Poari Hapori o Pito-one | Petone Community Board
Minutes of a meeting held in the Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone on
Monday 22 August 2022 commencing at 6.30pm
PRESENT: P Hanna (Chair) M Fisher (Deputy Chair)
M Henderson M Roberts
A Voutratzis K Yung
Deputy Mayor T Lewis
APOLOGIES: There were no apologies.
IN ATTENDANCE: Mayor C Barry (part meeting)
Cr J Briggs
K Puketapu-Dentice, Director Economy and Development
J Kingsbury, Head of Transport
B Hu, Traffic Engineering Manager
S Davis, Intermediate Policy Planner (part meeting)
E Campbell, Pou Whakamahere Kaupapa Here (part meeting)
K Stannard, Head of Democratic Services (part meeting)
K Davey, Democracy Advisor
Nā Rangimarie Rose Pere
There were no apologies.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
Comments are recorded under the item to which they relate.
Mayor Barry provided a verbal address, attached as pages 7-8 to the minutes
MINOR ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA
Statement from the Chief Executive
The Director Economy and Development provided a verbal address on behalf of the Council’s Chief Executive, attached as page 9 to the minutes.
Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC)
Cr Lamason thanked the Chair, Board members and the Petone community for their work and feedback during her tenure as Councillor at GWRC.
Bus Stop Jackson Street
Cr Lamason noted there had been social media comment regarding the relocation of the bus stop on Jackson Street (email attached as pages 10-11 to the minutes). She advised the primary reason for the temporary change in the bus stop location was a risk to health and safety she noted the decision was made under emergency provisions by GWRC. She said the bus stops on Jackson Street were too small with either not enough lead in or lead out. She added these were being reviewed taking into account safety and accessibility.
In response to questions from members, Cr Lamason advised that as the relocation was carried out under emergency measures, she noted GWRC had not informed Hutt City Council until after the change had occurred. She confirmed there had been several canopy strikes at the original bus stop and along Jackson Street recently.
In response to a question from a member, the Traffic Engineering Manager confirmed the temporary changes did not require a Council resolution he also confirmed` there was provision for the relocated bus stop to be in place for up to one year.
In response to a question from a member relating to a lack of communication, Cr Lamason advised that due process had been followed. She confirmed that the temporary solution resulted in the loss of two car parks. She said she would follow up on a timetable on the provisional programme of works for the rest of the bus stops on Jackson Street.
In response to a question from a member, the Traffic Engineering Manager noted that the review of the Jackson Street bus stops was a full programme of work which would be reported to the new Board for its consideration. He said this would follow the same procedure as used in the past, comparing the two programmes in parallel (bus stops and bus routes).
Presentation by the Jackson Street Programme
Karen Arraj-Fisher, on behalf of the Jackson Street Programme (JSP), updated members on the activities of the JSP, attached as page 12 to the minutes.
Verbal Update on the District Plan - 'Plan Change 56'
Speaking under public comment, Sylvia Allan noted that the Council’s introduction of the District Plan Change 56 (the plan) was in response to central government legislation. She noted the following issues to challenge the proposed changes:
· historic heritage areas, and their protection.
· the designation of Petone as a ‘Metropolitan Centre” (how was this established, and can this be changed?) This would allow for a building with a height of six stories rather than four.
· the impact of coastal inundation, and the increasing cost and risks. Was it sensible to be increasing intensification in areas which within 30 – 50 years may be adversely impacted?
The Intermediate Policy Planner and Pou Whakamahere Kaupapa Here provided a powerpoint presentation, attached as pages 13-22 to the minutes. They noted that it was a requirement of central government for cities to provide for significantly denser housing, within a walkable catchment area of rapid transit. They also noted that it was a requirement of central government to develop high and medium-density residential buildings where appropriate.
In response to questions from members, the Intermediate Policy Planner advised that the interpretation of what constituted a metropolitan centre concerning Petone had been established by Council. He said Petone had qualified as a metropolitan centre as it was the second, busiest and most important area after the city centre. He clarified the boundaries in the hazard and heritage maps.
In response to a question from a member, the Intermediate Policy Planner advised that the independent commissioners appointed to hear submissions on the plan were legally required to have the experience, skills and competencies to perform the role including Tikanga Māori.
In response to a question from a member on the impact on the mapping of hazard risks for the lowest hazards, the Intermediate Policy Planner referred members to the high and medium flood overlay map where resource consent would be needed. He said these consents may be considered as a qualifying matter and may not be notified. The Pou Whakamahere Kaupapa Here noted for areas where there were sites of significance for Māori or of historic heritage it was more likely they would be notified.
