One of the recent plans that people have been able to submit on is the Regional Land Transport Planwhich is put out by Auckland Transport. They have published a the minutes of the hearings that were held, naturally there were a wide variety of submissions that cover all sorts of topics but I thought I would just post a couple that I found really interesting from different ends of the spectrum. The first is from Kiwi Income Property Trust who among other things are the owners of Sylvia Park and Lynnmall, here is the summary of their oral submission.
Kiwi Income Property Trust (Andrew Buckingham) (Douglas Allan) (Gerard Thompson)Andrew Buckingham Douglas Allan and Gerard Thompson on behalf of Kiwi Income Property Trust spoke to their written submission and in particular:
- Supports overall thrust of RLTP, and in particular supports provisions that address integrated management of land use and transportation planning; proposals to complete the motorway network whilst also strengthening Public Transport; and specific works including CRL, AMETI, works proposed in and around New Lynn, upgrading of Te Wero bridge.
- Seeks completion of a functioning isthmus rail loop connecting Britomart, southern line and NIMT by constructing a link between the two lines at Te Papapa/Southdown.
- Seeks implementation of Southdown-Avondale rail connection.
- Seeks additional emphasis on aspects of land use/transport integration, including the need for concentrated office/retail/education activities in identified nodes and Public Transport corridors.
- Seeks a consistent car parking policy to avoid discouraging intensification in identified nodes.
KIPT definitely seems to be a company that gets it as they wouldn’t use PT wash in a submission as the RLTP will have a big impact on how people access their property investments. They also manage to cover off many of the points we raise on this website so congratulations KIPT At pretty much the other end of the spectrium is the Upper Harbour local board which manages to be even worse than Orakei local board.
Upper Harbour Local Board (Brian Neeson)Brian Neeson on behalf of the Upper Harbour Local Board spoke to their written submission and in particular:
- Suggested that the Statement of Priorities is somewhat hollow and meaningless. Safety should be higher up the list.
- 32.4% funding split for Public Transport is misleading as assumes Government will contribute to CRL.
- Major projects: rail electrification: does Auckland have capacity to supply power?
- Strongly oppose the CRL, suggested that the timing is inappropriate and not affordable at this time.
- Stated that other major projects are acceptable or supported (AMETI acceptable with rephrasing).
- Include additional harbour crossing, Penlink and Puhoi to Wellsford motorway as major regional projects in this cycle.
- Major projects next cycle:
- remove CRL;
- shift out development of cycleways along SH corridors and SW airport multi-modal corridor, as not high priority;
- bring forward Puhoi-Wellsford motorway, additional Waitemata Harbour crossing (investigation), busway extension to Hibiscus Coast
- (designation), Penlink (commencement); and
- Other projects supported, except red light camera installation.
- Detailed comments on local projects listed in submission. Budget and timing generally supported, except:
- Rosedale/Greville busway station: more evidence required as to necessity;
- Requested that Auckland transport bring forward the: East Coast Bus priority, Albany SH17/Spencer Road intersection (brought forward and phased), Albany Lonely Track Road/Gills Road intersection; and
- Seeks assurance that agreement with NZTA to progress Coliseum Drive Link will be fulfilled.
- Requested that the intersection of SH17 and The Avenue in Albany be upgraded with urgency.
- Requested that parking in the Albany Village be looked into.
- Requests a left hand turn onto the motorway at en Pickering Drive.
To be honest I am pretty speechless that this would come out of a local board. There are of course plenty of other submissions, some I feel are good and others bad and I will do a post giving a more general coverage of the feedback shortly