Summit Road Speed Limit Review

Hearings Panel

Agenda

 

 

Notice of Meeting:

A Hearings Panel meeting will be held on:

 

Date:                                    Friday 24 May 2019

Time:                                   1pm

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

 

 

Panel

Members

Councillor Michael Davidson

Councillor Tim Scandrett

Councillor Sara Templeton

Deputy Mayor Andrew Turner

 

 

17 May 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Ryley

Committee Advisor

941 8153

liz.ryley@ccc.govt.nz

www.ccc.govt.nz

Note:  The reports contained within this agenda are for consideration and should not be construed as Council policy unless and until adopted.  If you require further information relating to any reports, please contact the person named on the report.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

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

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

3.        Declarations of Interest...................................................................................... 4 

Staff Reports

4.        Summit Road and Adjoining Side Roads- Proposed Speed Limit Changes.................... 5

5.        Submissions Received on the Summit Road - Speed Limit Review............................ 13   

6.        Hearing of Submissions................................................................................... 286

7.        Hearing Panel Consideration and Deliberation.................................................... 286 

 

 

 


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1.   Apologies

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

2.   Election of a Chairperson

         At the start of the meeting a Chairperson will be elected.

3.   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.

  


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4.     Summit Road and Adjoining Side Roads- Proposed Speed Limit Changes

Reference:

19/414493

Presenter(s):

Andrew Hensley and Sam Sharland

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of this report is for the Hearings Panel to consider the consultation feedback and views on the Summit Road and adjoining side roads proposed speed limit changes, to consider the staff recommendation, and to make a recommendation to Council.

2.   Executive Summary

2.1       This speed limit review is being undertaken to support the objectives of the NZTA Speed Management Guide 2016, and the overall vision of the Safer Journeys: Road Safety Strategy 2010-2020.

2.2       The review also fulfils the Council resolution of 22 March 2018 to enable consideration of a lower speed limit on Summit Road (Rapaki Road- Gebbies Pass Road), and the Council resolution of 23 August 2018 to appoint a Hearings Panel to consider public submissions and make a recommendation to the Council on an expanded proposed speed limit review of Summit Road and adjoining sections of rural roads:

·    Summit Road (Godley Head to Gebbies Pass Road)

·    Evans Pass Road

·    Sumner Road

·    Mt Pleasant Road

·    Broadleaf Lane

·    Worsleys Road.

2.2       The proposed 60km/h speed limits are consistent with the safe and appropriate speed identified in the NZTA Speed Management Guide, and aim to support the continued recreational usage of this area. Changing the speed limits is a low cost intervention that can be implemented quickly and have an influence on operating speeds.

2.3       Slowing down vehicle operating speeds saves lives, with a strong link between speed and safety. Having speed limits set at the appropriate level for the conditions is one of the most important ways Council can assist people to get where they want to go safely.

2.4       A section of Summit Road southwest of Worsleys Road and north of Gebbies Pass Road is within Selwyn District Council, but is isolated from the rest of their traffic network. It has been agreed by the relevant staff at both organisations that Christchurch City Council would lead the process to reduce the speed limit on Summit Road, and if applicable following the consideration of the consultation feedback, Selwyn District Council would formalise a change in speed limit through their own decision-making processes.

 

 

 

3.   Staff Recommendations

That the Hearings Panel recommend that Council:

1.         Approve, pursuant to Part 4 Section 27 of the Christchurch City Council Traffic and Parking Bylaw 2017 and the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017, that the speed limits on the relevant sections of Summit Road and the adjoining side roads of Evans Pass Road, Sumner Road, Mount Pleasant Road, Broadleaf Lane, and Worsleys Road be revoked and set as listed below in clauses 1a- 1m, and resultant changes made to the Christchurch City Council Register of Speed Limits and associated Speed Limit Maps;

a.         Revoke the existing permanent speed limit of 70 kilometres per hour on Summit Road commencing at a point 150m south west of its intersection with Worsleys Road, and extending in an easterly direction, generally, to its end at Godley Head.

b.         Revoke the existing permanent speed limit of 100 kilometres per hour on Summit Road (Christchurch City Council controlled sections) commencing at a point 150m south west of its intersection with Worlseys Road, and extending in a southerly direction, generally, to its intersection with Gebbies Pass Road.

