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Puhoi Community Forum Minutes: 29th Nov 2016

MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING

HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 25 OCTOBER 2016 commencing at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Paul Manton (Chair), Dustyn O’Leary (Co-Chair), Tessa Berger (Rodney Local Board), Beth Houlbrooke (Rodney Local Board), Jenny Schollum (Treasurer), Sandra Beagley, Peter Straka, Sorrel O’Leary, Gavin Donaldson, Pat Backley, Graham Backley, Christine Mundell, Derek Broadmore, Roz Broadmore, Mike Swain, Jenny Neel, Martyn Smith, Sheryll Titford, Brian Titford, Clinton McClean, Peter Cooley, George Drive, Bill Marcroft, Adrian Anderson, Terri Ryder, Cody Mankelow, John Simons, J Rijnbende, Marg Nelson, Heston Prospere-Smith, Wendy Hayton (Secretary, Minutes)

APOLOGIES: Judith Williams, Kristin Gillies

Paul Manton welcomed attendees to the meeting, and introduced the NZ2 Northern Express Group – Ray Wilson, CEO, Theresa Walsh, Jocelyn Shaw, Ray Chang.

  1. PRESENTATION BY NX2 GROUP

Ray Wilson, CEO of NZ2 Group introduced the project, being run as a joint venture, Public/Private Partnership (PPP) between Fletchers and Axionna (Spanish). NZ2 is the funder and subcontracting the work to Fletchers and Axionna. A PPP provides quick, efficient and good design and innovation. The Group will build the motorway over the next 5 years and then operate it for 25 years prior to handing it back to the government (NZTA). Becca and Tonkin and Taylor are undertaking the design. Plans will be available for consultation. The contract was only formally awarded to NX2 on 3 November. Alan Horridge is the Project Director.

The first priority is to put in a longitudinal road down the whole length of the projected motorway for construction traffic, so it does not impede traffic flow on SH1 during the construction process. The first major earthworks will begin in September/October 2017. There will be an office close to Puhoi and one further north. The target completion date is Xmas 2021.

Dustyn has provided the NX2 team with the Draft Puhoi Vision 2016 developed at the Workshop in July which outlines details of the proposed village centre planning for trails and links, parking and the proposed bus turnaround.

An information session will be held by a team from NX2 Group for residents and interested community members in Puhoi on 15 December in the Sports Hall from 5pm to 8pm. This will include light refreshments.

Contact is welcome from community members.

Email: info@nx2group.com

Phone: 0508 P2WK INFO (7295 4636)

Website: nx2group.com (to be completed and up very shortly).

The NX2 Group team left the meeting at 8.10pm.

Paul Manton introduced Tessa Berger of the Rodney Local Board. Tessa introduced herself as the new Local Board representative on the Forum. She will be working closely with Beth Houlbrooke.

  1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING 25 October 2016

The minutes of the meeting held on 25 October 2016 had been previously circulated. These were accepted as being a true and accurate record.

Motion 1

THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 25 October 2016 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Dustyn O’Leary

Carried

MATTERS ARISING

  1. Application for Extension of Grant River Park Update

An extension has been granted until August 2017 to allow time for planting and to complete the work.

  1. Planting Te Araroa Trail

Restoration of plants completed.

  1. TREASURER’S REPORT for October 2016 – previously circulated

Bank signatory for the Puhoi Forum was transferred from Peter Straka to Kristin Gilles (as Deputy Chair).

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Terri Ryder

Carried

The secretarial payment for $30 was approved. The Treasurer’s report for October 2016 was accepted.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Terri Ryder

Carried

  1. DRAFT PUHOI VISION DOCUMENT

This had been previously circulated. It is being presented as an official Deputation to the Rodney Local Board on 15 December.

Dustyn ran through the detail and circulated copies of the plan to refresh peoples’ memories. It is currently a draft only and needs more detail and costings, which will be completed in time for the 15 December Local Board meeting. Feedback is very welcome.

Paul Manton thanked the team for their hard in pulling this plan together.

