Amberley Concept Development Plan 2005 - Hurunui District Council

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Amberley Concept Development Plan 2005 - Hurunui District Council

A MBERLEY CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT PLANJune 2005The creation of a community based vision and an opportunity for individuals to havea direct input into shaping the future of their town


TABLE OF CONTENTSAmberley Draft Concept Development PlanINTRODUCTION .................................................... 2Goal ..................................................................................... 2Development Process ..................................................... 2Authority for the Plan ..................................................... 3The Benefits ...................................................................... 3Contact Information ........................................................ 3AMBERLEY PROFILE .............................................. 4VISION STATEMENT .............................................. 6PRIORITY PROJECTS ............................................. 18(1) Zoning ...................................................................... 18(2) Main Road ............................................................... 23(3) The Pavilion ............................................................. 24(4) Townscaping ........................................................... 25(5) Swimming Pool ...................................................... 29(6) Youth Centre ......................................................... 31(7) Theme/Branding .................................................... 32(8) Visitor Information Centre ................................. 33(9) Community Centre / Town Hall ........................ 34(10) Priorities ranked less than 2%............................. 35DEMOGRAPHICS ................................................... 10KEY CONSULTATION FINDINGS ............................. 12What makes Amberley Special? ..................................... 12Aspects to be preserved or Developed ...................... 13Key Issues Identified ........................................................ 14Projects Identified ............................................................ 16Page 1


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanINTRODUCTIONThe Amberley Draft Concept Plan describes how Amberley’sresidents and ratepayers would like to see their communityin the future. The Plan has not been adopted nor is it formalCouncil Policy, rather it is an indicative vision of how thecommunity would like to see Amberley grow and developover the next ten to twenty years. It identifi es key aspects tobe preserved and developed, and the priorities for achievingthat, based on community support and benefit.It is intended that the Plan will allow initiatives supported bythe community to be carried out in a co-ordinated manner.The process will allow key aspects to be included in theDistrict Plan and the Hurunui Community Plan, whereappropriate.The Plan also includes suggestions on implementation andfunding of major projects.The Plan is a “living document” that will be refined overtime given the changing priorities (including expenditurepriorities) of the community, Ward Committee and Council.G OALThe purpose of the Amberley Concept DevelopmentPlan is to create a community based vision and to provide anopportunity for individuals to have a direct input into shapingthe future of their town.DEVELOPMENT PROCESSThe following process has been used in developingthis Draft Concept Plan:• Initial discussions with identified stakeholders.• Open invitation to the public meetings; thisincluded advertising in the Hurunui News,posters and a mail-drop,• Attending meetings of local groups to outlinethe planning process and goals.• “Suggestion Boxes” placed prominently in localbusinesses to obtain ideas.• Amberley School Extension Group project.• Youth (teenage) meetings facilitated by youthleaders to look at issues and generate ideas.• Two public meetings where key issues wereidentifi ed, ideas, and goals developed, projectswhich would contribute towards the desireddevelopment were identifi ed and prioritieswere established.• Vision, ideas and priorities collated andpreliminary draft plan prepared and circulated.• A third public meeting where the communityreviewed and considered the matters, items& options and their cost implications and reprioritisedprojects accordingly.• Feedback / submissions were called for on there-prioritised document.Page 2


Amberley Draft Concept Development Plan• The Ward Committee met for a workshopto consider submissions make changes andrecommendations.• Plan established to carry forward agreedpriorities which includes Steering Committeesand Project Teams being formed.As this Plan is a living document, the town should reviewthe Plan on a yearly basis. This review should focus on theexisting goals for the year, detailing the goals which have beenmet, and those which have not. This review should culminatein a strategic implementation plan (or series of ‘miniplans’)for the upcoming year, the ten year Hurunui DistrictCommunity Plan and the District Plan.AUTHORITY FOR THE PLANIn 2002, then Amberley Ward Councillors RodThomson and Frances Stapleton raised the need toimplement a Concept Development Planning process forthe Amberley Ward. Later that year, the Amberley Leithfi eldPromotion Group presented a formal Annual Plan submissionrequesting that funding be allocated for such a project.This was referred back to the Amberley Ward Committeewho agreed to fund a Planning Project (initially just for theAmberley Township) from their 2003/04 budget.(iii)Formal entry in Draft Hurunui Community Plan and/or District PlanTHE BENEFITSThe plan is a rational document, developed from athorough investigation of facts and trends and the vision localresidents have for their community. It has been developedwith comprehensive community involvement, and has as itsunderlying purpose “to create a community based visionand to provide an opportunity for individuals to have adirect input into shaping the future of their town.” It alsoprovides a guiding document for all future zoning and landuse decisions.This is a positive benefit for Community and Councilinitiated development actions as well as private developmentin accordance with the Plan.CONTACT INFORMATIONIf you require any further information aboutthis document or the planning process then pleasefeel free to contact:Amberley Ward Councillors:Andrew Smart 314-8742Russell Black 314-5888Amberley Ward Committee Chair:Judith McKendry 314-8308HDC Project Co-ordinatorNaomi Woodham 314-0024Once the fi nal Plan is accepted by the community it will beformally adopted by(i)(ii)Ward Committee endorsementCouncil endorsementPage 3


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanVISIONSTATEMENTParticipants taking part in the Concept Planning Process have avery clear vision for how they would like to see Amberley in 2oyears time.It is important to have a vision in place and then to use this as aguiding principle in future decision-making processes. For exampleif the Ward Committee / Council were presented with a project/proposal for the Amberley area, they would need to fi rst ask “willthis proposal contribute to or detract from the community vision?”Future projects entered into by both community and councilshould always ultimately contribute to achieving the vision.HOW THE COMMUNITY SEEAMBERLEY IN THE YEAR2025…“In the year 2025, Amberley is an inviting townoffering accessible services and a safe andsupportive living environment for its diversepopulation. Through responsible growth andaesthetic improvements, Amberley has increasedits sense of community and created an active andvibrant town centre that retains a rural spirit,surrounded by attractive, safe and highly liveableneighbourhoods. Amberley is a better place tolive, work and play than it has ever been.”TOWN CHARACTERIn the year 2025, Amberley is a vibrant, rural village,encompassed by productive agricultural land.Amberley’s town character and “sense of place” is derivedfrom the inter-relationship between the surrounding ruralfarmland and vineyards and the vibrant town centre. Withsome of the country’s best vineyards right at its doorstepAmberley has become popular as a “wine village” renownedfor its award-winning dining and accommodation. Thesehospitality and rural characteristics are the elements thatmaintain its economic vitality as a visitor destination, and alsoas an attractive place to live and work.Sense of CommunityIn the year 2025, Amberley has a friendly, small-townfeel, welcoming and accommodating a diversity of people;an inclusive, caring community made greater by embracingand appreciating the strengths and interests of their diversepopulation as they support each other and work together toachieve common objectives.The commitment of the community is the foundation ofAmberley’s strong sense of communityMANAGED GROWTHIn the year 2025, despite development pressuresAmberley has retained its village character, and the expansionof the township demonstrates smart growth principles anda local commitment and ability to plan, control and balancegrowth.In the year 2025, Amberley has a compact town developmentpattern resulting in considerable cost savings to itsratepayers when compared to a sprawling developmentpattern. These savings have been realized through fewerkilometres in sealed streets, footpaths and kerb and channel,shorter water and sewer lines, shorter routes for moreeconomical rubbish collection, more effi cient fi re protection,and more effective community-based policing, etc.Growth has been managed and controlled so that the traitsthat the community value, and which make the townshipattractive, have been safeguarded and, in many cases,enhanced.Page 6


