Patumahoe Community Meeting – 19 March 2014

Firstly, a big thank-you to everyone who attended this meeting which allowed a variety of views and concerns to be aired.

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
Patumahoe Hill – Community Amenity proposal

If anyone who stood up and spoke is willing to share their words with the wider community, please post them as comments below or alternatively send them through, and I will add them to the post.

Three clarifications on points of order raised during the meeting, which will be answered point by point:

1.  Concern was raised over the fact that the mound proposal did not refer to a walkway over the buffer zone even though it was the intention of the current landowners for this to occur.

2.  No fundraising had taken place or offers of payment for any extra land or accommodations had been offered.

3.  That the opportunity for community input had been completed when the decision was made not to appeal the approval of the Private Plan Change.

 

It is worthwhile, to examine those concerns and allow further discussion:

1.  Concern was raised over the fact that the proposal did not refer to a walkway over the buffer zone even though it was the intention of the current landowners for this to occur.

Correct: The options for the mound do not have any mention of a proposed walkway on the buffer zone, even though it was included on the PPC overview structure plan graphics.

PVI apologise if there is some confusion over this, but the decision document we received had the following changes made by the regulatory committee after the hearing.

This includes reference to the removal of the planned summit area:

The text of the Plan Changes in terms of our decision is attached. We note that most of the changes made to the provisions of the notified version of PPC37 were identified at the hearing (and largely agreed by the Applicant). We set out below those changes that we accepted – which include the majority accepted or offered by the Applicant at the hearing. However further changes have been made by us. We set these out in summary here so that the rest of this decision can be read in context.

The main changes we have made, that were not already ’agreed’ at the hearing by the Applicant, include:

• The deletion of the proposed commercial zoning (1750m2
• The removal of the restriction of no private open space between the
• The removal of the words “Potential Summit Viewing Area” from the Landscape Concept Plan – Diagram 54 D(VIII). The reasons for this are set out below.
• The addition of the following assessment in 54.9.5.2.8.1 Discretionary (RA)
Activities – “Cultural and Heritage Values”   – Private Plan Change 37 Decision FINAL.pdf Page 1.

This decision document also makes reference to the 20m buffer zone, and the inclusion of walkways in the built subdivision area, but makes no reference to the necessity to include a public access/walkway along the buffer zone.

If we are incorrect in concluding that the next owner will have no requirement to provide this despite the intention of the current landowners, could someone with suitable authority please point out this in the decision document that we have received.

As far as we can see the text in the decision does not spell this out, and we understand that this change may be a result of the regulatory committee rather than the landowners.

We apologise for any distress this may have caused the current owners, but as it stands – after the stated removal of the words regarding the summit area, and no reference in the decision document – it is reasonable to expect the next owner/or developer may choose to ignore previous owner’s good intentions.

In the effort to be strictly accurate, this omission will stay in until we receive advice and evidence that the requirement for this walkway has been included.

 

2.  No fundraising had taken place or offers of payment for any extra land or accommodations had been offered.

Once again, this is at the community consultation stage.

We understand that we were not effective in communicating that we would be prepared to fundraise and meet costs in order to get a community supported amenity achieved.

This is a necessary requirement – as funding options from Auckland Council are constrained at present and likely to be for some time.  We consider that part of our community is the current landowners, as will be the final developer and residents.  We consider that their views are just as legitimate and valued as others, and do not believe they should be required to pay any extra for any community work that takes place – unless of course – they wish to do so on their own accord.

It has always been our intention to raise the funds and sponsorship to meet the costs, IF the community supports the idea, for this or any other proposal.  This has been a constant statement of intent from the beginning of PVI, and has not changed.

 

3.  That the opportunity for community input had been completed when the decision was made not to appeal the approval of the Private Plan Change.

As stated below, this is not the case:

“A number of submitters raised the issue that it was inappropriate on landscape and
visual amenity grounds for this part of Patumahoe Hill to be developed. While we
understand submitters’ concerns; that this Hill has been ‘undeveloped’ and is
considered by some as a ‘rural/landscape visual amenity’, we have already said that
Patumahoe Hill has no special status in any policy and planning documents. We
further accept that if the PPC37 land is developed as set out in the structure plan, it will
change the ‘visual landscape’ of Patumahoe. The Applicant (and Ms Gilbert) accepts
this; however we accept Ms Gilberts evidence as set out above.

As partial mitigation, Patumahoe Village Inc, sought a viewing platform/mound at the
top of the cone within the area of the buffer strip (to be public open space once vested
in the Council). We acknowledge the considerable effort and commitment by these
submitters; however for the reasons below we do not support the submitters’ request.

