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Plan Change 47 24 May 2017 Reference: PLC17/00047 This Plan Change proposes to enable some residential development in Stage 2 of Area Q in a timely manner by changing the prohibited activity status that applies to access from Stage 2 to Airport Drive. Summary of submissions Summary of submissions errata (lists corrections and clarifications to the summary for submission number 5 and includes additional submission number 8) Public notice Errata public notice >> Make a further submission on Plan Change 47 Supporting documents Plan change document Plan Change 47 Section 32 Report Status: Further submissions close 5pm Tuesday 6 June. Rubbish to Get the Smart Bin Treatment in Okato 24 May 2017 As part of delivering a more cost-effective and high-quality service, New Plymouth District Council is about to bring the ‘smart rubbish bin’ treatment to Okato. Two solar-powered Big Belly bins will be installed in the town next week following successful trials of the bins at Kawaroa Park and the Mt Bryan Reserve car park in New Plymouth. “We’ve had really good results from the New Plymouth sites, for both cost-saving and reducing the amount of litter on the ground,” says Manager Parks and Open Spaces Stuart Robertson. “It’ll be great to bring those same results to Okato.” The bins compress rubbish and send an alert to the Council when they are ready to be emptied. Before the Big Belly bins were installed at Kawaroa and Pig-Out Point the Council would empty rubbish bins at these sites once a day at this time of year. Now, a collection crew is sent only every second day, “and even then the bins aren’t full thanks to the rubbish being compacted”, says Mr Robertson. The two new bins will replace the nine existing rubbish bins in central Okato, yet will have greater overall capacity. They will be installed in the centre of town next to the noticeboard and at the playground. In addition, a public seat in the town centre will be replaced with one made from the same recycled plastic material used in the planks that comprise the boardwalk in front of Waitara’s Marine Park. Pruning at Lake Mangamahoe 23 May 2017 Areas of Lake Mangamahoe Forest will be closed in June to enable the trees to be thinned and pruned. Work begins Tuesday 6 June and is expected to take until 30 June to be completed. The eastern (forest) side of the lake walk and some mountain bike tracks will be closed on weekdays while the work is carried out. All tracks will re-open on the weekends. Please contact Forestry Manager Phil Bracegirdle on 027 448 5794 for additional information. The attached map shows the track closures in red and the areas of work in blue. NPDC Lends Expert Staff to Join the Fight against Myrtle Rust 23 May 2017 Horticulture staff from New Plymouth District Council (NPDC) have joined forces with the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) to hunt out myrtle rust in Taranaki. Manager Parks and Open Spaces Stuart Robertson says NPDC is happy to support MPI to try to contain the menacing fungus.  “We have a team of expert arborist who have years of experiencing looking after native trees. These skills will be invaluable supporting MPI to identify and combat myrtle rust,” he says. “One of the first steps in managing an invasive species is to identify the scale of the problem and we have the people-power to help with that,” he says. “Myrtle rust has the potential to badly affect some of our iconic vegetation. Everyone can do their bit by keeping an eye on the plants in their gardens and in public areas and if they spot something that could be myrtle rust, don’t touch the plant – just take a photo and contact MPI.” The NPDC team has received training from MPI on detecting myrtle rust in sites throughout the region, which so far has 10 sites where the fungal disease has been confirmed. The fungus attacks various species of plants in myrtle family, such as pōhutukawa, mānuka, rātā, kānuka, swamp maire and ramarama. Commercially-grown species such as eucalyptus, feijoa and guava are also susceptible. Myrtle rust spores are microscopic and can easily spread across large distances by wind, or via insects, birds, people, or machinery. If you think you’ve seen myrtle rust… 1. Don’t touch the infection – this will spread the disease. 2. Take a photo if you can, without touching any plant material. 3. Mark the site with a ribbon or similar; ensure you can describe your whereabouts. 4. Phone the MPI hotline 0800 80 99 66 immediately. For more information visit Deadline Nearing for Citizens' Awards Nominations 22 May 2017 You have only until the end of this week to nominate someone for a Citizens’ Award! Nomination forms are online at and must be returned to New Plymouth District Council by 5pm on Friday (26 MAY). “If you know someone who should be recognised for their efforts in the community, send their name in now so that they can be considered,” says Mayor Neil Holdom. “There contribution could be a one-off exceptional action or something that has been done over a long period of time – the quiet workers in the background who usually don’t get any glory but are crucial for organisations and community services. “We all know someone who deserves an official ‘well done’ for their work or dedication to a cause. These awards are the chance to give these people the credit they deserve – so don’t let them miss out!” Up to 12 Citizens Awards will be presented by the Council. Should We Improve Waitara's Stormwater System? 