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanRESIDENTIAL LIVING.In the year 2025, Amberley is a community of clean,tree-lined streets, subtle commercial signage, and buildingsof architectural distinction nestled amidst properly designedand well-maintained landscaping. There are concealed parkingareas with cars tucked behind landscaped walls and hedgesor parked to the rear of buildings. The main road has beentransformed into a grand, landscaped boulevard.The residential areas are safe, secure and peaceful, with tidystreets, manicured lawns and lush gardens. Homes are wellmaintained and neighbours greet neighbours on footpathsand over the fence. We see families pushing strollers tonearby parks. We see children riding their bikes to the localdairy for a loaf of bread or an ice cream.In the year 2025, there are a multitude of housingchoices, ranging from single-family homes, to townhouses,blocks of flats and affordable pensioner cottages. We seeneighbourhoods with several different well-designed housingtypes for all incomes where the elderly, families, singles andothers share experiences and help one another.TOWN CENTREIn the year 2025, Amberley has a vibrant, attractivetown centre with well-maintained footpaths filled withpeople and activity. There is a diverse array of shopping,dining, businesses and amenities including the town hall/community centre and the district library. The town centre isthe social and cultural centre of the community, and the firstplace where locals want to take visitors. At night, the towncentre is fi lled with people and activity.PARKS, , RECREATIONAND GREEN SPACEIn the year 2025, Amberley has a wide selection ofparks and greenspaces intermingling pleasantly withthe urban fabric of town. All parks and reserves arefrequently used and provide a variety of both active andpassive recreational opportunities. The seating areas inthe parks are popular with the travelling public and alsofor local workers during their lunch breaks.There is a well used system of interconnected“greenways” enjoyed by walkers and cyclists, whichconnect the neighbourhoods, school, parks, shops andtown centre, as well as stretching into the countryside.AMENITIES AND FACILITIESIn the year 2025, Amberley’s primary schooland early childhood services provide quality educationsupported by strong parental and communityinvolvement. Public transport allows greater choice ofsecondary education options.A central town hall / community centre provides agathering place for young and old alike to develop theirskills and share their talents with others.Amberley has excellent primary health services andfacilities including a thriving general practice, pharmacy,aged care facilities, dental, physiotherapy, podiatry,optometry, mental health services, midwifery, etc.Page 7


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanPUBLIC SAFETYIn the year 2025, Amberley is a community thatis committed to supporting the collective will anddetermination of the people to have a community free ofdrugs, violence and crime. Residents and business ownersare committed to “Safer Communities” type safety initiatives.Local community police offi cers know the neighbourhoodkids, and their parents. Crime Prevention ThroughEnvironmental Design (CPTED) principles have beenincorporated into town planning.ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITYIn the year 2025, Amberley has a diverse localeconomy offering employment in hospitality, retail, services,manufacturing and agriculture, amongst others. Workers takepride in their work and appreciate the prospect of continualadvancement as they go on to develop their skills andearning power.The town centre meets consumer needs and also enablessmall business retention and encourages new developmentthat is essential to Amberley’s economy, “town and country”image and quality of life.WATER AND SEWERAGESERVICESIn the year 2025, Amberley has a high quality water supplysystem, suffi cient for growth, well maintained, and financiallyself-supporting. Our wastewater treatment facilities havebeen designed and strategically placed for the future to leadthe planned, compact growth of our community.THE ARTS, , ENTERTAINMENT, ,SPORTS AND CULTUREIn the year 2025, Amberley is a fun town with abundantrecreation, leisure, arts and cultural opportunities.Community values emphasise the appreciation andpreservation of Amberley’s history and character. Amberleyis host to a variety of cultural events, including the arts,entertainment, and sports competitions.In the year 2025, Amberley’s community is fi t and healthyand the local covered, heated swimming pool is well-usedyear round. Facilities at the pavilion include a fully equippedgymnasium and multi-purpose indoor courts. Clever designwork allows internal space to be partitioned off into smallermulti-function areas that are used extensively by local sportand leisure groups and clubs.LOCAL GOVERNANCE ANDREGIONAL COOPERATIONIn the year 2025, locally elected, accountable communitymembers represent Amberley on the Hurunui DistrictCouncil and also on the Amberley Ward Committee. Boththe Council and the Committee’s planning and decisionmakingroles are characterised by a high degree of localparticipation, which respects community values.In the year 2025, rates are affordable and comparable tocosts in similar-sized communities and are established byprocesses acceptable to the community.In the year 2025, Amberley is viewed by its residents asan integral part of a greater region, and as such worksconstructively with the Hurunui, Kaikoura and WaimakaririDistrict Councils, Christchurch City Council and thePage 8


Regional Council on issues such as water quality, air quality,transportation, education, economic development, tourism,community appearance, land preservation, and other growthmanagement issues.ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.In the year 2025, Amberley’s natural areas contributeto the character and quality of life of the community. Thecommunity value protecting these resources and enhancingthose that have been impacted by past practices. Theresidents and businesses of Amberley recognize that theycoexist with the natural environment and that their actionsaffect the quality of the environment.In the year 2025, the many greenspaces throughout thevillage are a part of a healthy environment that providesnative habitat for a diversity of wildlife species. Streets arelined with trees and private properties are planted with avariety of native and exotic plant species.declining as a result of increased community-wide initiativessuch as the promotion of car-pooling, innovative work-fromhomearrangements to reduce the need to commute andthe use of the interconnected walkway system allowing forshorter commutes so more people elect to walk or cycle. Apublic transport system to Christchurch and Rangiora existsand the environmentally conscious community ensures this iswell utilized.Only low emission wood burners are in use for homeheating in the year 2025, and the local population’spreference is for electric heating.In the year 2025, Amberley has a strong, cost-effective wastereduction and recycling programme that has resulted in mostwaste being diverted from the landfill. Business, industryand residents use resources and energy effi ciently throughreducing, reusing and recycling wherever possible.Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanIn the year 2025, Amberley has well-controlled stormwater runoff protecting local streams from pollution. Waterresources are well protected and safe drinking water isavailable to all. Our groundwater is clean and properlymanaged to meet our needs and those of future generations.People appreciate that Dock Creek adds to the beautyof Amberley and supports healthy and diverse aquaticecosystems. Fish habitat is protected and our riparian areassupport abundant vegetation for aesthetics, stream bankprotection and shading.In the year 2025, Amberley’s air quality is excellent andthe community are leaders in reducing greenhouse gasesand other atmospheric pollutants. Personal vehicle use isPage 9


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanDEMOGRAPHICSSTATISTICS AND TRENDSPOPULATIONAt the 2001 Census of Population and Dwellings the usuallyresident population count for Amberley was 1,014, anincrease of 7.0 percent since 1996.In comparison, the Hurunui District’s population increased by5.1 percent and the population for New Zealand as a wholeincreased by 3.3 percent for the same period.AGE PROFILE