  1. REVIEW OF MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR PUHOI PARK (see plan and map)

The damaged macrocarpa trees have to be removed (2 out of 4) as per the arborist’s report. Peter Straka will give this to Paul Manton and Gavin Donaldson, who will liaise with the Parks Department of the Council.

Culverts – Paul is to talk to Kevin Jones. Peter Straka is to ask Rodney Straka if he will be willing to provide a tractor, time and materials to complete the needed work.

  1. UNITARY PLAN UPDATE

97 Saleyards Road – Proposed Development

Housing NZ have become involved in the project. There has been a suggestion that the Forum withdraw the pressure of their opposition. Discussion took place and it was agreed that Forum involvement is important to push the opposition point of view as far as possible.

Moirs Hill Proposed Development by Asia Pacific International

The Forum has not made a submission on this, but is keeping a close watch on

developments.

  1. CIVIL DEFENCE

Judith Williams and Heston Prospere Smith had attended an area meeting in Mahurangi. Heston reported that basically Civil Defence for Puhoi is a matter of deciding what the local community wants to do. Paul Manton emphasized that this is issue is a high priority going forward and it needs to have proper representation.

Motion 2

That this Forum develop a working group to take ownership of, and develop a plan for Civil Defence in the Puhoi area.

Moved: Gavin Donaldson

Seconded: Sorrel O’Leary

Carried

Heston will bring more information to the next meeting for further discussion and decision making. Gavin will work with Heston on this in the interim and report back, while awaiting the appointment of a full working group.

  1. GENERAL BUSINESS

  1. Working Group Reports

Traffic Safety Group – work has started on the pathway on Gillian Seymour’s land. It is an old trail which needs to be upgraded, with cutting back of bush etc. Gavin Donaldson is happy to assist with this.

  1. Moving fruit trees to River Park from Puhoi Historical Society

It is too difficult to get a tractor into the planted area. The trees are by now quite mature and may not survive re-planting. These trees were originally planted in the memory of local families. It was suggested that perhaps cuttings be taken from the trees to plan in the River Park.

Sheryll Titford is to take this proposal back to the Puhoi Historical Society for discussion at their next meeting.

  1. Puhoi Heritage Little Village project

Larry Mitchell, as spokesman for the team, introduced the members – Adrian Anderson, Marg Nelson, Sheryll Titford, Larry Mitchell, Gillian Seymour and Bernadette Straka.

They have spent the last few months developing an information brochure. It is a multi-facetted project. It is hoped to get 70% of the funding from the community trust and benefactor funding. At the moment the plan is focused on raising seed money and establishing an incorporated society, brochures and more information. It is anticipated this project will be similar to the Fire Station project and the Sports Hall, as part of a community effort, with an entrée back to the Forum. It is intended to have an information session in the New Year via a display in the Community Hall. The election of Trustees for the project is anticipated for mid 2017.

Website: puhoiheritagevillage.co.nz

  1. Community Picnic – Wednesday 7 December in the Pony Park grounds at 6pm to celebrate the achievements of the year and for all members of the community to get together.

People are asked to bring food and their own drink. There will be BBQ facilities provided and likely a sausage sizzle. If it rains, it will be cancelled.

The meeting closed at 9.10pm.

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 31 January at 7.30pm in the Sports Hall. This will be the final meeting of the year.

Puhoi Community Forum Agenda: 29th Nov 2016

PUHOI COMMUNITY FORUM

MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 29th NOVEMBER 2016 at 7.30pm at

THE PUHOI SPORTS CLUB – CHAIRPERSON – PAUL MANTON

AGENDA

  1. Presentation by NX2 Group re Puhoi to Warkworth Motorway

  • Ray Wilson (CEO) and Theresa Nash

  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 25th October 2016

  1. Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)

  1. Treasurer’s Report – for October 2016 – Jenny Schollum

  1. Draft Puhoi Vision Document – the Traffic Safety Group

  1. Review of Management Plan of Pioneer Park – Sorrel O’Leary

  • to establish five year goals, in view of the changes arising from Auckland Unitary Plan as already manifest from subdivisions and zoning changes.  (This would mean establishing fencing dates).