22 May 2017 New Plymouth District Council’s (NPDC) community conversation on its proposed10 Focus Areas continues this week with the issue of Waitara’s stormwater. A new survey on this topic is online at, and everyone who takes part goes in the draw to win an iPad. In the 1820s, Waitara became the first port in Taranaki and the town started to develop around it. It grew in an ad-hoc manner and design standards, historically, were very different from today.  Compounding this is that Waitara is a settlement adjacent to the coast and built on low-lying swampy land largely at sea-level. It has Taranaki’s largest river running right through it and a high water table. Waitara has always been prone to flooding and like most of Taranaki, it experiences high rainfall – an average of more than 1500mm per annum. Even in its driest month Waitara can receive nearly 100mm of rain.  Says Councillor Colin Johnston: “Over the decades the town has experienced some of New Zealand’s worst flooding, for example in 1971 when more than 250mm rain fell in just 24 hours. “So today, when there is a severe storm there may be stormwater flooding in the town. Pipes reach capacity, the excess stormwater tries to find its own way out and stop-banks built to keep the river from flooding act as a barrier to water escaping.  “This is exacerbated by huge volumes of water from the large rural area nearby that also need to be released.” There are other factors at play too. As Waitara is largely flat, it is difficult to build pipe networks with sufficient slope to smoothly get rid of excess water.  When the stormwater system is overwhelmed during wild weather, stormwater starts to find its way into the sewer system. This increases the volume of water in the sewer system until it too, is overwhelmed, resulting in rare and unplanned overflows.  “We know during severe storms, flooding makes life tough for homes and businesses in the town,” says Councillor Johnston. “We care about this community and want to make it better. During the last two years just over $1.5 million has been spent on upgrading Waitara’s stormwater. But a lot more needs to be done.” Says Mayor Neil Holdom “So we’re investing in modelling high-rainfall events to predict the effects of flooding in the town. This will identify potential options for improving the town’s stormwater and what it might cost.” During the next year, the Council will be listening to and talking with the people of Waitara about this modelling, sharing possible solutions and what they might cost which is expected to be many millions. The Council will then propose including these solutions in its 10-year budget (called the long-term plan). “So go on, have your say and let us know if you think Waitara stormwater should be a Focus Area for our district,” says the Mayor. Top Ten Focus Areas Survey - Have Your Say! 19 May 2017 The Mayor and Councillors have 10 proposed focus areas they would like your feedback on. This week's focus is on Waitara Stormwater. Have your say and be in to win an iPad! More information and take the survey >> You can also fill in previous focus area surveys. The Journey Towards Zero Waste 18 May 2017 Proposals on how to make inroads into being Zero Waste by 2040 are about to be considered by New Plymouth District Council’s (NPDC) elected members. The Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan is a six-year overview that details where the district is at with waste and recycling, the areas we can improve and what action we can take to achieve Zero Waste, says Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “Our community has expressed a strong desire for the Council to drive a reduction in waste and improve how we as a community manage it – something that’s been reinforced through our recent public conversation around the proposal Focus Area of Zero Waste 2040,” he says. The draft plan lists the district’s key goals as: Maximising opportunities to reduce levels of waste sent to the landfill. (The region sends about 55,000 tonnes of waste to the landfill each year – about 40 per cent of which could be recycled or composted.) Reducing the harmful and costly effects of waste, e.g. reducing the instances of illegal dumping. Improving efficiency of resource use. NPDC proposes to deliver on these goals by: Changing the current kerbside collection of a weekly 60L rubbish bag and two fortnightly recycling bins (one for glass and one for general recycling) to a fortnightly 120L rubbish bin and three recycling bins (for glass, general recycling and food/green waste). Growing the Council’s education programmes to drive behaviour change. Developing collaboration and partnerships in the district, regionally and nationally. Showing leadership and innovation by modelling good practice in Council facilities and addressing commercial waste. If all of the proposed changes are approved after public consultation, it would result in an additional $2.15 per week on household rates. “We will be wanting public feedback on the proposals so we intend to open them up to public consultation in the middle of June, after the Planning Committee has approved the draft plan,” says Mr Langford. The draft plan will be considered by NPDC’s four community boards next week and the Planning Committee on 6 June – watch Planning Committee meeting live online at  As a result of the current Waste Management and Minimisation Plan the Council established a new kerbside rubbish and recycling service, which began nearly two years ago. Since then: The volume of kerbside waste dropped from 12,000 tonnes per annum (2014/15) to 7,000 tonnes (2015/16) due to increased recycling. Kerbside recycling has increased: items being recycled rather than put in rubbish bags has increased from 13 per cent of kerbside waste to 45 per cent. Customer satisfaction has increased to 82 per cent from 72 per cent in 2015. In 2016/17, the cost of NPDC’s solid waste services was $8.2 million, funded by fees, waste levies and rates. WESTSIDE GRILLE Application 17 May 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Request for Temporary Road Closure: All Blacks v Argentina 17 May 2017 New Plymouth District Council has requested the closure of the following roads and the implementation of temporary traffic controls during the All Blacks v Argentina rugby match at Yarrow Stadium. The application is being considered under Schedule 10 of the Local Government Act 1974. Please send written submissions about the closure to New Plymouth District Council by 4pm on Wednesday 31 May. Submissions must be made on the road closure form or by contacting the Council on 06-759 6060 or Date and period of closure: from 3pm to 10pm on Saturday 9 September. Roads to be closed: Maratahu Street and Waterloo Place from 3pm to 10pm. Temporary traffic controls to be in place during the above road closure: Tukapa Street - from house numbers 1-15 and 6-10 there will be restrict parking P2 (two minutes) for drop-offs and pick-ups from 3pm to 8.30pm. Bus parking only around the perimeter of Sanders Park (as required) on Wallace Place and Cutfield and Gladstone roads, and on Frankley Road 200m either side of the Maratahu Street intersection, from 3pm to 10pm. Bus parking for shuttle buses between 19-39 Tukapa Street from 3pm t 10pm. In addition the following roads will be closed from 8.30pm to 10pm: Tukapa Street 1-49 from Wallace Place to Sanders Avenue, including Cutfield Road 116-120 from Wallace Place to Tukapa Street. Only buses and taxis will be allowed through during the closure period. Please note: these roads could reopen earlier and normal traffic conditions be reinstated earlier than advertised. Any vehicles parked contrary to the above traffic controls may be towed at the owner’s expense. Parking Enforcement Officers will be operating during game day. Make Way for Taranaki Launched 16 May 2017 Taranaki’s Regional Economic Development Strategy Lead Team is proud to officially launch Make Way for Taranaki – a project to prepare an economic strategy and plan of action for the region for the next 10 years. It’s a ‘Team Taranaki’ approach drawn from local businesses and organisations, iwi, and central and local government. Economics are important but feedback so far is that themes of well-being, lifestyle and quality of life are just as important to Taranaki people. “The Make Way for Taranaki project will focus on unlocking the best opportunities for regional economic growth and the ongoing success of the region. I’m pleased to work alongside a team of talented and enthusiastic individuals,” says Lead Team Chair Peter Tennent. The Taranaki Mayoral Forum is the sponsor of the project. “The point of difference in this project is the focus on a whole-of-region approach with business and government working as one,” says South Taranaki District Mayor Ross Dunlop. “The region’s Mayoral Forum is keen to see everyone working as one team towards successful outcomes that the region can grab with both hands.”  The project has involved interviews, workshops and focus groups with Taranaki people. Statistical analysis and other research will be undertaken. Once completed, it is likely that hundreds of people will have been involved in the exercise. “The work to date has involved many conversations with dozens of Taranaki people and the same messages keep emerging – Taranaki has huge potential beyond its known dairy and energy sectors,” says New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom. Taranaki Regional Council Chair David MacLeod agrees: “This project will be about identifying emerging growth opportunities and identifying future industries – some of which may still simply be ‘bright ideas’. Technology and markets are moving fast and so must we,” he says. At its first meeting, the Lead Team considered a draft list of opportunities that have emerged from research to date. They have identified a preferred ‘direction of travel’ for the Make Way for Taranaki strategy that will set the tone for work over the next few months. The final Action Plan is due for release in October 2017. Māori will be a key contributor. “Māori are a major emerging force in our economy