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanOTHER INDICATORS OF GROWTHBuilding consents and subdivision applications issued forAmberley are another source of a reliable indicatior forgrowth.*SUBDIVISIONAPPLICATIONSAUrban Subdivision(number of new lots)*BUILDINGCONSENTSNew (& prebuilt)House, Unit, Bach,Crib97 / 98 98 / 99 99 / 00 00 /01 01 / 02 02 / 03 03 / 0490 100 7 48 60 26 3497 / 98 98 / 99 99 / 00 00 /01 01 / 02 02 / 03 03 / 0446 33 45 26 30 34 60Resited Houses 5 4 7 3 1 4 7Alterations& additions -Commercial (hotels,shops, restaurants,offi ce/admin,factories)3 2 1 2 2 1 5*Subdivision and Building Consent applications are for the entire Amberley Wardnot just the township, and are for the fi nancial year July 1 - June 30.SO WHAT IT GOING TO HAPPEN?With International, national and regional trends towardimproved “lifestyle” choice, including the growing infatuationwith high-quality wine, coffee and dining options and apreference to be “out of the rat-race” Amberley is appealingto a growing market.This appeal can be evidenced by the corresponding increasein the number of building applications to the number of lotscoming available. With the majority of these new sectionowners coming from outside of Amberley the resulting effectis an increase to the local population.While it can be expected that some of the sectionpurchasers will choose not to build immediately, the majorityappear to intend to commence building sooner rather thanlater. There are also further proposed developments thatwill come on line as existing subdivisions sell out, keeping themomentum going.The reality of the North Canterbury market shows no suchslowing. Real estate agents report that they have morebuyers than sellers, and the majority of new houses builtin the area are “design-built” for their owners rather thanthe “spec-home” situation more common in the cities. Theaverage selling time for properties on the market is less thanone month.Given all of the indicators there is a high probability thatthe number of people in Amberley will increase rapidly inthe next ten years. However, when projecting populationnumbers out to the future it is important that they be seenas ‘best guess’ figures and not a guarantee of the projectednumber of people in a given area at a particular date.The last Census showed a 7% population increase over thatfive year period, and given that current building consentsare at an all-time high, as is demand for housing, it wouldbe reasonable to extrapolate that the percentage increaseto the population count could effectively double at the nextCensus count to in exess of 14%.The above figures are interesting, but only tell part of a story.For instance some subdivisdion applications, particularlythose in the late 1990’s were never followed through. Otherlater ones are renewals of those same initial applications. It isalso notable that it takes, on average, between one and threeyears to complete developments from the time consents areissued, thus some of the 2000 - 2003 subdivision applicationsare only being sold now.Another indicator of growth and development is theincreased number of businesses that are extending theirpremises. This activity generally indicates an increase inbusiness/revenue and a confidence of this being continued.Several large businesses, such as Montana, have set-up inthe area recently. The economic impact from both the newventures and the expanded businesses include populationgrowth as employment opportunities are created.Purchasers, particularly of the larger subdivisiondevelopments, appear to be mostly from outside of Amberley.Nationally, there are warnings of “boom and bust”. Thefrenetic housing market showing signs of slowing as interestrates start to rise. Predictions of a glut of new houses anddecreasing values have been being made for some time.Page 11


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanKEY CON S ULTATIO N FINDINGSWHAT MAKESAMBERLEYSPECIAL?IAmberley’s special characteristics as identifi ed by thecommunity representatives at the Public Meetings, theYouth Forums, Suggestion Boxes, and the AmberleySchool Extension Grouplisted in this section.Project are• Lifestyle - has almost everything• Climate• Cafes / great eating places• Close to nearby vineyards / Hanmer Springs / Kaikoura• The rest homes / retirement village• Excellent medical centre• Clean air• Stable business infrastructure – employmenopportunities• Proximity to Christchurch• Small but accessible with everythinghere that you need to live locally- but still readily commutChristchurch / Rangiora• Lovely aesthetics /beautiful vistas• Spacious• State Highway 1provides travellers tosupport businesses• Chamberlain Park &the Domain / Pavilion• Good sports andrecreational facilities• Handy to beaches, rivers,mountains and lakes• Lots of clubs• Well planned subdivisions• Community support• Country community – village atmosphere• 2 x pubs & 3 x churches• Business growth potentiallf courserdableGood educationacilities - great localprimary school – highachieversPage 12


• Low crime / safe place to live• Great place to bring up kids• Friendly, approachable people• People know each other• Not dominated by in-fill housing / spacious /Houses withbackyards (not ‘boxes’)• Handy to beaches• Local business investment in – money stays in thecommunity• Excellent recycling system• Pretty town – trees nice, tidy houses & gardens, lovelyparks - attractive for tourists and passing traffic• The Library• “Enough” shops• Local “specialty products” (eg brew moon beer, olive-oil,hazelnuts. Ostrich etc)• Good water• Active (sporting and outdoors) community• Gateway to the Alpine Pacific Triangle• Well-known – “everyone knows Amberley” – they have all‘gone through it’ at some stage• Volunteers – active participation / communitycommitmentASPECTS TO BEPRESERVED ORDEVELOPED• PARKS- Need lots of ‘green space’- Chamberlain, Seadown & Domain are good parksbut could be developed to be much more (nonein the Northeast)- Need to plan areas for new parks as Amberleygrows and spreads- Cob Cottage in Chamberlain Park• TREES- Those planted on main road are good and willlook great when they grow• DOCK CREEK- More care needs to be taken to both developand protect this asset• ROAD “CONNECTEDNESS”- Need to ensure we maintain our roading “connectedness”and avoid becoming a cul-de-sacvillage• DOMAIN- More care of the domain (eg re-sow cricket areaand keep cars of rugby fi elds)- Pavillion & rugby rooms – refurbish; more modern/ new carpet etcAmberley Draft Concept Development PlanK EY CON SULTATIO N FINDINGSPage 13


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanK EY CON S ULTATIO N FINDINGSKEY ISSUESIDENTIFIEDIssues identifi ed by the community representativesat the Public Meetings, the Youth Forums, SuggestionBoxes, and the Amberley School Extension GroupProject are listed in this section.SAFE MOVEMENT OF TRAFFIC ANDPEDESTRIANS ON THEMAIN ROAD• Traffi c speed and volume• Diffi culties for pedestrians trying to cross the road• Parking problems outside shops etc• No viable route for bypass / diverting trucksZONING ISSUES• Lack of industrial / business / commercial land• ‘Mish-mash’ – areas don’t complement each other• Rural-Residential and Residential inconsistent and notnecessarily meeting future demand – need smallersections in current RR areas• No defined ‘town centre’• Shops too spread-out• Could end up with urban ‘sprawl’ – lack of form• Relocatable houses look “tacky” and devalue surroundinghouses• Nothing on side streets – development plans need toinclude shops/industry moving off the main road.• Recycling area should be moved to an industrial area andthis part of the township used as a ‘business’ areaA CCOMMODATION• Lack of rental accommodation for workers / families• Lack of commercial accommodation• Lack of tourist accommodation - number and varietyA MENITIES• The pressure of an increased population may be toomuch for our current water supply and sewerage capacity• Need to protect and value current facilities/services so asnot to lose them – emergency services, medical centre,banking facilities, school…• No public transport for teenagers. Amberley is not farfrom town – but a “mission” to get anywhere. Youth(especially 12 – 15yrs) are “stuck” and this is when theycause trouble (because of boredom). Need services onFriday nights and Saturdays.• No public transport for workers or students inChristchurch – need a ‘link’ service to Woodend orRangiora Monday – Friday.• No ‘major’ supermarket• Domain / Pavilion are under-utilised and needdevelopment• Swimming pool not covered adequately / not heated / notavailable for year round use• Lack of walking tracks• No Highschool• Public toilets in Chamberlain Park need upgrading• Library - not open long enough – need evening studytime and weekends- need armchairs for reading- need more space to have separate quiet studyareas with desks- need NCEA books to be available- need a coffee (hot chocolate) machine- need more CDs, DVDs, videos and magazinesPage 14


