Drury to Paerata upgrades – Feedback wanted

SH22 Drury to Paerata

Posted below is a message received from Safe Roads NZ.

Public meetings to be held:
Pukekohe Town Hall 26 August 2017 10 am – 2 pm
Ramarama School 29 August 2017 3 pm – 7pm

Tēnā koe

As you are probably aware, the NZ Transport Agency is working on making SH22 between Drury and Paerata safer. Over the last 10 years nine people have died and 36 seriously injured.

Earlier this year we sought community feedback, to hear where the key safety issues and concerns were for this road. This has helped us shape the proposed improvements. It has also highlighted some extra ideas for improvements which we have incorporated, now we’re letting people know where we have got to with these plans and checking to see if we have the plans right. This will also give anyone who missed the previous open days an opportunity to have their say.

We are teaming up with the wider NZ Transport Agency SH1 Papakura to Bombay team for public open days to inform the public. We are keen to ensure that key stakeholder and community groups are aware of the update and have an opportunity to share their thoughts. Please see attached for the details and an update of the solutions we are investigating to make this area safer.

We encourage you to attend the open days, share this in your network, and submit feedback (form attached). Feedback can be given in writing via letter or email, or online via nzta.govt.nz/d2p/have-your-say.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

Cheers, Kathy
Kathy Chinn
Community Engagement Manager
Kathy.chinn@saferoads.co.nz
64 21 064 4777″

Information below:

Community information and questionnaire – SH22 Drury to Paerata by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd

Franklin Local Board Plan 2017

Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity to send this through to our email loop, but following is the proposed Franklin Local Board Plan 2017, and the submission I sent on behalf of Patumahoe Village Inc.

Our submission reinforced many previous submissions we have made to both our Franklin Local Board, and Auckland Council and reflects the results of past community consultation and engagement.

Please take time to comment or add your thoughts on this plan or our submission.

Submission to Auckland Council – Sports Facilities & Investment

A lot of the feedback we received during our consultation regarding the community spaces in Patumahoe, and how they will be affected by residential growth.

The Patumahoe Draft Structure Plan addressed this, and for a quick visual guide visit these two Google Maps: Patumahoe Village Centre and Sports Field options that allow you to click the various items to see what information was used for decision making.

This additional information given on request to Auckland Council limited itself to these community consulation outcomes.

Additional Information for Sports Facilities Investment Plan by PatumahoeVillageInc on Scribd

Sports Facilities Investment Plan – Due 21st April 2016

From Auckland Council “Have your say” pages:

“Auckland Council is looking to develop a coordinated approach to the investment in sports facilities.

A discussion document is the first step. It will seek stakeholders’ views on the following two questions:

  1. How should Auckland Council invest in sports facilities given funding and land supply constraints and a growing and changing population?
  2. How can the sports sector, including Auckland Council, respond to increasing demand for sport facilities with the same funding and land supply constraints?


Supporting information

Sports Facilities Investment Plan – discussion document (PDF 2.2MB)

The feedback that you provide will inform the Sports Facilities Investment Plan which will detail our investment framework and priorities.

Online feedback

Our online feedback form will be available from Monday 21 March until Thursday 21 April 2016.

Sports Facilities Investment Plan – online survey  


Workshops

A series of workshops have been scheduled in March and April 2016 with local boards and other stake holders.

Please note that Auckland Council intends to publish a summary of feedback. If you do not wish your name and/or organisation to be associated with your feedback in the engagement report, please indicate this in your feedback.

You might also be interested in viewing the Golf Facilities Investment Plan consultation.”

This issue is of particular importance to Patumahoe according to work undertaken to create our  Draft Structure Plan in consultation with community members.

It may be of interest to have a look 3. Multi-use community centre which was based on a community of similar size and demographic in Nelson, which was successful in turning a profit within five years and is able to sustain the employment of a full-time manager.  The success of this centre can be attributed to it’s community size, the flexibility of use, and the availability of affordable and available hiring options.

Also, in line with this is the 8. Parks & Recreational Land section, which itemises the expected growth needs of the community as identified by the current local sports clubs.

The expected requirement for further large sports fields has limited options.  An agreement for a conversation with local landowners was undertaken, and options were limited.  The best case scenario at the time, provided not only further rugby fields, but retained the existing number one field and stand in place, and allowed for continued use of the Patumahoe Rugby Club in the War Memorial Hall.

