Pohutukawa 58 Beach Valley Road Piha
MeleanAbsolum Report 2005 • WCC’s Coastal Villages, Landscape Assessment for WCC as part of WRHA Act, on Beach Valley Road • “retention of a significant number of large pohutukawa creates a distinctive and highly attractive valley landscape...” • “strong sense of enclosure...” • “Loss of vegetation is probably the biggest threat to this Landscape Unit.” • “continued diligence with regard to vegetation removal will be an ongoing requirement.”
Plan Change 41 • Beach Valley RD pohutukawa nominated to WCC pre-amalgamation • Nominated to Waitakere Ranges Local Board with proposed removal of urban tree rules • Not assessed because of resource constraints • Submitters reassured during PC 41 hearing that their nominations would go forward to Unitary Plan
Loss of pohutukawa since amalgamation • January 2012, 28-30 Beach Valley Rd • Nearly lost more than one limb as more of trees in 4.25 metre road corridor envelope • Seaview Road, severely pruned during footpath construction, 2011 • All these trees nominated for scheduling
Community consultation • Pattern with all these trees is lack of consultation with community • Consultation with WRLB? By AT or Parks? • Contrasts with previous WCC practices • In middle of Plan Change 41
Resource Consent Application “We wish to pursue hard pruning now as a controlled activity to minimise concern around risk, then we shall apply in future for removal of the tree – also attached is email account of the alleged injuries caused to pedestrians using the thoroughfare” • Applied as a “controlled activity” instead of “restricted discretionary”
4.25 metre road corridor envelope • What AT working for • Implications for rest of coastal villages and entire HA
North Piha Road pohutukawa Are these at risk ?
Garden Road pohutukawa Are these at risk?
Bigger picture? • What does the future hold? • Where is Auckland Transport going with approach to WRHA? • Issue wider than Piha – relevant to whole HA • Other issues - numerous complaints about infrastructure, signage, heavily engineered approach
Who owns the land? • NOR talks about “Auckland Council owned and Auckland Transport managed roads in the Auckland Region” • Role of Local Board?
Auckland Transport proposed Designation • Applied 14 June 2012 • Maintaining, pruning and removal of vegetation on roads • Maintaining, pruning and trimming of overhanging vegetation from private property and in the road • Full width of legal roads...between the boundaries of its adjacent private properties • No consents needed except for scheduled trees • Consistent approach across Auckland - ? WRHAA
Alternatives • Do nothing • Shared space • Move half round barrier • Sign and monitor