Our Draft Annual Plan 2017/2018 (Draft Plan) was adopted by Council on Monday 13 March and then put out for public submissions. The Annual Plan outlines our projects and services for the 12 months from 1 July, including how these will be funded (ie fees and charges and rates).
Submissions have now closed and Council will be meeting on Thursday 18 May 2017 to hear and consider submissions.
|14 March 2017||Submissions open|
|19 April 2017||Submissions close|
|18 May 2017||Public meeting to hear submissions|
|May/June 2017||Council considers submissions and changes to the Draft Plan|
|12 June 2017||Council adopts final Annual Plan 2017/2018 and sets rates for the coming year|
What are we planning?
Take a read of the following Consultation Document for the Draft Plan, which is based on year three of the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan (LTP). We're sticking with addressing the key issues and following the direction we set out in the LTP and they form the basis of this Draft Plan.
Consultation Document - Draft Annual Plan 2017/2018 (PDF, 1.2MB)
Addressing the key issues
As per the Long Term Plan and similar to the last two years, there is an increase in rates funding this year for the following activities:
- Stormwater - approx. $20,000
- Port - approx. $40,000
- Roading depreciation - approx. $30,000
- Required earthquake strengthening of the Left Bank Art Gallery building - $330,000
Other proposed projects (and approximate costs)
- Additional CBD renewal works, ie floodwall access from Mawhera Quay and improvements to the Mackay Street/Tainui Street intersection - $450,000
- Toilets at Blackball - $100,000 (seed funding)
- Culverting the drains along the main road in Blackball - $100,000
We know there is a lot of interest in the proposed traffic lights at the Mackay Street/Tainui Street intersection so we have provided some more detail below - we hope it will help people to make informed submissions.
To read the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan, please click here.
Rationale for proposed traffic lights
|SAFETY||Safety concerns for motorists and pedestrians are a big factor in this proposal. In the last 10 years there are 22 recorded crashes in the NZTA Crash Database. Four of these crashes were minor injury crashes, of which three involved pedestrians hit by vehicles that failed to give way. Just moving the pedestrian crossings will not solve the current issue of people failing with comply with the road rules and causing chaos by getting confused.|
|FUTURE TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS||Not only are we likely to get increased traffic flows due to more tourists visiting our region, there will also be changes to current traffic flows once the Tainui Shared Street is complete. The speed limit on Tainui Shared Street will be decreased to around 10km per hour, which means there will be more traffic using Mackay Street. The present configuration is not optimal to cope with this increase.|
|PEDESTRIANS||Pedestrian crossings will be controlled by the lights, so people can safely cross the road through the middle of the intersection. Traffic signals would remove the level of driver judgement required to negotiate the intersection and give pedestrians a much greater level of protection and feeling of security in the town centre. With the installation of traffic lights, the current white striped pedestrian crossings will no longer be required.|
|FLOW OF TRAFFIC||The installation of traffic lights at this intersection will safely control the flow of traffic. Modern traffic lights operate on a sensor system, so worries about sitting at a red light on an otherwise empty street are unwarranted. |
|ANNUAL STREET RACES||We want to be able to continue to accommodate the Greymouth Motorcycle Street Races. This means that installing a roundabout is not an option and there isn’t enough room in the intersection. Also, a roundabout doesn’t protect the safety of pedestrians and can be deadly to cyclists.|