Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee

Agenda

 

 

Notice of Meeting:

An ordinary meeting of the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee will be held on:

 

Date:                                    Monday 22 July 2019

Time:                                   9am

Venue:                                 Council Chambers, Civic Offices,
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch

 

 

Membership

Chairperson

Deputy Chairperson

Members

Councillor Pauline Cotter

Councillor Mike Davidson

Councillor Vicki Buck

Councillor Phil Clearwater

Councillor Anne Galloway

Councillor Aaron Keown

Councillor Tim Scandrett

Councillor Sara Templeton

 

 

17 July 2019

 

 

 

Principal Advisor

David Adamson

General Manager City Services

Tel: 941 8235

 

Aidan Kimberley

Committee and Hearings Advisor

941 6566

aidan.kimberley@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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Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee

22 July 2019

 


Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee - Terms of Reference

 

 

Chair

Councillor Cotter

Membership

Councillor Davidson (Deputy Chair), Councillor Buck, Councillor Clearwater, Councillor Galloway, Councillor Keown, Councillor Scandrett and 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

 

Areas of Focus

The focus of the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee is the governance of roading and transport, three waters, waste management, and natural hazards protection.

 

The Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee:

·         Encourages opportunities for citizenship, community participation and community partnerships

·         Works in partnerships with key agencies, groups and organisations

·         Considers the impact of climate change in its decisions

 

The Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committte considers and reports to Council on issues and activites relating to:

·         Water supply, conservation and quality

·         Stormwater drainage including the Land Drainage Recovery Programme

·         Natural environment, including the waterways, aquifers, ecology and conservation of resources

·         Natural hazards protection, including flood protection and river control

·         Solid waste minimisation and disposals

·         Sewage collection, treatment and disposal

·         Roads, footpaths and streetscapes

·         Transport including road operations, parking, public transport, cycle ways, harbours and marine structures consistent with Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee Terms of Reference

 

Delegations

 

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

·         Land Drainage Working Group matters relating to the Land Drainage Recovery Programme, including opportunities for betterment.

 

Major Cycleway Route (MCR) Programme

 

At the Council meeting of 9 March 2017:

 

It was resolved that the Council:

 

1.         Delegates to the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee the authority to make all decisions in connection with the Major Cycleway Routes (MCR) programme, including final route selections and anything precedent to the exercise by the Council of its power to acquire any property, subject to:

a.         The Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee and affected Community Boards being briefed prior to any public consultation commencing on any Major Cycleway Route project.

b.         The relevant Community Board Chair(s) will be invited by the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee to participate in the relevant Major Cycleway Route item discussion and give their Board’s feedback or recommendations.

2.         Notes and reconfirms Councils previous decision to designate the MCR programme a metropolitan project, as set out in the Council’s resolutions on 29 January 2015.

13.4    Agree to the Major Cycleway Route programme being declared a Metropolitan Programme and delegate to the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee all decision making powers.

 

 

Christchurch Biodiversity Fund

 

At the Council meeting of 20 June 2017:

 

It was resolved that the Council:

 

5.         Delegate authority to the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee to consider and approve applications to the Christchurch Biodiversity Fund.

 

 

 

 

 


Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee

22 July 2019

 

Part A           Matters Requiring a Council Decision

Part B           Reports for Information

Part C           Decisions Under Delegation

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

C          1.        Apologies................................................................................................. 6

B         2.        Declarations of Interest.............................................................................. 6

C          3.        Confirmation of Previous Minutes................................................................. 6

B         4.        Public Forum............................................................................................ 6

B         5.        Presentation of Community Board Feedback.................................................. 6

B         6.        Hearing of Verbal Submissions..................................................................... 6

Staff Reports

C          7.        South Express Major Cycle Route................................................................ 13

C          8.        Resolution to Exclude the Public.............................................................. 170  

 

 


Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee

22 July 2019

 

 

1.   Apologies

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

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 Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee meeting held on Wednesday, 10 July 2019  be confirmed (refer page 7).

4.   Public Forum

There will be no public forum at this meeting

5.   Presentation of Community Board Feedback

The Chairperson of the Halswell-Hornby-Riccarton Community Board will be invited to the table to present the Board’s feedback on the South Express Major Cycleway Route.

6.   Hearing of Verbal Submissions

 Please refer to page 7 for a schedule of verbal submissions.

