Draft Annual Plan 2013/14 – Franklin Local Board

Draft was released and submissions open Thursday, 24 January and close Monday, 25 February 2013.

This plan is the immediate budgetary and priority plan for our Franklin Local Board for the next two years.

Local Board chairman, Andy Baker introduces the Franklin Board content – “MESSAGE FROM YOUR
LOCAL BOARD CHAIRPERSON The Franklin Local Board has focussed intently on ensuring our communities’ needs have been recognised. We believe rates increases if needed must be kept to an absolute minimum, whilst retaining levels of service and funding to support and create local initiatives so community expectations can still be met where possible. Our priorities of better public transport, safer rural
roads and enhanced local economic development remain unchanged. Our burgeoning tourism industry around our east and west coasts, alongside our position as a vital food producer, the continued growth and popularity
of Pukekohe as a town centre and those things which makes Franklin such an important part of Auckland
now and in the future are foremost in our thinking. Our aspiration cannot become reality without effective communication and strong relationships with our community, so I again urge people to look carefully at this year’s annual plan, ask questions and make submissions.
Andrew Baker

The Franklin Local Board’s budget for 2013/2014 includes these local board priorities:

  • development of Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe
  • Waiuku Sports Park development
  • addressing coastal erosion on both coasts
  • upgrading existing parks and reserves
  • Pukekohe Town Centre continued upgrade
  • contributing to the Manukau Harbour Forum
  • promotion of local businesses in Wairoa.

To view document see below:
To have your say online visit Auckland Council’s website.

Three community workshops will be held to consult with the public.  Dates and venues to be advised.

Views from the summit – Patumahoe Hill

Video of elevated view – 4.2m above existing summit:

This video was taken by the intrepid Sam Sinclair, while his father steadied the bottom of the 4.2m high scaffold.
It was intended to give a better perspective of the resultant views if an mound was created at the top of the hill.

Why? For those who are unaware a Private Plan Change application is in to extend the existing residential zoned (but cropped) area up to the ridgeline of the hill. The committee of Patumahoe Village Inc, has approached the aspects of planned and intended growth by attempting to mitigate the effects on the rural village aspect, and if possible enhance community facilities and access. In a nutshell, while we may as property owners wish for less growth, as ratepayers we understand the deliberation of local government to utilise existing infrastructure and facilities to accommodate growth.

With that in mind, our submission regarding this application included ensuring that public access to this summit is not only guaranteed with the off-road walkway planned, but summit views protected and enhanced by the resulting built forms by elevating a proportion of the track so that full 360 views can be maintained.

This summit is of ecological significance in planning community spaces – as it is the highest point in the residential area of the village. However, by viewing older maps of the area, it is obvious that the cropping that has taken place has already changed the shape and location of the summit, so the installation of a mound would not have as much of a detrimental effect as if the hill was it’s original form.

As 20m boundary zone must be included whenever developing residential subdivisions in a rural area, to offset the adverse effects of rural production against residential neighbours – and vice versa. The current application has proposed within this 20m buffer, to provide an off-road walkway up and over the hill – connecting Mauku Road to Day Road. We submit that this walkway will be enhanced and more of a community asset if this walkway included an earthern mound that would ensure the views from the summit AFTER the houses have been built. This could be achieved from having an engineered design ready to accommodate the earth moving when the subdivision is implemented.

Panoramic view: At existing ground level with built forms graphics

Panorama of Patumahoe Hill – view from summit at ground level on CleVR.com

Panoramic view: At elevated 4.2m above existing summit

Panorama of Patumahoe Hill – elevated view on CleVR.com

Aye, theres the RUB…

The RUB – Rural Urban Boundary is a significant discussion taking place at the moment within the Auckland Council planning department.

In particular, for us here in Franklin – the Southern Rural Boundary, is of significance.

I attended the first community workshop on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 in the Franklin Centre, and the discussion is an opportunity for the general public to comment on the strategies and areas of growth that are planned for Franklin.

The focus of this aspect of the Unitary Plan is primarily on the location of growth, and the indicated intensification of built form within these urban areas. Pukekohe is designated a satellite town, and as such, has less intensification and lower height guides than what is proposed for Auckland City communities.

You can have your say on this discussion by:

  • Attending one of the meetings scheduled for the 27th or 29th of this month
  • email your comments to RUB-south@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
  • provide feedback to the Unitary Plan which will be released in March 2013 for public consultation
  • downloading and filling out the Southern Rural Boundary form – shown below:

Southern Rural Urban Boundary – Consultation document

Unitary Plan Civic Forum Workshop – October 2012

As a member of the People’s Panel, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Unitary Plan Civic Forum workshop arranged by Auckland Council.

Approx 300 members of the People’s Panel were invited to attend, and the turnout rate was just over 100.

The focus of the workshop – which was held in two sessions – was to determine what people valued about Auckland, and what the focus of the unitary plan could and should be.

The first session was held on Tuesday 23 October, in the Town Hall for 1.5 hours, as a preliminary introduction to those attending about the relationship between the aspirational Auckland Plan – and the legislative Unitary Plan. The Unitary Plan – is the amalgamation of all the separate District Plans inherited from the District Councils. There is a balancing act required to bring all the plans in line – while also recognising the inherent differences and distinctive characters of different Auckland communities – including Franklin, and of course, Patumahoe & Mauku.

Part of this introduction included the following video:

The follow up six-hour workshop was held on the following Saturday 27 October 2012. Groups of approx ten people were matched up with Auckland Council staff- including planners – and a staff member recorded the discusssions. Each discussion topic was preceded by a video or slideshow and then the groups shared ideas and opinions.