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanCOMMUNITY CENTRETOWN HALL• No ‘purpose designed’ conference / meeting facilities for40 – 90 people (Pavilion too large, Church Halls too small,RSA going…)• Lack of town hall or central community centre =associated with diminishing community spiritTOWNSCAPING / STREETSCAPING• Need to make the town more ‘identifiable’• State Highway through Amberley too ‘straight’ (boring& unattractive) / “hardlines” (long, straight road) – sidesand/or centre needs “softening”• lack of ‘separated’ spaces (for sitting, resting, picnickingetc)• Markham Street should be enhanced (historical &commercial aspects)• Dog-leg entrance to Markham Street from Douglas Roadneeds straightening• Church Street - bridges encroach on road on east side• Waterways and verges need maintainingTOWN ENTRANCES• Both north & south entrances need to be morewelcoming and defined• Signage boring & population number ‘static’/wrong• Speed needs to reduce to 50km earlier (for entire lengthof township)C OMMUNITY• Volunteerism waning (especially in younger age groups)• Increased population = loss of village atmosphere /community spirit• Need a balance of diversity in our population – families,retirees, workers, lifestylers…• Need to feel a sense of pride in area• Lack of youth employment opportunities• Lack of local support for businesses – need to encouragea “buy locally” attitude• An increase in population could mean an increase in socialproblems• Lack of community interaction with youth / seniorsM ISCELLANEOUS• No ‘theme’ / identity (branding). Need to lift our profileidentity (important identity does not become the ‘landfilltown’)• Visitor Information Centre is not ‘visible’ and only openfi ve days per week• Technology (eg broadband) needs to be kept up with citycounterparts• Developments at Hanmer Springs could take away fromAmberley• The development of Amberley mustn’t come at theexpense of other areas in the district (eg Leithfield)• Nice to be small, but not enough people (particularlyyouth) to make some activities and services viable• Nothing for teenagers to do – especially at nightKEY CON SULTATIO N FINDINGSPage 15


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanK EY CON SULTATIO N FINDINGSPROJECTSIDENTIFIEDSuggestions that were identifi ed to achieve thecommunity vision and/or solve key issues are listed inthis section.• Relocate Transfer Station / Recycling area from the mainroad to an industrial area• Heat the swimming pool for year-round use• Over or Underpass for pedestrians• Upgrade Pavilion to become Community Centre• Median strip / islands + sides of roads planted with nativeplants• Road narrowing at each end (thresholds)• Combine new library plan with town hall plan andpurchase Panel Beater’s site)• A large supermarket• More attractive town-centre townscaping - use bollards,plantings etc• Town Hall on current Recycling site• Enforce traffic speed limits• Council to plan for growth• Minimum design standards – particularly with regardsrelocatable housing and to include colour schemerestrictions• Change current zoning to refl ect future needs;- More choice required for a central shopping area(eg rezone land behind the bank / second-handshop to build a CBD)- New subdivisions should have smaller sectionsavailable- Separate “Industrial Park”• More “direct” roads, need to connect back roads insteadof isolated cul de sacs• Community / Youth Liaison worker community coordinatorr (paid) to drive activities and keep things running• By-Pass road (20+ years) for trucks• Off-street’ parking• Extend 50km speed limit zones (+ larger signs)• Information centre• Walkways - encourage awareness / create more• More smaller sections 300m2 (to encourage moreaccommodation)• Revamp Markham / Douglas corner - move Boer Warmonument to Chamberlain Park• More festivals and community events to ‘link’ citizens;- “Theme days” such as Mid-Winter or Country Fair- Music festival, could utilize local farms- Outdoor concert/bands, marquees- Beach Gala Day at Ashworths Beach• Angle parking• Community Information Pamphlet• Utilise Council Chambers more for public use formeetings• More use made of the community bus• Use solar heating for the swimming pool to extendseasonPage 16


Amberley Draft Concept Development Plan• Back road / off-street parking• Incorporate café facilities into the swimming pool facilities• Council to encourage growth• Information Board for advertising activities available• Town Hall on Council site (rear)• Protect current facilities and services• Council to encourage private enterprise(accommodation)• A youth ‘club-room’ facility – a place to hang out, playpool, watch tv/videos, listen to music etc• Driver’s Licence testing (learners and restricted) facility• Lay-by outside supermarket or planted median strip(trees)• More utilisation of the Domain & Pavilion- Weeknight Sports Clubs – badminton, martialarts, touch, table tennis, basketball, croquet,youth lawn bowls…- Renovate tin shed to include separated rooms(carpeted)- Organised social events / entertainment- Outdoor movie projection screen- Music – local / school bands• Public transport system (bus or train). Bus service couldlink to Rangiora or Woodend, particularly Friday nights,Saturday mornings and afternoons, and Thursday nights• An arts facility showing local arts• Notice Board section in the Hotline for jobs, activities etc• Murals• Music society• Chalk drawings on footpaths• Endurance event• Surfing Competition• Encourage a major employer (such as Burger King) whichwill offer job opportunities to young people as well asoffering a place for young people to ‘hang-out’• New Library to open seven days and be an “InformationCentre” for tourists• Youth Committee with representation on the WardCommitteeK EY CON SULTATIO N FINDINGSPage 17


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanPRIORITYPROJECTSDuring the Concept Plan process the communityidentifi ed numerous new and innovative ideas andproject suggestions for the further development ofexisting facilities, amenities, activities. Some of these weresuggestions to ‘fi x’ perceived problems, while others weredesigned to achieve the community vision.At the November Public Meeting these projectswere prioritised by the community representatives inattendance. These projects are listed and expanded inthis section.(1) ZONING“Each one of us lives in a town that somebody else designedand designs the town where somebody else shall live.”UnknownAmberley is experiencing high levels of growth from anincoming population - people in search of “lifestyle”, retireesor people seeking work in a town with increasing jobopportunities.The individuality and vitality of the town has the potentialto be seriously undermined in an over-eagerness toaccept any development. This may lead to aesthetically andenvironmentally inappropriate urban development whichsuffocates local character - known as “Nowheresville”.The current zoning regulations in Amberley proved tobe a very ‘hot topic’ during the concept planning process.The four main areas of interest were (1), the perceivedlack of centrally located commercial/industrial land, (2),the zoning of new developments to only include larger“rural-residential” sized sections and (3), the mish-mash ofretail/commercial and residential in the town centre “CBD”,and (4), growth management and the “greenbelt” boundaryaround the town.Groups, individuals and the participants at the publicmeetings were asked to ‘solve the problems’, to makesuggestions as to how they would re-zone Amberley toachieve the vision. During the collation of these suggestionssome strong trends became evident, and these “solutions”are discussed below.(1) INDUSTRIAL / COMMERCIAL LANDFirst of all it should be noted that there was almostunanimous agreement to the fact that Amberley needs toposition itself for the predicted continued growth by makingitself as attractive to new (and expanding) businesses aspossiblePage 18