Time

Name

Organisation

9.30

Tiger Lu

 

9.35

Henk Buunk

 

9.40

Howard Dawson

 

9.45

Time not allocated

 

9.50

Diane and Darren White

 

9.55

Time not allocated

 

10.00

Sharee Cowles

 

10.05

Warren and Wendy Hill

 

10.10

Wendy Marshall

 

10.15

Jenny Whiteside

 

10.20

Ross Houliston

 

10.25

Ross Houliston and Mark Peters

Greater Hornby Residents’ Association

10.35

Melissa Himin

Templeton Residents’ Association

10.45

Morning Tea Break

 

11.00

Gwyneth Carlaw

 

11.05

Kay Flanagan

 

11.10

Mark Wells

Riccarton Community Church

11.20             

Warren Grieve

 

11.25

Kurt Hewson

 

11.30

Ron Greaves

 

11.35

Dirk De Lu

Spokes

11.45

Time not allocated

 

11.50

Heather Casperson

St Peter’s Anglican Church

12.00

Peter Simmonds

 

12.05pm

Peter Kelly

 

 

 


Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee

22 July 2019

Unconfirmed

 

 

Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee

Open Minutes

 

 

Date:                                    Wednesday 10 July 2019

Time:                                   1pm

Venue:                                 Council Chambers, Civic Offices,
53 Hereford Street, Christchurch

 

 

Present

Chairperson

Deputy Chairperson

Members

Councillor Pauline Cotter

Councillor Mike Davidson

Councillor Vicki Buck

Councillor Phil Clearwater

Councillor Anne Galloway

Councillor Aaron Keown

Councillor Tim Scandrett

Councillor Sara Templeton

 

 

9 July 2019

 

 

 

Principal Advisor

David Adamson

General Manager City Services

Tel: 941 8235

 

Aidan Kimberley

Committee and Hearings Advisor

941 6566

aidan.kimberley@ccc.govt.nz

www.ccc.govt.nz

To view copies of Agendas and Minutes, visit:
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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

An apology was received from Councillor Templeton for early departure.

 

2.   Declarations of Interest

Part B

There were no declarations of interest recorded.

 

3.   Confirmation of Previous Minutes

Part C

Committee Resolved ITEC/2019/00023

That the minutes of the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee meeting held on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 be confirmed.

Councillor Clearwater/Councillor Templeton                                                                                             Carried

 

4.   Public Forum

Part B

There were no public forum presentations.

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.   Cycle facilities and connection improvements project scope approval

 

Committee Comment

The Committee agreed that projects 13, 15 and 20 as described in Attachment A are particularly urgent and recommended that these be prioritised.

The Committee also discussed the recommended delegation. Staff clarified that the intention of the delegation was to provide flexibility to make minor adjustments to the project should the need arise, and would not be used to remove or add significant items. The Committee amended the recommended wording accordingly.

 

Staff Recommendations 

That the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee recommends that the Council:

1.         Approve the scope of the project as detailed in Attachment A.

2.         Delegate authority for the General Manager City Services to add or delete items to/from this list for investigation and delivery within the overall allocated budget.

 

Committee Decided ITEC/2019/00024

Part A

That the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee recommends that the Council:

1.         Approve the scope of the project as detailed in Attachment A.

2.         Delegate authority for the General Manager City Services to make minor alterations from the list of projects for investigation and delivery within the overall allocated budget.

3.         Request staff to prioritise projects 13, 15 and 20 as described in Attachment A.

Councillor Cotter/Councillor Clearwater                                                                                                       Carried

Councillor Templeton left the meeting at 01:59 p.m.

8.   Three Waters and Waste report - April/May

 

Committee Resolved ITEC/2019/00025

Part C

That the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee:

1.         Receive the information in the Three Waters and Waste April/May report attached.

Councillor Clearwater/Councillor Scandrett                                                                                               Carried

 


 

9.   Multi-Hazard Analysis Stage 2 - Gap Filling Studies - Tsunami

 

Committee Resolved ITEC/2019/00026

Part C

That the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee:

1.         Receive the information in the following Multi-Hazard Analysis project technical reports:

a.         Land Drainage Recovery Programme: Tsunami Study

b.         Tsunami inundation modelling for Lyttelton and Akaroa Harbours

Councillor Scandrett/Councillor Clearwater                                                                                               Carried

 

 

10  Resolution to Exclude the Public

 

Committee Resolved ITEC/2019/00027

Part C

That at 2.35 the resolution to exclude the public set out on pages 250 to 251 of the agenda be adopted.

Councillor Cotter/Councillor Galloway                                                                                                            Carried

 

The public were re-admitted to the meeting at 2.54pm at which time the meeting concluded.

