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.

road-safety-consultation-woodhouse-road

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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Community Conversation – Patumahoe Road new chicken operation

Flyer-delivered-11-June-2014

Many of you may have received the above flyer in your letterboxes sometime in the last couple of weeks.

PVI has been contacted by a few residents and one has stepped forward to hold a community meeting, where this proposal can be openly discussed and residents be given the opportunity to have their views and concerns aired.

This meeting will be held next Thursday 3 July 2014.

Venue: Patumahoe Primary School Hall
Time: 7pm – 9pm

At present there is no way to make a formal community submission, but this is intended to allow interested community members and residents an opportunity to share information, concerns, ideas and solutions. Please read through the information provided by Auckland Council below, and printout to bring along to the meeting if you are going to attend. This will ensure that everyone has the relevant information and eliminates waste.

Auckland Council has decided that the effects of this proposal are “no more than minor” and so, only submissions from four properties identified in the limited notification can make formal submissions – which are due by next Thursday 3 July 2014.

This decision can be challenged, and formal processes would require a challenge to go through the High Court.

However, we do have local representatives, and given that formal submissions and presentations have been made to Auckland Council over the last few years regarding an existing operation, it is not unreasonable to suggest that the community has already indicated that they are very interested in the development of any new operation.

(Note: Over the course of eighteen months, hundreds of residents were involved in the identification of concerns regarding the adverse effects of a chicken farm on Patumahoe Road. Discussion with the existing landowner, resulted in a solution of proposing a change of landuse for this property. This solution was then conveyed to community in face-to-face contact over the years, publication on the website, and direct mail to 1600 residents. Any comments received were in favour – absolutely none received in opposition to this solution. This request for landchange has been presented to the Franklin Local Board more than once, and in formal written submissions during Unitary Plan change process. The most recent submission being made on 28 February 2014.)

Two posts written by a Patumahoe resident – Peta Berry – have been posted online:
Council decides you are not affected!
Birds of a feather stick together

Peta Berry also created a Facebook page – Ban Chicken Layer Cages – which contains some of the information that she has collected and distributed so far.

An open invitation is issued to the property owners to contact us if they wish to provide information, or to publish their own articles or notes on this matter. Apologies for not getting in direct contact, but the lack of volunteer time and short timeframe have lessened the amount of work that can be achieved.

The copy of the information released by Auckland Council with permission for public distribution is below:
If you intend to participate in the meeting next week, please printout a copy of the consent to bring along. If you do not have a Scribd account you may use the following.
Login: patumahoeprint Password: patumahoe2011

Patumahoe Road – Proposed Intensive Poultry Operation by PatumahoeVillageInc

 

Please use the comments below to add your thoughts…

Thriving Communities Action Plan

Thriving Communities cover

After much consultation, discussion and work the Thriving Communities Action Plan has finally been released by Auckland Council.

The document itself is 42 pages long, but is an easy introduction into the intent and outcomes of Community Development Work.

(As many of you know, we currently have a community development project being undertaken in Patumahoe.  Emma Murtagh is the coordinator of the Looking After Locals Project, and can be contacted on lookingafterlocals@gmail.com.)

Much of the work and consultation undertaken by Patumahoe Village Inc, in the last four years has followed the framework provided by other grassroots organisations.  This action plan puts in place a concrete commitment from Auckland Council to support and assist such grassroots initiatives.  Along with the development of the Looking After Locals project, this gives all of us a wonderful opportunity to have a more direct influence on our local community.

So, grab yourself a cup of tea/glass of wine and sit down for a good read.  Then let those ideas flow – whether small or large! – then get in touch and we’ll see what we can do to make it happen.

 

Thriving Communities Action Plan by PatumahoeVillageInc

Patumahoe Hill – Community amenity proposal

Feedback is wanted from the community about the development of a community amenity located within the newly approved Private Plan Change 37 – Patumahoe Hill Structure Plan.

For those who are uninitiated into regulatory speak – a private plan change resource consent- when approved – changes the landuse zoning of the proposal property/properties. In this case, landuse has changed from Rural to Residential allowing for the development of a subdivision on the hill which is currently cropped. Private Plan Changes are initiated by private landowners.

Previous posts on this particular PPC (Private Plan Change) can be read by clicking on the links below:
View from the summit -Patumahoe Hill
Community Meeting – 13th September 2012
Private Plan Change 37 – Patumahoe Hill Structure Plan

Background to this proposal.
1. The summit has been identified in the Draft Structure Plan and advice from all our planners has pointed out the ecological significance of this site – as it is the highest point in the current village and expected development area.
2. Cultural significance is documented by historical maps showing this to be the centre of the Native Reserve, despite confiscation dispersing local iwi populations to other areas over 150 yrs ago. Their connection can be recognised, and documented in a beneficial and sensitive manner.
3. Alternative transport – planners are recognising the benefits of walkable neighbourhoods, and this proposal adds that benefit to its concept.
4. Community amenity – provides everyone (especially those in higher density homes) access to a natural amenity with view to our local rural and populated landscapes – as well as direct sightlines to other Franklin volcanoes.

Andrew Sinclair has put together a powerpoint presentation on this concept which contains much more detail, and we hope to be holding an open community discussion day soon on this very topic:

Please take time to have a look, and then fill out the form provided or comment on this post to provide your views:

Patumahoe Hill Presentation March 2014

Indicate your preferred option here:
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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.

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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