Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee

Agenda

 

 

Notice of Meeting:

An ordinary meeting of the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee will be held on:

 

Date:                                     Thursday 16 November 2017

Time:                                    9.30am

Venue:                                 Committee Room 1, Level 2, Civic Offices,
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch

 

 

Membership

Chairperson

Deputy Chairperson

Members

Councillor Vicki Buck

Councillor Tim Scandrett

Councillor Mike Davidson

Councillor Jamie Gough

Councillor Glenn Livingstone

Councillor Deon Swiggs

Councillor Sara Templeton

Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner

 

 

10 November 2017

 

 

 

Principal Advisor

Brendan Anstiss

General Manager Strategy & Transformation

Tel: 941 8472

 

Christopher Turner-Bullock

Committee Advisor

941 8233

christopher.turner@ccc.govt.nz

www.ccc.govt.nz

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Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee

16 November 2017

 

Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee - Terms of Reference

 

 

Chair

Councillor Buck

Membership

Councillor Scandrett (Deputy Chair), Deputy Mayor Turner, Councillor Davidson, Councillor Gough, Councillor Livingstone, Councillor Swiggs, Councillor Templeton

Quorum

Half of the members if the number of members (including vacancies) is even, or a majority of members if the number of members (including vacancies) is odd.

Meeting Cycle

Monthly

Reports To

Council

 

Responsibilities

The focus of the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee is driving the concept of innovation, as in the City vision of a “City of Opportunity, where anything is possible” and to do so in ways that may be experimental and different.

 

The Committte considers and reports to Council on issues and activites relating to:

·           Strategies and priorities in relation to innovation and sustainable development.

·           Climate change and sustainability initiatives such as electric vehicles, carbon reduction and waste minimisation.

·           Economic development initiatives and strategies, including

·           Christchurch Narrative,

·           Antarctic Strategy,

·           Visitors Strategy,

·           Canterbury Economic Development Strategy,

·           Christchurch Economic Development Strategy,

·           Relationships with economic development subsidiaries, such as Canterbury Development Corporation, the TEED entity

·           Innovative or disruptive strategies and programmes, including Smart Cities programme of work

·           Innovative approaches to the delivery of issues that often go across levels of government

·           Allocation of funds related to the innovation and sustainability sector, including a new Innovation and Sustainability Fund.

·           Council’s Brand and Communications strategies.

 

Delegations

 

The Committee delegates to the following forum the responsibility to consider and report back to the Committee:

·           Development Forum - Innovative ways to support the development of the city and suburban centres

 


Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee

16 November 2017

 

Part A        Matters Requiring a Council Decision

Part B         Reports for Information

Part C         Decisions Under Delegation

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

C       1.       Apologies.......................................................................................................................... 4

B       2.       Declarations of Interest................................................................................................... 4

C       3.       Confirmation of Previous Minutes................................................................................. 4

B       4.       Public Forum.................................................................................................................... 4

B       5.       Deputations by Appointment........................................................................................ 4

B       6.       Presentation of Petitions................................................................................................ 4

STAFF REPORTS

A       7.       Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust - Development Contribution Remission Application..................................................................................................... 9

A       8.       Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.................................................. 23

B       9.       Suburban Centres Biannual Report - to September 2017......................................... 41

B       10.     Presentation from Staff Giving a General Update on the Council's Brand and Communication Strategies........................................................................................... 67   

 

 


Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee

16 November 2017

 

 

1.   Apologies

An apology was received from Councillor Scandrett.

2.   Declarations of Interest

Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant and to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as an elected representative and any private or other external interest they might have.

3.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

That the minutes of the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee meeting held on Friday, 13 October 2017 be confirmed (refer page 5).

4.   Public Forum

A period of up to 30 minutes may be available for people to speak for up to five minutes on any issue that is not the subject of a separate hearings process.

5.   Deputations by Appointment

5.1

Mark Smith will speak to the Committee regarding his idea for a Social Enterprise Venture in Christchurch where he is planning on opening a small bicycle ice-cream cart. The business will pay for one classroom to be built in deprived areas of India/Nepal per year under a scheme called Freedom Through education.

 

5.2

David Lynch and Kevin Cawley will speak regarding the awareness campaign that they are launching to promote lighting as a regeneration tool for the CBD. They made the following requests of the Council at the meeting on 9 November 2017 and the Council referred the requests to the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee:

a.         That the Council consider supporting the enlightening Christchurch Campaign.

b.         That the Council consider developing a Rejuvenating Lighting Strategy

c.         That the Council support and assist their endeavours to have external flood lights of the Christ Church Cathedral turned back on

 

6.   Petitions

There were no petitions received at the time the agenda was prepared.


Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee

16 November 2017

 

 

 

Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee

Open Minutes

 

 

Date:                                     Friday 13 October 2017

Time:                                    1pm

Venue:                                 Meeting Room 1, Ground Floor, Civic Offices,
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch

 

 

Present

Chairperson

Members

Councillor Vicki Buck

Councillor Mike Davidson

Councillor Jamie Gough

Councillor Glenn Livingstone

Councillor Deon Swiggs

Councillor Sara Templeton

Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner

 

 

13 October 2017

 

 

 

Principal Advisor

Richard Osborne

Acting General Manager Strategy & Transformation

Tel: 941 8472

 

Christopher Turner-Bullock

Committee Advisor

941 8233

christopher.turner@ccc.govt.nz

www.ccc.govt.nz

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Part A        Matters Requiring a Council Decision

Part B         Reports for Information

Part C         Decisions Under Delegation

 

 

 

The agenda was dealt with in the following order.

1.   Apologies

Part C

Committee Resolved ISDC/2017/00027

That the apology from Councillor Scandrett be accepted.

Councillor Buck/Councillor Gough                                                                                                                        Carried

 

2.   Declarations of Interest

Part B

There were no declarations of interest recorded.

3.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Part C

Committee Resolved ISDC/2017/00028

That the minutes of the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee meeting held on Friday, 15 September 2017 be confirmed.

Councillor Templeton/Councillor Davidson                                                                                                      Carried

 

4.   Public Forum

4.1       Pauline Baillie presented to the Committee regarding Food Waste in Local Preschools.

 

Committee Resolved ISDC/2017/00029

That the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee request a report from staff to include advice on how Organic and Recycling Bins can be provided to schools, including utilising the Waste Minimisation Fund.

Councillor Buck/Councillor Templeton                                                                                                               Carried

5.   Deputations by Appointment

Part B

There were no deputations by appointment.


 

6.   Presentation of Petitions

Part B

There was no presentation of petitions.

7.   Development Contribution Remission Application - Zhu Badminton Development Limited.

 

Staff Recommendations

That the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee recommend that the Council:

1.         Decline the remission application for the development contributions payable under BCN/2017/852 and require payment in full.

2.         Request staff explore the postponement of the development contributions payable with Zhu Badminton Development Ltd for an appropriate period in accordance with clause 3.6.1 of the Development Contributions Policy.

 

Committee Decided ISDC/2017/00030

Part A

That the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee recommend that the Council:

1.         Decline the remission application for the development contributions payable under BCN/2017/852 and require payment in full.

2.         Request staff explore the postponement of the development contributions payable with Zhu Badminton Development Ltd for a five years in accordance with clause 3.6.1 of the Development Contributions Policy.

3.         Request staff provide a report updating the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee on the review of the Development Contributions Policy.

Councillor Gough/Councillor Livingstone                                                                                                           Carried

 


 

 

8.   Central City Biannual Report - January to June 2017

 

Committee Resolved ISDC/2017/00031

Part C

That the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee:

1.         Receive this report for information

Councillor Templeton/Councillor Davidson                                                                                                      Carried

 

 

9.   Smart Cities Programme Update

 

Committee Comment

1.         The Committee received an update on the following projects in the Smart Cities Programme:

a.      CBD Free Wifi

b.     Bigbelly solar bins end of trial

c.      Rubbish bins sensors – partnership with City Care

 

 

10. Presentation from Staff on Recycling and Waste Minimisation

 

Committee Comment

1.      The Committee received a presentation from staff on the Council’s Recycling and Waste Minimisation programmes.

 

 

   

Meeting concluded at 3.03pm.

 

CONFIRMED THIS 16TH DAY OF NOVEMBER 2017

 

Councillor Vicki Buck

Chairperson

 


Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee

16 November 2017

 

 

7.        Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust - Development Contribution Remission Application

Reference:

17/1256225

Contact:

Katrina Guest

katrina.guest@ccc.govt.nz

941 6596

 

 

1.   Purpose and Origin of Report

Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is to provide the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee with information to assist it to make a recommendation to Council whether to approve or decline a request for a remission of Development Contributions.

Origin of Report

1.2       This report is in response to advice to Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust from the Social and Community Development Committee to lodge an application for a remission of Development Contributions under clause 3.6.2 of the Development Contributions Policy

2.   Significance

2.1       The decision in this report is of low significance in relation to the Christchurch City Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy.

2.1.1   The level of significance was determined based on the significance criteria used by the Council.

2.1.2   The community engagement and consultation outlined in this report is nil.

 

3.   Staff Recommendations 

That the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee recommend that the Council:

1.         Put the application on hold pending a decision on a wider report that proposes to grant Development Contribution rebates to Community Housing providers.  This report is currently scheduled to go to the Social, Community Development and Housing Committee in early December.