 

 

CONFIRMED THIS 22ND DAY OF JULY 2019

 

Councillor Pauline Cotter

Chairperson

 


Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee

22 July 2019

 

 

7.     South Express Major Cycle Route

Reference:

19/509476

Presenter(s):

Brendan Bisley, Senior Project Manager

 

 

1.   Purpose of Report

1.1       The purpose of the report is to seek the Infrastructure, Environment and Transport Committee’s approval for the South Express Major Cycle Route (MCR) for detailed design and construction and to provide information on the outcomes of the consultation and engagement process and the recommended changes as a result of the consultation.

2.   Executive Summary

2.1       The South Express MCR is one of the 13 Major Cycleway Routes planned across the city and is designed to go from Hagley Park to Templeton, a distance of approximately 14.5km. South Express will be the longest MCR route and will ultimately connect to a cycleway being built by the Selwyn District Council from Rolleston to Templeton, providing a safe cycle facility from Rolleston to the CBD, a distance of approximately 22km to the centre of Rolleston.

2.2       The estimated cost of the route is $36 million to complete its full length. Approximately 7km of the route is shared path, 7km is separated cycleway and 0.5km is greenway.

2.3       The South Express connects with the Northern Line MCR and the Nor’West Arc MCR and passes nine schools along its route.

2.4       Consultation was undertaken with the community in February and March 2019. Over 12,000 booklets and flyers were delivered to the community prior to the consultation starting. Three public consultation meetings (attended by 116 people) were held along the route, the team meet with 3 residents associations, held a drop in at the Rewi Alley centre on a Saturday morning, presented at two community group lunches, attended the Riccarton Community network meeting, attended the Welcome to Riccarton Community Event on a weekend and held individual meetings with schools along the route that wanted to meet with the team during the consultation. The Council received 642 submissions from this initial consultation.

2.5       In addition to the written material, the Council utilised Facebook, Twitter and Neighbourly to advise that the consultation was underway and links to the consultation material. Posters were installed 13 locations along or near the route advertising the consultation was underway and where the information could be found.

2.6       As a result of the initial consultation, further engagement was undertaken in five areas along the route on scheme alternatives that addressed some of the concerns raised in the initial consultation. The areas were; Hei Hei Rd/Buchanans Road corner, Taggart Place, a section of Craven Street, Lochee Road and Elizabeth Street between Matipo and Clarence. The Council received a further 120 submissions from this additional engagement on the five areas.

2.7       The results of both the initial consultation and the additional engagement are shown in this report.

2.8       The results of the original consultation indicate the largest group support the cycleway in the initial consultation with 49%, those that support with concern at 23% and those opposed to the cycleway at 23% and 1% that did not state a preference.

2.9       With the additional engagement on the five areas Council asked residents views on alternative designs that addressed the earlier consultation feedback. The changes were supported at the Hei Hei / Buchanans Corner and Craven Street. In Elizabeth Street, the majority of submitters preferred the original design. In Taggart Place, the majority preferred the original design. In Lochee Road, a number of submissions were received requesting greenway treatment .

 

3.   Staff Recommendations

That the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee:

1.         Approve the South Express MCR scheme for detailed design and construction as shown in Attachment A, South Express MCR Drawings 1-56 inclusive.

2.         Approve removal of the identified trees to allow implementation of the proposed scheme, as detailed in Attachment A.

3.         Approve the purchase of land parcels required to complete the cycleway, as detailed in attachment A.

4.         Recommend that the detailed traffic resolutions required for the implementation of the route are brought back to the Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee for approval at the end of the detailed design phase prior to the beginning of construction.

 

4.   Context/Background

Issue or Opportunity

4.1       The construction of the South Express cycleway is an opportunity to provide safe cycling facilities for the interested but concerned group of cyclists. The area the cycleway passes through is bordered by busy arterial roads, some multi lane, so there are limited opportunities for less confident cyclists to be able to cycle.

4.2       The South Express MCR provides a safe route that connects a number of schools and Council facilities and will enable commuters, school pupils and recreational cyclists to be able to safely cycle between the CBD and Templeton and beyond.

Strategic Alignment

4.3       This report supports the Council's Long Term Plan (2018 - 2028):

4.3.1   Activity: Active Travel

·     Level of Service: 10.5.3.0 More people are choosing to travel by bike - 4,825 average daily cyclists (=2.5% increase per year)

Decision Making Authority

4.4       The Infrastructure, Transport and Environment Committee have been delegated the decision making powers on all matters relating to the major cycleways programme by the Council. This project is one of the 13 routes that make up the programme.

Previous Decisions

4.5       The Infrastructure Transport and Transport Committee has not previously been asked for any approvals related to the South Express MCR, but did approve the funding for the MCR programme.

