MINUTES

Urban Form and Transport Development Committee Meeting

Thursday, 13 February 2020

 


Urban Form and Transport Development Committee Meeting Minutes

13 February 2020

 

Order Of Business

1          Apologies. 3

1                Apologies. 3

2          Public Forum.. 3

3          Acceptance of Late Items. 3

4          Confidential Business to be Transferred into the Open. 3

5          Change to Order of Business. 3

6          Confirmation of Minutes. 4

6.1            Minutes of the Urban Form and Transport Development Committee Meeting held on 27 November 2019. 4

7          Declaration of Conflicts of Interest 4

8          Business. 4

8.1            Submissions to draft National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity, Resource Management Systems Reform & Urban Development Bill 4

8.2            Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency - Arataki Document Feedback. 6

9          Discussion of Late Items. 7

 

 


Urban Form and Transport Development Committee Meeting Minutes

13 February 2020

 

MINUTES OF Tauranga City Council
Urban Form and Transport Development Committee Meeting
HELD AT THE Tauranga City Council, Council Chambers, 91 Willow Street, Tauranga
ON Thursday, 13 February 2020 AT 9am

 

PRESENT:              Chairperson Larry Baldock, Deputy Chairperson Heidi Hughes, Mayor Tenby Powell, Cr Jako Abrie, Cr Kelvin Clout, Cr Andrew Hollis, Cr Dawn Kiddie, Cr John Robson, Cr Tina Salisbury, and Te Pio Kawe (Tangata Whenua Representative)

IN ATTENDANCE: Nic Johansson (General Manager: Infrastructure), Christine Jones (General Manager: Strategy & Growth), Brad Bellamy (Project Leader: Urban Planning), Campbell Larking (Team Leader: Planning Projects), Andy Mead (Manager: City & Infrastructure Planning), Janine Speedy (Team Leader: City Planning), Alistair Talbot (Team Leader: Transport Strategy & Planning), Steve Tuck (Policy Planner), Coral Hair (Manager: Democracy Services), Robyn Garrett (Team Leader: Committee Support), Raj Naidu (Committee Advisor), and Jenny Teeuwen (Committee Advisor)

 

1            Apologies

1            Apologies

Committee Resolution  UR0/20/1

Moved:       Cr Kelvin Clout

Seconded:  Cr Jako Abrie

That:

a)         apologies be accepted from Crs Bill Grainger and Steve Morris.

b)         apologies for lateness be accepted from Mayor Tenby Powell and Crs Dawn Kiddie and Andrew Hollis.

Carried

 

2            Public Forum 

Nil

3            Acceptance of Late Items

Nil

4            Confidential Business to be Transferred into the Open

Nil

5            Change to Order of Business

Nil

6            Confirmation of Minutes

6.1         Minutes of the Urban Form and Transport Development Committee Meeting held on 27 November 2019

Committee Resolution  UR0/20/2

Moved:       Cr Tina Salisbury

Seconded:  Cr Jako Abrie

That the Minutes of the Urban Form and Transport Development Committee Meeting held on 27 November 2019 be confirmed as a true and correct record.

Carried

 

Point of Clarification

Following the temporary closure of the underpass at Arataki, a safety audit for the new pedestrian crossing at Arataki had been carried out. Staff had been on site to monitor pedestrian movements.  It was not expected that staff would monitor the site long-term.

 

 

7            Declaration of Conflicts of Interest

It was noted that the Tangata Whenua representative, Te Pio Kawe, was a staff member of Boffa Miskell.

 

8            Business

8.1         Submissions to draft National Policy Statement on Indigenous Biodiversity, Resource Management Systems Reform & Urban Development Bill

 

Staff           Andy Mead (Manager: City & Infrastructure Planning)

                   Brad Bellamy (Project Leader: Urban Planning)

                   Steve Tuck (Policy Planner)

 

At 9.12am, Cr Dawn Kiddie and Cr Andrew Hollis arrived at the meeting.

 

Key points

·                The Government released a series of documents at the end of 2019 seeking public input.  These included an issues and options paper on the review of the resource management system, a draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB) and the Urban Development Bill (UD-B).

·                Issues and options paper on the review of the resource management system

-               The issues and options paper was released in late November 2019 and identified 14 key issues.

-               Tauranga City Council (TCC) had chosen to respond to the following seven issues:

§    legislative architecture

§    purpose and principles of the Resource Management Act 1991

§    recognising Te Tiriti of Waitangi and Te Ao Māori

§    strategic integration across the resource management system

§    addressing climate change and natural hazards

§    national direction, and

§    policy and planning framework

-               Submissions were due by 3 February 2020 and TCC’s response was lodged by the Chief Executive on that date.

In response to questions

-               The opportunity for submitters to present their submissions was not available. Written submissions only were requested.