 

4.   Key Points

4.1       This report supports the Council's Long Term Plan (2015 - 2025):

4.1.1   Activity: Strategic Planning and  Policy

·     Level of Service: 17.0.1 Advice is provided to Council on high priority policy and planning issues that affect the City

4.2       The following feasible options have been considered:

·     Option 1 – Put the application on hold until a decision on a wider report that proposes to grant development contribution rebates to Community Housing Providers is considered by the Social, Community Development and Housing Committee (proposed for early December).

·     Option 2 – Decline the remission application and require payment of the assessed development contributions.

·     Option 3 – Approve the remission of the development contributions payable.

4.3       Option Summary - Advantages and Disadvantages (Preferred Option)

4.3.1   The advantages of this option include:

·     It will ensure a remission isn’t granted outside the criteria of a proposed future rebate scheme for Community Housing providers.

·     Should the proposed rebate scheme not be adopted Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust can then apply for a remission.

4.3.2   The disadvantages of this option include:

·     It will delay certainty to Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust regarding the status of the required development contribution payment.

 

 

5.   Context/Background

Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust

 

5.1       The Trust is developing new social housing on its marae at 250 Pages Road.  There are currently six, three bedroom houses under constructions at a cost of $3.1 million dollars which are being funded by grants from Te Puni Kokiri and the Rata foundation and a grant and a loan from Housing New Zealand.  Three further houses are also planned.

5.2       In addition to social housing, Te Runanga o Nga Maata Waka provides a range of services on site in the nature of:

·   Support for disadvantaged members of the community

·   Educational and recreational services

·   Support for operations of Government entities and NGOs

Further details of the services provided are attached to the remission application.

5.3       The Trust is incorporated as a charitable trust under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.

5.4       It is managed as a community facility by Te Runanga o Nga Maata Waka, an Urban Maori Authority.

5.5       Application for Building Consent for the construction was received on 28 August 2015 and in accordance with the Development Contributions Policy, an assessment for $102,895.20 was issued on 14 June 2016.

6.   Remission application

6.1       Attached to this report is the request from Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust and Nga Hau E Wha National Marae to have their Development Contribution remitted.  They believe there are unique and compelling circumstances that support a case for the remission of the development contribution on the basis:

·     The nature of the social housing development itself

·     The unique nature of the developer, Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust

·     The relationship between the Marae and the Council

·     The range of services provided on the marae

6.2       The request also states the consequences of a remission “remission of the development of the development contribution will reduce the cost with possible consequence that the trust will not have to borrow so much from Housing New Zealand.

‘Any consequent saving in repayments that augments the revenue derived from the project will be ploughed back into an expanded housing project (three more houses) that the Trust is bound to undertake by the terms of its financial arrangements with Housing New Zealand’

 

7.   Development Contributions Policy

7.1       The Council requires development contributions in accordance with Sections 197, 198(2) and 199 of the LGA and in accordance with its Development Contributions Policy. Development contributions enable the Council to require developers to make a fair contribution towards the provision of infrastructure that specifically service the needs of new development.  Without this revenue stream these costs would fall entirely on ratepayers.

7.2       The Council’s Development Contributions Policy does not provide for specific remissions from the requirements to pay Development Contributions.  However clause 3.6.2 states “This DCP does provide for the Council, at its sole discretion, to consider and grant remission and/or reductions in ‘unique and compelling circumstances’.

7.3       Appendix 3, Para A3-4 specifically refers to the appropriateness of using a remission for this specific purpose “The Council does not consider development contribution remissions to be an appropriate means of advancing strategic objectives unrelated to growth related capital and cost recovery (such as the retention of heritage buildings, encouraging development of the central city or the provision of social housing for the following reasons:

·     The use of remissions leads to less transparency and more complexity in the administration of development contributions. If the Council wishes to advance particular strategic objectives, it is considered more appropriate to do so outside of the DCP.

·     It may be considered unfair that developers, rather than the district as a whole, should pay to achieve such strategic objectives. The availability of relevant remissions is likely to be capitalised into and increase the land value of development sites. Remissions may not advantage the developers of developments that remissions seek to encourage.

7.4       In situations where development contributions are remitted the cost of providing the infrastructure growth capacity used by the development in question must be met by ratepayers.

7.5       Development Contribution remissions are paid for by rates, but this is not a direct mechanism:  Development Contributions are a capital revenue, they reduce the amount to the Council must borrow to pay for growth infrastructure investment.  Remissions are therefore funded in the first instance by borrowing, because they reduce how much of our capital investment is paid for by capital revenues.  All borrowing costs (interest and principal repayments) are ultimately met by rates – mostly the General Rate, although some is allocated to the Targeted Rates for water supply and sewerage.

