1                                          4 November 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 4 November 2021 commencing at 1.00pm

 

 

PRESENT:                       

Cr S Edwards (Chair)

Cr K Brown

Cr B Dyer (from 1.13pm)

Deputy Mayor T Lewis

Cr N Shaw

Ms M Dentice

 

APOLOGY:                      Cr Dyer for lateness.

 

IN ATTENDANCE:        Ms H Oram, Director Environment and Sustainability

Ms P Rotherham, Head of Planning

Mr H Wesney, Policy Planner

Mr N Geard, Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

Mr B Haddrell, Policy Planner

Ms A Doornebosch, Democracy Advisor

Ms H Clegg, Minute Taker

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC BUSINESS

 

 

 

 

1.       OPENING FORMALITIES - Karakia Timatanga     

Kia hora te marino

Kia whakapapa pounamu te moana

He huarahi mā tātou i te rangi nei

Aroha atu, aroha mai

Tātou i a tātou katoa

Hui e Tāiki e!

May peace be wide spread

May the sea be like greenstone

A pathway for us all this day

Let us show respect for each other

For one another

Bind us together!

 

 

 

2.       APOLOGIES

Resolved(Cr Edwards/Deputy Mayor Lewis)                        Minute No. DPRS21501

“That the apology for lateness received from Cr B Dyer be accepted.”

 

3.       PUBLIC COMMENT

Comments are recorded under the item to which they relate.

 

Cr Dyer joined the meeting at 1.13pm.

 

4.       CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATIONS

Cr Brown declared a conflict of interest in Item 6, Tertiary Education Zone – Draft Chapter and took no part in discussion or voting on the matter.

Ms Dentice declared a conflict of interest relating to item 8, Infrastructure – Draft Chapter and took no part in discussion or voting on the matter.

 

5.

Minutes

Report No. DPRS2021/5/126 by the Democracy Advisor

 

Resolved:  (Cr Edwards/Cr Dyer)                                             Minute No. DPRS 21502

 

“That the minutes of the meeting of the District Plan Review Subcommittee meeting held on Thursday 1 July 2021, be confirmed as a true and correct record.”

 

  

6.

Tertiary Education Zone - Draft Chapter (21/1552)

Report No. DPRS2021/5/235 by the Policy Planner

 

Cr Brown declared a conflict of interest and took no part in discussion or voting on the matter.

The Policy Planner elaborated on the report.  He advised that a conversation had taken place with the Learning Connexion management resulting in the requirement for a Tertiary Precinct for that site no longer being necessary.  He also advised that any future development of the site could be provided for by the underlying zoning of the land.

In response to questions from members, the Policy Planner advised a recent resource consent application from WelTec concerning the block of land on the corner of Britannia and Udy Streets had been granted.  He believed the land could revert to its underlying zoning of residential as it had been proven that it was no longer required for carparking purposes. He advised no public consultation had occurred and that discussions with all tertiary institutions, apart from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, had occurred. He confirmed no issues had been raised with the current provisions of the District Plan for these institutions. He added that at the Polytechnic site, future development plans could not be provided for by the current underlying zoning, and that a Precinct zoning would better suit the use of that land.  He clarified that it was proposed to replace the underlying residential zoning of the main WelTec site with a Tertiary Precinct zoning. He noted other campuses (eg engineering and construction) were on different sites with different zonings. He advised that a design study assessment for residential developments was still being developed and that until that was complete, he could not comment on possible controls for providing for six storey buildings upon WelTec land close to residentially zoned land. He noted that it was likely some of the surrounding residential land would be zoned medium to high density, which could provide for six storey developments. He advised the height controls for the WelTec Precinct would be drafted once the design study assessment had been completed.  He advised WelTec had advised it would be utilising it facilities for the foreseeable future. He confirmed a Tertiary zoning and a Precinct operated together. He clarified that if the WelTec construction campus site on the Western Hutt Road was expanded by the purchase of adjacent land, the current zoning would not provide for such a use. He added that if WelTec advised Council of the purchase of that land within the next six months, provision for the use of the land could be reflected in the draft District Plan.

 

Resolved:   (Cr Edwards/Cr Dyer)                                            Minute No. DPRS 21503

 

“That the Subcommittee:

(1)   notes and receives the draft Tertiary Education chapter, draft Precinct and the information contained in the report; and

(2)   directs officers to make subsequent changes to the draft chapter and/or further consideration of specific matters.”

 

7.

