CCRG's recent submissions to various governance groups and authorities.
Resource Consent application to construct, operate & maintain six new ferry berths within the Downtown Ferry Basin at 85-89 Quay Street, Queens Wharf
CCRG is very supportive of the need for quality and convenient ferry services in the city centre.
Lacking capacity to comment on the technical issues we confined our submission to the wider aspects of planning, and the impacts of this, on how we develop the public at the Queens Wharf area.
Our focus is to work with others on ensuring that the plans we make today provide facilities and services that are fit for purpose for residents, (and also workers and visitors) who will share the city centre in 2040.
This is just one of 4 projects that will have major impacts on Queens Wharf, which the public purchased for $40m – one of the 3 purchase reasons reasons – to provide great public space for people. But the four projects have been deliberately submitted as separate resource consents, and not as one. These projects if approved, will create at times, a bus, taxi and truck motorway around all sides and through the entire centre of the wharf. The public undertaking by the Council family to consult has not been fulfilled.
The reality is that it is almost impossible to reach an informed decision on the design, suitability, heritage and functionality aspects of this application without considering at the same time, the details of the other projects.
This is just deliberate short term, ad-hoc non-planning, designed to stymie opposition and sideline our well thought out guiding master plans .
CCRG support and advocate for:
a) the prioritising and clear securing of an appropriately-sized public recreational space at the northern and western edge end of Queens Wharf.
b) A clear delineation of pedestrian access onto the wharf that follows the line of Queen St to the end of the wharf.
c) That all but essential transport be limited to the southern and eastern sides of Queens Wharf.
We asked for the deferral of any decision until all adequate, and reliable information is provided to the Hearing Panel.
Annual Budget (annual plan) 2019/2020
Council are currently in the process of producing the proposed Annual Budget for 2019/2020. The Waitematā Local Board held engagement events and a final formal hearing on 14 March, for interested parties to provide feedback.
CCRG attended and spoke along with 14 other presentations in total from a range of groups and individuals. Feedback closes 17 march.
Queens’ Wharf 90m Concrete Mooring structures Extensions - Feb 2019
Queens Wharf was purchased (for $40million) by the Auckland Council (from Ports of Auckland), to be our premier waterfront space with outstanding urban design – not further industrialised with concrete and gangways.
Now the Council is reversing Queens Wharf’s intended use by planning significant changes that will commercialise the wharf's open public space - a series of miscalculated proposals that will permanently alter the civic qualities of an important and much-loved community waterfront arena.
Undermining our agreed plans (City Centre Master Plan & Waterfront Plan), this is short-term disconnected planning of our waterfront. Queen’s wharf is being divvied up in an Ad-hoc manner amongst POAL, AT (ferry berth extension down the western side of Queen’s Wharf), and RFA , whilst there is no obvious planning for the promised Queen’s wharf public space, and that public space appears to be being quietly de-prioritised.
There is a poor business case with questionable and inflated figures that fails to account for the costs associated with any negatives - cruise ship diesel and black carbon pollution, congestion, and turning Queens Wharf into a motorway for 100’s of buses, taxis and service trucks around all sides and down the middle of the wharf.
CCRG joined a coalition opposing the wharf extension. Other prominent City Centre groups, Heart of The City, Waitematā Local Board, also submitted in opposition.
LED Billboard 147-149 Victoria Street West
To erect a new 12m (high) by 4m (wide) digital billboard on the eastern façade of an approved residential building. Evidence presented by Audrey van Ryn on behalf of CCRG.
The proliferation of large and very bright LED billboards is an uncontrolled activity with the potential to seriously affect residents’ quality of life. Eventually, every available corner, and blank wall could be billboarded as these LED ones are not covered by existing bylaws, and their cumulative effects ignored. Developers and advertisers state in their evidence that residents and community input should be disregarded, and that we don't understand how light works. We will continue to submit against them until an agreed and reasonable framework is in place
Ferry Basin, Queens Wharf & water space of the Waitemata Harbour, December 2018
This is one of several projects mooted for the waterfront, and while this is ostensibly about creating new ferry berths, for residents it has major impacts on the use of Queen’s wharf for public space. And is an example of poor & piecemeal planning that chips away at our guiding city plans - especially Queen’s Wharf as useable public space and not merely divided up amongst competing transport infrastructure demands.
Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP)
The Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) describes the public transport network that Auckland Transport (AT) proposes for the region, identifies the services that are integral to that network over a 10-year period, and sets out the policies and procedures that apply to those services.
LED Billboards: Application LUC60312872 – Erect a 12 x 4 m LED Billboard - November 2018
There is an increasing number of digital 24/7 billboards in the city centre.“Billboards are a common element within Auckland’s CBD, and it would have the highest concentration of billboards within New Zealand…Electronic billboard displays within the CBD have increased in recent years.” Although the applicant might see the proliferation of electronic billboards in Auckland’s city centre as a reason to place another billboard there, we see this as a reason to limit the number of electronic billboards in our neighbourhood. The effects on residents are often much more than minor given the very large size and brightness these screens attain.
Here’s our submission.
Queens Wharf Mooring Dolphin Submission oct 18
CCRG joined with several other groups opposing this Resource Consent (RC).
While keen to work with Council on all development in the city centre, the proposal to remove yet more public space for shipping purposes is something we simply cannot support. Read the submission for the reasons why.
Changes to Freyberg Place Pedestrian Mall
A cherished public space that links with the City Centre Community's Ellen Melville Centre - Auckland Transport (AT) and Auckland Council (AC) are proposing changes to Freyberg Place. It still has the legal status of a road. The proposal is to change this to a pedestrian mall, which is only accessible to pedestrians and people on bicycles and does not allow the driving or parking of any vehicle.
While CCRG support the closing of the space to traffic, CCRG does not believe a pedestrian Mall is the best way to effectively manage this space and achieve residents' and others vision for this area.
CCRG want to see the road legally Stopped, and vested in Auckland Council, rather than continuing on with dual overlapping ownerships and the inefficiencies and ongoing legal uncertainties that this leads to. Lets get it right, now, and not have to revisit this later on.
Auckland needs to fund large transport projects.
The Regional Fuel Tax seeks 10 cents per litre (plus GST) added to sales of petrol & diesel within Auckland starting on 1 July 2018, for a period of 10 years.
The goal of the Regional Land Transport Plan is to ensure that Auckland can address current challenges & take advantage of future growth It lays out the vision for Auckland's transport over the next ten years, focussing on:
improving freight reliability
promoting walking and cycling
advancing public transport
CCRG Submissions on the Auckland plan & Long Term Plan (10 year budget 2018-28)
The Auckland Plan 2050 considers how Auckland will grow over the next 30 years and sets strategy across six outcome areas.
The 10-year Budget 2018-2028 is rest every three years where Auckland Council adopts a 10-year budget (long-term plan).
These are therefore important strategic guiding documents that affect all who live in the city. And it is important that city centre residents' voices are heard. We made submissions directly to Auckland Council, as well as via the Waitematā Local Board's 'Have Your Say' event, and as a contributor to the City Centre Advisory Board's submission to Auckland Council.
America's Cup: CCRG Submission on Resource Consents AC36 & FFRIF
AC36 relates to the syndicate base infrastructure, event infrastructure and associated activities for the 36th America’s Cup. It proposes major 75m extensions wharves and 15m high boats sheds a permanent base for Team NZ.
FFIRF concerns the relocation of the ferry and fishing industry , currently located on Wynyard Wharf, Halsey Street Extension wharf and the Western Viaduct, to new facilities on the west of Wynyard Point.
We did not support the applications. The proposals are not consistent with the Waterfront Plan and City Centre Master Plan which we all agreed on after a lot of effort and concutation - plans, and goals for a smart working waterfront, a connected waterfront, a public waterfront and a liveable waterfront. We supported recently proposed workable alternatives, and signed the letter in the image above.
federal street stage 2 (mayoral dr to wellesley st) upgrade
The next street for the shared space treatment.