8.   Comment

8.1       The reference in 7.3 above, to remissions for strategic purposes and for social housing in particular is intended as a general approach to implementing the policy. There are, however, matters related to social housing and the payment of development contributions that the Council should consider.

8.2       In 2016 the Council adopted a Housing Policy, which has the aim of all people in Christchurch having access to adequate housing that is secure, safe, affordable, warm and dry.  The Housing Policy contains a number of actions to give effect to it, many of which are aimed at supporting the provision of social and affordable housing.  One action, noted as a high priority, is to ‘Develop consenting, rating and development contributions assistance policies to support social and affordable housing’.

8.3       To support this action point, a staff report on providing development contributions remissions to community housing providers is being written for the Social, Community Development and Housing Committee.  It is likely that the social housing component of the Trust’s request would be a strong fit with any accompanying criteria that staff would recommend.

8.4       Community, Social and affordable housing currently don’t receive any rebates and no remissions have been applied for or granted to other developments.  There is also no provision for charitable trusts to have their development contributions reduced.

8.5       With a report on a rebate proposal for community housing imminent, staff believe that this application should be put on hold pending the outcome of this.  Should the proposed rebate not go ahead, a remission application can then be considered.

8.6       If the committee decides to consider this application today under current policy settings, staff believe that the remission application should be declined as there in nothing which makes it unique and compelling when compared to other developments that provide community, social or affordable housing.

8.7       Staff understand that there is a desire for a resolution to this application in order not to delay Code Compliance Certificate.  However, with the appropriate undertakings, code compliance can be issued before a decision is reached.

 


 

9.   Option 1 – Put the application on hold.

Option Description

9.1       Put the application on hold pending a decision on a wider report that proposes to grant development contribution rebates to community housing providers.

Significance

9.2       The level of significance of this option is low consistent with section 2 of this report.

9.3       Engagement requirements for this level of significance are nil.

Impact on Mana Whenua

9.4       This option does not involve a significant decision in relation to ancestral land or a body of water or other elements of intrinsic value, therefore this decision does not specifically impact Ngāi Tahu, their culture and traditions.

Community Views and Preferences

9.5       Nga Hau E wha National Marae Charitable Trust are specifically affected by this option due to their remission application.  Their views are expressed in the letter attached to this report.

Alignment with Council Plans and Policies

9.6       This option is consistent with Council’s Plans and Policies

Financial Implications

9.7       Cost of Implementation - Nil

9.8       Maintenance / Ongoing Costs - Nil

9.9       Funding source - Nil

Legal Implications

9.10    The Legal Services Unit would need to advise on the agreement to provide the Code Compliance Certificate before payment of development contributions.

Risks and Mitigations  

9.11    Nil

Implementation

9.12    Implementation dependencies  - Nil

9.13    Implementation timeframe – N/A

Option Summary - Advantages and Disadvantages

9.14    The advantages of this option include:

·     It will ensure a remission isn’t granted outside the criteria of a proposed future rebate scheme for Community Housing providers.

·     Should the proposed rebate scheme not be adopted Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust can then apply for a remission.

9.15    The disadvantages of this option include:

·     It will delay certainty to Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust regarding the status of the required development contribution payment.

10. Option 2 – Decline the remission application

Option Description

10.1    Decline the remission application and require payment of the assessed development contributions.

Significance

10.2    The level of significance of this option is low consistent with section 2 of this report.

10.3    Engagement requirements for this level of significance are nil.

Impact on Mana Whenua

10.4    This option does not involve a significant decision in relation to ancestral land or a body of water or other elements of intrinsic value, therefore this decision does not specifically impact Ngāi Tahu, their culture and traditions.

Community Views and Preferences

10.5    Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust are specifically affected by this option due to their remission application.  Their views are expressed in the letter attached to this application.

Alignment with Council Plans and Policies

10.6    This option is consistent with Council’s Plans and Policies

Financial Implications

10.7    Cost of Implementation – Nil

10.8    Maintenance / Ongoing Costs – N/A

10.9    Funding source – N/A

Legal Implications

10.10  Nil

Risks and Mitigations

10.11  Not approving the remission may mean that the Trust may have to borrow more from Housing New Zealand.

Implementation

10.12  Implementation dependencies  - N/A

10.13  Implementation timeframe – N/A

Option Summary - Advantages and Disadvantages

10.14  The advantages of this option include:

·   It is consistent with the Development Contributions Policy

·   It is consistent with how the policy is applied to other developments.

10.15  The disadvantages of this option include:

·   Not approving the remission may mean that the Trust may have to borrow more from Housing New Zealand.