-               TCC’s Takaweanga Unit was included in the engagement process.

-               TCC’s submission requested that the national direction be carefully considered as this did not always reflect local regional issues.

·                Draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity (NPS-IB)

-               The methodology required to identify and classify significant natural areas (SNAs) was unnecessarily complex and did not include any implementation guidance. This could lead to inconsistency of application across territorial authorities.

-               The proposed target for indigenous vegetation cover within urban areas was 10%. Significant ecological areas in TCC’s City Plan represented approximately 4%.

-               Identifying and mapping new SNAs would take considerable time and cost.

-               The proposed requirement to review SNA schedules every two years was considered to be onerous.

 

At 9.45am, Mayor Tenby Powell arrived at the meeting.

 

In response to questions

-               The submission process was TCC’s best opportunity to influence the development and framing of the NPS.

-               TCC’s submission aimed to highlight the cost, time and resource required to implement the policies and rules being developed.

-               4% represented the area currently mapped as significant ecological areas in the District Plan which included areas within the harbour, however other areas within other conservation zones identified in the district plan could add significantly to the 4%.

-               Staff had consulted with senior ecological consultants.

-               Staff presented to Te Rangapu Mana Whenua o Tauranga Moana in December 2019 on the NPS-IB and the review of the resource management system.

-               Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC) had circulated their draft submission and had met with TCC staff to discuss both submissions.

-               At a high level, the NPS was looking to standardise practice across the country.

·                Urban Development-Bill (UD-B)

-               TCC’s overall concerns with the Bill included the following:

(i)        the extensive powers provided to Kainga Ora and that the range of these powers may not be complete to enable delivery of urban development;

(ii)       the streamlined process available to Kainga Ora that local authorities did not have direct access to;

(iii)      the overall stance of “development at any cost”; and

(iv)      the impact of the specified development project process on councils, in particular obligations relating to targeted rates and development contributions levied by Kainga Ora.

In response to questions

-               The UD-B should provide opportunities for partnering with Māori land trusts to deliver urban growth projects and this was reflected in TCC’s submission.

-               The issue of targeted rates was far reaching, from providing increased amenities to recovering infrastructure costs.

-               There was a process available through the courts to remove covenants but it was a difficult process and involved risk and cost.

 

Committee Resolution  UR0/20/3

Moved:       Cr Andrew Hollis

Seconded:  Cr John Robson

 

That the Urban Form and Transport Development Committee:

(a)       Receives the submission (Attachment 1) on the Issues and Options paper for the Resource Management Systems Reform lodged with the Resource Management Review Panel on 3 February 2020.

In Favour:       Mayor Tenby Powell, Crs Jako Abrie, Larry Baldock, Kelvin Clout, Andrew Hollis, Heidi Hughes, Dawn Kiddie, John Robson and Tina Salisbury

Against:           Nil

carried 9/0

 

(b)       Endorses the draft submission (Attachment 2) on the draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity for submission to the Minister for the Environment.

In Favour:       Mayor Tenby Powell, Crs Larry Baldock, Kelvin Clout, Andrew Hollis, Dawn Kiddie, John Robson and Tina Salisbury

Against:           Crs Jako Abrie and Heidi Hughes

carried 7/2

 

(c)       Endorse the draft submission (Attachment 3) on the Urban Development Bill for submission to the NZ Government’s Environment Committee.

In Favour:       Mayor Tenby Powell, Crs Jako Abrie, Larry Baldock, Kelvin Clout, Andrew Hollis, Heidi Hughes, Dawn Kiddie, John Robson and Tina Salisbury

Against:           Nil

carried 9/0

 

 

8.2         Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency - Arataki Document Feedback

 

Staff           Alistair Talbot (Team Leader: Transport Strategy & Planning)

Key points

·                Arataki was New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) 10 year view of current priorities and long-term outcomes for the land transport system.

·                Arataki (Version 1 for engagement) was released in December 2020 and feedback was requested by 13 March 2020.

·                NZTA would provide an updated version of Arataki in April 2020 and a further version would be published in August 2020.

·                The key matters raised through TCC’s review related to the role and purpose of Arataki, housing demand and supply and freight movement and the Port of Tauranga.

·                Staff discussions with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council identified consistent issues.

Committee Resolution  UR0/20/4

Moved:       Cr John Robson

Seconded:  Cr Kelvin Clout

That the Urban Form and Transport Development Committee:

(a)     Receives the report.

(b)     Endorses the proposed feedback to the New Zealand Transport Agency on its Arataki project.

Carried

 

9            Discussion of Late Items

Nil

 

 

 

The meeting closed at 10.33am.

 

The minutes of this meeting were confirmed at the Urban Form and Transport Development Committee meeting to be held on 17 March 2020.

 

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CHAIRPERSON