unconfirmed                                                                       1                                                      1 July 2021

HUTT CITY COUNCIL

 

Komiti Iti Arotake Mahere ā-Rohe | District Plan Review Subcommittee

 

Minutes of a meeting held in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 30 Laings Road,
Lower Hutt on

 Thursday 1 July 2021 commencing at 2.00pm

 

 

PRESENT:                       

Cr S Edwards (Chair)

Cr K Brown (from 2.06pm)

Cr B Dyer

Deputy Mayor T Lewis

Cr N Shaw

Ms M Dentice (from 2.18pm)

 

APOLOGIES:                   Ms Dentice and Cr K Brown for lateness.

 

IN ATTENDANCE:         Ms H Oram, Director Environment and Sustainability

Mr H Wesney, Divisional Manager District Plan Policy

Mr N Geard, Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

Mr J Joseph, Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

Ms C McNab, Environmental Policy Analyst

Mr S Davis, Policy Planner

Mr B Haddrell, Policy Planner

Mr G Craig, Head of Business and Economy

Ms H Clegg, Minute Taker

 

 

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

 

1.

OPENING FORMALITIES – KARAKIA

Ki a tau ki a tātou katoa

Te atawhai o tō tatou

Ariki o Ihu Karaiti

Me te Aroha o te Atua

Me te whiwhinga tahitanga

Ki te wairua tapu

Ake ake ake

Amine

 

2.       APOLOGIES 

Resolved(Cr Edwards/Deputy Mayor Lewis)                   Minute No. DPRS 21301

“That the apology for lateness received from Cr K Brown and Ms M Dentice be accepted.”

 

3.       PUBLIC COMMENT

There was no public comment.      

4.       CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATIONS  

         Cr Dyer declared a conflict of interest in relation to Item 7 (Upper Fitzherbert, Wainuiomata).  He declared that he was in the process of purchasing land close to Upper Fitzherbert, Wainuiomata.  He took no part in discussions or voting on matters relating to Upper Fitzherbert, Wainuiomata.

5.       Minutes

Resolved(Cr Edwards/Cr Dyer)                                        Minute No. DPRS 21302

“That the minutes of the meeting of the District Plan Review Subcommittee held on Tuesday,
18 May 2021, be confirmed as a true and correct record.”

     

6.

Contaminated Land (21/56)

Report No. DPRS2021/3/133 by the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

 

The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst elaborated on the report.

In response to questions from members, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst concluded the number of identified contaminated sites on the current list would have increased over the past few years.  He highlighted that the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) was responsible for the list.  He added that as officers became aware of potentially contaminated sites, they informed GWRC.

Cr Brown joined the meeting at 2.06pm.

In response to questions from members, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advised land on which market gardens or orchards had previously operated would be included as contaminated sites.

 

Resolved(Cr Edwards/Cr Dyer)                                        Minute No. DPRS 21303

“That the Subcommittee directs officers to proceed with the District Plan Review with regard to contaminated land through Option 2, which includes development of new objectives and policies to support implementation of the National Environmental Standard for Assessing and Managing Contaminants in Soil to Protect Human Health.”

 

7.

Urban Form and Development - Greenfield Development (21/795)

Report No. DPRS2021/3/134 by the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

 

Ms Katrina Murison, Principal Advisor, Growth Planning from Wellington Water Limited was in attendance for the item.

Cr Dyer declared a conflict of interest in relation to Upper Fitzherbert, Wainuiomata.  He took no part in discussions or voting on matters relating to Upper Fitzherbert, Wainuiomata.

Members noted that it was the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst’s last meeting.  They thanked him for his work ethic and straightforward advice.   

The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst elaborated on the report

In response to a question from a member, Ms Murison advised that preliminary high level work had been completed on what wider Wainuiomata infrastructural requirements were needed to enable growth.  This included Upper Fitzherbert, Wainuiomata.  She added that recommendations to the 30 year Infrastructure Strategy had been made with some elements receiving funding in the latter stages of that strategy.  She further added that Wellington Water Ltd (WWL) was aware of the major constraints to the Three Water networks in Wainuiomata.

Ms Dentice joined the meeting at 2.18pm.

