On Expressway PlansMarch 21…..2010
The KCDC wants local people to go to Community Board workshops this week to give their views on the Government’s expressway plans.
The Council has tentatively approved working with the N.Z. Transport Agency (NZTA) andContractors in an Alliance to agree on a design for the first part of the Expressway from McKay’s Crossing to Peka Peka.
“We are faced with a dilemma,” says Mayor Jenny Rowan. “While it is clear Central Government is determined to push through the Sandhills Expressway proposal, the final decision will be made at the Board of Inquiry in 18 months or so time.
“Given this, we can either stay outside the Alliance structure, or join and argue on behalf of our constituents from within. Council has decided that at this stage there is more to be gained by being involved than not.”
Set of Objectives
Council is therefore drafting a set of objectives as a pre-condition to Alliance membership.
The objectives so far cover the local network efficiency and resilience, town centre viability, containment, connectivity, freight routes, storm water and ground water, the environment, and issues surrounding tangata whenua.
“While there are common issues which extend across the district, there are many which are specific to particular wards and community board areas,” says. Mayor Rowan.
Given this, Council has asked the Community Boards to host a number of workshops over the coming week where key design issues can be discussed.
Chair of the Waikanae Community Board, Michael Scott says there is a risk there will be no connections from Te Moana Road onto the expressway.
The issues are different for Paekakariki. “Getting Transmission Gully protects our community from the kind of severance effects which now threaten the other communities,” says Community Board Chair, Adrian Webster, “but it’s important for our people to engage with this objective-setting process too.”
Ōtaki Board chair André Baker says “The process for Ōtaki will be quite different to that of the Alliance.
“We’ll need to ensure NZTA, with Council support, focuses on effective access and connectivity of the bypass in order to ensure our economic heart is supported and that the impacts on properties and to our community are minimised.”
‘Most serious’ effects in Paraparaumu and Raumati
Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board Chair John Haxton sees the impact of the expressway on his ward as most serious.
“A major concern is the development of ongoing connectivity through Paraparaumu and Raumati. An Expressway with only one interchange on the intermediate stretch will have a very negative effect and one interchange is all that’s planned at present.
“We must argue strongly for on-going connectivity, both north and south, as well as east and west, otherwise our part of the District will be cut in half for ever.”
People who support — as well as those who oppose the Expressway — should go to the workshops, the Community Board chairs all agree.
Community Board Meetings are as follows:
|Monday 22 March||7:30pm – 9:30 pm||Waikanae||Senior Citizens Hall|
|Tuesday 23 March||7:30pm – 9:00 pm||Paekākāriki||St Peter’s Hall|
|Wednesday 24 March||7:00pm – 9:00 pm||Ōtaki||Gertrude Atmore Room|
|Thursday 25 March||7:00pm – 9:00 pm||Paraparaumu/Raumati||Coast Community Church, 57 Hinemoa St.|
Contact: Mayor Jenny Rowan, Tel. (027) 205 3600
Adrian Webster, Tel. (021) 049 8812
John Haxton, Tel. (04) 904 2391
Michael Scott, Tel. (027) 448 4110
Andre Baker, Tel. (027) 4918 916