  1. Unitary Plan Update – Mike Swain/Dustyn O’Leary

  • Proposed development – 97 Saleyards Road, Puhoi

  • Proposed development – Moir Hill

  1. General Business

  1. Civil Defence – Heston to provide update

  1. Working Groups – updates

  • Traffic Safety Initiatives Progress

  • Others?

  1. Planting Te Araroa Trail – update

  • Auckland Council Grant extension update?

  • Date for moving the trees from the Historical Society Land

(should have been Sunday 6 November).

NEXT MEETING The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 7.30pm.

Puhoi Community Forum Meeting Minutes: 25th Oct 2016

MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING

HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 25 OCTOBER 2016 commencing at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Dustyn O’Leary (Chair) Paul Manton, Allison Roe (Rodney Local Board), Beth Houlbrooke (Rodney Local Board), Judith Williams, Jenny Schollum (Treasurer), Sandra Beagley, Peter Straka, Sorrel O’Leary, Pat Backley, Christine Mundell, Derek Broadmore, Mike Swain, Jenny Neel, Martyn Smith, Sheryll Titford, Clinton McClean, Heston Prospere-Smith, Wendy Hayton (Secretary, Minutes)

APOLOGIES: Peter Cooley, Terri Ryder, Kristin Gillies, Graham Backley, Brian Titford

  1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING 27th September 2016

The minutes of the meeting held on 27th September 2016 had been previously circulated. These were accepted as being a true and accurate record.

Motion 1

THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 27th September 2016 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Judith Williams

Seconded: Paul Manton

MATTERS ARISING

  1. Planting of Te Araroa Walkway – Remiger Road End

The working bee postponed from 16 October will now be held on Sunday 6 November at 10.30am. Meet at the Sports Club.

  1. Moving trees to River Park from Puhoi Historical Society

This will also be done on Sunday 6 November.

  1. Application for Extension of Grant River Park Update

Wet weather over recent months has prohibited much progress with the fencing or planting. It was agreed that application should be made to the Local Board for the grant received for the fencing and planting (due to be spent by September 2016) to be extended for 12 months to accommodate a realistic timeframe to allow for the fencing and subsequent planting.

Beth Houlbrooke (Local Board) said she would support this application, and considered that an extension would be likely. Action: Dustyn O’Leary

  1. TREASURER’S REPORT for September 2016 – previously circulated

Jenny reported she had completed and submitted the Charities Commission Annual Return.

The following items were approved for payment

Secretarial $30

Moved: Chris Mundell

Seconded: Dustyn O’Leary

Carried

Beth Houlbrooke introduced Allison Roe, recently also elected to the Rodney Local Board. She and Allison will be attending PCF meetings and following up on business. On behalf of members, Dustyn welcomed and congratulated both on their recent election to the Local Board.

  1. UNITARY PLAN UPDATE

97 Saleyards Road – Proposed Development

A response was received stating that the owner is prepared to go to mediation. Mike Swain will be following progress. The $500 required to be raised has almost been met.

Moirs Hill Proposed Development by Asia Pacific International

Proposals for this development include plans cycle ways, bridle ways and walking tracks throughout and up to Warkworth. Allison Roe from the Local Board emphasized how important it is to ensure these trails are designated at the very outset of any development.

  1. TRAFFIC SAFETY GROUP

Dustyn had previously circulated a trail map locating all existing and proposed trails as forwarded by Bevan Woodward of Matakana Trails Trust.

She had also forwarded a map regarding a pedestrian access way around the dangerous corner near the Garage, part of Gillian Seymour’s land (approx. 400 metres), which she had generously given permission to be used. This land will be cleared in the next 2 weeks, with better development of it planned over the next couple of years. It will come out where the 50km sign is, along the road verge. Dustyn and the Traffic Safety Group will be liaising with the Local Board and NZTA over the next year or so, to complete the safe pedestrian access way.

Allison commented that the Rodney Local Board will be sharing costs as there is a requirement for certain standards to be met, and ongoing maintenance provided by the Council. There are monthly Local Board business meetings, which cover applications. Beth will send the dates to Dustyn.

