Warkworth Growth – Spatial Plan

Concerned about the rate of development in Warkworth or Auckland Council’s delay in planning for local growth? A volunteer group of Warkworth professionals have prepared a spatial plan framework detailing the potential land use within the future urban areas.

The proposal is intended to generate community thought, discussion and feedback to develop a community-led spatial plan. Warkworth’s population is expected to rise from around 4,500 to 25,000 within the next 20 years.

It is not a matter of “if”, it is a reality and will happen. Auckland Council has identified Warkworth as an area for definite future growth

You may have seen articles recently in the Rodney Times and/or Mahurangi Matters about the Warkworth Spatial Plan.

The Spatial Plan is a skeleton or framework that with community input may become a draft plan. That draft plan may then be submitted by the community to Council to guide them toward the development of Warkworth Structure Planning and future zoning process.

Our goal is to get as many Warkworth residents to respond with their ideas as possible. Please read about the proposed Warkworth Future development on the website.

More importantly please complete the feedback questionnaire as we need your input. http://www.warkworthgrowth.nz

It is very important that you spend the few minutes necessary to answer the on-line questionnaire on how you would like to see Warkworth grow.

If anyone has any questions or would like a hard copy of the information posted out please either email wwwspatial@gmail.com or give me a call.

Thanks,
Ian Hutchinson 021 924 287

Rodney roads, a targeted rate? Have your say.

Who isn’t sick of unsealed roads? – HAVE YOUR SAY on our solution…

Your Local Board wants to bring forward spending on transport infrastructure such as road sealing.


There are over 678km’s of unsealed road in Rodney and this will cost over $350 million to seal, or put another way, $16,000 per property based on 22,000 rateable properties in Rodney. We got $10 million extra for road sealing (three roads) but that money is finished and if we’re not going back to a million a year we need to come up with a way of funding this

* If the Local Board gets a targeted rate and chips in some money I believe there is a good chance we could get a top up from Auckland Transport.

We are proposing a Rodney Ward only Targeted Rate

** that will contribute towards more road sealing. The targeted rate would also be used to contribute towards a Train to Huapai and Park’n’Rides in Rodney.

If you want to support speeding up road sealing please take a few minutes to complete an online feedback form, if we don’t get the support it won’t happen!

http://shapeauckland.co.nz/consultations/draft-rodney-local-board-plan-2017/

You have until THIS THURSDAY to make a submission, so don’t delay!

*Franklin had a targeted rate and now most of their roads are sealed, we need to do the same thing because doing nothing won’t see any significant progress. A local targeted rate would make a strong political argument for a funding top up from Auckland Transport. It won’t be a quick solution because of the scale of the problem but it would be better than hoping we will get funding every three years.

** The targeted rate would be used to provide part funding for three major initiatives across Rodney, Trains to Huapai, Park’n’Rides and Road Sealing. By putting in place a long term targeted rate we can share the cost burden across the limited rating base (22,000 properties in Rodney).

You are currently paying a targeted transport rate for the City Rail Link that finishes in 2018, we would look to continue this over but just have the money spent in Rodney. If this initiative is supported we would come back to the public in 2018 will detailed proposals on what the money would be spent on, for how long and how much for further consultation. If this initiative isn’t supported we won’t take this further and these projects will have to wait for funding to become available and at this point that is five to ten years away.

Originally posted by Phelan Pirrie on Facebook.

Sealing Ahuroa Road, Puhoi

Hello,

As a local resident I have observed an huge increased of traffic on Ahuroa Road, especially around public holidays, weekends and when serious accidents occur on the State Highway. I have also observed several near misses each week, as people are forced to drive on the wrong side of the road due to poor maintenance such as pot holes. The road is very narrow in parts and not suitable for heavy transport. I am extremely concerned for the safety of our children which transverse this road on a daily basis.

I have voiced my concerns to Auckland Transport (AT) on several occasions and today I received a reply. In response to this I urge all residents to lodge feedback / complains thru the AT complains website with haste. Remember, the more activity we create the more likely we will move closer to a resolution.

To read their response click here.

The Web submission form can be found at: https://at.govt.nz/about-us/contact-us/report-a-problem/

Please include your contact / email address as AT must respond in a timely manner and answer every submission.

Thank you
Mike Conner

Update from Auckland Transport – Ahuroa Rd.

After complaining to Auckland Transport after the last closure of State Highway 1 and the subsequent detour that landed Ahuroa Road in chaos once again, I have received this update from Auckland Transport.

Thank you for your email regarding the use of Ahuroa Road as a State Highway Detour.

We have previously identified issues with traffic using this road as a short cut during State Highway closures and will be working with our Network Safety Team and Auckland Transport to mitigate the problem.

The current proposal is to install warning signs on Woodcocks Rd, in advance of the Ahuroa Rd intersection, advising motorists that that the road is unsuitable for State Highway Traffic.

I will also be raising the issue with our Traffic Management Team to discuss any other options for discouraging traffic from using this route during a closure.

I have suggested that any signage must be clear that no double trailer trucks be permitted at all, given the fact they cannot navigate the tight corners. I encourage anyone in the community who has an opinion or possible solution to the problem of the inevitable detour to get in touch with NZTA through their website www.nzta.govt.nz  as the more complaints and emails they get will lift the possibility of action. They have to respond within 10 days to every email.

Thanks

Angela Phillips <angela@basecamp.kiwi>