CCRG's recent submissions to various governance groups and authorities.
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:
- reducing congestion
- improving freight reliability
- road safety
- 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