Bus Turn Around

A map of a proposed option for a school bus turnaround on the green area in front of the rotunda was discussed as one possible alternative solution to where the buses stop now (outside the store). A footbridge would be part of this to provide safe passage for children. At present it is a concept only, and would be used solely as a drop off and pick up point. Beth Houlbrooke suggested they talk to Auckland Transport and Parks. If the Local Board supported it, there would be funding likely available. Beth proposed that Dustyn, on behalf of the group, bring this as a submission and deputation to the Local Board around February/March 2017, once the plan is confirmed.

Village Parking

Discussion took place on the possibility of placing 28 timber sleepers from the Library to the footbridge on the main road to prevent cars parking along that area. Dustyn has sourced some recycled sleepers at a cost of $40-$50 each. Beth commented that issues with parking was one of the things AT had talked about at the time of building the footbridge, and there could well be Local Board funding available towards this project.

Dustyn emphasized that both of the above are concepts only, and she would welcome any feedback.

  1. GENERAL BUSINESS

  1. The issue of how the Forum should deal with subdivision issues, perhaps having a working

group to address these matters as they arise was raised. Allison stated that it key to dealing with the problems around subdivisions is to get in early, and invite developers along if possible to inform the local community what is planned. A local real estate agent is often very helpful in flagging possible upcoming developments.

Pat and Graham Backley and Mike Swain were nominated to form a working group concerned with monitoring subdivision issues as they come up, and providing the Forum with information for discussion.

  1. Puhoi Village Market

The first Village Market after its name change from Farmers’ Market took place last Sunday. The October 30th Village Market will be a Summer Garden Fest.

  1. Civil Defense meeting 31 October – Mahurangi. Judith Williams is to attend this on behalf of the Forum.

  2. Quad ride 5th November. 2 day Horse trek will be held on 27/28 November. Contact Paul Manton.

  1. 2016 Women’s Dinner

To be held on 10th November.

  1. Race Meeting 12 November – to be held in the Community Hall. Contact Pat Backley.

  1. 17 November – extra Trivial Pursuits evening

  1. Art Group Exhibition – 25 November to 4 December 2016 in the Community Hall.

The meeting closed at 8.50pm.

NEXT MEETING: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th November 2016 at 7.30pm in the Sports Hall. This will be the final meeting of the year.

Puhoi Community Forum Agenda: Tues 25th October 2016

PUHOI COMMUNITY FORUM
MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 25th OCTOBER 2016 at 7.30pm at
THE PUHOI SPORTS CLUB – CHAIRPERSON – DUSTYN O’LEARY

AGENDA

1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 27th September 2016

2. Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)

3. Treasurer’s Report – for September 2016 – Jenny Schollum

4. Unitary Plan Update – Mike Swain/Dustyn O’Leary
Proposed development – 97 Saleyards Road, Puhoi
Proposed development – Moir Hill

5.  Traffic Safety Initiatives – Update from the working group on possible parking issue
solution and walkway planning progress. (see below draft documents)
Sleeper Parking Stop Plan Sept16 (2)

Sleeper Parking Stop Detail_Gillians Pathway Oct16 (1)

Puhoi Trail Map 2016

Bus Turnaround Plan Oct16 (1)

6. General Business
Discussion on how the Forum should deal with subdivision issues, i.e. should we have a working group to address these matters as they arise?

Farmers’ Market update.
Working Groups – update if any.
Planting Te Araroa Trail – update

NEXT MEETING
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 29 November 2016 at 7.30pm.

Puhoi Community Forum Minutes: 27th September 2016

MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING

HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 27 SEPTEMEBT 2016 commencing at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Paul Manton (Chair) Judith Williams, Jenny Schollum (Treasurer), Sandra Beagley, Tom Wilson, Peter Straka, Peter Cooley, Cody Mankelow, Kathy Mankelow. Andrew Cranna-Powell, Christine Mundell, Johan Rijnbende, Bevan Woodward (Matakana Coast Trails Trust), Bob Halton, David Dodsworth, Brendan McManus, Mike Swain, Jenny Neel, Wendy Hayton (Secretary, Minutes)

APOLOGIES: Terri Ryder, Beth Houlbrooke (Rodney Local Board), Dustyn O’Leary, Kristin Gillies, Ian Boothroyd.