"The upgraded Federal Street will create a shared space for more people to enjoy, and provide access to upper and lower parts of the central city and public transport routes on Mayoral Drive and Wellesley Street."
Being a dead end street provides this shared space concept the chance to shine, as there will be no 'rat running. However CCRG believe there is more work to be done on the shared space concept - to build on what has gone before, and to learn from what has worked and what needs more work - specifically around designing street to slow down traffic, and prioritise pedestrians as was intended.
This is a City Centre Targeted rate project, as endorsed by the City Centre Advisory Board
CCRG Feedback on Waterfront Development 23 august 2017
There are many strategies, plans, and visions, often overlapping, for our waterfront areas. There are many pressures , conflicting demands, and now more recently, development deadlines, on these prime, publicly owned jewels.
Prioritising and increasing quality public spaces for the booming number of residents must take priority over privatised space, and longer term usage must uphold that principle.
We support: a pubic waterfront, a working waterfront, a connected waterfront, all accessible via active modes and integrated into good public transport.
Read our submission.
Princes St, Eden Cr, Shortland St intersection Improvements - AUCKLAND Transport
Here is one of many intersections that are perilous for pedestrians, where vehicles speed, and have priority. Meanwhile visibility and amenity for anyone else is minimal, and you certainly need to be agile. Pedestrian flows are also very high.
A perfect opportunity then for some serious City Centre Masterplan vision and pedestrian priority, we thought, when we saw the proposal's title.
Unfortunately not - ' minor' improvements, indeed. But nothing meaningful in our view, and certainly no speed reductions, or pedestrian priority.
Here is our submission on what we thought of AT's PROPOSAL, and an alternative plan.
MIDTOWN BUS ROUTE
Our submission on Auckland Transport's options for a cross town bus service, was about supporting a practical outcome, but moreover, also upheld and supported the City Centre Masterplan - both its vision and its implementation, as a core and agreed plan for the City Centre. We do not accept an outcome that would jeopardise the Victoria street linear park.
Click the image above, or HERE for our submission.
CCRG Submission on the 2013 Public Safety & Nuisance Bylaw
This bylaw covers the Auckland Council rules that try to address issues relating to public safety and nuisance, and inappropriate behaviour in public places. Have a look at the full list of items considered safety or nuisance items HERE (clearly many are hard to relate to the City Centre).
Most city centre residents will have their favourite concern (s) about these. A key issue for CCRG is around enforcement of these bylaws. Are they being enforced? Does Council have the necessary resources and sufficient legislative authority?
CCRG's submission is HERE
WAITEMATĀ LOCAL BOARD 2017 ANNUAL PLAN
We focussed on 3 broad fronts that connect into the various projects funded via the city centre residential targeted rate & the Board’s Annual Plan programme.
1. Public Transport - Public transport must have priority over private transport for all transport related projects in, and around, the city centre.
2. Public Spaces - Great public spaces are the identifier of cities – these are the places we all enjoy, remember, photograph, play and relax in irrespective of which city we find them.
3. Public Safety - Residents in the world’s most liveable city are entitled to a clean, safe and healthy environment.
Click the image above or HERE for our submission.
Submission on the Roads & Streets Framework (RASF) and the Transport Design Manual (TDM), June 2017
This document and framework presents quite a remarkable shift in thinking about how our streets are designed, and who they are designed for. It considers 'Place' as an important and primary part of designing our streets, along with movement - so the speed and flow of traffic is no longer automatically given primacy - a major change to 60+ years of traffic engineering focused on the speed and flow of cars. It provides, through the Transport Design Manual consistent design and technical guidance, to deliver the vision.
It should transform conditions for walking, cycling and public transport, especially in high-density people-centric areas like Auckland city centre.
CCRG provided a short, but succinct submission, fully supporting this framework, but reiterating its view that this definition of 'place' and 'movement' is properly set by the council's Governing Body, and that the other Council Controlled Organisations, such as Auckland Transport, play a significant role in supporting that leadership.
You can see the Framework powerpoint presentation to Council's Planning Committee (June 2017) in pdf form HERE