In response to a question from a member, the Intermediate Policy Planner noted that liquefaction did not affect building consents.
In response to a question from a member, the Intermediate Policy Planner and Pou Whakamahere Kaupapa Here confirmed that consultation with the Petone Heritage Society and heritage experts had taken place to inform the plan.
Members noted that submissions on the plan could raise the opportunity for different zoning, for example, neighbourhood and commercial zones. They questioned whether the plan was practical, taking into account the future impact of climate change and what may occur within the next 30 years. Members felt a more nuanced approach should be taken.
6. CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATIONS
There was no conflict of interest declarations.
Resolved: (P Hanna/Deputy Mayor Lewis) Minute No. PCB 22401
“That the minutes of the meeting of the Petone Community Board held on Monday, 20 June 2022, be confirmed as a true and correct record.”
8. Report referred for Board input before being considered by Subcommittee of Council
Report No. PCB2022/4/155 by the Traffic Engineer
The Traffic Engineering Manager elaborated on the report. He confirmed that the recommended bus stops were not part of any programme. He said programmed changes would go through public consultation and officers would work with the community to review and develop improved design options. He agreed to provide members with the work programme for other bus stop changes to Jackson Street.
Resolved: (P Hanna/K Yung) Minute No. PCB 22402
“That the Board endorses the recommendations contained in the report “
For the reasons that the proposed bus stop layout changes will ensure that the bus box is of sufficient length to accommodate buses; no stopping restrictions will prevent other vehicles from blocking full access to the bus stop, and passengers will be able to board and alight safely and easily.
Update on Petone and Moera Libraries
The Director Neighbourhoods and Communities was an apology for the meeting. An update on Petone and Moera libraries is attached as page 23 to the minutes
Report No. PCB2022/4/137 by the Chair, Petone Community Board
Speaking under public comment, Ruth Mansell, acknowledged the leadership and hard work of the Chair. She noted the time spent researching issues relating to the area, to inform decisions and alerting members to issues affecting the area. She said that the Chair had provided access to learn what was happening in the community through the use of public and informal meetings, this facilitated an environment where discussions could occur, providing unbiased assistance and going through all the options available to members.
Speaking under public comment, Lois Robinson thanked the Chair for her work and contribution to the Petone and Moera communities. She noted the hard work this entailed. She said the Chair maintained a fair and unbiased position and followed Council’s processes to achieve results.
Speaking under public comment, Anne Godfrey thanked the Chair for her work. She also thanked the Chair for keeping the community up to date with what was happening in the area.
The Chair spoke to her report. She noted that this was her final report. She presented additional notes attached as page 24 to the minutes.
Resolved: (M Fisher/A Voutratzis) Minute No. PCB 22403
“That the Chair’s report be received and noted.”
Resolved: (P Hanna/A Voutratzis) Minute No. PCB 22404
“That the Petone Community Board make a submission on Plan Change 56 noting the following:
1. querying the use of Metropolitan Centre to describe the Petone Commercial Area, the walkable catchment decided on, and the interaction between natural hazards and resource consents;
2. agreeing that developers should pay based on the number of dwellings not per subdivision;
3. agreeing that minimum landscaping, outlook and facade glazing rules are introduced;
4. stating that site coverage should be 50% maximum;
5. pointing out that the lack of heritage protection in Petone and Moera is because previous councils have not taken actions required by national and regional standards;
6. that intensification across Petone and Moera should, therefore, be further reduced.”
Report No. PCB2022/4/152 by the Democracy Advisor
The Traffic Engineering Manager advised that the options for Richmond Street had not been finalised. He said officers had investigated the matter and three options were being considered. He acknowledged that repainting the pedestrian crossing would improve its visibility but did not fully address the issue, and would be a temporary measure while a full street review was being undertaken.
Resolved: (P Hanna/M Henderson) Minute No. PCB 22405
“That the Board notes and receives the report.”
A member advised the temporary pedestrian lights on Randwick Road were not working at night. He asked that the lights be activated as safety concerns had been raised. The Traffic Engineer agreed to investigate the issue.
13. CLOSING WHAKATAUKI
Kia whakapapa pounamu May the days ignite –
te moana as sunlight
kia teretere on greenstone water
te kaarohirohi e
Deputy Mayor Lewis, thanked the Chair, on behalf of Board members, for her hard work and advocacy for the Petone, Moera and Korokoro communities.
There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 8.30 pm.
Mayors Statement Petone Community Board Statement August 2022
Kia ora tatou
I hope you have all managed to stay warm, healthy and dry while we continue to battle through winter.