  1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING 30 AUGUST 2016

The minutes of the meeting held on 30 August 2016 had been previously circulated. These were accepted as being a true and accurate record.

Motion 1

THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 30 August 2016 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Jenny Schollum

Seconded: Paul Manton

Carried

  1. TREASURER’S REPORT

Jenny reported she had completed and submitted the Charities Commission Annual Return.

The following items were approved for payment

Secretarial $30

Charities Commission Annual Return Fee $51.11

Part payment of Appeal Lodgment fee $200

Moved: Jenny Schollum

Seconded: Judith Williams

Carried

  1. UNITARY PLAN UPDATE

97 Saleyards Road – Proposed Development

After gaining approval by email circulation to Puhoi Forum members, $200 from Forum funds had been donated towards the cost of the Submission to Council regarding development at 97 Saleyards Road, Puhoi. The total cost is $500. An Appeal with Environment Court against the re-zoning of the tract of land, next to the town centre (mostly property at 97 Saleyards Road has been filed, and an email received to say it has been accepted. Please contact Mike Swain for further information and any possible contributions mike@hiko.co.nz. David Dodsworth (former Puhoi Forum Chair) offered his assistance.

Moirs Hill Proposed Development by Asia Pacific International

A meeting had been held just prior to the Forum meeting. Beca, who are one of the lead contractors in this proposed development had held a Q & A session and distributed information

leaflets concerning the proposed Resource Consent. Orewa Library has more detailed maps of the area.

Judith Williams thanked Andrew Cranna-Powell for getting the meeting together. It had been very informative. Please contact Andrew Cranna-Powell for more information on the submission

The deadline for submissions is in 2 weeks.

  1. MATAKANA COAST TRAILS TRUST – BEVAN WOODWARD

Bevan has been liaising with Dustyn concerning his work with the Council for a Puhoi to Warkworth pathway. This should link in with the new development proposed for Moirs Hill and will link up with the Mahurangi Trail. Any queries – please get in touch with Bevan at bevan@betterworldnz.com.

  1. GENERAL BUSINESS

  1. Planting of Te Araroa Walkway – Remiger Road End

Pigs have taken out all the former planting and made a mess of the area. Plants are supplied. NOTE: A working bee will be held on Sunday 16 October at 11am.

  1. Fruit Trees behind the Museum are still to be planted in the Pioneer Memorial Park near the river bank.

NOTE A working bee will be held on Sunday 30 October at 11am consisting of Peter Straka and Paul Manton and any other volunteers available to move these (now large) trees.

  1. Puhoi Village Market

The first Village Market after its name change from Farmers’ Market took place last Sunday. The October 30th Village Market will be a Summer Garden Fest.

The Road Safety Group, with assistance from Beth Houlbrooke is to look into the issue of parking during busy times in Puhoi, including Market Sundays.

  1. Library AGM

Took place on 27 September. It is doing well with 50 members and 6300 books and DVDs.

  1. 2016 Women’s Dinner

To be held towards the end of October – Wednesday or Thursday – date to be confirmed.

  1. Puhoi Historic Society

Jenny Schollum reported that 5 volunteers from the BNZ’s ‘Closed for Good’ programme came to help (as they had done last year). They did a very good job in helping with some of the backlog on various projects.

  1. Art Group Exhibition – 25 November to 4 December 2016 in the Community Hall.

The meeting closed at 8.20pm.

NEXT MEETING The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th October 2016 at 7.30pm in the Sports Hall.

