Each year we plan the projects and initiatives we will deliver in your local board area. These are based on our 2017 Local Board Plan, which sets our three-year direction.
We are seeking your input on our proposals for the 2018/2019 financial year.
Message from the chair
The key regional issues in Auckland Council's 10-year Budget are really important for our local area this year and I encourage you to make a submission.
Kauri dieback is a clear and present danger. Overall funding levels for Auckland's environment will also be a pressing concern for many local people, especially the question of 'how much' for the Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area.
In 2018 we expect the second Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Monitoring Report to once again highlight challenges for our area. Locally we see visible benefits from council and communities working together to address local issues, for example weed buffer zones and the 'My Backyard' climbing asparagus eradication project.
However, last year our regionally funded dedicated heritage area budget reduced by $100,000 to $132,000. This has had a flow on effect to some programme activities and has impacted how we allocate our locally discretionary spending as we struggle to fill these gaps.
There is a regional proposal in the 10-year Budget to significantly increase overall budget for the environment. We support this happening, and we will continue to advocate for a proportion of environment funding to be specifically allocated for the local board for use in the heritage area.
It was clear from our local board plan consultation that upgrading and reinvigorating Glen Eden town centre is important to you, and it remains important to us. We will advocate to the Governing Body to have funding included in the 10-year Budget for development of the Glen Eden urban design framework and implementation plan to improve the look and feel of our public spaces.
Whatever the outcome, we will plan to make changes to the town centre over the next few years using our existing budgets.
Greg Presland - Chair
What we propose in your local board area in 2018/2019
This year, we are not proposing to make any major changes to what was signalled in last year's annual plan.
In 2018/2019 we plan to invest $2.6 million to renew and develop assets and $10.1 million to maintain and operate these assets in your local board area as well as provide other local initiatives you've told us are important.
Other local initiatives include:
- continuing advocacy to seek an increased level of funding to be made available for heritage area programmes under the local board's decision making control
- finalising a Waitākere Ranges 'greenways' plan', that will identify a network of local walking and cycling connections, and prioritising investment areas for improving these opportunities to get around without a car
- making improvements, such park benches, to some of our small Glen Eden parks so that they are more user-friendly.
Our key advocacy project
This year, we have advocated for the Glen Eden Urban Design Framework and Implementation Plan to be fully funded in the 10-year Budget.
This plan, created in 2013, proposes streetscape improvements, better walking and cycling connections throughout the town centre, and creating social spaces for events and people to meet.
We have a clear commitment to improving the Glen Eden town centre, and community feedback on tells us that this is strongly supported.
Once we know the outcome of the 10-year Budget process we will be able to make more specific plans around the town centre. While we wait, we will continue to support activation of the town centre through local events such as the business improvement district's Wheels Out West, the community Christmas parade, and arts activation through our arts partners.
What do you think?
- Have we got our priorities right?
- Do you support advocating for a regional increase to the dedicated Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area budget for locally driven projects?
- To help us as we finalise and implement the Waitākere Ranges-wide greenways plan, what could be done to make it easier for you to walk and cycle more?
- To help us improve small urban parks in Glen Eden, what would make you spend more time in them?