and therefore will play a key role in future prosperity of our region. We’re pleased to be part of this planning while at the same time acknowledging the Te Ao Māori (the Māori World),” says Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Chair Liana Poutu. The Mayor of Stratford District sums up the work of Make Way for Taranaki: “The region is on the cusp of unlocking some amazing opportunities, so Make Way for Taranaki New Zealand ’cause here we come!” says Mayor Neil Volzke. The Lead Team is: Peter Tennent (Chair), Neil Holdom, David MacLeod, Bronwyn Muir, Dan Radcliffe, Robin Brockie, Mark Robinson, Scott Walls, Kevin Murphy, Sophie Braggins, Andrew Clennett, Wharehoka Wano, Te Pahunga (Marty) Davis, Liana Poutu, Al Morrison. Calvert Road Railway Pedestrian Crossing Opens 12 May 2017 Residents and visitors are now able to get to the coast from New Plymouth’s Calvert Road much more safely than before. Today (Friday), a formal pedestrian crossing of the railway line has been opened at the end of Calvert Road. The crossing includes pedestrian mazes, warning signs and an upgraded stepped path down to Ocean View Parade. “We’re really happy with the result, especially as we now have a formal crossing that meets the safety requirements around railway lines,” says NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford. “However, people still need to take care when crossing any railway line. Only cross at a formal pedestrian level crossing, make sure you are free of distractions such as mobile phones or listening to music, and look for trains before you cross.” SUR LE MUR Application 09 May 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 LIQUORLAND POWDERHAM Application 08 May 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 LIQUORLAND COURTENAY Application 08 May 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 LAHAR Alcohol Application 08 May 2017 Sale and Supply of Alcohol 2012 Cook Street Safety Project Enters New Stage 02 May 2017 A road intersection in Marfell will be closed for eight days as part of an upgrade to improve pedestrian and driver safety. From Monday next week (8 May) the Cook Street/Omata Road intersection will close to all traffic so that a raised threshold can be poured. The threshold is part of a project to narrow the intersection, in response to public requests to encourage slower traffic on the road. “We apologise for any difficulties that the closure will cause, but the end result will be a slower speed environment that will benefit local residents and visitors,” says NPDC Manager Transportation Carl Whittleston. The intersection will reopen on the morning of Tuesday 16 May, weather permitting. During the closure, Route 3 of the New Plymouth commuter bus service will detour from the bottom of Cook Street to Grenville Street, turning left onto Endeavour Street and left onto Omata Road to continue its designated route. Passengers are requested to catch the bus before it detours onto Grenville Street or to use the stop located at 50 Omata Road (around the corner from Cook Street). The narrowing of the intersection of Cook Street and Adventure Place has been completed as part of the development of a new entrance to Marfell Park. Council 10 Focus Areas Community Survey Kicks Off 01 May 2017 The Mayor and Councillors of New Plymouth District have 10 draft Focus Areas they would like your feedback on – and the first question is around us becoming a Zero Waste district. >>Fill in the Zero Waste survey The Council wants to have a conversation with the community about all of the proposed Focus Areas for the next three years, which are underpinned by our 30-year plan called the District Blueprint. Public feedback will help the Council prioritise these Focus Areas, which are: Zero waste by 2040. Water sustainability. Waitara stormwater. Thriving central city. Iwi/Maori governance input. Coastal Walkway extension; from Bell Block to Waitara. East Port development. Flagship Infrastructure; refurbish TSB Stadium and Todd Energy Aquatic Centre. Destination New Plymouth. People-friendly. This week the Council is talking about a draft proposal to make the district Zero Waste by 2040. Everyone who fills out the online survey will go in the draw to win a free i-Pad. Councillor Richard Handley is heading up a strategy team of Councillors and Council staff to consider initiating a Zero Waste strategy. “I’m personally appalled that about half a tonne of waste per resident is going into landfills each year,” he says. “It’s no longer economically or environmentally acceptable to dump such volumes into landfills. Some countries like Sweden are already champions of Zero Waste and have achieved 99 per cent recycling and just one per cent of their waste going into landfills.  “The elected members are considering making Zero Waste by 2040 a priority and we want to know what the community thinks?” Becoming a Zero Waste district is a big task: Taranaki currently produces more than 200,000 tonnes of waste each year and 55,000 tonnes ends up in the Colson Road Landfill. That’s about half a tonne per person each year.  