11. Option 3 – Approve the remission application

Option Description

11.1    Approve the remission of the full development contributions payable.

Significance

11.2    The level of significance of this option is low consistent with section 2 of this report.

11.3    Engagement requirements for this level of significance are nil.

Impact on Mana Whenua

11.4    This option does not involve a significant decision in relation to ancestral land or a body of water or other elements of intrinsic value, therefore this decision does not specifically impact Ngāi Tahu, their culture and traditions.

Community Views and Preferences

11.5    Ratepayers are affected by this option as any remission would be funded from rates.

11.6    Nga Hau E WhaNational Marae Charitable Trust are affected by this option.  Their views are expressed in the letter attached to this application.

Alignment with Council Plans and Policies

11.7    This option is generally consistent with Council’s Plans and Policies

Financial Implications

11.8    Cost of Implementation – Development Contribution remissions are paid for by rates, but this is not a direct mechanism:  Development Contributions are a capital revenue, they reduce the amount that we have to borrow to pay for our infrastructure investment.  Remissions are therefore funded in the first instance by borrowing, because they reduce how much of our capital investment is paid for by capital revenues.  All borrowing costs (interest and principal repayments) are ultimately met by rates – mostly the General Rate, although some is allocated to the Targeted Rates for water supply and sewerage.

11.9    Maintenance / Ongoing Costs - Rates

11.10  Funding source - Rates

Legal Implications

11.11  Nil

Risks and Mitigations

11.12  There is a risk that approving this remission would set a precedent for similar developments in the future or for others that have been assessed but not yet paid to also seek a remission.

Implementation

11.13  Implementation dependencies  - Nil

11.14  Implementation timeframe – N/A

Option Summary - Advantages and Disadvantages

11.15  The advantages of this option include:

·   Nga Hau E Wha National Marae Charitable Trust would not have to pay the development contributions.

11.16  The disadvantages of this option include:

·   It would reduce the development contributions revenue and the amount would be funded from rates over the coming years.

·   There is a risk that approving this remission would set a precedent for similar developments in the future or for others that have been assessed but not yet paid to also seek a remission.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Development Contribution Remission Application

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Confirmation of Statutory Compliance

Compliance with Statutory Decision-making Requirements (ss 76 - 81 Local Government Act 2002).

(a) This report contains:

(i)  sufficient information about all reasonably practicable options identified and assessed in terms of their advantages and disadvantages; and

(ii) adequate consideration of the views and preferences of affected and interested persons bearing in mind any proposed or previous community engagement.

(b) The information reflects the level of significance of the matters covered by the report, as determined in accordance with the Council's significance and engagement policy.

 

Signatories

Author

Katrina Guest - Team Leader Development Support

Approved By

John Gibson - Head of Resource Consents

Leonie Rae - General Manager Consenting and Compliance

  


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8.        Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Reference:

17/1279326

Contact:

Kevin Crutchley

kevin.crutchley@ccc.govt.nz

941 8209

 

 

1.   Purpose and Origin of Report

Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is for the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee to consider recommending to Council to sign up to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

Origin of Report

1.2       This report follows on from the report to Council on 2 November 2017 on setting a target for the Council to be net carbon neutral by 2030, and the development of a framework for the city to be carbon neutral by 2050. The Council decision on that report included:

That the Council:

1.    Agree to set a target of Christchurch City Council being net carbon neutral by 2030.

2.    Request the Resource Efficiency Programme staff to work with the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee to develop the framework and strategies to meet the Christchurch City Council net carbon neutral target.

3.    Request staff to work with the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee to investigate a framework and strategies for setting a target of Christchurch being net carbon neutral by 2050. Note that staff will be reporting to the Committee in November on a proposal to sign the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, which would require the Council to set a target for carbon reduction.

2.   Significance

2.1       The decision in this report is medium significance in relation to the Christchurch City Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy.

2.1.1   The level of significance was determined by the author with due consideration to the decision sought.

2.1.2   The community engagement and consultation outlined in this report reflect the assessment.

 

3.   Staff Recommendations 

That the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee recommend that the Council recommends:

1.         The Mayor of Christchurch joins the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

 

4.   Key Points

4.1       This report supports the Council's Long Term Plan (2015 - 2025):

4.1.1   Activity: Strategic Planning and  Policy

·     Level of Service: 17.0.25 Christchurch Energy Strategy and Action Plan

4.2       The following feasible options have been considered:

·     Option 1 – Council signs up to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (preferred option)

·     Option 2 - Council does not sign up to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

4.3       Option Summary - Advantages and Disadvantages (Preferred Option)

4.3.1   The advantages of this option include:

·     Demonstrating climate change leadership and the environmental benefits that derive from reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

·     Undertaking existing and future climate and energy leadership programmes of work through a framework that is internationally recognised.