Hospital Zone - Draft Chapter (21/1656)

Report No. DPRS2021/5/240 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 advised he would look into seeing if the land affected by the recent land sale of some of the Mitchell Park tennis courts land to the medical sector had been included in the draft Hospital Zone.  He further advised that the definition of “other permitted activities” in the draft Hospital Zone had been deliberately kept broad to reflect the number of associated activities that could occur within the Zone.  He explained that the draft policy stipulated that any non-health care operations should not compromise the health care activities on site.  He acknowledged concerns that the policy may provide for a subdivided portion of the site being sold to another party and an activity such as a dairy may be permitted.

 

In response to questions from members, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advised that the likelihood of Boulcott Hospital having a Hospital Zone if it were not situated adjacent to Hutt Hospital, would probably not, as a commercial zoning, be able to continue to operate.  He added that given there was a collection of health care facilities in close proximity, a Hospital Zone was appropriate for the entire area.  He noted that currently the underlying zoning for Boulcott Hospital was residential which was inappropriate.  He advised parking and transport issues associated with the hospital area requiring carparking for an activity was no longer permitted,  He noted that screening of outdoor areas and landscaping requirements could be specified for the Hospital Zone. 

 

In response to questions from members, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advised that the Transport chapter would have controls relating to catering for cyclists and confirmed that the District Plan could not prevent the hospital from developing its carpark areas for other healthcare uses.  He advised that a proposal could be assessed against the existing transport network.  He confirmed the YMCA building was not included in the Hospital Zone and the YMCA building was not used for healthcare purposes.  He agreed to talk with the building owners to assess their future plans for the building.

 

Resolved:   (Cr Edwards/Deputy Mayor Lewis)                       Minute No. DPRS 21504

 

“That the Subcommittee:

(1)     notes and receives the draft Hospital Zone chapter and information contained in the report; and

(2)     directs officers to make subsequent changes to the draft chapter and/or further consideration of specific matters as outlined at the meeting.”

 

8.

Infrastructure - Draft Chapter (21/1640)

Report No. DPRS2021/5/239 by the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

 

Ms Dentice declared a conflict of interest and took no part in discussion or voting on the matter.  Ms Dentice left the table for the duration of the item.

 

Ms Hannah Van Haren-Giles, consultant from Hill Young Cooper was in attendance for the item.

 

In response to a question from a member regarding heights for masts and aerials,
Ms Van Haren-Giles advised these were consistent with the provisions in the proposed Porirua District Plan.  She added that other provisions were designed to also be regionally consistent. 

 

In response to a query from a member regarding the different requirements for upgrading or replacing an existing mast or pole versus construction of a new one in a different location, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst agreed to report back on the matter. 

 

Cr Brown left the meeting at 1.57pm and rejoined the meeting at 1.59pm.

 

In response to question from a member, Ms Van Haren-Giles agreed to insert a placeholder into INF – R20 concerning intersection designs and road classifications. 

 

In response to questions from a member regarding electric vehicle charging stations (EV chargers), the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advised that current provisions enabled EV chargers.  Ms Van Haren-Giles added that there were currently draft standards for EV chargers included in the draft chapter noting the relevant sections of the transport chapter were still being drafted.

 

The Director Environment and Sustainability advised that officers did not require specific EV charger wiring be installed in all future buildings and developments as the District Plan was designed to be future proofed.  She added that with government mandating no onsite carparking had to be provided for any developments, it would be difficult for the District Plan to then require EV chargers onsite. 

 

In response to a question from a member regarding the enabling of EV chargers in the road corridor, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst agreed to report back on the matter.  Ms Van Haren-Giles noted that EV chargers were specifically provided for in Infrastructure Rules 8, 9 and 13. 

 

Resolved:   (Cr Edwards/Deputy Mayor Lewis)                       Minute No. DPRS 21505

 

“That the Subcommittee:

(1)   notes and receives the draft Infrastructure chapter and information contained in this report; and

(2)   directs officers to make subsequent changes to the draft chapter and/or further consideration of specific matters as outlined at the meeting.”

9.

Transport - Draft Chapter (21/1620)

Report No. DPRS2021/5/238 by the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

 

Speaking under public comment, Mr Matt Young asked for a more thorough review of the District Plan’s Transport chapter.  He noted that in the period between the reviewed chapter becoming operative, Council had declared a climate change emergency.  He expressed concern that whilst the operative chapter acknowledged the need to uptake active modes of transport, that was not enough.

 

Mr Young presented Powerpoint slides depicting examples of the proliferation of vehicle crossings attached as pages  9-11 to the minutes.

 

In response to questions from members, Mr Young acknowledged the positive aspects of electric vehicles.  He noted that having more electric vehicles in existence would not significantly reduce carbon emissions.  He believed that green public spaces would not be significantly impacted by the transport provisions, noting that public footpath areas would be.