This year has been a busy and productive year. We have started projects that deliver on our long-term plan priorities, with a particular focus on addressing our three waters network, and transport infrastructure.
Ensuring our infrastructure is resilient and fit for purpose is key to supporting the growth we are continuing to see in our communities. It means ensuring our water pipes deliver safe drinking water, and our systems are equipped to handle storm events, and ongoing growth.
It means creating a travel network that better connects our communities, makes it easier for everyone to get around, and encourages more active modes of transport. Less reliance on cars will help reduce congestion and emissions, and assist us to do our part to address climate change.
In recent times, we’ve also seen some pretty appalling behaviour outside Queensgate at the bus interchange on Bunny Street. I convened a meeting with MPs, Police, GWRC, and Council officers to agree a way forward. We all agreed that both short and medium term steps were necessary to increase public safety in the area.
The short term measures being progressed are:
The medium term measure being progressed is:
The amount of rain over the past six weeks has been immense, with impacts right across the city.
The emergency management team and our contractors are working hard to clear slips but the number across Lower Hutt and the region has meant that our workers are having to heavily prioritise their resources. This means less urgent work will take a bit longer to get around to.
I’ve reached out to Emergency Response Minister Kieran McAnulty to see what support is available from the government in meeting the immediate need, bearing in mind their primary focus is understandably on the emergency response in Nelson at the moment.
It’s clear that with the ongoing, and escalating, impacts of climate change, we need to take a long term look at resilience across our city, particularly in our communities that have limited access post weather events. This needs to be a priority for our region post-election, but it’s not something we can do alone, central government would need to be at the table.
Several Petone businesses have had their funding applications approved through our Business Activation Fund. For example we’ve recently approved two applications:
Supporting local businesses in their initiatives is good for business, employment, and local economy and it is great to see such uptake through our funding mechanisms.
It is good news that our Petone Wharf hoardings are progressing. Initial designs have been drafted and a quote received for manufacture and installation. We are now awaiting latest input from mana whenua and working with Parks and Reserves on final information.
Work is progressing well with plans to create walking and cycling connections between Jackson Street and the Esplanade. The concept design work is in early stages and all going well, we expect to have these finalised later this year.
As the last meeting of the year, I want to acknowledge the work that you all do, and the huge contribution and difference it makes to the community.
I want to specifically thank Pam Hanna who is stepping down after several years of service as both a member and the Chair – I believe you’ve been in the Chair role for 6 years! You’ve been a vocal champion for Petone and have been instrumental in getting several projects over the line. I want to acknowledge that although the last couple of years haven’t been easy, you’ve been nothing short of immense for the community, so thank you.
I know I speak on behalf of everyone when I say you will be sorely missed and I know you will continue to make a difference in whatever you do next.
I am excited by our collective achievements
over the last three years, and the work we have on the horizon. All of
which contributes towards making our city a better place to live, work and
play. Thank you for your ongoing work and contribution
you make. And I hope to see many of you after October.
Chief Executive’s Statement to Petone Community Board 22 August 2022
Tuia i runga, tuia i raro, tuia i roto, tuia i waho, tuia te here tāngata e pae nei,
tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa
I draw from above, from below, from within and without; to bind together all people gathered here today, I greet you all.
Sincerest apologies Chair and Board members that I’m unable to join you in person this evening. I’m travelling in the South Island Te Waipounamu for a few days with my family as my husband and I celebrate thirty years of marriage.
As well as having a full agenda with a presentation on housing intensification this evening – a critically important issue for our city and those living here and those that want to have a place to call home in Te Awakairangi ki Tai – this is your final meeting in this triennium.
I want to acknowledge and thank you all for your service to Petone and the wider community. Your advice and contribution make a difference. Our staff have appreciated your valuable input and guidance. So please accept my thanks for all that you have done.
I also want to make a special mention to retiring Board Chair Pam Hanna. For those that don’t know, Pam was sworn in at the Petone Community Board’s inaugural meeting held in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Petone on 5 December 2016 and appointed Chair at the same meeting. She remained Chair until the end of the triennium.
Pam was re-elected in 2019 and was sworn in at the Petone Community Board’s first meeting of the triennium held in the Petone Library on 18 November 2019 and appointed Chair at the same meeting.
Looking back to the first agenda for that meeting the Board was asked to support a submission to the GWRC on the Eastern Bays Shared Path. And on Wednesday the first sod will be turned on Tupua Horo Nuku (Eastern Bays Shared Path).
A few words of appreciation for Pam who was so kind to me on my arrival in the Hutt. Not only did Pam immerse me in all things Petone, but given her former career in Wellington, gave me a good insight into that too. We have enjoyed a few ruminations over a cuppa or two.