Puhoi Community Forum Agenda: Meeting Tues, Sept 27th 2016

PUHOI COMMUNITY FORUM

MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 27th SEPTEMEBER 2016 at 7.30pm at

THE PUHOI SPORTS CLUB – CHAIRPERSON – PAUL MANTON

AGENDA

  1. Apologies – Kristin Gillies

  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 30th September 2016

  1. Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)

  1. Treasurer’s Report – for August 2016 – Jenny Schollum

  1. Unitary Plan Update – Mike Swain/Dustyn O’Leary

  1. Discussion of Moir Hill Road and Watsons Road, Pohuehue development – possible

207 lots by Asia Pacific International

Refer: http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/en/ratesbuildingproperty/consents/getinvolved/pages/currentpubliclynotifiedconsents.aspx

  1. General Business

  • Planting Tearoha Walkway assistance needed. Plants supplied but we need labour – Paul Manton

  • Discussion on how the Forum should deal with subdivision issues, i.e. should we have a working group to address these matters as they arise?

  • Update from Traffic Safety Group on initiatives we are going to be pursuing over the next few months.

  • Farmers’ Market update.

  • Working Groups – update if any.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting and AGM will be held on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at 7.30pm.

Rezoning Appeal

Here is a copy of our Appeal Notice ENV-AKL-2016-000195 as filed with the Environment Court. The forum has contributed $200 towards the $511 fee for this. If anyone on the village would like to contribute a small amount towards the cost we would appreciate it. We see this as an opportunity to at least voice our opinion on the unwanted rezoning of a large tract of land adjacent to the village for dense housing. Our PO Box is 404172 – I’ll just repay the forum if we receive more than the outstanding cost.

 

Puhoi Community Forum Minutes: August 30th 2016

MINUTES OF THE PUHOI FORUM COMMUNITY MEETING

HELD AT PUHOI SPORTS CLUB ON 30 AUGUST 2016 commencing at 7.30pm

PRESENT: Dustyn O’Leary (Chair) Judith Williams, Jenny Schollum (Treasurer), Terri Ryder, John Simons, Sandra Beagley, Beth Houlbrooke (Rodney Local Board), Kristin Gillies, Jim Sephton, Russell Green, Paul Manton, Sorrel O’Leary, Gavin Donaldson, Sheryll Titford, Brian Titford, Mike Swain, Val Smith, Graham Backley, Terri Ryder, Derek Broadmore, Roz Broadmore, Martyn Smith, Annaliese Ferguson, Stephen Ferguson, Larry Mitchell, Christine Mundell, Mary Shackleton, Jane Harrison, Bull Marcroft, Cleo Skinner, Linda Williams, Bob Gilhooly, John McClenaghan, Fiona McKinney, Greg McKinney, George Driver, Wendy Hayton (Secretary, Minutes)

APOLOGIES: Jenny Neel, Pat Backley, Mike Smith

Paul Manton (in his role as Co-Chair) started the meeting due to Dustyn being delayed in

traffic from Auckland.

  1. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING held on 26th JULY 2016

Chris Mundell referred to her email about the accuracy of these minutes where they referred to her comments. The minutes read ‘AGM minutes correction – subs being taken during ballot votes, that people were allowed to leave chairs during count, this impeded Jenny commenting on her vote, and was disruptive.’ Chris felt that the key issue was that fees should never have been taken once the vote was in process, and that it was unconstitutional. The minutes of 26 July have been amended to read ‘AGM minutes correction – subs being taken during the ballot votes was considered to be contrary to the constitution, as well as people being allowed to leave chairs during count, this impeded Jenny commenting on her vote, and was disruptive’.

The minutes of the meeting held on 26th July 2016 had been previously circulated. With the inclusion of the above amendment, these were accepted as being a true and accurate record.

Motion 1

THAT with the above amendment being added, the minutes of the meeting held on 26th July 2016 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Sorrel O’Leary

Carried

Dustyn arrived at 7.40pm during the discussion about the previous minutes and took over

from Paul as Chairperson.

MATTERS ARISING

There were no matters arising.

Judith Williams expressed her very grateful thanks to the Puhoi Forum members for their gift of

beautiful flowers during her recent stay in hospital.

  1. TREASURER’S REPORT FOR JULY 2016

Jenny Schollum spoke to her previously circulated report.