·     Positioning the city to take advantage of the transition to a low carbon economy and opportunities through the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

4.3.2   The disadvantages of this option include:

·     Council has only limited influence over the city’s emissions and may not be able to achieve the proposed target of the city being carbon neutral by 2050.

 

5.   Context/Background

5.1       Greenhouse gases (primarily carbon dioxide and methane) trap warmth from the sun and make life on earth possible – without them the surface of the planet would freeze. Global warming, or climate change, is caused by the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Over the past 150 years there has been a growing increase in emissions of greenhouse gases from agriculture, industry and transport – in particular from the burning of fossil fuels.

5.2       The planet is being affected by climate change and the impacts are set to increase in magnitude and extent over time. The Ministry for the Environment sees climate change as the biggest environmental challenge of our day as it is already affecting our climate, agriculture, natural ecosystems, infrastructure and health.

5.3       The Paris Agreement (2015) commits all countries to take action on climate change to keep the increase in global temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius. While New Zealand’s emissions are small compared with other nations our per capita emissions are high. New Zealand has ratified the Paris Agreement and set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

5.3.1   30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030

5.3.2   50 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

The Ministry for the Environment sees the Emissions Trading Scheme as the key policy tool for reducing emissions and meeting our national targets.

5.4       Climate change presents both opportunities and challenges for local authorities who are at the frontline of climate change adaptation and can contribute to emissions reduction. Decisions made today about infrastructure, land use and urban development will impact on the city’s emissions profile and the resilience of our communities into the future.

5.5       The Mayors and Chairs, including Mayor Lianne Dalziel, have declared an urgent need for responsive leadership and a holistic approach to climate change – the Local Government Leaders’ Climate Change Declaration, October 2017 (Attachment B). This encourages central government to be more ambitious with mitigation measures to transition towards a low carbon and resilient New Zealand. It commits the Council to develop ambitious action plans on low carbon transport options, to improve resource efficiency of homes and businesses, and support the use of renewable energy.

Strategic Priorities

5.6       Two of the Council’s Strategy Priorities are relevant to the Global Covenant:

·   Climate change leadership.

·   Informed and proactive approaches to natural hazard risks.

Existing Plans and Strategies

5.7       Existing plans and strategies that give effect to these strategic priorities include:

·   Sustainable Energy Strategy for Christchurch 2008-2018

·   Christchurch Energy Action Plan (2015)

·   Resilient Greater Christchurch Plan (2016)

·   Climate Smart Strategy 2010-2025.

5.8       The Council’s internal Resource Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emission Policy commits the organisation to being resource efficient and reducing emissions. Council will systematically review and improve its performance in energy use, solid waste generation and water use; and management of associated greenhouse gas emissions. The policy was adopted in May 2017 and applies to all Council assets, facilities and services.

5.9       The Council’s Resource Efficiency Programme will continue to work on projects to reduce emissions to make progress towards the Council’s target of being a carbon neutral organisation by 2030. Some sequestering of carbon, through planting across Banks Peninsula and the residential red zone, and/or off-setting of emissions, through purchase of carbon credits, may also be required.

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

5.10    The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy is an international coalition of over 7,000 cities committed to working together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Signing up to the Global Covenant requires a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to address climate change risks.

5.11    The Global Covenant provides the framework for developing the strategies and actions necessary to deliver on the proposed target for the city to be carbon neutral by 2050. Transforming to a low carbon city will require a collaborative effort across the business sector, neighbouring territorial authorities, Environment Canterbury, non-governmental organisations and the wider community. It will need to focus on active and low emission public transport, energy efficiency and fuel switching, and the minimisation of waste.

5.12    Ultimately, the city must prepare and deliver a Climate Action Plan and an Adaptation Plan and comply with the reporting requirements set out in Figure 1:

 

Figure 1: Requirements under the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GHG: Greenhouse Gas; GPC: Global Protocol for Community-scale GHG emissions).

5.13    While Council does not currently have either a Climate Action Plan or a specific Adaptation Plan in place, many of the matters required to be addressed have been or are being considered through other initiatives, plans and strategies:

5.13.1 Staff have commissioned a greenhouse gas emission inventory for Christchurch; preliminary results for carbon emissions and potential off-setting costs, if emissions are not reduced, are outlined in Attachment A.

5.13.2 Council has a number of existing resource efficiency, energy, sustainability and climate change strategies, policies and plans that will be reviewed over the next year. This will inform the Climate Action Plan.

5.13.3 The Canterbury Civil Defence Plan and the Resilient Greater Christchurch Plan identify hazards and risks to the community; and set out the actions to reduce risks and support community preparedness.

5.13.4 A number of natural hazards have been addressed through the Christchurch District Plan and the mapping of the flood management areas includes an allowance for climate change and sea level rise.