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanWhile several suggestions were received with regards to thepositioning of the commercial / industrial area the majority ofopinion identifi ed the area on the southern side of CourageRoad between the Mobil Garage site and the fertilizer plantas being the most suitable.Options that were discussed but not favoured include• areas to the west; as it was felt that it would not be agood idea to increase vehicles, particularly trucks, near theschool• areas to the south; this is one of the town’s “frontdoors” and also because the northern side of this areawas considered to be more useful for future residentialexpansion, and the southern side (down Grays Road) isquite low-lying and a potential fl ood risk.• areas to the north; this too is considered a “frontdoor”, and the eastern side of this area was also identifi edfor possible future residential development, and thewestern side was unsuitable because of access issues withregards to the railway line.The reasons given for selecting the Courage Road siteincluded:• a natural extension of the industrial buildings on themain road keeping the commercial area grouped• would be able to be landscaped and screen planted(northern boundary) for aesthetics and noisereduction• centrally located, but away from the retail CBDpedestrian area - appealing for businesses, andaccessible for usersSome property owners in the Courage Road area voicedconcerns with this proposal and as this proposal is developedfurther then resident’s concerns regarding issues such asnoise and traffic will need to be addressed.There was also quite a lot of discussion regarding theCouncil owned Recycling site, and the appropriateness ofhaving this and the Transfer Station “in the middle of town”.The majority of participants in the planning process felt thatthese activities would be better suited to “somewhere else”,potentially in a new ‘industrial park.’(2) RESIDENTIAL V RURAL-RESIDENTIALThis issue is in regards to the District Plan’s prescriptionfor maximum and minimum section sizes. Subdivisions ofsections zoned “Residential” can be as small as 250sqm (butmust average 350sqm) and “Rural Residential” can be aminimum of 2,000sqm (but must average 2,500sqm.)The conflicting opinion has arisen because most of thenew subdivisions are being created on what used to be the“outskirts” of the township and this area is predominantlyzoned Rural Residential. These sections are generally notappealing to retired folk who are often looking for a smaller,easy-care home and section. Larger sections often also lackappeal to some working couples and single folk who do nothave the time to tend tobig gardens and lawns. Local RealEstate Agents report receiving high numbers of queries frompeople wishing to purchase smaller sections but due to lackof availability they are currently not able to help with theserequests.On the other hand many of the people who live in Amberleyreport that one of the main reasons they choose to do sois because of the “rural lifestyle” - the “lack of little boxes”.These people say that they “do not want to live in a suburbof Christchurch” they like to have a “real” backyard and notlook out of their window straight into a neighbour’s one.The solution perhaps lies in a compromise: a restriction onnew subdivisions (developments of 2 hectares or larger) thatsets a maximum level of density for housing in a defined area.This would mean new subdivisions would be able to have amixture of both large and small sections.For example under this scenario a maximum density of,let’s say, 12 dwellings per hectare (an area equal to 10,000square metres or 2.471 acres) could result in 12 x 833sqmsections, ...or... 2 x 1500sqm + 3 x 1000sqm + 4 x 750sqm +2 x 500sqm sections... or any other combination to reach themaximum density.“Cluster” type development is an option that can avoid theappearance of “little boxes”: the regularly spaced, similarhouses on uniform sized lots along a road by placing thedwellings in a cluster at an appropriate location in thelandscape.Covenants could be placed by the developers on the largersize sections in these developments allowing them to revertto Residential Zoning rules (for future subdivision) in 10 - 15years time to allow for infill housing.(3) TOWN CENTRE ZONINGParticipants in the concept planning process identified thatsome of the business premises operating in the “commercialor retail” area of town were in fact zoned residential.This zoning creates issues for these businesses restrictingoperating hours, levels of staffing etc.Page 19


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanMost participants “shaded out” the central area of CartersRoad and Markham Street identifying a central ‘CBD”. Thispreference keeps the business area in one place and allowsfor potential future redevelopment of some existing housesto the industrial /commercial space requirements previouslydiscussed.TOWN GREENBELT & GROWTH MANAGEMENTParticipants in the concept planning process had a varietyof opinions and suggestions, but once again there wereconsistent common themes from the majority.The predominant opinion felt that Amberley should havemanaged growth within a compact town structure and that“sprawl” was not acceptable. It was also considered veryimportant to include open green spaces (parks and reserves)and walkways in any future development to maintain the“rural feel”. The issue of ‘joined-up roading systems’ especiallyin the eastern side of Amberley was also an important issuefor future development, this was also noted by OPUS in theirreport and was particularly important to the children ofAmberley who pointed out that there were many “blocks”on the western side of town but nothing to join Osborne- Courage - Pound - Amberley Beach Road, so all traffic andpedestrians had to come back to the main road.Further to this, it was also identified that subdivisiondevelopments were, by and large, cul-de-sacs furthercontributing to a lack of flow. “Cul-de-Sacism” was an issuethat was strongly opposed with regards to the lack of joinedup roading systems and walkways inevitable with these typesof developments. The community felt strongly about onlyallowing future cul-de-sacs as part of more holistic planning.The majority of opinion preferred future residential growthand development to move into the South-East corner, infilling the area behind Seadown Crescent, through the backof the new Teviots subdivision. This suggestion also has meritfrom a council utilities viewpoint with water and sewerageservices already in place in this area.There was also some support for future expansion to theNorth-East on the hill area on the northern side of OsborneRoad. Some felt however, that development on the hillswould detract from the “rural vista” from the town. To theNorth-West, it was felt that no new land was required tomeet future needs, however, the areas currently zoned RuralResidential at the top of Douglas Road and behind CedarPlace through to Carters Road would be more appropriatelyzoned residential.The community views expressed are quite different from thecurrent District Plan which envisages future growth to moveEast down Amberley Beach Road in-filling northwards backtowards Double Corner Road.The community views were also clear that if land was withinthe urban town boundary then they felt it should have aresidential zoning.LAND IN HAND V LAND NEEDEDThe total land within the current Amberley urban boundaryis 282.3 hectares. According to council rates data there are450 separately rated properties containing 464 dwellings,and a further 85 properties which are ‘land only” sections(or with a maximum of $10,000 of improvements). Some ofthese properties are adjoining sections to make one largerproperty, some are quite large (up to 12 hectares) and someare very small areas (as small as 28sqm). Some of theseempty sections are properties within new subdivisions wherebuilding has actually commenced but these will not show upon the rating system until the next rating strike (July 1, 2005).The current available landbank is considered sufficient tomeet demand for the next 20 years.The proposed new residential areas that the community haveidentifi ed would add 54.2 ha to the South-East and 20.6 hato the North-East for a new total of 357.1 ha. The proposednew commercial / industrial zoned areas would not increasethe size of the town as it would be only changing the zoningof 6.4 hectares of existing vacant residential zoned land andother pockets.Other proposed changes to land already within the townboundary include 10.5 ha at the North-West town boundaryand 11 ha at the North-West end of Carters Road in-fillingback to Cedar Place and Willowside Place. Both are currentlyzoned Rural Residential, the community proposes that thisbe changed to Residential (perhaps using a maximum densitycategory). The community also recommends that the RuralResidential zoned land in the Hayden Place, Oakfi elds, Teviotsand Thistlefields subdivisions and all currently zoned RuralResidential land within the urban town boundary, be rezonedto Residential as well.The 21.5 ha of land down Amberley Beach / Double CornerRoads is currently included in the existing urban townboundary. Participants in the concept planning processeliminated this area turning it back to Rural Zone. On thefollowing concept map this area has been left for the timebeing, However the community have made it quite clearthat this is not the direction that they would like to see thetownship expanded to in the first instance.Page 20