Recent recycling efforts have diverted about 6,000 tonnes away from the landfill – a good start, but only a start says Cr Handley. “The cost to our community of waste management is more than $10 million paid for annually by rates and user fees. The district has already started to invest in Zero Waste through the development of a Zero Waste Community Reuse and Recycle Centre, which from next year will be a hub of activity shifting attitudes and encouraging the reduction of waste through reuse and recycling.  “Let’s not fool ourselves: Zero Waste is an ambitious target but it is inevitable and needs to be a priority,” says Cr Handley.  “We’ll be asking Central Government to assist by leading, as has happened in other countries, and we’ll encourage businesses and commercial operators to also be leaders and Zero Waste champions.” To find out more about the 10 Focus Areas or to fill out the survey, go to or Be Bright, Be Visible, Be Seen on Taranaki Roads 24 April 2017 As the daylight hours become shorter, all road users are reminded to look twice for safety and make sure they are seen as winter sets in.  The Be Seen campaign is a region-wide effort to improve the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and other road users. “As an avid mountain biker with my family, there are simple steps that people can take make it easier for others to see them on the road and to be certain that your way is clear while you’re travelling,” says Mayor Neil Holdom. “Using lights and hi-viz clothing makes people so much easier to spot during winter. Also, if you get into the habit of looking twice before stepping onto a road or while you’re driving, you’re more likely to see people or vehicles that are harder to see when the sun goes down.” To promote the importance of being seen, checkpoints will be on the Coastal Walkway this Wednesday (26 April) evening, manned by the Mayor, MP for New Plymouth Jonathan Young and Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) General Manager Rob Jager.  All walkers, runners and riders who wear bright, reflective clothing or have lights will be rewarded with chocolate, and there will be reflective armbands, backpack covers and bike lights handed out to those who don’t have them. Says Jonathan Young: “As a regular cyclist on our Coastal Walkway, I understand the importance of care in using this shared space with other cyclists and walkers. “Easily being seen is very much part of the etiquette that will ensure the ongoing enjoyment of such a wonderful shared space, especially as the darker winter days are nearly upon us.” Be Seen is part of the ‘What are you Missing?’ road education programme. Its key points are: Wearing bright colours when out walking and riding could be the difference between being seen or not. Never assume you have been seen. Look twice: when you quickly scan the road your brain picks up only what it is expecting to see, so take a second look. Look and think ahead when driving. If you’re about to come into some sunstrike or a section of shading, you might not see a child waiting at a pedestrian crossing or a cyclist heading up the hill into the light. Be Seen is a region-wide collaboration between Roadsafe Taranaki, New Plymouth Police, NPiS, STOS and New Plymouth District Council. Council's Innovation and Excellence Leads to National Award 24 April 2017 An on-going project to improve knowledge about cultural heritage sites in New Plymouth District has resulted in a national award. New Plymouth District Council has won the Innovation in Policy and Regulatory Development Category of the SOLGM Excellence Awards for its work alongside iwi and hapu in identifying the locations and the importance of waahi tapu sites. The judges particularly praised how the Council collaborated with iwi and hapu, and the smart use of GIS technology. The development of a GIS viewer has allowed iwi, hapu and the Council to share information to support the project.  “There was a lot of interest from other councils who haven’t gone to this depth working with iwi and hapu, and their waahi tapu information,” says NPDC Acting Chief Executive Alan Bird. “It’s often an issue for councils to firstly build a meaningful relationship with tangata whenua and secondly to back it up with a good, reliable system that iwi and hapu can use for recording the sites’ histories and helping with their response to resource consent applications.” The review of waahi tapu and archaeological sites, which started in 2007, was necessary for the Council to meet its statutory obligations as the location of many sites were not exact. The review means the Council and tangata whenua have accurate information about these sites, and resource consents for developments will be assessed with greater accuracy and provide more certainty for developers and the community. A short video about the project is here. Also at the awards, NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford was a finalist in the Young Leaders Award, receiving a Highly Commended citation.  The Society for Local Government Managers (SOLGM) is a national organisation for local government professionals. It promotes innovation and excellence in management practice and develops the sector’s capability to enhance service delivery to local communities.
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