Thank you Pam for your support to me and for your generosity and friendship. Also for your outstanding service in representing and advocating the interests of Petone, Moera, Korokoro, Waiwhetū South and Woburn South.
Again my apologies for not being there in person. Pam will understand as the South Island Te Waipounamu is Pam’s turangawaewae.
Nō reira, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
Hutt City Council Chief Executive
Greater Wellington Regional Council
Cr Prue Lamason
Monday, 22 August 2022 2:27 PM
Daran Ponter - Chair; Josh van Lier; Prue Lamason; Ken Laban; Ros Connelly; Roger Blakeley; Nigel Corry; Fiona Abbott; Metlink Councillor Liaison
Jackson St Petone - bus stop change
Kia Ora tatou
You will no doubt have seen a post from Chris Bishop over the weekend regarding the change to a bus stop on Jackson Street. I wanted to take the opportunity to explain the wider context and then specifically Jackson Street.
We have thousands of bus stops around the region and these require road markings and some sort of traffic resolution to change. Both markings and resolutions are in the hands of the local TAs. Many of these stops need to be changed for the following reasons:
1) The placement of the stop is wrong -we have a policy to have a stop every 400m. Meeting this policy can be challenging with the existing placement
2) The size of the stop is too small. Whist we can apply discretion with bus stop dimensions, the NZTA guidance requires an entry taper of 15m, a bus stop box 15m and an exit taper of 9m which allows our vehicles to pull off the road properly and re-enter traffic safely. If the bus stop is not big enough, and there are car parks either side, then the bus cannot pull into the kerb and stays in the road and obstructs traffic
3) The bus needs to be able to pull into the kerb and 'kneel' for our accessibility passengers. Our accessibility charter is clear regarding our intent and the bus stops need to be able to facilitate this. Currently, a large number do not.
4) A safety issue. Our operators often raise these and we need to assess them in terms of impact and frequency. The main issue we face with respect to safety are obstructions in and around the stop that, if collected hard enough or frequently, can put our passengers and bystanders at significant risk. Many of these types of concerns relate to shop canopies, where repeat strikes weaken the structure and render them extremely vulnerable to collapse. In these cases, if we assess the risk as significant, we work with the TA to create a temporary change to mitigate the risk whilst we go through the formal Traffic Resolution process. This type of change can, and should, be done quickly and only directly affected stakeholders are notified.
All changes above, where permanent, need formal consultation and a traffic resolution - from the relevant TAs. We have a robust process for such consultation, working with the TAs, and continue to tweak it as required where we identify improvements. We also have plans that are shared with each of the TAs that identify the changes we want to make. This process is a collective one between Metlink and the TAs as the TAs own the roads and all of the associated data.
Before I explain Petone, I would point out that the changes driven by 1-3 above are often stopped when we need to remove car parks. We work closely with the TA Officers and local communities to socialise, consult, and obtain buy in to the change. However, we are often not able to actually implement the changes if there are dissenters in the community. Whether it goes ahead is entirely up to the local TA (via the traffic resolution process) and their appetite to override the dissenters. This does mean that progress on our accessibility charter for our bus network will remain challenging and our bus fleet will, in some areas, continue to impede traffic or stop in places that do not result in the most efficient running.
Now to Petone.
This change was implemented as a result of 4 above - a safety issue.
The offending hazard was a canopy at the site of the previous stop that has been struck a number of times over the last 2 years. We have identified this as an area for a planned kerb build out, to avoid buses striking the canopy. However, we became aware in the last 1-2 weeks that there have been more recent and multiple hits to the canopy. As such, we deemed it to be a significant safety risk and needed to relocate it using the emergency provisions until we can complete the kerb change. In accordance with our usual process, we sent out a notification to the businesses affected on 17 August and followed up by speaking directly with the owners of the businesses. We notified HCC of our intention to move the sign on Monday (today) as our contractor could not move it earlier. However, their road marking contractor made the changes earlier so the implementation of the road marking change and the signage change did not coincide.
HCC was fully aware of this issue and the change. Chris Bishop did not ask any questions or reach out to us prior to posting this on Facebook (despite having been in a meeting with Fiona earlier in the week, where carpark impacts were discussed, and having her contact details) so unfortunately we could do very little once he posted.
We will contact HCC officers to review what has happened here and confirm that all parties followed the correct processes.
Please feel free to contact me or Fiona if you need anything further.
Jackson Street Project
Thank the Hutt City Council for the $10,000 to support the Naturally Jackson Street Festival.
1. The Sustainable Style tours hosted by Sally Ann Moffat were a huge success and we are looking to repeat these for the WOW period over the weekends.