Ms Murison advised that if infrastructural works were undertaken in a piecemeal fashion, economies of scale would be lost.  She further advised that additional investigations into the requirements of the whole Wainuiomata area, including items such as roading, urban design and water servicing, were needed in order to provide more detailed advice.  She informed members that there was currently a water storage deficiency in Wainuiomata which required a significant piece of infrastructure to be constructed.  She added that the wastewater system issues were being addressed with investigations into progressing existing issues within that network.  She confirmed that WWL was working to a 30 year plan.  She highlighted that investment in the Wainuiomata area may result in trade-offs for infrastructural investment in other parts of the city.    

The Director Environment and Sustainability advised that the investigatory work proposed by officers would allow them to assess all constraints to development in a more strategic manner.  This would result in officers being able to instruct WWL on the priority areas to direct infrastructural investment.

The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst added that the options presented in the officer’s report were for the existing zoning for Upper Fitzherbert, Wainuiomata to remain or for a future urban zoning to be placed upon the land.

In response to further questions from members, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advised that officers wished to obtain the community’s preferences for the uses of the land.  He added that a future urban zoning of the land was a “place holder” signalling Council’s intention.  He highlighted that no development would occur straight away.  He acknowledged the reduction in the amount of land to be considered for urban development which occurred as a result of the 2012 consultations.  He advised that officers would listen to all feedback as a result of the public consultation exercise.  

In response to a question from a member, the Director Environment and Sustainability advised that members were being asked to make a decision on the approach of officers rather than on the exact details.  She acknowledged members’ concerns regarding consultation without all the facts.  She stated that to undertake investigations without consulting the public could be perceived as having pre-empting a decision.  She noted that landowner intentions were not known by officers and that any public consultation would fully explain that infrastructural investigations were continuing.

In response to a question from a member, the Divisional Manager District Plan Policy advised it was planned to have a draft District Plan ready in early 2022.  He acknowledged some difficult issues may require additional work at that time and may not be included in the draft District Plan.

In response to questions from members, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst confirmed the initial assessment of the information available for the Kilmister Block indicated that development was unlikely.

Cr Brown expressed concern with the lack of detail for the preferred option when undertaking public consultation.  She suggested the Kilmister Block remain an area to be investigated further.  She understood the balance that needed to occur between undertaking a full investigation into land prior to a public consultation programme and listening with an open mind to the public’s views.

Deputy Mayor Lewis expressed support for the District Plan work moving forward.  She expressed concern with the lack of information available for the community to make an informed decision.  She also expressed concern that investigations into the Wainuiomata area may result in this land being prioritised over other parts of the city. 

The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advised officers anticipated that, based on current timelines, a public consultation exercise for this topic would occur in September/October 2021.  He added if more investigative work was required to be undertaken then that timeline would be in doubt.  He considered it would push the release of a draft District Plan further into 2022.

Cr Edwards supported the officer’s comments.  He added that he was conscious of the difficulties in conducting a public consultation programme without the full infrastructure details being available.  He noted there was an infrastructure network in Wainuiomata, and that there were no services in the Kilmister area.  He acknowledged the intensification options proposed throughout the city.  He considered the best course of action was to proceed.

Cr Dyer suggested further investigation into the Kilmister Block.  He noted that most of that block was in public ownership meaning a private plan change or proposal for the land would most likely not be forthcoming.  He believed there could be potential for some of the land to be sold to provide funding for development.  He added that the land was ideally situated close to Transmission Gully, an alternative to the Petone-Grenada link could be developed in the Kilmister area and that additional industrial storage areas could also be developed. 

The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advised there may be cost implications involved with undertaking more investigatory works on the Kilmister Block.  He noted that the block of land had not been identified in the Regional Growth Framework for future urban development.  He explained the obvious barriers to development of the land were SNA considerations and topography constraints.  He further advised a geotechnical investigation would be required to ascertain the suitability of the land for residential use and the amount of earthworks which would be required to form an urban environment.  He added that the land was currently part of the Belmont Regional Park and that while not zoned reserve, there was another process which would need to be concluded before a future urban zoning could be placed on the land. 