c.         Approve that the permanent speed limit on Summit Road (Christchurch City Council controlled sections) commencing at its intersection with Gebbies Pass Road and extending in an easterly direction generally, to its end at Godley Head be set at 60 kilometres per hour.

d.         Revoke the existing permanent speed limit of 70 kilometres per hour on Worsleys Road commencing at its intersection with Summit Road and extending in a north westerly direction for a distance of 390 metres.

e.         Approve that the permanent speed limit on Worsleys Road commencing at its intersection with Summit Road and extending in a north westerly direction for a distance of 390 metres be 60 kilometres per hour.

f.          Revoke the existing permanent speed limit of 70 kilometres per hour on Broadleaf Lane commencing at its intersection with Summit Road and extending in a southerly direction to its end.

g.         Approve that the permanent speed limit on Broadleaf Lane commencing at its intersection with Summit Road and extending in a southerly direction to its end be 60 kilometres per hour.

h.         Revoke the existing permanent speed limit of 70 kilometres per hour on Mount Pleasant Road commencing at its intersection with Summit Road and extending in a northerly direction to a point 50 metres south of its intersection with Major Hornbrook Road.

i.          Approve that the permanent speed limit on Mount Pleasant Road commencing at its intersection with Summit Road and extending in a northerly direction to a point 50 metres south of its intersection with Major Hornbrook Road be 60 kilometres per hour.

j.          Revoke the existing permanent speed limit of 70 kilometres per hour on Sumner Road commencing at its intersection with Summit Road and extending in a south westerly direction to a point 65 metres north east of its intersection with Reserve Terrace.

k.         Approve that the permanent speed limit on Sumner Road commencing at its intersection with Summit Road and extending in a south westerly direction to a point 65 metres north east of its intersection with Reserve Terrace be 60 kilometres per hour.

l.          Revoke the existing permanent speed limit of 70 kilometres per hour on Evans Pass Road commencing at its intersection with Summit Road and extending in a north easterly direction to a point 130 metres south west of its intersection with Ocean View Terrace.

m.       Approve that the permanent speed limit on Evans Pass Road commencing at its intersection with Summit Road and extending in a north easterly direction to a point 130 metres south west of its intersection be 60 kilometres per hour.

2.         Approve that the speed limit changes listed above in clauses 1a- 1m come into force following the date of Council approval and the installation of all the required infrastructure (signage and/or markings) and the removal of redundant infrastructure as indicated on Attachment A.

 

4.   Key Points

4.1       Summit Road and its adjoining rural roads form a popular recreation area with ecological significance, which is utilised by a Christchurch residents and visitors alike. There a mix of users which include sightseers, walkers, cyclists, photographers, and car and motorcycle enthusiasts.

4.2       Council considered a Hearing Panel report into anti-social road user behaviour on Summit Road at its meeting of 22 March 2018. The Council resolution included a request for a report to enable consideration of lowering of the speed limit on Summit Road (Rapaki Road- Gebbies Pass Road).

4.3       The Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee considered the requested staff report at its meeting of 8 August 2018, and following that Council at its meeting of 23 August 2018. The Council resolution included to appoint a Hearings Panel to receive and consider written and verbal public submissions and make a recommendation to the Council on the proposed speed limit review of the following roads: Summit Road (from Godley Head to Gebbies Pass Road), and the adjoining rural roads of Evans Pass Road, Sumner Road, Mt Pleasant Road, Broadleaf Lane, and Worsleys Road.

4.4       Following the confirmation of a Hearing Panel timeframe, staff presented a briefing to the Summit Road Protection Authority at its 29 January 2019 meeting, which outlined the proposed Summit Road and adjoining roads speed limit review. The Summit Road Protection Authority has a statutory function in relation to this road.

4.5       The proposed 60km/h speed limits are consistent with the safe and appropriate speed identified in the NZTA Speed Management Guide, and aim to support the continued recreational usage of this area. Changing the speed limits is a low cost intervention that can be implemented quickly and have an influence on operating speeds.

4.6       Slowing down vehicle operating speeds saves lives, with a strong link between speed and safety. Having speed limits set at the appropriate level for the conditions is one of the most important ways Council can assist people to get where they want to go safely.

4.7       Education and Police enforcement of the proposed speed limits and driver behaviour will further support the safe operation of these roads for all road users.