A grant of $2000 from Auckland Council to run the 4 workshops with Cissy Rock in July has been received. Also received Cissy Rock’s invoice for running the 4 workshops for $2000. Approval for payment of this invoice and $30 secretarial services and $58.92 to Pat Backley for Judith’s flowers was requested and approved.

Motion 2

THAT the Treasurer’s Report for July 2016 be accepted and payments be approved as follows:

$2000 to Cissy Rock for 4 workshops in July

$58.92 to be paid to Pat Backley for Judith’s flowers

$30 to Wendy Hayton for secretarial services.

Moved: Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Chris Mundell

Carried

  1. AUCKLAND UNITARY PLAN – REZONING ISSUE

Mike Swain circulated a report and spoke to this issue. The key issues are:

  1. Chris Dickson owns a 40 hectare lot between Krippner and Saleyards Roads (97 Saleyards Road) in the centre of Puhoi.

  2. He made a resource consent application for 3-4 subdivisions which was granted by the Auckland Council in February 2014.

  3. Also in February 2014 he made a Rezoning application via a submission to the Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan process for a large part of his lot to be rezoned from ‘Rural Production’ to ‘Rural and Coastal Settlement’. At that time the lots would have been 4000sqm, as set out in the Council’s Puhoi Structure Plan 2010. This submission contained a concept plan for 25 houses. Auckland Council opposed this submission on the grounds that it was inconsistent with the Puhoi Structure Plan 2010, which specifically states ‘no planned change in zoning to provide for residential intensification within the catchment…’. The property developer appealed this decision, supplying two further reports from his consultants. An Independent Hearing Panel heard this appeal and overturned the Council’s previous opposing decision. The Panel rezoned the area to include the entire area of the property at 97 Saleyards Road, almost twice what the owner had applied for, along with the first four lots along Krippner Rd. The Council did not appeal this, so the rezoning has now become part of the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

Due to the fact that it was a Unitary Plan submission, neither the Local Board nor Penny Webster (Rodney Councillor) were aware of the developer’s application.

The Puhoi Structure Plan limits were established to take into account Puhoi’s geological (clay) and historical nature, and the fact that it has very few services.

  1. Importantly for Puhoi, the Rural and Coastal Zone lot size has now been changed from 4000sqm to 2500sqm. This was accepted for Puhoi on the basis that there were not many affected properties in the village to require a special variation. However

The 97 Saleyards Road property now re-zoned in its entirety, could mean up to 160 plots are involved.

The Puhoi Forum made a submission in 2014 to counter the development.

Discussion took place. The appeals deadline for the Unitary Plan is 16th September 2016.

There do not appear to be many grounds for appeal. The Puhoi Forum is able to appeal on the grounds that it has already made a submission. It was noted that the Unitary Plan applies to the next 30 years. Russell emphasized that this year is election year for the Auckland Council, and this might well mean more attention might be paid to any appeal.

The point was raised that Saleyards Road is not a fully tarmacked road and not fit for much increased traffic that construction vehicles, as well as much increased residential traffic, would bring.

There was a strong feeling that the historic nature of Puhoi could be completely altered by such a significant development taking place within its village boundaries under the new Unitary Plan re-zoning proposal. If Chris Dickson’s development does not go ahead, then there will be others.

It was agreed that any appeal should be limited to the one issue of village centre re-zoning as it applies to the proposed development at 97 Saleyards Road and the four lots along Krippner Road.

The question of funding any appeal was raised. At this point costs are not known.

The unanimous feeling of the meeting was that it would be worth exploring the possibility of an appeal, and understanding what this process would entail.

Motion 3

That the members of the Puhoi Forum (present at this meeting) wish to support a possible appeal process against the Independent Hearing Panel’s decision to permit the re-zoning of the property at 97 Saleyards Road and the four lots along Krippner Rd from ‘Rural Production’ to ‘Rural and Coastal Settlement,’ which overturns the Auckland Council’s decision not to allow residential intensification within the Puhoi catchment.

Moved: Paul Manton

Seconded: Dustyn O’Leary

Carried

It was proposed that a sub-committee investigate the details and options of the appeals process over the developer’s property zoning issue, in order to save time, and allow those who have the time and the skills to focus on what is the best way forward since there is only two weeks until the deadline for the end of the appeals process.