Assessment of Significance and Engagement

4.6       The decisions in this report are of medium-low significance in relation to the Christchurch City Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy.

4.7       The level of significance was determined by considering the route alignment impacts on waterways and other sensitive areas, the number of potentially impacted residents and limited impact of previously constructed cycleways on the wider community.

 

5.   Options Analysis

Options Considered

5.1       The following reasonably practicable options were considered and are assessed in this report:

·   Option 1 – A revised option that incorporates changes as a result of the initial consultation feedback and the re-engagement on five areas. These areas are Hei Hei Road, Middlepark vs Taggart, Craven Road, Lochee Road and Elizabeth Street

·   Option 2 - Consultation option

5.2       Prior to the preferred route being consulted with the community, a route selection study was undertaken that considered a number of potential options between Hagley Park and Templeton. This study identified the preferred route through a multi criteria analysis and this was consulted on. The alternative routes identified in the route selection report that were not preferred was due to a combination of unavailable corridors (such as the KiwiRail corridor and the transmission line corridor), unsuitable roads (Riccarton Road, Main South Road and Blenheim Road) and then specific issues such as connection to attractions in the area, impact on the wider transport network, impacts on the residents and businesses, safety and directness.

5.3       To develop a preferred route the following constraints were used:

·   The start point was Hagley Park at the Old Blenheim Road

·   The end point was at Templeton on Jones Road

·   The route was designed to intersect with the Northern Line MCR at the Old Blenheim Road shared path connecting Hagley Park to Blenheim Road and to connect with the Nor’West Arc MCR where appropriate depending on the route chosen.

5.4       The following options were considered but ruled out

·   A cycleway along the rail corridor as originally envisaged when the cycleway programme was formed was not possible due to operational constraints along large sections of the railway line and CPTED concerns related to the limited access points that would be possible for cyclists. The rail corridor is disconnected from the community in Riccarton, Upper Riccarton and Hornby which would have limited its use even if the rail corridor could be used.

·   A cycleway along the Transpower Transmission Corridor was considered but some of the land has already been sold and there was not a continuous corridor that could be used for a cycleway.

·   An alternative route was suggested through the feedback received from the community. This route had the cycleway extending from Templeton to Carmen Road before heading back along the rail corridor adjacent to Shands Road to joining onto the shared path beside the Southern Motorway. The proposed route provided no connection to residents in Upper Riccarton or Riccarton areas and would require cyclists to deviate approximately 3km if they were heading towards the CBD direction. Attachment O details why this route was not considered further from a technical perspective.

·   An alternative route was suggested that continued the cycleway along Epsom Road, Greenhurst, Takaro Avenue and before joining back onto Main South Road through Sockburn Park avoided Middlepark Road and Craven Street. This route had been one of the initial routes considered in the route selection study but was ranked lower than Middlepark and Craven due to the industrial use of Epsom Road south of Middlepark, the activity along Main South Road between Sockburn Park and Craven Street. Middlepark and Craven is a better route and connects both St Thomas’s and Our Lady of Victory schools to the cycleway.

·   An alternative cycleway route along Taggart Place was suggested by the community. The affected residents were sent this alternative option as part of the re-engagement but the majority of the residents in Taggart Place were opposed to the cycleway. The original route along Epsom Road and Middlepark Road is more intuitive, has fewer deviations for cyclists and leaves the park area between Taggart Place and Middlepark Road open for use by residents. Attachments M and N discuss this in more detail.

·   A greenway treatment along Lochee Road has been suggested by the residents in Lochee Road as part of the consultation to retain the street trees and maximise parking. The traffic volume in Lochee Road is already above the upper threshold (1500vpd) for a greenway and is projected to climb to 4,000vpd in 2031 in the CAST model. Speeds are also above the 30km/h threshold for a greenway even though the street has extensive road calming and speed humps already installed.  In addition, due to the activity mix in Lochee Road with sport and the church, there is high parking demand at times and cyclists trying to navigate a busy street with high numbers of vehicles manoeuvring into and out of carparks will create an environment that causes the interested but concerned cyclists to avoid using the cycleway. A separated cycleway is a safer and more attractive option and street trees can be retained by removing some additional on street carparks. The proposed road cross section (vehicle lanes, parking lane and cycleway facility) are similar to that used on Collins Street on the Little River MCR and this has worked well. Attachments J and K discuss this in more detail.