Ms Gilbert did not support viewing platform/mound at the top of the cone from a
landscape/visual perspective and considered it could be “contrived” and /or impact on
the visual screening ‘function’ of the buffer area.   As stated, we have not incorporated this aspect into the plan change and have deleted the wording as suggested by Ms Gilbert if it were to be included – “Potential Submit Viewing Area”.

The deletion of these words does not mean we did not support the concept, and clearly some parts of the community would like it. However there is nothing that we can see that would preclude this from occurring. It is matter that should be discussed with the Council if this land is to be vested – or with the Applicant should the land not be vested.” Private Plan Change 37 Decision FINAL.pdf (Page 15-16).

It is apparent from this text that the regulatory committee considered that the proposal was viable, and they considered that options to have the mound proposal implemented were still on the table.

The reasons provided for not including this in the PPC were solely in regards to evidence from Bridget Gilbert, and her subjective view of the mound.  No community consultation was undertaken by her in regard to this assumption – and to be fair – none was required.

This meeting in part, was to provide this opportunity to the community to be part of an open discussion that is not provided by council processes.  An opportunity for community to give feedback without adversarial approaches or extra costs bourne by community members.

Below is the full document received by Patumahoe Village Inc regarding these points of order.

Please comment as you wish, guidelines regarding the usual courtesy and common sense apply.

Patumahoe Private Plan Change 37 Decision FINAL

 


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

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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.

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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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…. Franklin’s first village planning meeting???…

For those of you who have attended any of the Open Days, street parties, open community meetings or engaged with us by email or phone during the last three years, you may have been surprised to read in Tuesday’s Franklin County News (9th April 2013) the following article:

Copy reproduced with acknowledgement to copyright owner Franklin County News

Of particular interest may be the fact that after two years work  that included considered consultation with those who chose to engage, using a variety of methods, we have had several meetings with the Franklin Local Board asking for precisely those planning resources that have been given to Kawakawa Bay and Hunua.  They seemed to have achieved these results with a three page document and one meeting.

Our submissions and considerations are very similar to what have been proposed – and supported by Franklin Local Board – but we have been much more comprehensive in our consultation methodology and final considerations.

While we do not begrudge either of these communities this resource, it is of interest to us how these communities were chosen, and before contacting Franklin Local Board on this matter would like to hear from Patumahoe first.

We invite anyone in the wider community to comment on this matter, and will answer any questions that are put forward.

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.

Request for letters of support from community

Previous posts: Community Development Scheme application
Draft of application for Community Development Grant

Hi Folks

Paula Crosswell is developing an application that could see us obtain a 3 years of funding of up to $240,000 to assist with Community Development. It is too good an opportunity to turn down. There is a tight time frame on this with the application due in on March 20th. There will be a meeting next week and you will receive more information about it if. In the mean time I have been put in charge of getting some support and if possible we require from you a brief note of support and a little about yourself or yourselves.

The application is being fronted by the school as they have a track record of audited accounts. There is significant Patumahoe Village Inc  involvement with support from Whakaupoko Landcare. Please feel free to circulate this among others. I expect this will get circulated via PVI and Whakaupoko so you may receive this more than once.

We are presenting supporters as ‘Meet the locals’

If you are able to include a low res photo that will be appreciated.

The deadline is by this Sunday if possible. I have included a sample of one I have completed for myself.

Simply fill in and email back to me asap under the headings below.

Best Wishes

Andrew Sinclair

 

If you want to play a part in getting this scheme up and going in Patumahoe for three years, a couple of minutes is all that is needed to show your support for this proposal. You take two minutes to fill in this online form, or write your own letter, and send it to me by 15 March 2013 – email: patumahoe village2050@gmail.com.

Every letter is a valuable contribution to the application. Please consider taking the time to do it now.

A template and example is shown below:

Name(s):

Support:

I fully support this DIA Community Development Scheme application for Patumahoe and the surrounding wider community of which I am a keen local participant.

Brief background:

Community Interests / Involvement:

Hopes for the future:

 

Letter of Support – Andrew Sinclair by PatumahoeVillageInc


Draft of application for Community Development Grant

We are a bit further down the track – on the Community Development Grant initially discussed in this post.

Due to the tight deadline, and Ron’s absence (but welcome return this week) we are still in draft mode on the application which needs to be submitted in hard copy by 20 March 2013.

To meet our intent of transparency with the community – the draft application can be viewed below.  Please feel free to download and comment on aspects of the application, and we will endeavour to take all suggestions on board.

Of immense value is indication of support from the community. If you agree with the wider scope of the proposal please take time to write us a letter of support – or alternatively – take a couple of minutes to fill out this online form.

Draft Application 2013 by PatumahoeVillageInc

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.