5.13.5 The Coastal Hazard Assessment for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula (2017) has been completed and will form the technical basis for conversations about how to adapt to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise in our coastal communities.

5.13.6 The Land Drainage Recovery Programme is taking a multi-hazards approach to floodplain management, including the exacerbation of risks by climate change and sea level rise.

5.13.7 The action plans being developed to address the Council’s strategic priorities for climate change leadership and informed approaches to natural hazards risks

5.14    If the Council does join the Global Covenant then climate action and adaptation plans (including incorporation of existing and relevant existing material) would be prepared by staff within existing budgets.  Community engagement and consultation on the targets and actions plan would take place during 2018, with final approval by Council. There may be future actions within the plans that require additional future funding from Council to implement – in such cases, Council will need to carefully weigh up and consider any such demands against other priorities.

6.   Option 1 – Council signs up to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (preferred)

Option Description

6.1       Council, by signing up to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, would be required to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to address climate change risks.

Significance

6.2       The level of significance of this option is medium, consistent with section 2 of this report.

Impact on Mana Whenua

6.3       This option does not involve a significant decision in relation to ancestral land or a body of water or other elements of intrinsic value, therefore this decision does not specifically impact Ngāi Tahu, their culture and traditions.

Community Views and Preferences

6.4       The Climate Smart Strategy 2010-2025 included stakeholder consultation which resulted in the following vision: People and communities actively work towards a climate smart Christchurch that reduces its greenhouse gas emissions and is resilient to the social, cultural, economic and environmental effects of climate change.

6.5       The Share an Idea initiative demonstrated a strong preference from the community for a clean and green city through the recovery process.

Alignment with Council Plans and Policies

6.6       This option is consistent with Council’s Plans and Policies

6.6.1   Christchurch Energy Action Plan (2015).

6.6.2   Climate Smart Strategy 2010-2025.

6.6.3   Christchurch City Council’s Internal Resource Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emission Policy.

6.6.4   Council’s Strategic Priority for Climate Change Leadership.

Financial Implications

6.7       The initial cost is within the current annual plan budget so no additional budget is required.

Risks and Mitigations

6.8       Signing up to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy requires the Mayor, on behalf of the city, to commit to a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions – proposed to be carbon neutral by 2050. Council has only limited influence over the city’s emissions.

6.8.1   The mitigation is to undertake extensive community engagement to build a collaborative approach to the transition to a low carbon city. The target may be adjusted through this process of consultation and feedback.

6.8.2   Council will continue to work on reducing emissions from Council’s activities as well as working on initiatives with businesses and residents to encourage the reduction of their emissions.

Implementation

6.9       The target date for signing up to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy would be in December 2017.

Option Summary - Advantages and Disadvantages

6.10    The advantages of this option include:

·   Demonstrating climate change leadership and the resulting environmental benefits of reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

·   Undertaking existing and future climate and energy leadership programmes of work through a framework that is internationally recognised.

·   Positioning the city to take advantage of the transition to a low carbon economy and opportunities through the Emissions Trading Scheme.

6.11    The disadvantages of this option include:

·   Council has only limited influence over the city’s emissions and may not be able to achieve the proposed target of the city being carbon neutral by 2050.

 

7.   Option 2 – Council Does Not Sign Up to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

Option Description

7.1       This option is where Council does not sign up to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

Significance

7.2       The level of significance of this option is low.

7.3       Engagement requirements for this level of significance are nil.

Impact on Mana Whenua

7.4       This option does not involve a significant decision in relation to ancestral land or a body of water or other elements of intrinsic value, therefore this decision does not specifically impact Ngāi Tahu, their culture and traditions.

Community Views and Preferences

7.5       Community views generally align with taking action to ensure a clean and green city.

Alignment with Council Plans and Policies

7.6       This option does not align well with Council’s Strategic Priority – Climate Change Leadership, in regards to demonstrating climate change leadership.

Financial Implications

7.7       Cost of Implementation – Nil.

Legal Implications

7.8       Not applicable.

Risks and Mitigations

7.9       There is a reputational risk if Council is not demonstrating climate change leadership through a recognised international framework.

Implementation

7.10    Implementation dependencies - Nil.

7.11    Implementation timeframe - Nil.

Option Summary - Advantages and Disadvantages

7.12    The advantages of this option include:

·   No cost to meet the commitments of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.

7.13    The disadvantages of this option include:

·   Not demonstrating climate change leadership through a framework that is internationally recognised.

·   Limited progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and resulting environmental harm.


 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Innovation and Sustainability Committee Meeting - 16 November 2017

31

b

Local Government Climate Change Declaration

33

 

 

Confirmation of Statutory Compliance

Compliance with Statutory Decision-making Requirements (ss 76 - 81 Local Government Act 2002).

