8. Parks & Recreational Land

8 PARKS RUGBY CLUBROOMSIn order to define an accurate and reasonable land acquisition requirement, we have undertaken the following up to the present time:

  • Contacted existing sports clubs within Patumahoe to ascertain current use figures and projected use figures for the next few decades,
  • Reviewed and challenged current population figures used by Auckland Council for allocation of parks and reserves,
  • Requested that our Local Board conduct a Feasibility Study to identify current, future and possible stakeholders to improve community use, and sustainable outcome.

 

Active sports Fields and facilities

Current reserves include:

  • Clive Howe Reserve – active sports grounds located adjacent to Primary School,
  • Patumahoe War Memorial Reserve – active sports grounds and location of sports
  • Buildings:

Clubrooms for : Patumahoe Tennis, Patumahoe  Junior Rugby & Mauku Cricket Club, Patumahoe Bowling.

  • Patumahoe War Memorial Hall – used and maintained by Patumahoe Rugby, available for community hire

 

Passive Reserves

Current reserves include:

  • Henry’s Bush – native reserve located just outside residential boundary of Patumahoe,
  • Clive Howe Bush reserve – recently acquired by Auckland Council as part of subdivision process,

 

Land acquisition

Land acquisition requires the coordination of input from the previously noted areas of investigation:

 

Land acquisition for Multi-Use facility and active sports fields

  • 3. Multi-Use Community Centre – Item 3.3

Clive Howe Bush Reserve – Henry’s Bush Linkway

  • 4. Planning Intentions – Zoning Issues – Item 4.2
  • 5.2 Walkways – Item 5.2.2
  • 6.1 Ecological Corridors & Sites – Item 6.1.1

Village Walkway/Cycleway network

  • 4. Planning Intentions- Zoning Issues – Item 4.3
  • 5.2  Walkways – Item 5.2.3
  • 6.1 Ecological Corridors & Sites – Item 6.1.2
  • 7. History/heritage – Item 7.2

Initial Spatial Plan for village centre

  • 3. Multi-Use Community Centre – Item 3.2
  • 4. Planning Intentions – Zoning Issues – Item 4.1.
  • 5.4 Public Transport – Item 5.4.1

 

The land acquisition requirements of each have been defined within their own categories, and have been summarised below in Conclusions.

 

Suggestions from participants:

  • Add to current reserves by negotiation/cooperation with local landowners to create network of linked ecological, access and heritage sites
  • Support Whakaupoko Landcare in regeneration, pest and weed control projects.
  • Acquire residential land adjoining existing fields to allow for expansion and future growth,
  • Acquire land for designed network of walkways/cycleways or negotiate with landowners for public access to sites and locations,
  • Include future location of train station in any spatial plan land acquisition

 

Other considerations:

Patumahoe War Memorial reserve has long been the home of Patumahoe Rugby and some consideration needs to be given on the weight this has over current planning advice and trends.

 

Planning advice:

Advice received from Auckland Council staff is to try and restrict new land acquisition to rural zoned properties as funding restraints make the purchase of residentially zoned land unlikely.

Also, consider whether active sports grounds are desirable in the “heart of the village” – current planning methods locate these reserves away from the centre of communities in order to encourage all-day movement and life in that important centre.

 

CONCLUSIONS / ACTIONS

 

8.1  Feasibility Study & Initial spatial plan

A request for a feasibility study to determine future requirement for active sports fields, and land requirement and location for multi-use facility has been made to the Local Board in August 2011.

Included in feasibility study process will be an initial spatial plan for the village centre which will help identify land acquisition priorities and requirements and act on those recommendations.

 

8 parks waterfall searle8.2 Village Walkway/Cycleway network

  • Identify immediate and obvious land acquisition needs for Transport section and include in immediate and long-term budgets,
  • Identify landowners and stakeholders on possible Transport routes and projects and coordinate with them to plan best outcome for network design
  • Identify possible alternate options for active reserve land and acquire while still rurally zoned.
  • Work with Auckland Council on spatial plan to determine whether new land acquisition can be offset by sale or rezoning of land currently owned by council

 

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