The Director Environment and Sustainability advised that Council had already identified the land as a possible area to use for carbon credits.  She advised that officers could request a geotechnical report on the land.  She added that investigations into Upper Fiztherbert, Wainiuomata would be a better use of resources.

Cr Shaw expressed support for going out for public consultation sooner rather than later.  She suggested officers obtain further geotechnical investigations into the Kilmister Block.

MOVED:  (Cr Edwards/Cr Shaw)

“That the Subcommittee endorses the following approach for the next stage of the greenfield part of the Urban Form and Development topic:

(a)  undertakes public engagement on potential future urban development in the Upper Fitzherbert, Wainuiomata and Kelson areas. The purpose of this engagement would be to seek community feedback from landowners on their views on potential future development in these areas;

(b)  undertakes further investigatory work on future urban development in the Upper Fitzherbert, Kelson and Shaftesbury Grove areas. These further investigations would be to determine potential environmental effects, infrastructure costs, economic feasibility of development and whether infrastructure costs can be recovered;

(c)  carries out no further work to actively investigate any other greenfield areas, including the six areas assessed for potential future development. However, Council will remain open to considering specific proposals for greenfield development in these areas if put forward by property owners through the District Plan Review process;

(d) develops provisions to provide high level policy within the District Plan to guide assessment of specific greenfield development proposals through future private plan changes; and

(e)   refer this issue to the Policy, Finance and Strategy Committee to obtain a Council position on its potential role in developing the Upper Fitzherbert area, and on determining infrastructure costs and potential funding sources. 

AMENDMENT MOVED:  (Cr Dyer/Cr Brown)

That parts (c) and (d) above be replaced with:

(c)   that officers carry out further investigatory work on the Kilmister Block, with no further work being undertaken to actively investigate any other greenfield areas, including the five other areas assessed for potential future development;

(d)  that officers be directed to undertake further investigative work regarding the suitability of the Kilmister Block for greenfields development.

The amendment was CARRIED on the voices.  With the agreement of members, the amendment became part of the substantive motion. 

The motion was taken in parts. 

Cr Dyer took no part in voting on parts (a) and (b) below.

 

Resolved(Cr Edwards/Cr Shaw)                                    Minute No. DPRS 21304

“That the Subcommittee endorses the following approach for the next stage of the greenfield part of the Urban Form and Development topic:

(a)      undertakes public engagement on potential future urban development in the Upper Fitzherbert, Wainuiomata and Kelson areas. The purpose of this engagement would be to seek community feedback from landowners on their views on potential future development in these areas;

 

(b)      undertakes further investigatory work on future urban development in the Upper Fitzherbert, Kelson and Shaftesbury Grove areas. These further investigations would be to determine potential environmental effects, infrastructure costs, economic feasibility of development and whether infrastructure costs can be recovered;

 

(c)   asks officers to carry out further investigatory work on the Kilmister Block with no further work being undertaken to actively investigate any other greenfield areas, including the five other areas assessed for potential future development;

(d)  directs officers to undertake further investigative work regarding the suitability of the Kilmister Block for greenfields development;

(e)   asks officers to develop provisions to provide high level policy within the District Plan to guide assessment of specific greenfield development proposals through future private plan changes; and

(f))   asks officers to refer the matter to the Policy, Finance and Strategy Committee to obtain Council’s position on its potential role in developing the Upper Fitzherbert area and on determining infrastructure costs and potential funding sources.”

Deputy Mayor Lewis requested that her vote against parts (c) and (d) above be recorded.

8.

Energy (21/53)

Report No. DPRS2021/3/135 by the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

 

The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst elaborated on the report.

 

Resolved(Cr Edwards/Deputy Mayor Lewis)                   Minute No. DPRS 21305

“That the Subcommittee directs officers to proceed with the District Plan Review with regard to renewable energy generation through Option 1, retaining the existing objectives and policies of the District Plan, and amending the rules and associated standards, with a focus on integration with the structure of the District Plan, particularly new zones and significant sites.”

9.       QUESTIONS   

There were no questions.

There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 3.11pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Cr S Edwards

                                                                                                                 CHAIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONFIRMED as a true and correct record

Dated this 5th day of August 2021