(a) This report contains:

(i)  sufficient information about all reasonably practicable options identified and assessed in terms of their advantages and disadvantages; and

(ii) adequate consideration of the views and preferences of affected and interested persons bearing in mind any proposed or previous community engagement.

(b) The information reflects the level of significance of the matters covered by the report, as determined in accordance with the Council's significance and engagement policy.

 

Signatories

Author

Kevin Crutchley - Resource Efficiency Manager

Approved By

Helen Beaumont - Head of Strategic Policy

Brendan Anstiss - General Manager Strategy and Transformation

  


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16 November 2017

 

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9.        Suburban Centres Biannual Report - to September 2017

Reference:

17/1076484

Contact:

Katie Smith

katie.smith@ccc.govt.nz

941 8089

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       This report updates the committee on progress in implementing the nine suburban centre master plans.

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee:

1.         Receive the report.

 

3.   Key Points

3.1       Progress on implementing the suburban master plans is reported via a biannual overview, with the details provided to the relevant community boards. The 'dashboard' of progress (Attachment A) has been circulated to Community Boards, with a request for any feedback. No feedback has been received.

3.2       In March 2017 councillors requested staff to seek input from the relevant community boards to ensure the prioritisation and sequencing of the remaining master plan capital projects reflected current community aspirations.  The recalibration of priorities, process and outcomes were reported back to Council via the Innovation and Sustainable Development Committee on the 7th September 2017.  At that meeting the Council Committee confirmed that,

·        $30.8 million will be included for consideration in the Draft 2018-2028 LTP for the master plan capital projects that were assessed as very high or high priority.

·        Include funding of approximately $709,000 for specified projects classed as Lower Priority.

·        Not seek to allocate funding for the remaining Lower Priority Projects in the Draft 2018-2028 LTP.

3.3       At present, there is approximately $27 million funding allocated to master plan capital projects (including New Brighton).

3.4       Separate reporting occurs for progress on community-led master planning exercises, such as in Little River and Diamond Harbour, as these occur outside of the completed suburban master plans programme being reported here.

4.   Context/Background

Overview

4.1       The focus of this report is the six month timeframe April 2017 to September 2017; key progress in each master plan area during this time is noted below.  Master plan actions are achieved by various units of Council, by private owners and by business and community groups. This report has been prepared with input from staff in other Council units.


 

Lyttelton

4.2       Key progress includes:

·    Naval Point amenity improvements and redevelopment: Issues identification for the Naval Point Development Plan has been undertaken in the form of a water sports users’ forum, a community drop-in session, a site users survey and stakeholder interviews.

·    Heritage retention: Council has completed restoration and lighting of the Upham Clock Tower and re-facing of retaining walls at the corner of Oxford and Exeter and on Brittan Tce. Heritage NZ has started on-site works to return the Timeball tower and flagstaff, with a sod turning ceremony and blessing held on 5 July 2017.

Linwood Village

·    A report to Council on the 10th October endorsed a community-led planning approach to address regeneration issues and opportunities surrounding Linwood Village, complementary to the agreed actions of the adopted Linwood Village master Plan.  The report also requested that Regenerate Christchurch perform a facilitation role as the project scope and governance structure are established and some of the tools in the Greater Christchurch Regeneration Act may be required to facilitate planning.

·    The Major Cycle Route, Rapanui – Shag Rock, section through Linwood Village including improvement works to the intersection of Stanmore Road and Worcester Street have been completed.

Sumner

·    The new $10M library, community centre and museum (called ‘Matuku Takotako’) is now operational, following the opening ceremony in August.

·      Construction activity is scheduled to commence in autumn 2018 for a $1.5M streetscape upgrade through the village centre, along Marriner Street and Wakefield Ave.

New Brighton

·    Following approval of the Community Board, public consultation on a high level concept plan to upgrade Brighton Mall and Marine Parade has commenced in late October. 

·    DCL commenced construction of the $8.03M beachside playground in August, and it is hoping the facility will progressively open during summer 2017/18.

·    DCL is continuing to progress a $11.2M hot salt water pool development next to the playground. Subject to resource consent, DCL expect to commence construction in summer 2018.  Engagement has commenced in October 2017.

 

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Suburban Centre Master Plans Bi-annual Report Dashboard to September 2017

43

 

 

Signatories

Author

Katie Smith - Senior Advisor (Urban Regeneration)

Approved By

Ceciel DelaRue - Head of Urban Regeneration, Design and Heritage

Brendan Anstiss - General Manager Strategy and Transformation

  


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10.    Presentation from Staff Giving a General Update on the Council's Brand and Communication Strategies

Reference:

17/1230791

Contact:

Di Keenan

diane.keenan@ccc.govt.nz

941 8999

 

 

 

 

Attachments

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