plan changes, the Society would request that it be consulted or notified, in advance where appropriate.

 

The Society has an on-going interest in the regulation of matters such as advertising on the northern side of Tamaki Drive.  The Society has in the past taken steps to ensure that new advertising is not permitted or reduced to a minimum and that the advertising which is in place reflects the need to identify buildings or places, and commercial sponsorship in a compatible form (eg Kohi Yacht Club signs).

 

16 Working party

The Society recommends that the Orakei Local Board establish a working party (or committee) including representatives of Auckland Council, iwi and community groups (including the Tamaki Drive Protection Society) to progress policy, plans and priorities for the management and development of Tamaki Drive.

 

Kenneth Palmer, Chair

Juliet Yates, Secretary

Tamaki Drive Protection Society

P O Box 25-261, St Heliers, Auckland

 

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