DCC: Council meeting agenda and reports for 25 February 2013

Includes DCC Draft Annual Plan 2013/14

Agenda – Council – 25/02/2013 (PDF, 76.1 KB)

Report – Council – 25/02/2013 (PDF, 105.7 KB)
Statement of Proposal for the 2013/14 Draft Annual Plan

Report – Council – 25/02/2013 (PDF, 3.8 MB)
Statement of Proposal for the 2013/14 Draft Annual Plan – Attachment

Report – Council – 25/02/2013 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
South Dunedin Cycle Network

Report – Council – 25/02/2013 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
Tourism Dunedin 2012-2013 Half Yearly Report

Report – Council – 25/02/2013 (PDF, 750.9 KB)
Tourism Dunedin Statement of Intent 2012-2015

Report – Council – 25/02/2013 (PDF, 3.0 MB)
Statements of Intent of Group Companies

Report – Council – 25/02/2013 (PDF, 3.5 MB)
Resource Management Act Reform Bill Submission

Report – Council – 25/02/2013 (PDF, 76.0 KB)
Recording of Meetings – Proposed Change to Standing Order 3.3.7

Resolution to Exclude the Public
To be moved: “That the public be excluded from the following parts of the proceedings of this meeting, namely, Items 18 -19.

[As relates to the previous and current meeting rounds, Property Matters and FIFA under-20 World Cup 2015.]

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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16 responses to “DCC: Council meeting agenda and reports for 25 February 2013

  1. ### ODT Online Fri, 22 Feb 2013
    ‘Quiet streets’ key element of cycling proposal
    By Chris Morris
    South Dunedin streets could become low-speed quiet zones, as part of a $4.5 million plan to improve the area’s cycling facilities. The proposal was part of the South Dunedin Cycle Network Plan announced yesterday and to be considered at a Dunedin City Council meeting on Monday. If approved, work could be under way within months on the first ”quick wins” that could provide an almost continuous route from South Dunedin to the central city.
    Read more

    “Silent Majority” “Squeaky Wheel”

    “The silly girls” get it so wrong…
    Language in the report (dated 30 January 2013) lapses back to the standard suffered when Jim Harland was chief executive.

    Report prepared by Lisa Clifford, Senior Transportation Planner
    Approved for submission by Sarah Connolly, Transportation Planning Manager
    Approved by: Sue Bidrose, General Manager City Strategy and Development

    Extracts from Attachment 4. Cycle Facility Information:

    DCC South Dunedin Cycle Network (detail of report 1) 25-2-13DCC South Dunedin Cycle Network (detail of report 2) 25-2-13

    • Dunedin City Council Media Release — 21 Feb 2013
      South D – get on your bike!

      If you live in South Dunedin, get ready to hop on your bicycle. If approved by the Dunedin City Council next week, work on several new South Dunedin cycle routes, in areas such as Victoria Road/Tahuna Road, Royal Crescent and a section of Portobello Road, is expected to start in the next few months. The proposed changes are a step in the right direction to provide safe cycle routes and encourage more people to cycle.
      Read more

    • Hilarious, the Consultant owns up at ODT Online – and the girls let it through to be tabled on Monday as a “council report”. No excuse, he’s not off the hook. Pathetic arrogance comes with salaries.

      From the consultant
      Submitted by Axel Wilke on Fri, 22/02/2013 – 5:16pm.

      Please allow me to set the record straight on the ‘squeaky wheels vs silent majority’. These terms were not in a council document, but in a presentation that I (as council’s consultant) put together for a seminar, and some of those slides were attached to the report that went to council. I do apologise if my choice of words has caused offence.
      It is the experience of other cities that there is sometimes an initial controversy about the concept of Quiet Streets, but this is later replaced by demand from residents for this treatment that councils can’t meet. The message that I tried to convey is that once people understand what Quiet Streets are about, it is rather popular concept.

  2. Mike

    I’ve lived with these sorts of traffic barriers in other countries – I think they’re great, they slow traffic down in neighbourhoods and move it out to faster designated main streets

    Missing from the examples above is: a 30-40k neighbourhood speed limit, the installation of mini-roundabouts designed to slow through traffic, stop signs rather than give ways – and probably the most important: more pedestrian crossings

    Typically though the barriers I lived with were designed to be able to be able to be crossed by emergency vehicles (required to be flashing lights) – I like the ones with knock down/pop up plastic barriers – otherwise self entitled drivers tend to just ignore the barriers

    Also the roads need to be striped so that bikes that want to use them are, when appropriate, crossing the line of traffic and must give way to car traffic (turning through a diagonal barrier as shown above for example) and also to any pedestrian traffic who will inevitably treat the barriers as sidewalks (I was twice almost run down with a kid in a push chair by someone while crossing one of the first sort of barriers shown above – once by a bike and once by a car illegally using the emergency pass through)

    Some of South Dunedin’s streets are particularly narrow though, there wont be room for these sorts of features to work well (dead end features need turning space).