The draft Unitary plan is still being compiled, and will be released for Public consultation next year – 2013.

This plan is one of the biggest changes in terms of impact on what you can and cannot do on your property, so keep an eye out for notifications and opportunities to have your say.

The Auckland Council website has a lot of information available online.

Also, you can find a review of the Unitary Plan Civic forum itself, as well as a (now closed for comment) online forum.

Patumahoe specific information:

If you have viewed the video above, you will have an idea of the growth figures that Auckland Council is working with.  Unfortunately due to the cancellation of the 2011 census, extrapolation figures are based on the 2006 data and accordingly are subject to some dispute – but that aside – the following considerations are being made:

Approx 40% of the expected growth is to be accommodated in currently rural areas of Auckland, and for Franklin this means an expected growth figure of 55,000 new dwellings along with planning for business growth of up to 35,000 jobs (Data: Southern Rural Urban Boundary – Auckland Council).

While the RUB – Rural Urban Boundary focuses on Pukekohe as a satellite town, growth for Patumahoe as a rural village has been once again reiterated in the Auckland Plan – following on from the Franklin District Council growth strategy and the Auckland Regional Council growth direction.

The rural village designation in the Auckland Plan is defined as following:

“Serviced Rural and Coastal Villages

These are small rural settlements of varying sizes (from 100 to 5,000 people) with close connections to their rural or natural surroundings, but which are not a focus for significant growth. They are centres for rural residents and provide for village living, dormitory residential, holiday and retirement living to varying degrees, and in some cases serve visitors with lowkey service and tourist development. Significant growth in sensitive natural settings, locations with poor accessibility and insufficient, unaffordable or problematic service infrastructure will be avoided. A critical constraint is the capacity to deal with wastewater in an acceptable way, with the associated costs of servicing borne by land developers, and avoiding concentrations of on-site systems likely to degrade water quality in receiving environments. Therefore, villages where adequate service capacity can be provided have potential for well-planned growth on a locally appropriate scale that enhances their qualities.”

While rural towns and settlements will be automatically included in the spatial planning that will be provided to Franklin by the Auckland Council planning process, as a rural village – Patumahoe is not yet included in the planning programme, while still being included in the planned growth.

What can you do?

  1. Join the Auckland Council People’s Panel – and respond on issues of personal priority by online survey
  2. Send opinion pieces and items of interest to us here for publishing
  3. Came along to a PVI meeting and have your say.

Community Meeting – 13th September 2012

Several residents turned up for the Open Community meeting regarding the application for a Private Plan change for Patumahoe Hill.

Most discussion ranged around the necessity for more housing – both locally and within Auckland – and the impact it would have on the status quo.

A few of those attending had requested hearings during the submission process and will be voicing their personal concerns to the council.

A list of questions had been compiled – using questions provided by email and through the website, and the owners of the property – with some generosity as this is not the usual process – instructed their planners to provide answers.

Both questions and answers can be viewed below:
2012-09 Sept 11th Questions Sent to MRCagney_with MRCagney Responses

Private Plan Change 37 – Patumahoe Hill Structure Plan

Open Community Meeting – Thursday 13th September 2012
7.00 – 8.30pm
Venue: Patumahoe Junior Boys Clubrooms
All welcome

Many of you will be aware that at present there is a resource consent application in for a Private Plan Change on Patumahoe Hill – owned by the McMiken family – which includes long-time locals Bruce & Trevor McMiken.

This resource consent has already been the subject of two initial community meetings which took place before the application was lodged.  It was publically notified, with submissions closing on 31 July 2012.

The first meeting was arranged by the consultant planning firm – MRCagney in 2010 and it was a topic on a meeting for PVI soon afterward.

Given the interest shown and questions raised on this issue directed to PVI, an open community meeting is to be held next week on Thursday 13 September at Patumahoe Junior Clubrooms at 7.00pm.

Permission has been given by Trevor and Bruce to submit questions from the community to the planners previous to that meeting so please add them to the comments section of this page – or send them directly to patumahoevillage2050@gmail.com

There is a considerable amount of documention that has been collated and compiled in regards to this consent application.  You can view all the public documention on the Auckland Council website:

Private Plan Change 37 – Patumahoe Hill Structure Plan

If you follow the link – you may be overwhelmed with the amount of documents relating to this matter – but we recommend that if interested, you take your time to view them all.

However, below are links to some of those documents that relate to most of the comments and questions that we know of in the community:

Legislative changes:

Private Plan Change 37: Text & Diagrams

Private Plan Change 37: - Zoning Map & Legend


Design Brief:

Appendix 2: Design Brief


Appendix 13: Cultural Assessment Report

Appendix 3: Land Use - Soil Capacity Report


Appendix 5: Archaelogical Assessment

Appendix 9: Integrated Transport Assessment

Appendix 8: Landscape and Visual Assessment

Appendix 6: Stormwater Modelling Report

Appendix 6: Stormwater Modelling Report



There were 19 submissions in response to the public notification. The Summary of Submissions was notified on 31 July 2012. The period for further submssions closed on Tuesday 14 August 2012.

Summary of submissions


Reponse from MRCagney to submissions

PPC37 Further submission - MRCagney response to submissions

Apologies for the pagination – this is how document was received from Auckland Council. Use rotate view on Adobe Reader to aid ease of reading.

Patumahoe Road – Response from Auckland Transport

Following previous posts on this topic, we have received the following from Auckland Transport:

AT2012-039815 Andrew Sinclair

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