4.8       Setting a speed limit of less than 60km/h was considered. Given that it would not align with the NZTA Speed Management Guide, would result in multiple and inconsistent speed limits along and adjoining the roads, and is likely to have poor compliance levels, on balance it was decided not to progress. 60km/h is the maximum speed limit in ideal conditions and does not override existing road user rule requirements for drivers to drive to the conditions as these change.

4.9       Sumner Road reopened on 29 March 2019 and has a temporary speed limit of 60km/h in place, which is operating under a Temporary Traffic Management Plan. Sumner Road has been designed for a 60 km/h speed limit, and the permanent 70 km/h speed limit was no longer considered safe and appropriate to reinstate. Evans Pass Road and Sumner Road are part of the over dimension and dangerous goods route between Christchurch and Lyttelton Port.

4.10    A section of Summit Road west of Rapaki Road is physically closed at present due to earthquake damage and rockfall risk. The permanent speed limit on the whole length of Summit Road between Godley Head and Gebbies Pass Road is being recommended to change as part of this review. The benefits are for consistency purposes, and to enable a safe and appropriate speed limit to be in place when sections of, or the entire road, reopen in the future, without additional administrative processes.

4.11    The adjoining sections of Dyers Pass Road have a speed limit of 60km/h.

4.12    The adjoining sections of Gebbies Pass Road are proposed to have a speed limit of 60km/h, and this is currently being progressed within the broader Banks Peninsula speed limit review process.

4.13    A section of Summit Road southwest of Worsleys Road and north of Gebbies Pass Road is within Selwyn District Council, as referred to in the Executive Summary.

5.   Consultation summary

5.1       The consultation ran from 11 March 2019 to 8 April 2019.

5.2       During the course of the consultation 251 submissions were received.

5.3       As the area for the speed review is very large, the project team decided to utilise social media, community development advisors contacts, local businesses, local newsletters and newspapers to let people know about the consultation.

5.4       Three information signs were also installed along the route; Godley Head parking area, Sign of the Kiwi and at the Sign of the Bellbird.

5.5       Of the 251 submitters, 179 people agreed with the proposed speed change to 60km/h.

5.6       Twenty three people wanted the speed limit to be changed to 50km/h, the main reason was that as this is a tourist route, people do not drive to the limit and they want to enjoy it. Also a lot of people use this route as a recreational route, having the speed lower would allow for a better journey for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

5.7       Eighteen people did not want a change, either because they thought it was people’s driving that should be changed, driver distractions, or drivers should drive to the conditions.

5.8       Some of the other common themes from the feedback were:

·   Change to 80km/h         

·   Change to 70km/h

·   Change to 30km/h

·   A lower speed (not specified)

·   Enforcement

·   Other deterrents

·   Driver education.

 

6.   Context/Background

Process

6.1       The proposal to reduce the speed limit along Summit Road (Godley Head- Gebbies Pass Road) crosses four Community Boards (Spreydon-Cashmere, Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton, Linwood-Central-Heathcote and Banks Peninsula) and part of the Selwyn District Council.  Refer to Attachment A for a map which outlines the boundaries for Summit Road and the adjoining side roads.

6.2       During the 2017 consultation on the proposed prohibited times on road restrictions for Summit Road, 865 submissions were received. This indicated the high level and metropolitan significance of Summit Road.

6.3       Given the city wide significance, and as it would not be practical to hold a joint meeting of four Community Boards, it was recommended that a Hearings Panel be appointed to hear and consider all submissions, and make a recommendation to the Council. This would mitigate any potential risk to process, as large numbers of submissions are more easily managed under a hearings panel process.

6.4       In addition to Summit Road (Godley Head- Gebbies Pass Road), staff are also proposing to reduce the speed limit on five adjoining side roads. It is recommended that all of the roads be considered together by a Hearings Panel, in conjunction with Summit Road (Godley Head- Gebbies Pass Road). The reason for this approach is to ensure that the safe and appropriate speeds of Summit Road and the five roads are considered as a whole and in conjunction with one another. Combining all of the roads together would also provide a more efficient and streamlined consultation and decision making process for the public and Elected Members.