    It’s great that people are thinking about cyclists and their safety, but I do wish we spent at least as much time on pedestrian safety and convenience – some of us ride bikes, some of us cars but all of us are at times pedestrians – we don’t seem to have anyone in city government standing up for pedestrians – it’s long past time those faux crossing on George St were striped and made real

  3. The irony is that Dunedin “cycling advocates” are among the squeakiest wheels in the city. The “Quiet Streets” are a good idea, but there are plans to put even more cycle lanes on busy roads; this does not make cycling safer…

  4. Whippet

    About time cyclists paid road tax instead of bludging on the ratepayer. They must all be members of the ORFU who all want something for nothing.

  5. Russell Garbutt

    This morning I saw a cyclist travelling north along SH1 on the right hand side of the road – ie on the right of the right hand lane – approaching the intersection near the Uni Book shop. Great thundering truck and trailer units having to deal with him weaving in and out while all the while on the other side of the road was an empty cycle lane. It made me wonder what was under his helmet

  6. Anonymous

    Just now I saw a bloke park his car facing into the curb, around the corner of a long turn, effectively creating a two metre wide crash barrier for any car or bike that came around it. And assuming they miss, forcing them onto the other lane and into oncoming traffic to avoid it. I asked him if he was okay, why was he parked like that, did he need any help… He just shrugged and kept walking into the shop. Walking, biking, driving, … you can’t protect against some types of human behaviour.

    • So little brains, so little traffic enforcement – I quite like Singapore. Glad I’m a pedestrian, usually I have time to be ‘defensive’. I do thump on the bonnet or boot of cars that fail to give way as they cross the footpath turning into supermarket carparks – always my excuse for colourful language. Puts a spring in my step. Cyclists on the footpath really hack me off if the path isn’t designated.

  7. +1 The amount of money being spent on cycleways is getting right up there.

    • wirehunt, this is what happens…. shunting of dollars by shiny-eyed juniors (I nearly said monsters, but there are nappies present) inside Rosebud’s DCC Strategy and Development portfolio – more than creamed by the likes of Greater Dunedin and the Stadium councillors, a collective electioneering ploy “Cycleways”… well, it’s all about timing! October is nigh. Existing streetways won’t do. Let’s spend – at the other end of this is our old friend (ex DCC chief executive) Jimothy Harland, now of NZTA. The demons won’t go away.

  8. JimmyJones

    Guess how much bicycles are going to cost us for this year and the next ten years? From the Annual Plan (section 2 page 31) the total is $14.6 million. The Rosebud Team are claiming that NZTA will be paying for most of this, but I have seen no evidence of this. They made the same claim about NZTA funding for their other hare-brain scheme, the Warehouse Precinct, but that fell through. Total costs will be more than $14.6 million because this project continues beyond the ten years of the Long Term Plan. Also it is likely that significant money will be consumed by the planning team and hasn’t been included. Not included, also, is the extra costs of maintenance and depreciation because of all the extra signs, road blocks and decorative plantings etc. Non-financial costs will be inflicted on residents and users of motorised transport because of the blockages and new traffic flows.
    DCC councillors aren’t good with money, so they will see the $1.5 million in their report tomorrow and be happy to vote for it to impress their squeaky-wheel cycling voters. Wouldn’t it be great to be a member of one of the council’s favoured minority groups.

  9. Hype O'Thermia

    From what you say, JimmyJones, the Rosebud Team has fallen victim to another infestation of intracranial aphids.

  10. JimmyJones

    That could be, Hype O’Thermia. Perhaps the intracranial aphids explain why they keep getting their financial estimates so badly wrong.
    It seems to me that the Team has been working on this for a few years and waiting for a few cycling deaths to help with the promotion of their ideas. The amount of publicity given to these deaths has been far beyond what is typical for previous cycling deaths and very different to the average pedestrian and motor vehicle death. No doubt the Team has good links with the ODT and it helps to have control of the $5 million Spin-doctor Machine. One of those is perfect for persuading the councillors that your ideological brain-explosions won’t cost much and that everyone will like them eventually.
    As Elizabeth mentioned, election success can be greatly enhanced by the timing of a cycle-way media promotion, if this is part of your policy. There need not be collusion for this to happen: the Rosebud Team are very focused on their goals and know the value of getting the best people elected that share their ideology. It’s symbiotic self interest, and (probably) not corruption. The good of the Team is the important thing, far more important than the City and the People.

  11. Anonymous

    As is common with people hell-bent on making something safer – bubble-wrapping society – they invariably make it more dangerous than it was to start with. Still, millions spent and plenty of tick-boxes achieved on their performance charts mean a job well done at this council. The ODT is just getting warmed up in politics but its current focus will still be on the subscription bunnies blind-siding students before it gets down and dirty on the election front. You know it’s business as usual when they start slamming those same students.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the council saved money by reducing expenditure on media to essential ads only? How many times have you seen a 10cm by 3cl colour ad supporting something with a bland ‘suck on this’ message or just “Dunedin City Council” in it? Too many times in the ODT and other Allied Press services. A token gesture in the D Scene to keep it wanting too.

    I frequently wonder where Paul Orders is on that massive advertising budget and why its horrid messages are permitted to continue at such farcical costs.

    • ### ch9.co.nz February 25, 2013 – 6:58pm
      Local body elections casting shadow
      Local body elections may be months away, but they are already casting a shadow over the city council table. What was expected to be a simple agenda item adopting the council’s draft budget for the year turned into something else. And it was council staff who took the hits.
      Video

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