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanDOES RE-ZONING AUTOMATICALLY MEAN DEVELOPMENT?The short answer is “no”.The council can go through the process to change theDistrict Plan, however only the land owners can choose togo to the expense and substantive process of subdivision.The owners of newly designated land may not wish to breaktheir land up for residential development, and this would betheir choice. The same applies for the proposed commercial/ industrial area; it would be up to the landowners as to whatsize lots this would be broken down to and the time framefor doing so - if in fact they chose to do so at all.However, in noting this, there has been an indication fromsome of the landowners affected by the proposed changes tothe possible new South-East expansion that they would bevery willing to consider future subdivision development.DECISIONS /IMPLEMENTATION PLANINDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL LAND / TRANSFER STATIONAs a result of the consultation process the Ward Committeeagreed to seek to change the designation of the southernside of Courage Road (to Ravensdown) from residential backto its former designation of industrial zoning. This area wasthe preferred area identified by the community, however asthe area is quite small the Ward Committee will continue tolook for other options as well.Courage Road redesignation decision to be basis for initiatingchange process to the District PlanWard Committee to investigate location options for future“industrial Park” type areaIt was also agreed that transfer station and recyclingcentre be relocated off the main road/town centre.Options for a new location will be explored concurrentlywith exploring options for a new industrial/commerciallocation.The Council has set up a working group to look intofurther. rRESIDENTIAL V RURAL RESIDENTIALPage 21thisThe Ward Committee agreed that the majority of thearea within the current urban boundary should be zonedresidential. The exception to this is the area to the east ofOakfi eld / west of Double Corner Road, this will remainrural-residential.This means that areas such as Hayden Pl, Thistlefi elds, CedarPl and Oakfields are proposed to be re-zoned to residentialIn addition, it is was agreed to include the Teviots and thesurrounding area in the south-east of the township (infi llingbehind Seadown Cr) in the urban boundary (residentialzone) and to extend this further with a south-east ruralresidential‘buffer’ zone.It was also agreed that a ‘maximum density’ should apply to allnew developments and that this would need to investigatedby the Council Planning Department as to how it couldwork.The north-east hill area identifi ed for potential futuredevelopment has not been included in current rezoningproposals. This is mainly due to the sufficient amount of “landbank” already being created by the current proposals. Thehillside expansion proposal has therefore been “put aside”for future consideation.Decision to be basis for initiating change process to theDistrict Plan.TOWN CENTRE ZONINGThe Ward Committee agreed that a “Central Business Area”was important to the future growth of the town, and thatsome zoning classifications were not consistent or helpfulfor the businesses operating currently. It was agreed that thisissue be looked into by the Coucil Planning Department.Gather more information before initiating a change process tothe District Plan.URBAN BOUNDARY & GROWTH MANAGEMENTThe Ward Committee agreed that it is important to manageand plan for growth. By implementing a new extended townboundary and allowing for a mix of residential and ruralresidentialsections, it is hoped this will meet the needs ofthe township for many years to come.It was also decided that more needed to be done in a holisticway to protect the changing face of the town particularlywith regards to relocatable houses and cul-de-sacs.It was agreed that this issue be looked into by the CouncilPlanning Department.Liaison with Planning DepartmentPOSSIBLE NEW ZONING AREAS MAPIs included on the following page.


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanPOSSIBLE FUTURE ZONINGPage 22


Amberley Draft Concept Development Plan(2) MAIN ROADThe main street of Amberley, Carters Road, has been thesubject of concern to local residents for quite some time.The issues raised involve both pedestrian, cycle and vehiclesafety and are usually in regard to either unsafe parkingmethods employed outside shops or difficulties safelycrossing the main road.Over the years many suggestions have been voiced includingtraffi c lights, a round-about and/or zebra crossing. Thediffi culty with all of these “logical” suggestions is that theroad is a State Highway; owned and operated by Transit NZand subject to their rules and policies.The concept planning process asked for suggestions to assistwith these issues but still to be within Transit’s regulations.The most popular idea was a pedestrian under or overpasshowever the economic reality of such a constructionmade this infeasible. Another idea involved variations onredesigning the road with a solid (planted) median strip.The Council commissioned OPUS to produce a set ofthree drawings showing draft scheme plans and typicalcross sections. These were consulted on, however the WardCommittee agreed with submitters that a better optionwould be to install a “service lane” outside the supermarketshopping area and add more pedestrian refuges.DECISIONS /IMPLEMENTATION PLANAs a result of the consultation process the Ward Committeeagreed to set up a working group to urgently look intosolving or at least minimising these safety issuesIn order to be an effective working party the membershipnumber has deliberately been kept low, however expertadvice and stakeholder opinion will be sought throughout theproject.This group will have its first meeting in early June 2005Working Group set-up consisting of representatives from theAmberley Ward Committee/Hurunui Road Safety Committee,Ward Councillors, Transit New Zealand, Council Engineeringstaff.2005 Membership• Julie Coster (AWC/HRSC)• Cr Russell Black• Cr Andrew Smart• Bruce Yates (HDC)• Alex Cooke (HDC)Another strong feeling coming through in the feedback onthe Draft Plan was the need to incorporate cycle lanes.Page 23


Amberley Draft Concept Development Plan(3) THE PAVILIONThe community involved in the Concept Planning processidentifi ed the need to upgrade the Pavilion in order to makethis both a more modern and more usable facility.In the current council budget $160,000 has been identifiedand allowed for improvements (includes $37,000 fromdevelopment contributions). It was proposed to spread thisexpenditure over three years. Some of the items identifiedthat these funds may be used towards could include:• Lining the ceiling to improve sound & insulation• Replacing the plastic “windows”• Replacing the wall linings• Construction of a permanent stage• Heating improvements• Double doors at the top end (false panel, smallerdoor)• Toilets - painting walls & floor, lights replaced• Kitchen - painting, bench top needs cutting back• Additional zip for kitchenThe Amberley Youth Group have also requested that theirgoal to have a dedicated space available for their use (YouthCDECISIONS /IMPLEMENTATION PLANAs a result of the consultation process the Ward Committeeagreed that the Amberley Hall & Reserve Committee betasked with progressing this project, taking into considerationthe community’s opinion as part of budget and developmentproposals.Decisions to be refl ected in the Ward Amenity Plan andHurunui Community PlanThe participants at the November Meeting overwhelminglyagreed that the Pavilion needed to be developed to meetcurrent and future needs. The consensus was to develop astrategic concept plan for improvements to the facility in line(and in a timeframe) with the activities and usage identified.For instance, if concerts and plays continue to be heldhere then an extension to the building to accommodate apermanent stage (and a growing population) may need tobe considered. If smaller groups would like to utilise thebuilding for their activities then partitions etc may need to beincluded in a re-design.Page 24


Amberley Draft Concept Development Plan(4) TOWNSCAPINGThissection has combined the previously seperatedareas of:• Townscaping• Town Entrances- safety- aesthetics• Public Art• Walkways• Boer War MemorialA townscape is the product of all of the visible elements of atown and the way in which these elements are put togetherA town that is aesthetically pleasing and practical to live andwork in, with a strong sense of community life, will attractpeople. Improved townscaping can lead to rejuvenatedconfi dence and economic well-being in the townTownscaping improvements can be made in many differentareas. Street works could include footpath improvements,improved shade tree provision, traffic management, improvedparks and areas of public open space, public art, shopfrontsand parking areas.Community involvement is central to a townscapingprogramme and ensures that each project is relevant tothat community. This helps to focus the community and canhelp those who wish to enhance specific areas or streets, orprotect the character and identity of the town.Townscaping helps to identify, support and enhance localcharacter, therefore it strengthens and enhances theeconomic activities of the district, including service industries,primary and secondary production and tourism.A townscape programme emphasises the need to clarifyand focus the reasoning behind “beautifi cation projects”.For instance, roses in a public car park may look good,smell good and improve the amenity of the car park, butcarrying a plastic shopping bag too near a rose bush couldbe disastrous. Equally a shopper carrying children will notappreciate being entangled in rose bushes. And of courseparking under the shade provided by a rose bush is difficult.The planning process identified the following areas as beingimportant aspects to include in townscaping plans:Town EntrancesAn entrance to a town is its “front door” and the initialgesture of welcome. It is like a well-hung gate or a neatlytrimmed hedge in front of a well kept home. The entranceto a town should reflect the care and quality of theenvironment withinThroughout the Concept Planning Process the publicoften expressed a dissatisfaction with the lack of welcomeor “sense of arrival” at both the northern and southernentrances.The two most common issues identified were:(1) signage - not being welcoming or attractive, apopulation sign inaccurate(2) speed limits - safety concernsSuggestions included:• Erecting entrance signs and distinctive plantings tocreate a sense of arrival when travelling through boththe Northern and Southern gateways• Changing both of the 70km areas to 50km, or at aminimum, extending the 50km areas further back (atleast to Osbournes Road in the North, and GraysRoad to the South) before the 70km area starts.• The Council to purchase a permanently placed SpeedCamera to act as a deterrent with revenue used tooffset costs.• Using planted road-narrowing “thresholds” (inconjunction with welcome signs) to slow traffi c downnaturally.Ab AmberleyWl Welcomes You!Page 25


