Flaxroots Village Planning network – 24 July 2012

Patumahoe Village Inc is an invited member of the Flaxroots Village Planning network which is a North Shore Community and Social Servies supported project.

We have been attending meetings for over a year, and it gives us the opportunity to work with other like-intentioned community groups regarding the development of their communities. At present, there is no similar network in Franklin – or indeed – Auckland South, East or West.

Dean Manley PhD – has recently replaced Joel Umali as coordinator and this is the first meeting where we met him since his appointment.

Auckland Council – Ross Moffatt

Attending this meeting from Auckland Council, was Ross Moffatt from the Auckland Spatial Planning team.

Ross Moffatt has been to Patumahoe, along with John Duguid who at the time was the Auckland Planning Manager. Since that time, John Duguid has been made Manager of the Unitary Planning team and Ross has stepped into his Managerial role for Auckland Planning.

Resources are limited and pressure is great to get all work required for Auckland Council completed in a timely manner. There is an understanding that allowances will have to be made for adjustments even after the processes are complete, given the comprehensive detail and volume of considerations involved.

Ross reiterated that the most suitable conduit for Village planning is through the Local Board, and that it is intended that information related through this method will be available for the planning team when they are working on specific Local Board spatial plans. He has offered to provide each Local Board with a directive from Auckland Planning regarding how they can support and implement village planning schemes such as those emerging from the Flaxroots network.

This is important as it gives validation from Auckland Council for the variety and diversity of village plans to be accepted as an important resource for planning and decision making at a local level.

National government intention to change Local Government legislation to reflect “core business” had also created an uncertainty on how this will impact on current intentions and resources.

At present the four areas of wellbeing should be considered during decision making processes. However, there is an intent to remove three of the areas – cultural, social and environmental.

This is a matter for much discussion and speculation – but is agreed that the impact of this change is as yet unknown. Particular in terms of whether the change will be positive or negative.

Unitary Plan draft
The Unitary Plan draft will be out at the end of 2012. This is the amalgamation of each of the previous council’s District Plans. The rules and regulations – nuts and bolts of planning. This involves zoning, parks and reserves allocations, building specifications and limitations etc.

As the Unitary plan is intended to align with the spatial planning (which is a work in progress – over the next eight years) – some allowance will have to be made for adjustment.

Public consultation will be sought from mid 2013 following engagement with identified stakeholders.

Spatial Planning
Nine planning teams are at work on developing spatial plans for each of the Local Board areas. These will take several years at only three Local Board areas are scheduled to be worked on each year.

Due to this restraint, complete alignment with the Unitary Plan will be impossible as most Local Board Spatial Plans will not be produced in time. Some adjustments to both plans is seen to be required.

Local Board elections may also impact on the continuity of input into these processes.

Other community groups progress

Campbell Bay community plan 2011 has been re-drafted to align to the published Auckland Plan and four areas of wellbeing.

Unleashing Neighbourhood Powers – Jim Diers (Seattle, USA) workshop

A reminder was given regarding the August 8th workshop by Jim Diers, hosted by Inspiring Communities.
Attendance is free but spaces are limited, it was advised to contact them as soon as possible in order to confirm a place.

Meeting concluded at 11.30 am



Open Community Workshop – 10 June 2012

The open community workshop was held at Patumahoe Primary School on Monday 10 June 2012.

Thank you to all who took the time to attend.

It was a small gathering of approx 15 people – it was intended to inform the community directly about the submissions made to Auckland Council, via written submissions and presentations to the Local Board – regarding the development of a spatial plan for Patumahoe.


Further details can be found on previous posts, including our submission to the Local Board for the LTCCP 2012-2022.

The Auckland Plan has now been completed, which is a documented strategic intent for Aucklands spaces.

For a quick review, watch this Auckland Council video:


What does this mean for Patumahoe?

As part of the process, each Local Board area is intended to have planning resources allocated to them over the next eight year period. Franklin Local Board will received this planning team in a couple of years time, and it is intended that each area will then received a full spatial planning programme in order to align with the Auckland Plan. At present, these resources are intended to be allocated to larger communities within each Local Board area (ie. more than 5,000). Patumahoe, as a rural village, does not qualify for automatic inclusion into these planning.

However – and this is important – we have had indications from the Spatial planning team that they intend for smaller communities to have support where possible and they encourage smaller communities to address their issues and work with their Local Boards to get access to the planning team when they arrive in their area.

We will continue to work with the Local Board in terms of getting a spatial plan for Patumahoe that can be adapted as and when the community requires it.

Traffic concerns – installations in Patumahoe Road

From previous feedback to the Open Day in October, we had community input that reconciled with committee views that the installations in Patumahoe Road created a hazard for both cyclists and vehicles.

Detailed background and progress on this issue can be found on these village posts:
Background to traffic calming discussions with Auckland Council
Traffic calming installations – tell us your view
Making the road in Patumahoe safer – draft for community review

Given the second response from the Local Board chairman, it was decided that community comment would be sought before taking the issue further.

Discussion at the meeting was in line with previous comments regarding the unsuitability of the installations for the stated intent of keeping local primary schoolchildren safe.

Q & A session

Village Planning Committee
Mostly related to the draft spatial plan on the understanding that it was a fixed concept. However, any concerns were resolved on the understanding of the actual submission made which stated that any plan would be required to be reviewed before implementation as the priorities and needs of Patumahoe village would naturally change over time, and at differents rates.

We believe that a Village Planning committee would give Auckland Council a local body to contact when development proceeds or local government spending was required or allocated. This committee would ideally have a representative (and/or liaison) with all stakeholders in the community. This includes sports and recreational clubs, local schools, businesses, and interested private individuals.

This is particularly important, given the depth and richness of local knowledge and sense of history and place. Many of our Local Board members are unaware of the actual location of Patumahoe, and have not visited. We also had a Local Board member get lost on the way from Pukekohe – so it is vitally important that effective consultation is undertaken in order to preserve the quality of life currently enjoyed.

Meeting closed at approx: 9:30pm