·   A continuation of the cycleway along Waterloo Road between Hei Hei Road and Racecourse Road was investigated as this would have been a more direct route and would connect to the industrial area. There is already an off road facility along part of Waterloo Road but it is not highly used by cyclists. This business area has a high number of courier companies, freight companies and other businesses that have high volumes of traffic entering and exiting their premises. It was not possible to create a safe facility without excessive impact on Waterloo Road as all of the on street parking needed to be removed and the driveways rationalised, but even with this the facility was felt to be marginal for the interested but concerned user group. It also missed the residential development to the north.

Options Descriptions

5.5       Preferred Option: Option 1 Post Consultation Option (preferred)

5.5.1   Option Description: The route is approximately 14.5km long and travels along these following streets with the treatment type shown adjacent:

·   Old Blenheim Road –shared path

·   Blenheim Road (Mandeville to Picton) – shared path on the north side

·   Picton Avenue (Blenheim to Elizabeth) – two-way separated

·   Elizabeth Street (Picton to Wainui) – two-way separated

·   Elizabeth Street (Wainui to Centennial) – greenway and two-way separated

·   Centennial Avenue (Peveral to Elizabeth) – two-way separated

·   Peveral Street (Centennial to Wharenui) – two-way separated

·   Lochee Road (Wharenui to no 37 Lochee) – two-way separated

·   Middleton Park (Lochee to Middleton) – shared path

·   Suva street(Middleton to Hanson’s Lane) – this is part of the Norwest Arc MCR and is a two-way separated facility

·   Suva Street (Hanson’s Lane to Ballentyne) – two-way separated facility

·   Ballentyne Avenue – greenway

·   Main South Road (Ballentyne to Craven) – two-way separated facility and short sections of shared path

·   Craven Street – two-way separated facility

·   Middlepark Road (Craven to Epsom) – two-way separated

·   Epsom Road (Middlepark to Paparoa Stream Reserve) – shared path

·   Transmission Corridor (Racecourse to Carmen) – shared path

·   Carmen Road (transmission corridor to Buchanan’s) - shared path

·   Buchanans Road (Carmen to Hei Hei) – two-way separated

·   Hei Hei Road – two-way separated

·   Waterloo Road ( Hei Hei to Kirk) – shared path

·   Jones Road (Kirk to Globe Bay Drive) – shared path

5.5.2   The Riccarton section of this route mirrors the older recommended cycle route (blue disk route) that was signed as an alternative to using Blenheim Road or Riccarton Road in the 1990’s. The route was unsuccessful in attracting cyclists as it was hard for cyclists to get across the busy north south arterial links that are in Riccarton. The South Express resolves that issue by installing new traffic signals to allow the cyclists to move east to west or west to east with ease.

5.5.3   Along the route there are 13 intersection that need new traffic signals or upgrades to existing signals.

5.5.4   The route has three facility types, two way separated, shared paths and limited areas of greenways. The greenways have been used where traffic volumes are lower than 1000vpd in line with the cycle design guidelines. In some cases, cul-de-sac treatments have been used to ensure the traffic volume remain at a level to suit the use of greenways in the future. The shared paths have predominately been used where there are currently no pedestrian facilities, so the cycleway will provide better access for residents walking, but where future cycle and pedestrian volumes will not make the shared path unsafe for either user. The two-way cycleways have been used where traffic volumes are sufficiently higher, enabling a separation from vehicles.

5.5.5   The route includes a connection to the Tower Junction business area on the west side of the existing access road. A future connection via a shared path to the proposed library and pool facility to be constructed in Kyle Park could easily be accommodated along Waterloo Road.

5.5.6   The cycleway will ultimately connect to a cycleway planned to be constructed by Selwyn District Council from Rolleston along Jones Road, providing a connected facility from the city centre to Rolleston.

5.5.7   The route utilises part of the Norwest Arc MCR along Suva Street (Hanson’s Lane to Middleton Road) to provide the linkage to the Norwest Arc MCR. It also joins the Northern Line MCR on the shared path built along the alignment of the now removed Blenheim Road overbridge that is beside Placemakers.

5.5.8   Land is required to be purchased on Blenheim Road at two properties to accommodate the desirable width of the shared path. The two owners affected are aware of the potential need to purchase land if the project was to proceed.

5.5.9   Option Advantages

·     75 changes have been made along the route to reflect the consultation feedback. These range from small changes at specific locations along the route to more significant changes in Craven Road and Lochee Road as a result of the additional engagements undertaken. Some changes have occurred in more than one location but has been countered as a single change.

·     43 new carparks have been created through changes to the design following consultation. 58 new carparks were created, but 15 were removed giving a nett total of 43.

·     The proposed route will allow for connection to the cycleway being constructed by the Selwyn District Council from Rolleston along Jones Road.

