Bus Shelter Hearings Panel

Agenda

 

 

Notice of Meeting:

A Bus Shelter Hearings Panel meeting will be held on:

 

Date:                                     Friday 9 September 2016

Time:                                    10.30

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

 

 

Panel

Members

Councillor Pauline Cotter

Councillor David East

Councillor Andrew Turner

 

 

2 September 2016

 

 

 

Reporting Officer

Brenda O'Donoghue

Passenger Transport Engineer

Tel: 941 8583

 

Samantha Kelly

Committee and Hearings Advisor

941 6227

samantha.kelly@ccc.govt.nz

www.ccc.govt.nz

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Bus Shelters Hearing Panel

09 September 2016

 

 

 


Bus Shelters Hearing Panel

09 September 2016

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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

2.       Election of a Chairperson......................................................................................................... 4

STAFF REPORTS

3.       Proposed Bus Passenger Shelter Installation - 25 Norwich Quay......................................... 5   

4.       Consideration of Objections.................................................................................................. 13

5.       Deliberations........................................................................................................................... 13 

 

 

 


Bus Shelters Hearing Panel

09 September 2016

 

 

1.   Apologies

At the close of the agenda no apologies had been received.

2.   Election of Chairperson   


Bus Shelters Hearing Panel

09 September 2016

 

 

3.        Proposed Bus Passenger Shelter Installation - 25 Norwich Quay

Reference:

16/999652

Contact:

Brenda O'Donoghue

CityStreetsTrafficEngineers@ccc.govt.nz

941 8999

 

 

1.   Purpose and Origin of Report

Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is for the Bus Shelters Hearing Panel to approve the installation of a bus passenger shelter at a bus stop that has been approved to be installed adjacent to 25 Norwich Quay (Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant).

Origin of Report

1.2       This report is staff generated.  Section 339 of the Local Government Act requires that resolution of the proposed shelter will require a separate decision of a Council Hearings Panel that will hear the objections of the immediate owner(s) and occupier(s) of bordering properties.

2.   Significance

2.1       The decision(s) 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 by comparing factors relating to this decision against the criteria set out in the Councils Significance and Engagement Policy.

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

 

3.   Staff Recommendations

That the Bus Shelters Hearing Panel resolve to:

1.         Receive the information in the staff report.

2.         Approve the installation of a bus shelter at the following location:

a.         25 Norwich Quay

 

4.   Key Points

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

4.1.1   Activity: Public Transport Infrastructure

·     Level of Service: 10.4.4 Ensure user satisfaction with the number and quality of bus shelters

4.2       The following feasible options have been considered:

·     Option 1 - The preferred option, install a bus passenger shelter at 25 Norwich Quay, adjacent to a bus stop that has been approved to be installed at the same location.

·     Option 2 - Do nothing.

4.3       Option Summary - Advantages and Disadvantages

4.3.1   The advantages of this option include:

·     Protection from weather,

·     Seating provided within the shelter, and

·     Increase the visibility and legibility of public transport.

4.3.2   The disadvantages of this option include:

·     Increase in the number of bus passenger shelters to be maintained by the Council.

·     During the peak times of public transport usage the shelter can only provide shelter for a limited number of people, however this is the case with most bus shelters.

 

5.   Context/Background

5.1       The bus stop to be installed adjacent to 25 Norwich Quay replaces the existing bus stop on Norwich Quay located opposite Dublin Street.  The new bus stop location was approved by the Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Community Board, during a meeting held Wednesday, 1 June 2016. 

5.2       A bus passenger shelter is provided at the existing bus stop.  In order to maintain the level of service for passengers waiting for a bus, a bus passenger shelter is proposed to be installed at the new bus stop located adjacent to 25 Norwich Quay.

5.3       It is important that a shelter is installed at the relocated bus stop, as it will cater for the 100 passengers who board a bus per weekday (Monday to Friday).  The strong patronage data reflects the importance of this bus stop to the Lyttelton community.

5.4       Environment Canterbury (ECan) is responsible for providing public transport services.  The Christchurch City Council is responsible for providing public transport infrastructure.  The installation of this shelter is supported by ECan.

5.5       Council staff propose to install a shelter in the location outlined in the attached bus passenger shelter plan (refer to Attachment A). 

5.6       Under s339 of the Local Government Act (1974), the Council may erect on the footpath of any road a shelter for use by intending public-transport passengers or taxi passengers provided that no such shelter may be erected so as to unreasonably prevent access to any land having a frontage to the road.  The Council is required to give notice in writing to the occupier and owner of property likely to be injuriously affected by the erection of the shelter, and shall not proceed with the erection of the shelter until after the expiration of the time for objecting against the proposal or, in the event of an objection, until after the objection has been determined.

5.7       Staff confirm the shelter will not prevent vehicular or pedestrian access to any land having a frontage to the road, as a result of the proposed shelter installations.

5.8       Consultation has been carried out with the affected properties.  The consultation period occurred at the same time as the bus stop consultation during April 2016.  During the consultation period feedback objecting to the proposed shelter was received from the tenant of 25 Norwich Quay (Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant).  No objection has been received from the owner of the property, Lyttelton Port Company Limited.


 

6.   Option 1 - Proposed Bus Passenger Shelter Installation

Option Description

6.1       Install a bus passenger shelter at 25 Norwich Quay adjacent to a new bus stop that has received approval by the Lyttelton/Mt Herbert Community Board.

Significance

6.2       The level of significance of this option is low consistent with section 2 of this report.  Engagement requirements for this level of significance includes the consultation with occupier and owner of property likely to be injuriously affected by the erection of the shelter.