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanPublic Art“It is a question of boring versus interesting, of meannessversus courage”Margaret Drabble, A Vision of the Real City, 1991.Public art takes many forms and crosses a variety of media.Public art can help create quality urban environments byengaging directly and enriching public spaces in a creative andinnovative way.Fundamental to this activity is recognition that public art can:• Create character and identity by reinforcing a sense ofplace.• Encourage a sense of ownership.• Make the most of resources and investment in thetownship by accessing a variety of funding sources.Public art is the integration of work by artists andcraftspeople into public buildings and spaces. Some publicart opportunities are the result of private developmentsand some result from larger scale public realm regenerationprojects.Warren Thompson’s The Grandmothers statues and thebronze Charles Upham Statue outside the Council officesare Amberley’s most prominent examples of public art.Public art has been shown to be a successful tool for leveringa variety of funding and creating opportunities for economicinvestment.Although public art has been identified as having a key roleto play in development plans for residential zones, the towncentre will be the important focus for activity. Opportunitiesexist for public art to contribute to the improvement ofthe town centre and to enhance the image of Amberley as avibrant, happening place.The Concept Planning process identified that Public Artwithin the town centre needs careful management in orderto enhance, rather than confuse, the identity of Amberley.In particular, the emphasis should be upon fully-integratedpieces of design/artwork which add quality to the overallprocess of the development. Co-ordination needs to takeplace between individual projects to ensure “the big picture”is maintained.Suggestions included:• the development of a walkway “art trail”. Such aventure could potentially achieve a national or eveninternational profi le.• ‘themed’ murals throughout the township.• “art” lighting or an entrance feature.• “rural” sculptures in the town centrePage 26


Walkways & Green SpaceAmberley Draft Concept Development PlanOne of the visions participants have for Amberley is fora wide selection of parks and greenspaces interminglingpleasantly with the urban fabric of town and a well usedsystem of interconnected walkways enjoyed by walkers,and cyclists which connect the residential areas, school,parks, shops and town centre, as well as stretching into thesurrounding countryside.Suggestions included:• Creating interconnecting walkways through newsubdivision developments to create ‘loops’ andcorridors away from the main road.• Upgrading current walkways with plantings andsignage.• Encouraging awareness and utilisation of existingwalkways• Developing walkways to connect to other establishedwalking attractions eg Amberley Beach and the KowaiTrack• Developing community parks in the North East partof town.Some of the issues identified in developing large-scalewalkway proposals include:• Most of Amberley township infrastructure is alreadydeveloped thus limiting opportunities for creating new(green) walkways.• Walkways to join existing outlying walking trackswould involve using private property, unless thewalkways were on the road reserve• Establishing a new park in the North-East wouldrequire the purchase of private landPage 27


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanBoer War MemorialThe relocation of the Boer War Monument was proposedlate in the concept planning process as a secondary issuearrising out of the initial identification of an intersection witha perceived traffic safety concern (Markham St / Douglas Rdintersection.)The main concerns initially raised were in regard to vehiclescrossing Douglas Road from Ropley Street which appearedto become confused and enter the left (exit) lane ofMarkham Street. Throughout the planning process however,it became apparent that although the perception held bysome that this is a “dangerous” intersection, there were infact no reports of any accidents, and the issues thereforewere more to do with the ‘potential’ for accidents and thatthe island / intersection was not attractive and could beplanted etc to improve the aesthetics of the corner.During the process the intersection issue was relegateddown in priortisation, however, the relocation of thememorial rose up the ranks. Many from the communityincluding representatives of the RSA felt that the memorialis not in the best place and it would be more appropriate tohave it located in a more prominent position.Suggestions included:• There is also anecdotal reports that a light, that is inChamberlain Park beside Cob Cottage, used to bea part of the monument. It has been proposed thatif this in fact the case, then it would good to marrythem back up again at the Chamberlain Park site.• Move the memorial to the Domain, particularly if thePavilion were to be upgraded as a more suitable hallfor holding Anzac Services etc.DECISIONS /IMPLEMENTATION PLANAs a result of the consultation process the Ward Committeeagreed to set up a steering group that would be responsiblefor coordination and communication about differenttownscaping projects throughout Amberley. Its role wouldnot necessarily be to deal with the mechanics of individualprojects (sub-committees could be formed) but to provideactive support and to offer a strategic overview. Thisgroup would also consider key project proposals, developfunding strategies, and would take responsibility for makingrecommendations on a project-by-project basis back to theWard Committee.The steering group would be made up from representativesfrom the Ward Committee as well as interested membersof the public. A council staffmember would not be on thecommittee, but staff will be available in an advisory role asrequired.It is important that the community has input into each of theprojects, thus sub-committee membership will be decided ona project-by-project basis.Steering Group to consisting of representatives from theAmberley Ward Committee and the community2005 Ward Committee Representatives• Julie Coster• Kevin Brookfi eld• Peter CarmichaelPage 28


Amberley Draft Concept Development Plan(5) AMBERLEYSWIMMING POOLDepending on who you are speaking to, the AmberleySwimming Pool is either one of the community’s greatestassets or biggest millstones!Currently the pool is open November to March and collectsa revenue of around $10,000. The operating costs for thisperiod of time is $40,000 , and the shortfall is funded bythe Amberley Ward Amenity Rates costing each propertyapproximately $18 per year.The pool was enclosed and covered with a plastic roofstructure in 1997 this cost $180,000 and was funded by$30,000 from Lotteries, $10,000 from the general rate and$140,000 from the Amberley Land Subdivision Account.The pool is used by both the community and as a learn-toswimfacility by Amberley School. It is not heated.As the pool was built at a time when waterproofingtechniques were not in place, the pool leaks which results ina moderate level of water (and chemical) loss each day.There has been strong feedback from the communityregarding the swimming pool. The majority of opinionreceived indicates a desire for a new pool facility that isheated, covered and available for year-round use.If the pool was to be opened year-round then the operatingcosts would increase significantly as would the subsidy paidby Amberley Ward ratepayers. Heating of pools, especially inwinter is extremely expensive. Solar heating would still needsupplementary heating during two thirds of the year. Winteris also a time where attendance numbers also naturallydecline causing further losses to revenue.Any future swimming pool constructed would have tocomply with new standards which require learner / children’spools to be constructed separate from the laned pool (asopposed to the old “shallow-end for the kids” traditional singlemodel).A cost indication for constructing a new facility can begleaned by comparison with figures from WaimakaririDistrict Council regarding the new Oxford Pool. Figuresare based on a heated 25 metre, 4 lane training pool and aseparate heated learner pool (as per new standards) and newchanging facilities. The new facility is proposed to be startedfrom scratch, as the current 20-year-old unheated, uncoveredpool is considered to be at the end of it’s use-by date. 2003estimates put construction costs for this swimming poolat $1.6 million, however the escalated building rates wouldprobably put this figure well in excess of $2 million dollars.A proposed new swimming pool facility for Rangiora includesan 8-10 lane training pool at an estimated cost (2003) of $4.5million.Page 29