·     The proposed route is through the middle of the residential community in Riccarton, providing cyclists a safe cycle route without the need to use either Riccarton Road or Blenheim Road. For students at the University, the route connects to the Norwest Arc MCR at Middleton Road which then allows them to cycle on a separated facility to the University.

·     The route passes nine schools, allowing pupils a choice on how they can travel to and from school via bicycle or scooter.

·     The new mid-block traffic signals installed to cross Clarence Street, Matipo Street and Wharenui Road will allow cyclists to get across these busy north south flowing roads.

·     The new signals are being installed to facilitate the cycleway provide a significant improvement for the safety of pedestrians by providing a safe crossing point across busy arterial roads.

·     The traffic signals at Matipo/Elizabeth provides a signalised crossing for the students of Wharenui School and allows the removal of the pedestrian crossing on Matipo Street.

·     The 40km/h school speed zone on Matipo Street will improve safety for the school children during the morning and afternoon drop off and pickup periods.

·     The proposed P120 parking in the block between Peveral/Blenheim/Matipo and Clarence will provide high turnover parking for visitors and activities in the area. There is currently a reasonable level of all day worker parking that makes it difficult for residents, pool complex and church to have available parking in the area.

·     The street trees in Lochee Road are retained and the construction of the separated facility will visually narrow the road the road which will assist in slowing traffic using the route. The high speed of vehicles using the street has been a complaint from residents in Lochee Road for a number of years.

·     The parking changes in Ballentyne Avenue will retain a wider road width during the day when the majority of the cyclists using the South Express MCR will be sharing the road and traffic volumes are higher. In the evening, residents and those attending functions at La Vida will be able to utilise the additional parking.

·     The changes in Craven Road will reduce the chances of conflict between cyclists and students at Our Lady of Victory School by having the cycleway on the opposite side of the road. It also improves capacity at the intersection by allowing two lane discharge onto Main South Road.

·     The route replaces a significant length of older dish channel, and renews footpaths along the route in both Riccarton and Hornby that needs to be replaced to construct the separated cycleway.

·     The route through the transmission corridor by Riccarton Raceway will connect the new subdivision into the cycle network. It also provides pedestrian facilities for the existing users of that area who already walk along the corridor.

·     The revised intersection layout at Gilberthorpes/Waterloo will improve the safety at the intersection by closing Moffatt Street. This will simplify the number of crossing movements motorists, cyclists and pedestrians need to watch for when going through the intersection. 

·     The shared path between Templeton and the Waterloo Business Park will provide safe facilities for the walkers that are observed to already be walking in this area.

·     The installation of the separated facilities visually narrows the road width. This will assist with lowering vehicle speeds as drivers slow with narrower lanes. In residential streets this improves safety for residents and users of the streets.

·     The cycleway crossing point outside St Thomas’s on Middlepark Road provides a crossing point with good visibility for cyclists, but also provides a safer crossing point for students to move from the school to their sports grounds.

·     The relocation of the bus stop outside 126 Hei Hei Road allows additional on street carparks to be created directly outside the community facility.

·     The changes outside St Bernadette’s church and school have added an additional 13 carparks plus a drop off zone for parents on the same side of the road as the school. The crossing is also changed to a kea crossing facility.

5.5.10 Option Disadvantages

·     There is a reduction in available on street car parking on the streets with the cycleway. The reduction is required to accommodate the cycle facility and is similar to other constructed separated cycleways across the city.

·     The intersection treatment at Elizabeth/Division prevents vehicles driving along Elizabeth Street between Clarence and Matipo.

·     There are a number of cul-de-sac treatments proposed (Elizabeth at Clarence, Elizabeth at Wainui, Division at Elizabeth, Ballentyne at Suva and Moffatt at Gilberthorpes) to reduce traffic volumes to make the cycle facility safer. These will result in some severance issues for residents who may need to travel in a slightly different direction to get to or from their properties.

·     The additional traffic signals will delay traffic on the roads where the signals will be installed but are needed to safely allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely cross.

·     Between Hei Hei Road and Epsom Road the route is not as direct as other potential options such as continuing along Waterloo Road, but it was not possible to construct a safe facility for the interested but concerned cycle user group due to the nature of the businesses in Waterloo Road and the high number of large vehicles going into and out of the various businesses. The alternative route better connects with the residential areas.

·     Two areas of land are required between Picton Avenue and Mandeville Street to accommodate the shared path. The land purchase will not require the demolition of buildings.

·     Some existing street trees need to be removed along Picton Avenue to accommodate the cycleway. New trees will be planted where we have sufficient berm width clear of services to accommodate the trees.