 

The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst elaborated on the report. 

 

In response to questions from members, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advised prescribing rigid standards for vehicle access was not possible due to the various road/berm/footpath and gradient configurations in existence across the city.  He added the Integrated Transport Strategy would ultimately inform the provisions of the transport chapter noting that a Kerbside Management Plan was required.

 

In response to members’ concerns regarding provision of bus stops if there was a high demand for on-street carparking, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advised that sometimes traffic engineers supported using driveways as bus stops.  He noted that Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) managed bus stops.

 

In response to concerns from members regarding the lack of vehicle parking space onsite due to reduced front yard widths, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst acknowledged the District Plan may require a stronger direction to officers regarding pedestrian safety and driveway widths and lengths.  He advised the Operative District Plan had requirements for loading spaces for developments over a certain number of residential units.  He acknowledged that these provisions did not cater for developments of less than that.

 

The Director Environment and Sustainability added that the situation may only be short term as society changed from being reliant on private vehicles.  She noted that one blanket rule would not necessarily be suitable for all circumstances. 

 

The Policy Planner reminded members that the key focus for the District Plan controls had to be “what was the outcome being sought; what was the desired street environment.” He acknowledged concerns in this area.  He noted it could require all users of the roading network be considered when a new subdivision incorporating roading was proposed. He confirmed Council’s Spatial Planning Team was continuing to work closely with Council’s District Planning Team especially in the area of enabling more people to live within transport hub catchments and making the walking commute more enjoyable. He advised that currently large commercial operations and places of assembly were required to provide for cyclists (both employees and visitors) but supermarkets were not.  He added that “High Trip Generator” activities were assessed on the extent to which they provided for or encouraged active transport.  He agreed these requirements could be strengthened.  He noted the existing built environment did not always cater for cyclists in a safe manner. 

 

The Director Environment and Sustainability advised that a balance was required between providing for vehicles and accessways and safety of all road and footpath users. 

 

Ms Hannah Van Haren-Giles, consultant from Hill Young Cooper elaborated on the report.

 

In response to a question from a member regarding enabling micro mobility options,
Ms Van Haren-Giles advised officers were currently assessing Wellington City Council’s draft District Plan provisions.

 

The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst added that calculations for assessing the number of different forms of micro mobility requirements could utilise potential employee numbers in a building or the site coverage of the actual building. 

 

Cr Shaw left the meeting at 2.51pm and rejoined the meeting at 2.53pm.

 

 

Resolved:   (Cr Edwards/Cr Dyer)                                            Minute No. DPRS 21506

“That the Subcommittee:

(1)   notes and receives the draft Transport chapter and information contained in the report, and

(2)   directs officers to make subsequent changes to the draft chapter and/or further consideration of specific matters as outlined at the meeting.”

 

 

10.

Renewable Electricity Generation - Draft Chapter (21/1591)

Report No. DPRS2021/5/236 by the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

 

Ms Hannah Van Haren-Giles, consultant from Hill Young Cooper was in attendance for the item.

 

The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst elaborated on the report.

 

Resolved:   (Cr Edwards/Cr Shaw)                                           Minute No. DPRS 21507

 

“That the Subcommittee notes and receives the draft chapter and information contained in the report.”

 

11.

Hazardous Substances and Contaminated Land - Draft Chapter (21/1592)

Report No. DPRS2021/5/237 by the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst

 

Ms Hannah Van Haren-Giles, consultant from Hill Young Cooper was in attendance for the item.

Ms Van Haren-Giles advised that the chapter had been completely overhauled as relevant legislation had changed significantly since the District Plan had become operative.

The Senior Environmental Policy Analyst elaborated on the report.

In response to a question from a member, the Senior Environmental Policy Analyst advised all lawfully established current operations would have existing use rights to continue to operate.   

Ms Van Haren-Giles added that the proposed provisions were consistent with those of Porirua and Wellington City Councils.  She highlighted that all Councils were required to meet the National Environmental Standards.

In response to a question from a member, Ms Van Haren-Giles explained that some existing operators were within an existing risk management contour and that if they altered their operations, they could have adverse effects on other existing facilities in the area.

 

Resolved:   (Cr Edwards/Cr Brown)                                         Minute No. DPRS 21508

 

“That the Subcommittee notes and receives the draft chapters and information contained in the report.”

12.     QUESTIONS

          There were no questions.

 

There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 3.24pm.

 

 

 

 

 

Cr S Edwards

CHAIR

 

 

CONFIRMED as a true and correct record

Dated this 6th day of December 2021