You’ll notice that some of Puhoi’s much needed road sealing projects now appear on Auckland Transport’s priority list. Currently Ahuroa Road comes in at No 4 and is ‘Under Design’. Watch this space…https://at.govt.nz/about-us/asset-maintenance/road-sealing/priority-list-of-unsealed-roads/
With the proposed new bus services between Warkworth and Silverdale, there is a possibility of stop at the toll booth area before the tunnels. This would allow a sort of ‘Park and Ride’ for Puhoi users. It’d be a 2km walk from the centre of the village with no footpath, so perhaps not a viable ‘bus service’ as such – but still could be a useful and cheap way of getting a bus into town if you can drive to the stop. Beth Houlbrooke (Local Board chair) is canvassing local opinion on this idea, so please get in touch with her with your thoughts so she can gauge support.
Beth says its unlikely that a more convenient stop for Puhoi (e.g. in the village or even at the gravel area across SH1) would be considered in the short term, but showing a need for a service will get us ‘on the radar’, especially as otherwise they might consider routing it down the new motorway later, with no possibility of a Puhoi stop as there’s no northbound entry/southbound exit [my thoughts – Mike]!
[from Jeff Lyford, Parks and Places Specialist , Auckland Council, Orewa]
Posting this response from Auckland Council as it has had a wide circulation already in the village, FYI to the community. Please note Little Village information day on Sunday 12th March 11:30am-2:00pm. Do go along and air your views to the team – Ed.
Thanks to everyone who has provided input of feedback over the last couple of weeks. Council Staff are conscious that this has the potential to be a great project, but before any decisions are reached there is a process to undertake. I have broken it into several stages in an attempt to provide clarity.
- To obtain landowner approval from the Rodney Local Board for the placement of a building on a Recreation Reserve such as Puhoi Pioneers Memorial Park, you must show clearly documented support from the wider community and user groups for what you are proposing to do.
What this means in practice, is that you must show that a substantial majority of the local community either support the proposal or at the very least do not oppose it. We would expect that people are:
- a) given the opportunity to listen to information and discuss the matter in an open community forum, such as the one scheduled on 12 March and
- b) also provided with the opportunity express their views anonymously, e.g., via a simple survey monkey.
Changes to the status quo on Recreation Reserves require a high standard of community consultation.
- A Community Lease is required to site a building on a Reserve. A lease passes the responsibility for the ‘improvements’ to the applicant within the terms of the lease.
In this instance, a lease for the proposed purpose is not explicitly contemplated in the Reserve Management Plan; this makes the leasing process more complex. The attached Community Occupancy Guidelines set the process.
- a) The group needs to be registered as an incorporated society or charitable trust as set out in the Auckland Council Community Occupancy Guidelines 2012 (AC COG 2012)(attached).
- b) The group needs to have a business plan and a strategic plan or be prepared to work on plans detailing its proposal.
- c) The group needs to have initial concept plans for its proposal.
- d) Council Staff would workshop the proposal with the local board, staff may be required to recommend to the local board that a expressions of interest process be undertaken (page 10, AC COG 2012).
- e) Subject to above steps have being met satisfactorily, then Staff would report to the local board recommending approval be given to Council to publicly notify and engage with iwi about the proposal. If there are any submissions received that object to the proposal a hearing would be held made up with an appointed panel and Commissioner. This could be an independent panel or consist of local board members.
- Landowner Approval, is the final approval from the Local Board,
- a) Subject to the process above and the EOI and Public/Iwi notification process, the Land Use Advisor and The Community Lease Advisor jointly report to the local board, recommending that landowner approval, agreement to lease and a community lease for the proposal are approved.
- b) This process does not preclude the applicants responsibility to apply for all regulatory consents that may be required to undertake the project (e.g., building and resource consents).
Any questions on the community engagement please speak with Sue Dodds. Sue will be attending the public meet on the March 12 and will act as the conduit between the project group and Council.
The lease process is a legal agreement; Karen Walby can clarify the details and answer any questions.