2. Cooking with a guest Chef had Hellen Swales, our coordinator along with Ginny Andersen and the support of the Fisher family in the kitchen was live streamed. Hellen stepped as our guest chef contracted COVID
3. Tamariki Tacos were fully booked and we could have done this twice over. Great feedback from the families about this event. This was presented by Taco Addicts FoodTruck and Petone Depot.
4. The other activities were well received and this event has given us some great insights for next year's event. With the changes afoot from the central government, keeping this event during Plastic Free July is in support of the Waste Minimisation objectives..
5. We have had a number of expressions of interest from local community groups to be a part of and support the 2023 festival.
6. Hoping that the council will continue its support of this initiative as it supports promoting a Resilient Community, Recycling and Climate change.
Father's Day is our next event where we will be promoting the male owners of businesses along the street. What would be their ideal Father's Day? The Mother's Day promotion was a huge success with 130,000 engagements on Facebook. Hoping for the same with the Father’s Day Promotion.
Walk of Champions plaque-unveiling ceremony and 30th Anniversary celebrations take place on the 24th September and you all received invitations.
We are co-hosting a meet the candidates meeting on the 27th of September and this is in partnership with the Lower Hutt Multicultural Council. Invites will be sent out shortly.
Then we have a WOW promotion where a number of our businesses have registered for the Spend & Win (29 Sept - 16 Oct). The first price is $5,000 dollars spent with the second price $3,000 and the third price $2,000. We are hoping that the local community will support this initiative and hopefully we will have a local winner. The signage will go up in retailers that are participating from September the 26th.
Our AGM will be held on 20 October - venue tbc.
Wellington Heritage Week is 24 Oct - 6 Nov. We're hoping to have the Old Jail Museum open one of the weekends, depends on if the Old Jail is needed for Santa's Grotto.
Christmas is coming and we have started planning in earnest. The Twilight Christmas Parade is planned for Friday 25th of November.
The JSP Board & staff would like to wish Pam all the best for her retirement, and the Board all the best for the upcoming local elections.
Update - Petone and Moera Libraries
Work continues on the Neighbourhood Hubs CAPEX programme. After a slow initial response to community engagement on the Petone facility, the engagement period was extended and the approach changed to ensure there was good input and representation. We expect to receive and release a final report soon.
We continue to work with Studio C on designs and costings for Moera Library. Given recent increases in the cost of construction we expect some value engineering may be required.
Addition to Chair’s report re HCC Application for Better Off Funding as it pertains to Petone
Members of the Policy, Finance and Strategy Committee and Council as a whole have agreed to include:
Petone placemaking, including upgrades for Jackson Street that also enable good access to cycling and public transport; and an
Upgrade for the Petone Esplanade – with the area’s connections to new cycle ways meaning that improvements will deliver positive investment to the city.
Expectations of the use of any such funding should include:
1. An upgrade of the entrance to Petone signage which is urgently required for Petone placemaking.
2. Any upgrade for Jackson Street having to include as much new paving as possible as a lot of the current paving is a health and safety hazard, and improved lighting.
3. For the future of the heritage precinct the current inappropriate business signage all needs to be replaced. This would require subsidisation of current business owners as neither HCC nor JSP has helped any building or business owners to follow the design guide included in the District Plan for a long time now. Such a change would have a big positive effect on the ambience, attractiveness and viability of the historic precinct.
4. The Esplanade needs major upgrades in terms of signage and infrastructure such as rubbish bins plus more of a community and council concerted focus on the care and expansion of the dunes.
5. Maori history needs to be showcased along the Esplanade in particular as this is the place that the first contact between Maori and organised English settlers took place.
6. The current ‘shared’ path along the Esplanade cannot be widened at key places. A dedicated cycleway along the Esplanade is necessary to have a Petone part of the Great Harbour Way.
Motion re Plan Change 56
That the Petone Community Board make a submission on Plan Change 56 along the lines of:
1. Querying the use of Metropolitan Centre to describe the Petone Commercial Area, the walkable catchment decided on, and the interaction between natural hazards and resource consents.
2. Agreeing that developers should pay based on the number of dwellings not per subdivision
3. Agreeing that minimum landscaping, outlook and facade glazing rules are introduced
4. Stating that site coverage should be 50% maximum
5. Pointing out that the lack of heritage protection in Petone and Moera is because previous councils have not taken actions required by national and regional standards
6. That intensification across Petone and Moera should, therefore, be further reduced.
Kia whakapapa pounamu May the days ignite –
te moana as sunlight
kia teretere on greenstone water
te kaarohirohi e