Proposal status: closed 5 December 2018
Reference number: FP1819-007
We're proposing changes in your area
We are proposing a new footpath on Sea View Road, Onetangi, including a marked pram crossing.
This proposal is part of our footpath programme, which aims to improve pedestrian accessibility all over Auckland.
Why the changes are needed
These changes are needed to improve pedestrian accessibility, by completing a gap in the network between Onetangi Road and Hartley Avenue. The proposed footpath will enable safer walking journeys in and around the Onetangi township, and along Sea View Road. It will also improve access to the Onetangi Road bus-stops.
This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. A summary of this feedback and answers to community questions and concerns is below.
- This proposal received positive responses from community members and stakeholders who supported the new pedestrian facilities, with some concerns being expressed.
- The road was recently resealed and the water runoff from the road has changed and made the property very wet. Please make a kerb and channel and locate this footpath along the side of the road.
Thank you for your feedback. For both safety and budgetary reasons, footpaths are built with a strip of grass berm between the footpath and the road. The significant works needed to improve drainage along the main road falls outside of the footpath programme. Your drainage concerns will be passed to the appropriate team within Auckland Transport for consideration as a separate matter.
- Mention that installing the footpath this close to the boundary of this customer's property would impact their privacy.
For safety as well as cost related reasons, footpaths are built with a strip of grass berm between the footpath and the road. In this case a significant amount of planting exists on private land which will continue to provide privacy for your house. The only plants being removed are those noted on the drawing which extend across the entire berm. Elsewhere some trimming might be required where necessary.
- When vehicles exit a property, pedestrians may not be seen clearly as the footpath placement is close to the hedges. Request to build this path further away from the property line.
A duty of care is required of all vehicle operators, to drive slowly when exiting a driveway with a blind corner. There could always be someone walking there, whether there is a footpath or not. In this case trimming back the hedge or fence could improve driveway visibility.
- The footpath creates an urban feeling which is not wanted on Waiheke.
Sealed roads and heavy motor traffic across Waiheke have created urban feelings on Waiheke as well, especially given the noise, pollution and safety risks. Providing more options for walking reduces the need for driving, so the intent is to reduce the urban feel of this area.
- Suggestion for the footpath to continue farther up the road as the foot traffic is getting busier.
Thank you for your suggestion. We will review this request and add it to our footpath request list if it has not already been added.
This work will happen before the end of June 2019, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays. Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.