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A blank page for Mount streets design

Mount and Papamoa ward councillors Dawn Kiddie and Steve Morris are keen to hear people’s opinions on the project. Photo: Daniel Hines.

A new approach is being taken to community engagement and design for a project aiming to innovate streets in Mount Maunganui.

The Tauranga City Council is creating a community design group to provide input into the design process as well as doing multiple rounds of community engagement.

The project will trial temporary changes to four areas of road in Mount Maunganui north, the areas are The Mall, Marine Parade between Adams Avenue and Banks Avenue, Marine Parade between Banks Avenue and Tay Street and Banks Avenue and Salisbury Avenue.  

Project manager Guy Protheroe says the innovating streets project will look at safety but also amenity for those areas.

“What we want to do is create an environment that is comfortable for everyone and is as usable as possible for everyone within that particular area.

“The co-design aspect of the whole project is very crucial and it's quite ground-breaking as far as Tauranga is concerned with this kind of project.

“In a sense we're not going in with any preconceived ideas, other than that we want to improve safety and amenity in the area.”

The plans for the streets are yet to be determined because community feedback and the design group will form an important part of the project.

Parts of the trial could include separating different modes of travel or slowing traffic with chicanes, narrowing the carriageway, street decorations, signage and altering parking layouts, says Guy.

There is also a chance to look at how to make the area even more attractive it could be achieved by using different surfacing or by adding seating and play opportunities, he says.

One of the ideas proposed for testing is a separated cruiseway along Pilot Bay accompanied by a one-way traffic system.

The idea has caused some controversy with many residents opposed to it but Guy says it is just one idea and it may not go ahead.

Mount and Papamoa ward councillor Steve Morris says the Mount is an iconic a popular destination so the trial needs to consider all users. 

“There has been a lot of discussion about a one-way system. That could be one of the solutions, but nothing has been decided yet and there are many other potential options we could trial.”

Funding for the trial has come mainly from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, with 90 per cent of the $990,000 coming from NZTA and the other 10 per cent from council.

Guys says a portion of the budget is being used for the engagement and design process with a wide range of viewpoints represented in the design group.

The group will have around 24 people and include a member of the Mount Residents and Ratepayer Association, a person from each street in the trial who is in favour of changes and one who is opposed, as well as business representatives, someone from the Port of Tauranga, Mount Lifeguard Service and a number of other interested parties.

Council is also in consultation with Tangata Whenua to find out how they want to engage in the project.

Councillor Dawn Kiddie says having community heavily involved and starting with a blank slate for the project is really important because there have been a lot of preconceived ideas.

“We're starting with a blank sheet of paper. This is a trial and a trial only that does not mean that the trial will go ahead if it's not a success. If it’s a win that's great. What we can't reflect on is past projects.”

The first round of public consultation is happening now, the design group will start work in late September, with more community engagement in November. Designs will be finalised in December and work on the trials will begin in March 2021 with feedback sought again once the trials are in place.

To give feedback or to register for selection on the design group, visit: www.tauranga.govt.nz/innovatingstreets

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Posted on 22-08-2020 22:54 | By R1Squid

Stop throwing away good money after bad. Surely TCC have learned their lesson by now - or probably not. Chasing nice to haves rather than the necessities. Oh if local government were so easily changed - I think they would already be gone-burger.

Lets GET REAL !!

Posted on 22-08-2020 21:59 | By The Caveman

The so called council consultation and requested for ratepayer input is NOTHING more than a HUGE SOP……………… The faceless council bureaucrats – who it seems you will NEVER learn the names of, have already decided what they are going to do with the central Mount Streets and that IS A MASSIVE ONE WAY SYSTEM and it’s a case to HELL with the residents and visitors – IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BIKE MOB !!!

To many bars down the street

Posted on 22-08-2020 20:02 | By

2 bars are enough its getting our young people to think this is the way of life, And it isn’t

Broken

Posted on 22-08-2020 16:44 | By Told you

There is that old saying, if it aren’t broke leave alone.

Blank

Posted on 22-08-2020 14:36 | By Kancho

Bkank page ? Well don’t get the traffic designed by the Greerton designers as they had a blank mind. Yesterday I travelled from Waihi about one hours hour journey then from 15 th Avenue through to Barkes corner was 45 minutes. It was 3.25 pm to 4.10 pm not even rush hour yet ? Actually arrived in Bethlehem at 3.15 so nearly an hour to cross the city ?! Interesting watching traffic taking side street alternative. So be careful fixing the mount as it could be the cure is worse than the desease. Can’t wait for the introduction of bus lanes to make Cameron road even worse at the worst times of the day .

Fabulous but?

Posted on 22-08-2020 10:58 | By Accountable

Hey guys love your enthusiasm and staying power through the recent leadership issues within Council but do you not think that the Mount is definitely not broken and the efforts and money that will be required would be better spent repairing the damage the Council has forced on the CBD. Unless you have found another money tree lets forget the booming Mount and get the CBD back to its former self although it’s really going to take a concerted effort from every EM but at least you two have the energy to achieve the unity necessary to make the changes in the CBD.