Porirua City Council (PCC) is changing its District Plan to use a fast-track process for the Plimmerton Farm development, and is asking for the public to give their views on it.
This is our only chance to influence the outcome of this development by persuading the Minister for the Environment (who makes the final decision on the plan change) to protect the unique values of the Taupō Swamp and wetlands in the area. We will have to live with the decisions made now in perpetuity.
The Residents Association is working with the Friends of Taupō Swamp and Catchment (FOTSC) to help protect this environment.
Have a look at the “Have some more questions…?” document on the website. This is the culmination of input from many sources, and you can use it to help make a submission with the environment a priority, not a casualty, of planned development. There’s a lot there because there’s a lot to say.
You are free to use the words on it, but make them personal and write about the things you value the most.
As you will know plans have been in the wind for some time for the redevelopment of Plimmerton Farm to housing. This needs a change to the designation of the land from rural to residential. Porirua City Council has successfully had the approvals process moved to a fast tracked approach, and is now consulting on the proposed change and the development in whole. Information on the process being followed, and documents outlining the proposal, can be viewed on the council website: Proposed Plan Change 18 Plimmerton Farm.
This development will be ongoing for about 30 years, with the first parts of the development taking place close to Mo Street and the James Street roundabout. Taupō Swamp will be affected by developments as they progress.
The Pukerua Bay Residents’ Association (the RA) will be lodging a submission on the proposal. It would help us in writing the submission to have an understanding of any concerns or support that residents have on the proposal. While you may intend to lodge a submission to the Council on your own behalf, please feel free to share your thoughts with the RA.
We will compile them and send them to Porirua City Council. Many of you included very helpful comments in your response, which will also need to be analysed. Thank you for your input. We’ll let you know what the outcome is.
Note: this survey is now closed. We will provide your feedback to Porirua City Council.
In 2016 the Residents’ Association was approached about concerns around children’s and pedestrians’ safety outside the school. Recently Porirua City Council presented us their plans to make Rawhiti Road and Teihana Road safer, as outlined here. They propose that the following safety measures be put in place:
Extend a footpath on Rawhiti Road for 220m from number 92 to the corner of Wairaka Road
Construct a pedestrian zebra crossing with refuge island on Teihana Road, outside number 10.
If you are a local resident, please fill out this short survey; your feedback is most appreciated.
This month, Porirua City Council are running “Make your Mark” community workshops which are open to the public, to engage with and get feedback from residents about the Growth Strategy and draft District Plan.
In case you haven’t been to one, there’s one tonight (6pm Thursday 8 November) and another next week (6pm Tuesday 13 November). They are good opportunities to find out what’s planned for the region, voice concerns and provide feedback.
6pm, Thursday 8 November 2018 (ical)
Maraeroa Marae Health Clinic, 128 Corinna Street, Waitangirua (map)
6pm, Tuesday 13 November 2018 (ical)
The Salvation Army, 89 Warspite Avenue, Cannons Creek (map)
The workshops run for about 1½ to 2 hours and light refreshments will be available. They are interactive and visual, and will help council develop the formal Growth Strategy document which will be released in November 2018. It will also provide an opportunity to understand the major changes in the new draft District Plan from the current operative plan, and provide feedback.
We had an interesting session this afternoon with coastal researchers, Jim Dahm and Bronwen Gibberd, who are working for Porirua City Council to get information about coastal hazards and erosion, and starting to prepare long-term plans to prevent them getting worse.
We had a small turnout (about 10 locals), but they were mostly people who had lived at the beach for many years and could tell the researchers a lot about the beach and how it has changed over the decades. Continue reading “Coastal erosion workshop”
Porirua City Council is running workshops on coastal hazards, which includes the erosion the Pukerua Bay beach is suffering. They sent us the following information. If you’re interested in this, head along to St Marks, Rawhiti Road, Saturday 11 August, 2pm–4pm.
As part of the District Plan review, we [PCC] have engaged the Focus Resource Management Group to help us understand the coastal hazard risk in Porirua. Principal members Jim Dahm and Bronwen Gibberd have a great deal of experience with the assessment and management of coastal hazards in New Zealand, and a long history of consultation with communities. Utilising their experience and local knowledge from those living next to the coast, we are now seeking to engage with those affected by coastal hazards in Porirua.
We will be running a coastal hazard seminar series to provide information about the coastal hazards and provide opportunity for the community to discuss the work in more detail with coastal hazards experts as well as Council staff. We are keen to talk directly with affected residents, and with other members of the community who have an interest. Through robust research and engagement with the community, we hope to ensure that the District Plan assists in building resilience to our coastal hazards.
Coastal hazards community workshops:
Plimmerton School: Saturday 11 August 10.00am – 12.00pm
St Marks Church Pukerua Bay: Saturday 11 August 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Titahi Bay School: Sunday 12 August 10.00am – 12.00pm
Paremata Boating Club: Sunday 12 August 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Pāuatahanui School: Sunday 12 August 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Local knowledge and views are essential to building a thorough understanding of coastal hazards in Porirua. We are interested in changes anywhere on the Porirua Coast and Harbour. Any information you can provide will be helpful and appreciated including:
any observed shoreline changes over the last 50-100 years.
how your property or the local coast been affected by erosion or flooding.
any old photos, early descriptions, old maps, etc.
any information on past coastal storms and their impacts (e.g. photos or observations of erosion damage and sea flooding).
people or groups who may have useful information (e.g. long-term residents, local historians).
The Pukerua Bay Residents Association wants to know how many people who live here are affected by the noise of trucks using their engine brakes in Pukerua Bay. We are currently discussing the issue with Porirua City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency to find ways to reduce it. It is important that we know how many people in Pukerua Bay are affected by it and how badly.
We had a great meeting at the site of the Community Garden on Sunday, having invited all the neighbours to discuss the project and contribute with ideas and feedback. Everyone who turned out was enthusiastic and eager to participate, so we are looking at getting things moving ahead. With this in mind – everyone in the community is invited to a meeting at 7pm, Thursday 19 October at the School Hall to contribute to the planning for the immediate and longer term future of the garden.
If you have anything you would like to put on the agenda; ideas and feedback, skills, materials or other resources to contribute, please feel free to message here or comment on the Facebook posts’s discussion.