Devonport Board Plan Sets New Course

Posted by on Jul 26, 2011 | 7 Comments

A drunk is removed from a local political meeting, while Chair Chris Darby attempts to subdue him

A drunk is removed from a local political meeting, while Chair Chris Darby attempts to subdue him

Rejuvenating Takapuna as a contemporary centre for commerce and living, creating a heart to Sunnynook, redeveloping Devonport Wharf, developing memorable coastal walkways and investigating the introduction of a future modern tram system, are among key projects the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board has prioritised for the next three years and beyond.

The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area has distinct communities within its boundaries spanning Sunnynook and Forrest Hill, Castor Bay and Milford in the north, through Takapuna and Devonport peninsula with Devonport in the south.

Its western boundary is the inner Waitemata Habour and the Northern Busway, with the Hauraki Gulf to the east.

The priorities have been established through the new council’s process in collaboration with public feedback and will be further refined as a result of community views expressed during the submissions period, which ends at 4pm on August 8.

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Plan summaries containing submission forms have been sent to every household and submissions can be made online via www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/haveyoursay

Board chair Chris Darby wants all locals to be part of the decision-making process, which will contribute to the future look and feel of community town centres and neighbourhoods.

“We’ve got so much going for us and so much more we can do to add to the beauty and prosperity of living in this remarkable part of Auckland,” he says.

“There are some exciting and challenging ideas in our course-setting plan and we want to know what people think of them, whether we’ve got it right and what needs to be added.”

“As with all changes within our villages, our communities must be at the core of shaping their future direction. By including them in this process, we believe that we can accommodate change and make the important improvements that each community deserves.”

Other key projects and priorities include:

 Advocating for a third harbour crossing future proofed for rail

 Upgrading and creating coastal walkways

 Revitalising our town centres and villages

 Connecting communities through strategic transport planning

 Ongoing restoration of Fort Takapuna and Kennedy Park

 Building a case for introducing a modern tram system along historic tram routes that used to connect Takapuna, Devonport, Bayswater, Smales Farm and Milford

 Re-directing the Takapuna Beach storm water outfalls

 Develop a Heritage Tourism Strategy for Devonport.

The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board is going all out to promote its Devonport-Takapuna Draft Local Board Plan, currently open for submissions until August 8.

As part of its efforts, Board representatives will be at some bus stops and ferry terminals in the area on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, wearing specially designed tee shirts and giving out submission forms and pens to interested passers-by.

In addition, an interactive workshop will be held at Devonport on Monday August 1 from 6pm to 8pm at the Navy Museum, 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport.

A second workshop will be held on Wednesday August 3 from 6pm to 8pm at the Channel View Lounge, Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Road, Takapuna.

The workshop will be facilitated so that people are active contributors while their elected representatives listen.

7 comments

  1. Gladys says:

    Has anyone looked at the 36 page booklet the local board have put out to publicise their plan. I counted about 12 wasted pages of photographs. And little in the way of useful information. As if we don’t know what Takapuna and Devonport look like? Today I had a quote for 1000 business cards in 3 colours. Cost .68 c. each. I shudder to think what the cost of this bit of PR was. What is wrong with newsprint, 1 colour etc. Do the board imagine we are going to keep these as souvenirs or something?

  2. John Irving says:

    I’m all for a continuous inner-harbor coastal walk/bikeways. This should include low level bridges across the mangrove swaps starting at Ngataringa Navy base (including access through the Navy tunnel) and terminating at the Takapuna busway station. Unfortunately the council have only allocated $2m budget which wont go far enough.

  3. John Reynolds says:

    Good to hear, Chris. Pity it wasn’t included in the map on Page 4 that showed ‘Local Body Initiatives’. However, we now have your undertaking that this has been ‘definitely highlighted’ so we will all be watching this space with considerable interest. Regards John

  4. Chris Darby says:

    Hi John – We have definitely highlighted the importance of Lake Rd. You can read that in the full document at;

    http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/SiteCollectionDocuments/aboutcouncil/planspoliciespublications/localboardplans/devonporttakapunadraftlocalboardplan.pdf

    Go to the Improving Our Transport section.

    Regards

    Chris Darby
    Chair
    Devonport-Takapuna Local Board

  5. GB says:

    For a start, change the Devonport welcome sign back to Devonport: The Marine suburb, get rid of that awful looking “Where time is well spent!”

  6. Sherry Ede says:

    I agree with that Lake Road should be one of the priorities. I’m hoping that it perhaps fits for discussion under “Connecting communities through strategic transport planning”….because, if we could ever get out or back in to Devonport in a reasonable time, we could think about connecting with other communities.

  7. Dr John Reynolds says:

    Astonishing! On the list of priorities is no mention of Lake Road and its daily traffic jams. This is the only road into the peninsular and is used by 39,000 vehicles (private, business and public) each day. The queues are endless, time wasting and polluting. The widening of the road from Hauraki to at least Belmont should be a top priority due to the negative effect is has on so many citizens of the area. This is a specific and challenging task – unlike some of the feel-good priorities that are couched in vague terms. Action is needed now!

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