Motion 4

That a sub-committee of the Puhoi Community Forum researches the Unitary Plan appeals process as soon as possible, to come up with recommendations around appealing against the Panel’s decision to re-zone the property at 97 Saleyards Road, and the four Krippner Road lots, including costs around this process. The sub-committee to consist of Graham Backley, Mike Swain, Fiona McKinney, Derek Broadmore and Martyn Smith.

Also that the sub-committee, in conjunction with the Co-Chairs, be empowered to make an appeal submission if it appears to be the most effective way forward for the Forum.

Moved: Dustyn O’Leary

Seconded: Kristin Gillies

Carried

  1. WORKING GROUPS UPDATE

  1. Road Safety Group

Terri Ryder read out a letter from Gerry Ryder who had requested her to bring to the Road Safety Group’s attention that parking on the footpath on the main Puhoi Road during Village Markets is a real issue, and potentially creating a very dangerous situation, particularly for children.

As representative of the Village Markets, Judith Williams said that stall holders are requested never to park on the main road, or take up public spaces. She was not sure whether the issue about public parking is really the responsibility of the Village Market’s team.

At the Workshop session for the Road Safety Group in July, there was discussion about putting a board walk between the new bridge and the library, which would create a much safer space. It may be possible to apply for a grant to cover this or other parking solutions.

Discussion also took place concerning the option for the Market stalls to be in the actual village, lining both sides of the main Puhoi Road, rather than its current location in the carpark, so that the car park could then be optimally used for visitors.

It was agreed that Puhoi does want to encourage visitors and allow parking where this is possible and safe.

The Road Safety Group is to look into this situation and report back to the next meeting.

Beth Houlbrooke said she will follow up with AT to see if there is anything that can be done.

  1. Firestation Grant

Russell Green acknowledged with gratitude the Council funding received of $495,000 towards the new Firestation. Building will commence in the next few weeks. The full amount of the build will actually be $700,000, so fundraising will be ongoing. Russell thanked all those present for their support.

  1. GENERAL BUSINESS

  1. SH1 Junction

The Facebook page has received 300 signatures. There will be a public meeting on the issues about the junction. Kristin Gillies is pursuing this.

  1. River Park Update

Paul Manton has been keeping abreast of issues. Wet weather over recent months has prohibited much progress with the fencing or planting. The fencing needs to be installed first and it is too wet currently to use any machinery for this work. It was agreed that application should be made to the Local Board for the grant received for the fencing and planting (due to be spent by September 2016) to be extended to accommodate a realistic timeframe to allow for the fencing and subsequent planting.

Beth Houlbrooke (Local Board) said she would support this application, and considered that an extension would be likely.

  1. Puhoi Village Market update

Judith Williams reported the recent ‘Puhoi’s Got Talent’ contest, held at the last Village Market was successful, and it is planned to repeat this again next year. She asked all to note that the market has changed its name from ‘Puhoi Farmer’s Market’ to ‘Puhoi Village Market’, to embrace more stalls selling goods other than just produce.

The meeting closed at 8.50pm.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at 7.30pm in the Sports Hall.

Puhoi Community Forum: Agenda For Meeting 30 Aug 2016

PUHOI COMMUNITY FORUM

MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY 30 AUGUST 2016 at 7.30pm at

THE PUHOI SPORTS CLUB – CHAIRPERSON – DUSTYN O’LEARY

AGENDA

  1. Apologies

  1. Confirmation of the Minutes of previous Meeting held on 26 July 2016

  1. Matters Arising from those Minutes (not appearing on this Agenda)

  1. Treasurer’s Report – for July 2016 – Jenny Schollum

  1. Unitary Plan – Jenny Neel/Mike Swain

  • plot sizes

  • change in zone of Chris Dixon’s property

  1. Working Groups – update

  1. General Business

  • SH1 Junction

  • River Park Update

  • Farmers’ Market update

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting and AGM will be held on Tuesday 27th September 2016 at 7.30pm.