·     Retaining the trees in Lochee Road will reduce the number of available carparks.

5.6       Option 2 Consultation Option

5.6.1   Option Description: This option is very similar to Option 1 but the key changes are:

·     The trees in Lochee Road have not been retained to provide more on street car parking.

·     The cycleway crossing point in Craven Road is close to the intersection and the cycleway passes in front of the Our lady of Victory School entrance and school bus stop, resulting in a higher likelihood of conflict.

·     The 75 changes have not been made to the scheme to reflect the submitter’s comments.

5.6.2   Option Advantages

·     This option provides more on street carparks in Lochee Road by removing the street trees.

5.6.3   Option Disadvantages

·     This option does not take account of the feedback from submitters.

6.   Community Views and Preferences

6.1       The community views on the consulted option are included in Attachment F. A high level summary of the feedback is:

6.2       Council received 642 submissions on the project from the initial consultation

6.3       In the initial consultation, 49% supported the proposal, 23% support with concerns and 26% did not support the proposal. 1% did not state a response as to whether they supported or did not support the proposal.

6.4       106 submissions were received from people who live or own property along the streets directly impacted by the proposed cycleway. 21% supported the cycleway, 32% supported the cycleway but had some concerns and 41% did not support the cycleway. 6% of submitters did not indicate a preference.

6.5       The key concerns identified by all submitters were value for money in building a cycleway, residential parking loss, route design with suggested alternatives and local impacts to the network from the cycleway changes.

6.6       The key benefits of the proposal identified by submitters were better cycle safety, encouragement of children and new riders to bike, promotion of alternatives modes and improvements to the environment.

6.7       There were five key areas that had a higher number of submissions in the initial consultation undertaken: Hei Hei Road (61 submissions), Middlepark/Epsom (35 submissions), Craven Road, Lochee Road (19 submissions) and Elizabeth Street (Matipo to Clarence) (78 submissions). As a result, alternative designs were developed for these locations and engagement was undertaken with directly affected property owners.

6.8       The key issues identified by submitters in these areas were:

·     Elizabeth Street – not value for money, loss of parking and concerns around the impacts of the road layout changes.

·     Lochee Road – loss of parking and removal of the existing street trees.

·     Craven – narrowing of the intersection at Main South Road and conflict with the school entrance and school bus stop.

·     Middleton/Epsom – impact on parking, safety at the intersection and congestion caused by the inline bus stop.

·     Hei Hei Road – loss of car parking and safety for children needing to cross the street for school.

6.9       Council received 120 submissions from the additional engagement on the five targeted areas. The detail is show in the consultation summary in Attachment F

6.10    In Elizabeth Street, the majority of submitters preferred the original consulted design, favoured the parking restrictions and supported the 40km/h speed zone on Matipo Street for Wharenui School.

6.11    In Lochee Road, the majority of submitters supported the installation of a greenway treatment rather than a separated cycleway.

6.12    In Craven Road, the majority supported the alternative layout.

6.13    In Epson/Middlepark, the majority supported the retention of the original route via Epsom and Middlepark.

6.14    In Hei Hei Road, the majority supported the revised layout, although this consultation was targeted to only the directly affected residents.

6.15    A number of technical notes have been attached to this report that provide detailed assessments of the issues around the Middlepark Road and Taggart Place options, the treatment type on Lochee Road and alternative routes, Elizabeth Street v Peveral Street and the facility type for Elizabeth Street. The technical notes provide the basis of the recommended route and facility types along the route.

7.   Legal Implications

7.1       There is not a legal context, issue or implication relevant to this decision

7.2       This report has not been reviewed and approved by the Legal Services Unit

8.   Risks

8.1       The project will need KiwiRail approval for some works near their infrastructure at the Templeton end of the project. This is not scheduled to be constructed until the end of the construction which gives time to obtain these approvals. If we are unable to achieve agreement with KiwiRail we can relocate the path to avoid the use of their land.

8.2       There is some minor land purchase required. We are able to construct a workable facility if that land purchase took longer than expected and then construct the final layout at completion of the land purchase.

9.   Next Steps

9.1       If the project is approved, detailed design would commence with construction of the first stage planned to commence in early 2020. Design and construction would then progressively continue as funds are available with construction to Hornby completed in FY21. The remaining section to Templeton would be completed as funds are allocated in the LTP.

