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

Rural Urban Boundary

The draft Unitary Plan release date is on 5 March 2013.  The unitary plan are rules and regulations relating to land use and buildings throughout Auckland.  It is an amalgamation of the previous District plans held by the separate councils.

A significant part of this release is the Rural Urban Boundary – which intends to place 40% of the estimated new dwellings in the rural land in Auckland.  This is relevant to Patumahoe.

Article copied from Auckland Council website:

The Rural Urban Boundary

Auckland’s population is growing rapidly. Over the next 30 years it is estimated an additional one million people are likely to live in Auckland. As we grow, our children will need places to live and work.

The Rural Urban Boundary (RUB) will define the maximum extent of urban development in greenfield land to help meet the growth projected in the Auckland Plan.

The RUB will be included in the Unitary Plan – the rulebook determining where development will occur. In keeping with the Auckland Plan, it is the intention for up to 40 per cent of the required 400,000 new dwellings to be located in rural towns and villages, greenfield areas and other rural areas; the majority of new dwellings will be located in existing urban areas.

The purpose of the RUB is to provide adequate room for growth while protecting the things that Aucklanders hold special, such as the natural environment, heritage, productive rural land, valued coastal areas and sense of community.

The RUB will provide land capacity for 160,000 new dwellings and 1400ha for new greenfields business land.

Investigations defining the boundary have been divided into three areas:

  • For the south, it means investigating which greenfield areas could best be used for up to 55,000 dwellings, along with business land for up to 35,000 jobs.  Options for where houses and businesses may go in Pukekohe, Drury South and Karaka were made available for public feedback, which is being reviewed.
  • Investigations are underway in the west (Whenuapai, Kumeu, and Huapai) and north (Warkworth and Silverdale West) to allow for growth of up to 35,000 dwellings.
  • A further 70,000 dwellings will be developed in general rural zones, towns and settlements, such as Waiuku and Wellsford.

These are the maximum numbers for development over a 30-year period.”



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