I hope this explains the decision making process and gives a good steer to Larry and the rest of the project team on their next steps. Hopefully this has also provided some surety to the wider community that a robust process of community and Local Board engagement is required before any decisions are reached.
Jeff Lyford| Parks and Places Specialist | Park Services
Ph 09 301 0101| Extn: (44)3168 | Mobile 021 581 501| Fax 09 301 0100
Auckland Council, Level 2, Orewa Service Centre, 50 Centreway Drive, Orewa
Visit our website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
[ via Mahurangi Matters]
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is planning to reduce the speed limit on State Highway One around the Puhoi intersection early next year due to the high crash rate in the area.
NZTA is beginning consultation to extend the 80kph limit from the Johnstones Hill Tunnels to beyond the intersection with Puhoi Road.
NZTA Northland safety and network performance manager Tim Crow says it initially planned to install a responsive sign, which would only reduce the speed limit when a car on Puhoi Road approached the intersection. However, a traffic survey found that the high level of traffic would mean the sign would be activated almost permanently.
A crash reduction study found there were six crashes at the intersection between 2011 and 2015, resulting in two serious and six minor injuries.
“In all of the injury outcomes, the conflict occurred between traffic turning right out of Puhoi Road and northbound traffic on State Highway 1,” Mr Crow says.
http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/ratesbuildingproperty/consents/getinvolved/Pages/currentpubliclynotifiedconsents.aspx – this is the link to the publicly notified application on Council’s website – it’s the one called Moirs Hill Watson Road Pohuehue – submissions close on 10 October 2016 – the link contains all the application associated documents (enough to blind anyone with science!!) but also a link to the submission form you can fill out to make a submission
[via Glen Ashton]
Because you live in Rodney I thought you might be interested in a significant Local body event. Northern Action Group (NAG) has had a longtime fight with the Local Government Commission over breaking away from the Super City and forming a Northern Rodney Local Body. This year NAG won a high court appeal to force the Local Government Commission to consider the matter.
Last night there was a resident consultation meeting at Warkworth run by LGC. This is one of several meetings scheduled through northern Rodney. About 70 people attended. There were about 4 people who wanted to remain in the Super City, about 4 undecided and the overwhelming majority wanting to split away.
The public feedback was very disgruntled towards the Super City, loss of local control, lack of rates money spent in Rodney, local transport issues, unsealed roads and Hill St intersection, no contracts for local business, no consultation, no consideration for Rodney. There was one good point where a Matakana business got tourists directed from Auckland tourism office.
The public brought up the fact that we were undemocratically forced into the Super City at the eleventh hour.
LGC said they will gather all the feedback from the meetings (throughout Rodney) and submissions (thru web site), gather the financials from NAG and Auckland City and decide if there is a viable option other than the status quo (remain in the Super City).
Should there be more viable options then they will be presented back to the public showing the financials, effect on rates, pros and cons of each option.
Apparently the LGC have the power to bring changes to Local Government Act and could give more power and financial control to the local Rodney Board but remaining in the Super City.
It could also include merging northern Rodney with Kiapara or realigning the southern Rodney boundary.
I think from there on in it would be more public consultation and some sort of democratic process to select an option.
So interesting times.
I have attached a written submission that I sent to LGC. – Link to Document provided by Glen (Ahuroa_Super_City.docx)
It is easy to have your say on the Local Government Commission web site and complete the online survey.
Now is a good time to stand up and be heard, it is a great conduit to get our message across to the Super City.
Whatever happens, it is going to be good for Rodney.
I am not affiliated with NAG but I do have issues the Super City and how Rodney rural rate payers are treated.
Also the local elections are imminent and Greg Sayers has been a longtime advocate for getting the roads sealed. But that is a personal choice.
Glen Ashton – email@example.com
0274 906 889
The Local Government Commission is conducting a survey (sorry, actually, a ” phased engagement programme”) about local government services in Auckland. I found filling in the survey to be a cathartic experience: http://lgc.govt.nz/the-reorganisation-process/auckland/