Consultation status: closed 14 March 2018
Proposal reference: FP1617-023
We are proposing to install a new footpath on Hibiscus Coast Highway in Orewa. This proposal includes additional pedestrian crossing facilities, some parking removal and possible tree removal.
Why the changes are needed
Implementing this proposal is part of a region-wide programme to improve pedestrian safety and responds to local requests for better walking connections between residential areas and key destinations such as Orewa Town Centre and Orewa Beach.
The proposal received positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed to the next stage of detailed planning with minor changes.
- Concerns that an existing open drain near to the proposed footpath might affect pedestrian safety. We received requests for it to be covered or piped. We believe that the proposed footpath will be constructed at a significant enough distance away from the drain that pedestrian safety will not be an issue.
- Requests to improve existing pedestrian crossing facilities near the Puriri Avenue intersection. The design will be amended to make the existing pedestrian refuge near Puriri Avenue more accessible. The proposed broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times parking restrictions) will be extended slightly so that they reach across the existing pram crossings. Yellow tactile treatments will also be installed on both of the pram crossings and refuge island.
- Concern over tree removal. We received requests to avoid removing trees as part of the proposal. Whilst we appreciate concerns around tree removal, we are unable to change the alignment of the footpath in order to avoid removing these particular trees. Our policy is to plant two new trees elsewhere for every one tree removed as part of any future project.
- Requests for the proposed footpath to be extended further along Hibiscus Coast Highway and Puriri Avenue. These requests are out of scope for this proposal which focuses specifically on a new footpath up to the bus stop on Hibiscus Coast Highway. This section of road was prioritised after initial public request and must be completed by July 2018 due to budget constraints. We are aware of the requests for a new footpath along Puriri Avenue and this will be considered by AT for future development works.
We expect to introduce this work before July 2018, subject to further changes in design or funding issues.
Contractors will issue notices to all affected residents prior to construction work.