It also provided for the multi-use centre in a walkable village location, and created a space for further commercial and social areas that were not located on increasing high traffic roads.

For more information view the proposal for reconfiguration of the council owned land on Google Maps – AND – the options investigated of the further sports fields that would need to be acquired.  (Further information can be viewed by clicking on various items on the maps).

A Youtube video of a mockup of that proposal can be found here:

 

 

 

Woodhouse Road speed limit changes – AT feedback opportunity

Note: All feedback is due by 28 April 2016

Auckland Transport has requested community feedback on the proposed speed limit changes proposed by the Franklin Local Board for Woodhouse Road, leading into Patumahoe from the north.

If you wish to visit the Auckland Transport site for information or to place feedback, you can visit the South Auckland road safety consultation page up until the 28 April.

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From Auckland Transports site:
“AT is seeking feedback on a proposal to install safety improvements at Woodhouse Road, Patumahoe.

AT proposes the following improvements:

Changing the speed limit from 100km/hr to 80km/hr on the rural part of Woodhouse Road.
Relocating the existing 50km/hr signs on Woodhouse Road, approximately 100m northward. As a result of this change, the 50km/hr zone would be extended.

AT received requests from residents and the Franklin Local Board to reduce the speed limit on Woodhouse Road.

Woodhouse Road is experiencing traffic growth due to recent land development. As the transition from a rural road to a semi-rural road is happening, it is suitable to change the speed limit from 100km/hr to 80km/hr.

The proposed 80km/hr zone is consistent with criteria prescribed by NZTA for the setting of speed limits, and will help improve road safety by better providing a transition between the standard open road environment to the semi-urban road environment at Patumahoe.

The proposed relocation of the 50km/hr signs will improve their visibility, as their current position behind a crest is not ideal for drivers approaching from the north. Shifting these signs approximately 100m northward will make them more visible for drivers existing the bend outside No.65 Woodhouse Road. “

You can provide feedback directly to Auckland Transport either online, or by printing and posting the document below.

Alternatively, you can add comments to this post by 26 April and they will be sent unedited to Auckland Transport as feedback from the community.

Woodhouse Road – Speed Limit Change – Feedback Form by PatumahoeVillageInc

Additional information:
Auckland Transport letter to stakeholders.

Auckland Transport – Feedback requested

 

There are three community meetings to be held in Franklin in the next couple of weeks. So go along if you want to have a say on the transport plans for Franklin.

Received from Auckland Transport – request for community feedback:

“We’d like to invite you to give us your feedback on what transport infrastructure needs to be built in the future housing and business areas being built in Takanini, Opaheke-Drury, Drury-West, Paerata and Pukekohe.

These areas have recently been approved for development over the next two decades, and this early knowledge provides us with a unique opportunity to thoroughly plan for a great mix of transport options to be ready when people move in.

It also allows us to help guide the development of more imminent special housing areas in a coordinated way, by looking at the long term picture.

Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and the NZ Transport Agency are working together to ensure we create well-connected, accessible and safe urban areas in these places, and we want to hear your ideas.

We are holding a series of events in your community over the next few weeks where you can meet members of the project team, discuss your aspirations for these areas, examine maps with some of our ideas, and give us your own. (See the attached flyer for event details).

Alternatively you can supply us with written feedback using an online survey tool (Note – opens Thurs 18 Feb 2016. Submissions must be received by 5pm, Thurs 3 March, 2016).

You can also help us to spread the word by letting your colleagues and other community organisations know about this consultation.

Find out more about our events or the online survey in the attached flyer or by visiting our website at: https://at.govt.nz/projects-roadworks

 

Transport for Future Urban Growth by PatumahoeVillageInc


 

Update on Rural Broadband

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Have recently received an email from Auckland Council, who are touching base with rural stakeholders regarding the UFB (UltraFast Broadband) rollout across Auckland.

If you recall, Patumahoe is down on their rural communities list as number 12 of 17 rural communities in Auckland who have been identified as best locations for upgrade.

“This is a quick follow-up on our email from late last year we are touching base with our rural stakeholders about the survey linked in the below email. This is a great opportunity for Auckland council to hear more from rural Aucklanders about the state of broadband connectivity and access, and helps us better engage with central government and the telecommunications industry.