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 tenant of 25 Norwich Quay (Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant), Tony Threadwell, has objected (objection received 18/4/2016) to the bus passenger shelter for the following reason:

6.5       “This proposal will have a “very” detrimental effect on our business.  We lose parking spaces.  We will have the front of our business blocked by the bus shelter.  Parking spaces are already short on Norwich Quay”.

6.6       The objection indicated above was received at the time of the bus stop consultation in April 2016.  Council staff contacted Mr Threadwell at the end of July 2016 by email to confirm if he was still in opposition to the installation of a bus passenger shelter.  A plan indicating where the shelter is proposed to be located and an image of the type of shelter council has in stock to install at this location was provided in the email to Mr Threadwell.

6.7       Mr Threadwell subsequently contacted council staff around the 17th or 18th of August 2016, with a suggestion for shelter to be installed at the rear of the bus stop, as indicated in Attachment B.  The reason for this suggestion is due to a potential redevelopment of the main pedestrian entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant.  It is unclear to staff if this alteration to the business frontage requires council involvement or not.  At the time of writing no information has been found in the council file storage system to indicate any proposal regarding a new entrance to 25 Norwich Quay has been issued to the council.

6.8       The bus stop layout diagrams provided in the Christchurch City Bus Stop Guidelines (2009), indicate a bus passenger shelter should be located to the front of the bus stop.  Installing the shelter at the front of the bus stop improves the level of service for all passengers irrespective of mobility restrictions, as they can wait at the location where they will board the bus from.  There are number of bus passenger shelters in Christchurch that have been installed to the rear of the bus stop.  Staff have observed that passengers do not tend to use the shelter at these locations, preferring instead to wait unsheltered at the front of the bus stop.

6.9       No objection has been received from the owner of the property, Lyttelton Port Company Limited.

6.10    Staff conclude the tenant and business operating from 25 Norwich Quay will not be injuriously affected by the erection of the shelter in the location preferred by Christchurch City Council and Environment Canterbury staff.  Staff confirm the shelter will not unreasonably prevent access to any land having a frontage to the road.

Alignment with Council Plans and Policies

6.11    This option is consistent with Council’s Plans and Policies.

Financial Implications

6.12    Cost of Implementation - The estimated cost to supply and install the one bus passenger shelter will cost about $9,000. 

6.13    Maintenance/Ongoing Costs - Costs will be met from the Passenger Transport Maintenance budget.

6.14    Funding source - The cost will be met from the Passenger Transport Infrastructure budget available for the installation of shelters.

Legal Implications

6.15    Where an objection to the shelter has been presented by the owner or occupier of an affected property, the delegated authority to make a decision to install a bus passenger shelter resides with a Council hearings panel.

Risks and Mitigations

6.16    The shelter is not installed, leading to a poor level of service for passengers waiting for a bus.

Implementation

6.17    Implementation dependencies - approval by the Council hearings panel.

6.18    Implementation timeframe - dependant on the contractor's workloads, but the shelter should be installed within three months of being approved.

Option Summary - Advantages and Disadvantages

6.19    The advantages of this option include:

·   Protection from weather,

·   Seating provided within the shelter,

·   Additional seating provided outside shelter, and

·   Increase the visibility and legibility of public transport.

6.20    The disadvantages of this option include:

·   Increase in the number of bus passenger shelters to be maintained by the Council,

·   During the peak times of public transport usage the shelter can only provide shelter for a limited number of people, however this is the case with most bus shelters.


 

7.   Option 2 - Do nothing

Option Description

7.1       No bus passenger shelter is installed at the location identified in section 3 of this report.

Significance

7.2       The level of significance of this option is low consistent with section 2 of this report.  As there is no bus passenger shelter proposed, the engagement requirements for this level of significance does not involve any consultation.

Impact on Mana Whenua

7.3       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

7.4       Not applicable.

Alignment with Council Plans and Policies

7.5       This option is inconsistent with Council’s Plans and Policies

7.5.1   Inconsistency - It does not ensure user satisfaction with the number and quality of bus shelters

7.5.2   Reason for inconsistency - Bus passengers will not be provided shelter to wait for a bus

7.5.3   Amendment necessary - No amendment needed to the Council's Plans and Policies.

Financial Implications

7.6       Cost of Implementation - not applicable.

7.7       Maintenance/Ongoing Costs - not applicable.

7.8       Funding source - not applicable.

Legal Implications

7.9       Not applicable

Risks and Mitigations

7.10    The existing passenger waiting facilities remain, leading to no improvement to the level of service for passengers waiting for a bus.

7.11    It may reduce bus patronage on wet days, as passengers may choose another mode of travel as there is no shelter provided at the bus stop.

Implementation

7.12    Implementation dependencies  - not applicable

7.13    Implementation timeframe - not applicable.

Option Summary - Advantages and Disadvantages

7.14    The advantages of this option include:

·   No advantages to this option.

7.15    The disadvantages of this option include:

·   It is inconsistent with Council's Plans and Policies.

·   It would undermine the approval of the adjacent property owners who have indicated approval to the installation of the bus passenger shelter.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Bus Shelter Plan for Approval: 25 Norwich Quay

11

b

Bus passenger shelter location suggested by the tenant of 25 Norwich Quay

12

 

 

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

Brenda  ODonoghue - Passenger Transport Engineer

Approved By

Steve Parry - Manager Traffic Operations

Steffan Thomas - Operations Manager

 


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4.    Consideration of Objections

 

The Hearings Panel will consider the staff report and all written and oral presentations from objectors.

 

5.    Deliberations