Today’s meeting of the Council’s City Strategy Committee approved the appointment of the Councillor-led working party.
Public consultation, targeted at the Island Bay community, will commence in late July on up to four options for the future configuration of The Parade. The options will include retaining the current design or returning to the original design (both with some improvements for pedestrians and local businesses).
The consultation will last for about three weeks.
The working party will be chaired by Councillor Diane Calvert, the Council’s Community Planning and Engagement Portfolio Leader, Southern Ward Councillors Paul Eagle and David Lee and Councillor Sarah Free, the Public Transport, Cycling and Walking Portfolio Leader.
Once public consultation commences, Cr Calvert urges the local community to make their views known about their preferred options for the future of The Parade. “The results of the consultation will be important in guiding the Council’s final decisions on the future of the roadway and cycleway.”
Today’s decision follow’s last year’s development of the ‘Love the Bay’ syndicate project which involved Cycle Aware Wellington (CAW), the Island Bay Residents Association, local businesses and representatives from the City Council.
The project was tasked with gaining feedback from a wide range of views within the local community to support the future development of The parade and also for a wider 10-year plan for Island Bay.
The syndicate not only oversaw development of the engagement approach it also oversaw its delivery through to the final drop-in sessions, drop-in shop and website with feedback closing in May. On completion of the developed engagement activities, and with CAW subsequently withdrawing at this point, this effectively brought to a close the syndicate as it was originally established.
There remains a range of views on how The Parade should be configured to better cater for all users. This has been expressed in several ways through the Love the Bay project to provide rich sets of information each sitting alongside the other, from which Tonkin and Taylor engineers and designers have been engaged to develop up to four options for The Parade.
The data from the workshops that most directly related to The Parade was synthesised by the independent facilitator to 32 design statements, further aggregated to 5 design objectives:
- The Parade is safe for all users
- The layout is intuitive and easy to understand
- The Parade accommodates all current and future users
- The visual environment is cohesive and clean
- Central Island Bay is a pleasant, welcoming destination.
Tonkin and Taylor engineers and designers have started the process of developing final options for consultation by considering the community generated feedback and underpinning with best engineering practice and incorporating integrated transport investment objectives such as a connected network.
While incorporating the local feedback, the options will also recognise the need for the preferred option to operate as part of a broader connected network.
Once an option is determined by Councillors, detailed design will be undertaken.