We would be very grateful if you can assist us by circulating the link to the Rural Broadband Survey below to your local networks.

http://engage.ubiquity.co.nz/surveys/eTbdTnFY-E-EFwjSvbSARg

Please take some time to fill out this survey, if you would like to ensure that Patumahoe retains its place on the list.

Previous posts:

UFB Rural project – Auckland Council submission update

Rural – Ultra Fast Broadband initiative for Patumahoe

 

 

UFB Rural project – Auckland Council submission update

rural broadband

Thanks to all who took the time to fill out the respondent form in the last post: Rural – Ultra Fast Broadband initiative for Patumahoe

Despite the short time frame, we gathered enough information to support our indication of interest to Auckland Council.

On Friday, I received the full 134 page Auckland Council Registration of Interest to the project, and can report Patumahoe has been included on the council’s priority rollout list of 17 rural communities.

Patumahoe is placed at 12/17 of the identified rural communities.

A copy of Auckland Council’s Registration of Interest can be downloaded from their website.

Media release from Auckland Council:

16 July 2015

Council puts rural communities’ case

for improved broadband access

Auckland Council has submitted a Registration of Interest – Support (ROI) in response to government’s announcement to extend its investment in rural broadband, ultrafast broadband and mobile black spots.

An additional $100 million for the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), $210 million for Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) and $50 million for mobile black spots, is regarded by the council as the best opportunity to address the lack of reliable broadband in many of Auckland’s rural and remote communities.

The ROI represents the needs of more than 42 communities across rural Auckland that would benefit from better broadband.

With more than a third of the affected communities, the Rodney Local Board area is the hardest hit, but by no means the only local board area to suffer, says Councillor Penny Webster. “Not having reliable broadband access in these areas is not an option in this day and age.”

The ROI also sets out what the council can do to help maximise the benefits of any available government funding, particularly in assisting the building of infrastructure.

The council acknowledges the additional funding is for improvements nationwide and not all communities will benefit. As a result, the council has committed to exploring alternative solutions addressing the ongoing issues of broadband access in rural and remote Auckland.

This work will continue to be led by a political working party including Councillors Arthur Anae, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, and Penny Webster.

The council’s ROI document can be downloaded from http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/responsetogovernmentufbrbimbsf.pdf

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Rural – Ultra Fast Broadband initiative for Patumahoe

First and foremost, thanks to Alan Cole who saw a further $150 million investment in the rural Ultra Fast Broadband initiative come through in March this year, and registered interest for the communities of Clarks Beach and Patumahoe.

For a quick look at the current state of affairs, visit the Chorus Broadband Capability Map.

Auckland Council have contacted me and the more information we can provide, the more they are able to assess whether Patumahoe would be a suitable recipient of this fund.

Given the increasing residential growth in the community, the existing ADSL system may be less than adequate in the future for providing consistent, reliable and high traffic internet access.

Please take a couple of minutes to fill in the form below, so that we provide a collection of reliable data along with our register of interest.

Patumahoe vs Craddock Farms

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(Resident submitted notice – Thanks!)

Craddock Farms who own intensive egg layer farms applied to build a new intensive farm for 310,000 more hens in the village of Patumahoe. In late 2014 there was a hearing for the resource consent application where three opposing submitter’s fought vigorously to prevent this.

With the weight of the local community and the Animal Rights groups behind them the submitter’s managed a successful defence and the independent commissioner’s declined the application in full on the 13th of January 2015.

however….

Craddock farms having already purchased a significant property are not willing
to let this go without further fight and have now appealed the commissioner’s
decision.

The appeal will be heard in the Environment Court and will be very costly – more than double that of the original hearing. We have created a givealittle fund to provide financial backing so that we can continue the fight with legal and other expert representation to keep hens out of cages and out of Patumahoe. If you would like to donate or help with the fundraising please visit our page

http://givealittle.co.nz/cause/banchickenlayercages#

Attend A Community Meeting 7:30pm Tuesday 3rd March At The Patumahoe School Hall To Find Out How You Can Help

If the decision is reversed this alone will account for 10% of New Zealand’s total egg production and the egg layer facility will be a total of ten sheds with 31,000 caged chickens in each shed, five cages high.

This will affect our community – noise, pollution, flies, odour, additional traffic
on an already busy road and of course property values.

If you want to know more contact www.facebook.com/banchickenlayercages
or phone 027 419 0413

We need your help!