 


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10. Options Matrix

Issue Specific Criteria

Criteria

Option 1 – Post Consultation Amended Option

Option 2 – Consulted Option

Financial Implications

Cost to Implement

$36 million

$36 million

Maintenance/Ongoing

The additional maintenance costs were assessed when the MCR programme was approved and the budget adjusted to account for the cycleways

The additional maintenance costs were assessed when the MCR programme was approved and the budget adjusted to account for the cycleways

Funding Source

FY18-28 LTP

FY18-28 LTP

Impact on Rates

Nil

Nil

Criteria 1 e.g. Climate Change Impacts

This option reduces vehicle emissions by encouraging more residents to cycle or walk for local trips and longer trips.

This option reduces vehicle emissions by encouraging more residents to cycle or walk for local trips and longer trips.

Criteria 2 e.g. Accessibility Impacts

The new signalised crossings will improve access for pedestrians and make it easier to cross the busy arterial roads that pass through Riccarton such as Clarence street, Matipo Street and Wharenui Road.

The new signalised crossings will improve access for pedestrians and make it easier to cross the busy arterial roads that pass through Riccarton such as Clarence street, Matipo Street and Wharenui Road.

Criteria 4 e.g. Future Generation Impacts

This option provides long-term choices regarding commuting options for the public either via cycling or walking.

This option provides long-term choices regarding commuting options for the public either via cycling or walking.

 

 

 

 

Statutory Criteria

Criteria

Option 1 – Post Consultation Amended Option

Option 2 – Consulted Option

Impact on Mana Whenua

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

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

Alignment to Council Plans & Policies

This option is consistent with Council Plans and Policies and provides significant improvements to the cycling facilities in the Templeton, Hornby, Sockburn and Riccarton areas.

This option is consistent with Council Plans and Policies and provides significant improvements to the cycling facilities in the Templeton, Hornby, Sockburn and Riccarton areas.


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Attachments

No.

Title

Page

a

Revised Scheme Drawings for Approval

25

b

Wharenui School 40km/h speed zone

136

c

Riccarton Area parking changes

137

d

Design changes due to consultaion

138

e

Consultation social media report

148

f

Consultation feedback report

153

g

Elizabeth/Clarence intersection technical report

182

h

Elizabeth Street facility type technical report

188

i

Peveral v Elizabeth Street technical report

189

j

Lochee Road facility type technical report

194

k

Lochee Road alternative route technical report

197

l

Middlepark Road zebra crossing option technical report

201

m

Middlepark v Taggart route options technical report

204

n

Middlepark - Taggart intersection technical report

208

o

Sth Express Hornby rail corridor  alternative technical report

209

p

Sth Express Carmen Road technical report

216

q

Full Route - Submissions Table (Under Separate Cover)

 

r

Full Route - Attachments to Submissions (Under Separate Cover)

 

s

Lochee Road - Submissions Table (Under Separate Cover)

 

t

Lochee Road - Attachments to Submissions (Under Separate Cover)

 

u

Elizabeth Street - Submissions Table (Under Separate Cover)

 

v

Elizabeth Street - Attachments to Submissions (Under Separate Cover)

 

w

Craven Street - Submissions Table (Under Separate Cover)

 

x

Taggart Place - Submissions Table (Under Separate Cover)

 

y

Bus Stops - Submissions Table (Under Separate Cover)

 

 

 

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

Brendan Bisley - Senior Project Manager

Ann Campbell - Senior Engagement Advisor

Approved By

Lynette Ellis - Manager Planning and Delivery Transport

Peter Langbein - Finance Business Partner

Richard Osborne - Head of Transport

David Adamson - General Manager City Services

  


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8.      Resolution to Exclude the Public

Section 48, Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

 

I move that the public be excluded from the following parts of the proceedings of this meeting, namely items listed overleaf.

 

Reason for passing this resolution: good reason to withhold exists under section 7.

Specific grounds under section 48(1) for the passing of this resolution: Section 48(1)(a)

 

Note

 

Section 48(4) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 provides as follows:

 

“(4)     Every resolution to exclude the public shall be put at a time when the meeting is open to the public, and the text of that resolution (or copies thereof):

 

             (a)       Shall be available to any member of the public who is present; and

             (b)       Shall form part of the minutes of the local authority.”

 

This resolution is made in reliance on Section 48(1)(a) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and the particular interest or interests protected by Section 6 or Section 7 of that Act which would be prejudiced by the holding of the whole or relevant part of the proceedings of the meeting in public are as follows:


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ITEM NO.

GENERAL SUBJECT OF EACH MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED

SECTION

SUBCLAUSE AND REASON UNDER THE ACT

PLAIN ENGLISH REASON

WHEN REPORTS CAN BE RELEASED

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Refer to the previous public excluded reason in the agendas for these meetings.