Kaiwaka Township Improvement Plan finalised
Kaipara District Council [KDC], the NZ Transport Agency [NZTA] and the Kaiwaka community have combined to develop a plan to address community concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety in Kaiwaka, while also improving the overall attractiveness of the township.
Feedback collected from the wider Kaiwaka community, alongside the input from community group Kaiwaka Can and local Iwi, Te Uri o Hau, has helped shape the basis of the Township Improvement Plan.
The plan details actions or projects to be carried out within the short to medium term (2016-2021) as well as longer-term ideas to achieve the overall vision for Kaiwaka as a safe, connected, green, vibrant and distinctive place.
The emphasis of the improvements has been on developing stronger environmental and design cues to help change driver behaviour, as well as improving Kaiwaka as a place for people to stop and visit.
Many of the improvements will be dependent on available budgets so those requiring larger amounts of funding are considered long-term and will need to be approved by Council.
Council chief executive Graham Sibery acknowledged the cooperative work of the NZTA and the Kaiwaka community.
Council received a report on Kaiwaka improvements at the December meeting.
NZTA’s Northland regional director Ernst Zollner says that improving safety is a top priority and the plans will help create a better balance between the people living and visiting Kaiwaka and the freight and commuter vehicles that travel on State Highway 1 through the community.
During the 2016/17 financial year, the following actions will be completed:
· Pedestrian median islands in key crossing locations.
· Welcome to Kaiwaka signage.
· Review of the speed limit in Kaiwaka.
· A number of footpath or pedestrian connections installed or improved.
· Street tree planting for visual amenity.
· Art installation.
· Engineering assessment of Oneriri Road intersection and Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Road intersection and future potential solutions investigated.
Further actions are anticipated to be implemented longer term, in keeping with the overall vision.
The full plan can be viewed online on the Community Planning page of the KDC website with hard copies available at the Kaiwaka Library.
The outcome of the recent NZTA proposal to rationalise speeds through the Kaiwaka township to 60kph is still to be determined.