PVI submission to Unitary Plan

The submission made to Auckland Council on behalf of the community, relied solely on the information that was taken from community consultation events and activities held over the last three years.

In particular this relates to the adoption of a Patumahoe Spatial Plan for the community spaces that will allow the extra residential development to be accommodated without negative impacts on the current community. We ask that this is done during the planned spatial planning allocations for Franklin District.

The full Draft Structure plan can be viewed on this website, and the three page submission can be viewed below:

PVI Submission to Unitary Plan 28 February 2014 by PatumahoeVillageInc

Patumahoe Village Welcome Signs Questionnaire

Patumahoe Village Inc has many projects planned and underway.

One project is to develop ‘welcome signage” to be erected on the four main roadways into the village. This is to help promote the village and to communicate what our Patumahoe represents as a village. Before a design brief for the signs is written, it is important that we understand what people feel Patumahoe “represents to them” now and into the future so this can be woven into the design.

Working on this design brief are PVI committee members – Julie Evans & Simon Bennett.

PVI will be distributing copies of this questionnaire around the community, and you can download and send the completed form to Julie via email: julie.evans101@yahoo.co.nz

Progress on this project will be discussed at the next PVI meeting scheduled for November 12 2013.

Alternatively, while here you can take a few minutes to fill in this online form, and then rest easy knowing that you have taken this opportunity to have your say and perform your civic duty for the day.


Community Development Grant – Patumahoe

For those who didn’t get a chance to view the application, here is the final application made to the Department of Internal Affairs along with an one page amendment of the Budget that was submitted to the DIA, after the grant was approved, and meeting with Anna Parsons from the department was held.

Attending that Budget amendment meeting on 30 July 2013:
Anna Parsons (DIA liaison)
Ron Gordon, Margaret Stormont (Patumahoe Primary School)
Glenn Hunter, Andrew Sinclair, Paula Crosswell

Application submitted March 2013

Application to DIA CDS Funding 2013 by PatumahoeVillageInc

Budget Amendment: Updated 30 July 2013

Application to DIA CDS Page 18 Only – Updated Budget 30 July 2013 – Copy by PatumahoeVillageInc

Draft Unitary Plan submission to Auckland Council

Submission from Patumahoe Village Inc to the Draft Unitary Plan. Consultation for this stage closed on 31 May 2013.

Due to the lack of changes to the zoning etc from the Franklin District Plan, and lack of information regarding Rural Villages, only items that had been previously discussed with the community have been included. Although, we have also asked to be notified when changes are to be made regarding Rural villages.

Submission to Draft Unitary Plan – Patumahoe Village Inc

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Patumahoe Project Ideas night!

Where: Patumahoe Primary School Hall

When: Monday 22nd April 7.30pm

Who: Everyone welcome

This will be a fun night and you are welcome to bring along some drinks and nibbles.

The format is simple with people to come along and share and discuss great idea projects big or small. There is a simple projects one page form that has been developed, (enclosed). While there will no doubt be many great ideas it is important that we end up with a good way to convert a few of these into ‘can do’ projects and really make a difference. With a projects form completed it identifies those leading the project and provides a plan that allows funding to be arranged as required.

To get you thinking here are some that have been bandied about over the last 3 years:

  • Create entrance signs on roads leading into Patumahoe encouraging planting along the Mauku Stream, (Auckland’s longest stream).
  • Planting fruit trees and native trees around Patumahoe and other places to beautify the area and enhance the paddock to plate theme
  • Develop a community notice board that is attractive and well used. Also small attractive stands for location in local stores for the likes of community newsletters.
  • Enhance entrance ways to Te Ara O Whangamaire Upgrade Henry’s Bush walkway to be accessible to an all weather, year round walkway surface
  • Target possums in the wider area to get below 1% equivalent of a residual trap catch monitor in by 2015, (currently around 5%)
  • Eliminate all mature Woolly nightshade from the wider area by 2016 and control all seedlings.
  • Enhance Patumahoe Schools ‘Trees for Survival’ and work with Te Whangai Trust to make more native plants available for local revegetation.
  • Renovate the Mauku tennis club building. Perhaps develop a template for replicas as well.
  • Arranging visits to other Villages with good central planning features, Village Squares / Greens and well shared resources such as Community Centres
  • Identifying opportunities for securing on going income generation for local Community Development

Simple Projects Builds a Community-1

by PatumahoeVillageInc

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Auckland Draft Unitary Plan

I attended the launch of the Unitary Plan at the Viaduct Events centre on March 15th 2013, and joined the workshop on housing that same day.

The Unitary Plan contains the rules and regulations that Auckland Council will replace the current Franklin District Plan with. The draft is now available to the public for review and comments, and if you are interested in having your say there are a variety of methods.

Auckland Council has specifically set up a website for all information and discussion on the Unitary Plan – Shape Auckland.

To get started watch this short video which gives you a brief overview of the intent of the Unitary Plan:

Then for details you can view the draft plan online:

  • Visit this link to view the Rules in text form which is organised in a hierachy of topics
  • Visit this link to view the maps (which with some self-educating can provide you with specific information about your own property)

Note: As well as underlying zoning, there are overlays which further relate to your property, eg. You may be in a single lot zone, but also have a pre-1944 heritage overlay which will add further performance criteria to any development or build on that site.  On the maps pages you will be able to find all the overlays that relate to your property and may affect you in the future.

If you manage to find your way through the plan, and discover you have a lot to say you can use the following methods:

  • attend a Unitary Plan event – southern Auckland events calendar can be found here,
  • submit using the online form,
  • view and comment on the online blog

Patumahoe Village Inc will be making a submission to the Unitary Plan along the lines of previous submissions, and will be inviting everyone along to a community meeting within the next two weeks to go over our submission.

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

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