Upper Clutha Transport Draft Report March 2017
We invite you to join us to provide feedback on the Shaping our Future Upper Clutha Transport Draft Report.
The purpose of our second forum is to get community buy in/consensus on the proposed vision and recommendations. We encourage you to read the full report (Executive Summary and Recommendations included below) prior to attending the forum.
Please feel free to forward this invitation to any of your contacts.
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Date: Thursday 4th May, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
RSVP: Anita Golden at [email protected] or phone 021 222 1231
If you are not able to attend but would like to provide feedback please fill in our short survey available here.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND KEY RECOMMENDATIONS
The Upper Clutha Transport taskforce have worked through the information gathered at public forum, held discussions with local experts and considered the Queenstown Transport report. This report outlines the long term vision and recommendations towards achieving the vision.
The Upper Clutha is experiencing a period of growth in population, visitor numbers and development. By being proactive now to plan for our future we can ensure infrastructure needs keeps up with growth. Current projections for the Upper Clutha are:
- Resident population numbers are expected to double from 10,340 in 2015 to 22,509 in 2048.
- Visitor numbers are expected to double from an average per day of 6,399 in 2015 to 13,391 in 2048.
- In recent years there has been an increase in new large scale development (eg Three Parks and Northlake).
- The resident and visitor population are highly reliant on private vehicles for work and recreation.
- The Upper Clutha is spread over a wide geographical area making the viability of public transport an issue into the future connecting within the area and also to surrounding areas eg Cromwell, Queenstown.
VISION 2050 AND BEYOND
Overall Vision and Land Transport:
“The Queenstown Lakes District has a functional, innovative, integrated, multi-modal and sustainable transport system that supports a thriving, healthy community and enhances the visitor experience.
Implementing this vision, the Upper Clutha will be open to change and new technologies, giving priority to initiatives that enhance connectivity and the character of the area.”
Air Transport sub vision:
“Wanaka airport is a destination for high yielding innovative businesses creating a sustainable aviation hub for the region”
Water Use – Recreational and Commercial sub vision:
“To ensure the best possible user/visitor lake/waterway experience whilst preserving the natural beauty, water quality and environmental integrity of our most valuable asset.”
SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS
The following is a summary of the key recommendations proposed as steps towards achieving the vision. Further detail and information on each of the recommendations is available within the full report.
- Support for a single Transport Entity (QLDC, ORC and NZTA) as proposed by the Queenstown Transport Report 2016.
- That the Transport Entity consider the recommendations in the Queenstown Transport Report relating to Strategic Integrated Planning, Research and Analysis, Public Transport and Parking, Cycling/ Walking (including other active transport modes), Community Culture and Funding be applied district-wide. The full recommendations are available in appendix 8.
- Proposed short – medium term recommendations for land transport in the Upper Clutha:
Integrated Strategic Planning – main arterial routes, future transport needs, maintenance/upgrade planning for current network, Wanaka lakefront and CBD.
Public Transport – Future provision for transport hubs
Walking/Cycling “active transport modes”- Safe and attractive tracks, including commuter trails, with infrastructure that is fit for purpose connecting our communities residential, recreational, retail and business areas. .
Community Culture – co-ordination promotion and information available to the residents and visitors to the Upper Clutha. Long term behavioural change.
Parking – long term parking strategy for the CBD, lakefront, retail and business centres.
- Develop Wanaka Airport into a ‘centre for aviation excellence’ which contributes positively to the Upper Clutha economy.
- Shaping our Future facilitate the first meeting to establish a ‘Lake Management Group’ with representation from all lake and waterway users.
That a portfolio for Transport Planning and Implementation within QLDC be assigned to an appropriate Wanaka representative.
- QLDC provides resource to continue a long term future thinking process for the Upper Clutha Community that identifies their values and characteristics overall and creates a long term vision for the area (eg Wanaka 2020). This transport report is integrated into the process. Futhermore a futures group aligns its action plan around Council’s polices, strategies and community consultation processes so it has input into decision making processes.