Strategic Alignment

6.5       NZTA Safer Journeys Road Safety Strategy 2010-2020:  is designed to guide improvements in road safety, with an overall vision of “A safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury”. This safe system approach has four key pillars, being safe vehicles, safe road use, safe roads and roadsides, and safe speeds. This approach recognises that road user mistakes are inevitable, but that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that the system protects people from death or serious injury when those mistakes occur. The Strategy recognises that speed affects the likelihood and impact of all crashes, and notes that small reductions in impact speed greatly increase the chances of surviving a crash, particularly for pedestrians or cyclists.

6.6       NZTA Speed Management Guide 2016: setting safe and appropriate speeds, plus consistency and credibility of speed limits.

6.7       Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017: requires that road controlling authorities must set speed limits that are safe and appropriate, and encourages a consistent approach to speed management throughout New Zealand.

6.8       Christchurch City Council Road Safety Action Plan July 2018- June 2019:  to enable collaborative planning among road safety inter-agencies to reduce death and serious injuries on Christchurch City roads.

6.9       Christchurch City Council Long Term Plan 2018- 2028: reduce death and serious injuries by 5 or more per year.

Legal

6.10    Speed Limits must be set in accordance with the Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2017.

6.11    Clause 27 (Part 4) of the Christchurch City Council Traffic & Parking Bylaw 2017 provides Council with the authority to set speed limits by resolution.

6.12    The Council has not delegated its authority to set speed limits.

6.13    The installation of signs and/or markings associated with traffic control devices must comply with the Land Transport Rule: Traffic Control Devices 2004.

Impact on Mana Whenua

6.14    This project 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 Ngai Tahu, their culture and traditions.

Financial

6.15    Cost of implementation- $3500 for the removal of redundant speed limit signage and installation of new speed limit signage, and $1500 for the preparation of this report.

6.16    Maintenance / Ongoing Costs- Covered under the existing area maintenance contract, and the effect will be minimal to the overall asset.

6.17    Funding Source of Signage- Traffic Operations budget.

Risks and Mitigations

6.18    None identified.

Implementation

6.19    Implementation dependencies- Council approval.

6.20    Implementation timeframe- Approximately four weeks following Council approval.

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Summit Road and Adjoining Side Road- Proposed Speed Limit Changes

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

Authors

Andrew Hensley - Traffic Engineer

Samantha Sharland - Engagement Advisor

Approved By

Ryan Rolston - Team Leader Traffic Operations

Steffan Thomas - Manager Operations (Transport)

Richard Osborne - Head of Transport

David Adamson - General Manager City Services

  


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5.     Submissions Received on the Summit Road - Speed Limit Review

Reference:

19/521245

Presenter(s):

Liz Ryley – Committee Advisor

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

Purpose of Report

1.1       This purpose of this report is to collate, for the consideration of the Hearings Panel, the submissions received in response to the consultation on the Summit Road – Speed Limit Review.

1.2       The volumes of submissions are as follows:

1.2.1   Attachment A - Volume 1 Heard Submissions – Submitters who have asked to be heard in person by the Hearings Panel, this includes the schedule of submitters.

1.2.2   Attachment B – Volume 2 No Longer Wish to be Heard Submissions – Submitters who have advised that they are not able to speak in person at the meeting, or, they no longer wish to be heard.

1.2.3   Attachment C – Volume 3 Not Heard Submissions – Submitters who did not indicate that they wished to be heard by the Hearings Panel. This also includes any late submissions received on the Proposal.

1.3       Note, that the Local Government Act 2002 requires, as one of the principles of consultation, that “the views presented to the local authority should be received by the local authority with an open mind and should be given by the local authority, in making a decision, due consideration” (section 82(1)(e)).

 

2.   Staff Recommendations

That the Hearings Panel:

1.         Accept the written submissions (including any late submissions) received on the Summit Road – Speed Limit Review.

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Attachment A - Volume 1 Heard Submissions

15

b

Attachment B - Volume 2 No Longer Wish to be Heard Submissions

35

c

Attachment C - Volume 2 Not Heard Submissions

40

 

 

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

Liz Ryley - Committee Advisor

Approved By

John Filsell - Head of Community Support, Governance and Partnerships

  


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6.      Hearing of Submissions

 

Submitters who indicated that they wished to be heard in person will present to the Hearings Panel.  A schedule of presenters can be found at the beginning of the volume of “Heard Submissions”.

 

 

 

7.      Hearings Panel Consideration and Deliberation