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanTo fund $2 million using Amberley Ward Amenity Rates,would cost $124 per rateable property per year for twentyyears. This is for capital costs only, and does not factor in theassociated increased maintenance / running costs.The Waimakariri District Council estimate the associatedannual running costs at 25% of capital. Thus annual costsusing this formula could be expected to be approximately$500,000. We believe this fi gure could be reduced to around$300,000, and income could realistically increase to $25,000.To fund this predicted annual shortfall would cost AmberleyWard approximately $170 per rateable property per year.The participants at the December public meeting agreedthat although a new swimming would be great they couldnot justify the increase in rates that providing such a facilitywould cause. There was agreement that this be consideredagain in the future when an increased population size madethe economies to scale more affordable.DECISIONS /IMPLEMENTATION PLANSince the December meeting a community group hasorganised themselves to explore the option of raising thefunds externally to build a new facility and to act as a projectadvocate.However, although this would take care of the capital cost,the running costs would still fall to the Ward.The Ward Committee have therefore requested furtherinformation from this group in the form of a scoping/feasibility proposal.The key information requested include:s• Identification of the the real need for swimmingfacilities in Amberley (based on both current and futureprojections).• A threat analysis including impact of current facilitiesprovided in Kaiapoi and proposed for Rangiora• Detailed running costs projectionsIn considering the proposal the Ward Committee will informand involve the greater community, including providing allpotential financial implications (resultant rating effects etc) inorder to gauge community opinion before making any fi nalPage 30


Amberley Draft Concept Development Plan(6) YOUTH CENTREThe number one priority of the youth participants involvedin the Concept Development process was to establish aYouth Centre.These young people felt that there was a need for adedicated safe place for teenagers to ‘hang-out’ locally,particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. This wasconsidered particularly important, given the lack of publictransport, for those who were too young to have drivinglicences or had no access to a vehicle in order to travel to“entertainment”.The Amberley Youth Group was formed at the end ofMay, 2004 as an independent non-political, secular grouporganised by teenagers for teenagers. This group requested(successfully) to have one of their members as a youthrepresentative on the Amberley Ward Committee. The YouthGroup are exploring and assessing options for a dedicatedYouth Centre.Options identified:• Conversion of part of the Pavilion• The Scout Hall in Chamberlain Park• The Council owned building on the corner of PoundStreet and Carters Road (ex Craft Shop)• New (or relocated) building to Domain, SeadownCrescent Park, Chamberlain Park, rear of new Libraryor other suitable location.continue to work through all options however, bringingproposals back to the Amberley Ward Committee and theCommunity as appropriate.The Youth Group is very open to further suggestions andoffers of sponsorship, funding and support.DECISIONS /IMPLEMENTATION PLANThe original youth group has changed considerably in itsmake-up since inception, this is mostly due to the high turnoverof Year 13 (7th Form) students that left this year fortertiary education, OE or work opportunities.The group is finding it quite diffi cult to maintain enthusiasmand momentum in the face of such drastic changes to theircomposition particularly without the support of a coordinatoror advocate.The Ward Committee have agreed to cover the cost of hall/room hire for the group to hold their meetingsThe Amberley Youth Group currently favours building theirown space (their preference is to be included in any Pavilionupgrade or community centre/town hall proposal), and arelooking at fund-raising options towards this goal. They willPage 31


Amberley Draft Concept Development Plan(7)THEME / BRANDINGWHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BRAND A COMMUNITY?Through strategic economic development plans, acommunity/town should work to portray one commonimage. This image, called a brand, should be reiteratedthroughout the community/town. The local amenities, retailstores, cafes and even schools should portray the brandconsistently. Everything that the community/town does can,and should, contribute to the brand. Much like Rotorua iscorrelated with boiling mud, bungy jumping is thought ofwhen Queenstown is mentioned, and art deco is associatedwith Napier, branding should identify a community, town,or district. Many communities/regions attempt to brandthemselves but do not have the support of all sectors. Inorder for branding to be successful, everyone needs to be onboard.At the public meetings, the discussions on a theme / brandfor Amberley mainly focussed around the following threetopics:RETREAT LIFESTYLEThe benefi ts of country style living with the bonus ofvillage amenities within a commutable distance fromChristchurch.- The air is cleaner, the temperature and sunshine hoursgreater- Friendly people – village community- Facilities available such as medical, banking and avariety of shops as well as many service, recreation &sporting clubs- Prosperous area with opportunities for businessdevelopmentA TOUCH OF CLASSCafé & vineyard culture with the highest quality offeringswithin a commutable distance from Christchurch.- The valley from Amberley to Waipara offers premiumconditions for growing fi rst-class quality grapesand olives. With high sunshine hours, gentle northfacing slopes and a wide range of soils, the WaiparaValley produces wines with unique and individualcharacteristics- Many superlative café, wineries and eateries offerexceptional dining experiences- Local produce is well utilised in fare offered – withopportunities to extend range- ‘boutique’ shoppingGATEWAY TO EVERYTHINGA wide range of activities, places to stay and ruralexperiences all within a short distance- Well positioned between Kaiköura, Hanmer Springs,Christchurch and the West Coast, Amberley is wellpositioned as the gateway to the Hurunui district (theplayground for Canterbury.)- Outdoor activities, lakes, beaches, mountains, rivers,forests, award winning vineyards & cafes, a variety ofaccommodation, the thermal reserve, vintage railway,fi shing, kayaking, horse riding, 4WD, rafting, skiing,motor X, tramping, shopping, …PROPOSED PLANSome very good suggestions have already been madeincluding Amberley School’s idea:“Lifestyle choice...choice lifestyle!”The way forward on this, suggested at the earlier publicmeetings, is to hold a competition inviting the public toidentify our brand.DECISIONS /IMPLEMENTATION PLANThe Ward Committee agreed that the best group to look atsuch a proposal would be the Amberley Leithfi eld PromotionAssociation (ALPA) in conjunction with the Council TourismDepartment.2005 Ward Committee / ALPA Liaison• Kevin Brookfi eldPage 32


(8) VISITOR INFORMATIONCENTREMany Concept Planning participants identified the need formore a visible and accessible visitor information service forAmberley in order to both extend and improve assistance totourists and to heighten opportunities for the community tobenefit from tourists’ spending.Currently the council reception area carries brochuresand information for the local area, the greater Hurunuiand Kaikoura areas, and reception staff are able to provideassistance and make bookings for tourists (either directly orthrough the more extensive services offered via the HanmerSprings Visitor Information Centre), but services such as‘hot-mail’ access etc. commonly expected by today’s touristsare not available at the offices but are available at the locallibrary.The services offered in Amberley are limited to the fivedays that the council offices are open. Recently the visitor“i” sign at the front of the premises was removed in orderto reduce the numbers of visitors coming to the receptionarea as providing this additional service has conflicted withthe customer needs of ratepayers and residents. The frontcounter staff have had complaints that tourists are taking upall of their time whilst ratepayers wait to be attended. Thereis no current budget to employ a staff member to worksolely in the information area.Amberley Draft Concept Development Plan• Dedicated area in the new District LibraryThe new library’s central location, internet/emailservices, six-day opening hours, and accepted role as aprovider of information, made it a popular option• Fund a dedicated staff memberUse Amenity rates to fund a dedicated staff memberin the reception area of the council• Local business to provide the serviceLocal seven-day business may be willing to providethis serviceDECISIONS /IMPLEMENTATION PLANThe Ward Committee agreed that the best group to lookfor a solution would be the Amberley Leithfield PromotionAssociation (ALPA) in conjunction with the Council Tourism& District Promotion Department and Enterprise NorthCanterbury.2005 Ward Committee / ALPA Liaison• Kevin Brookfi eldSuggested options include:• Purpose built information “kiosk”A centrally located, main road building offering a fullrange of services.It was felt that this service could potentially beprovided by using volunteers to reduce the costs.Page 33


Amberley Draft Concept Development Plan(9) COMMUNITY CENTRE /TOWN HALLThe community involved in the concept planning processfelt that there has long been a need for a modern,community hall in Amberley, with current facilitiesinadequate. It is believed that the demolition of the RSApremises to make way for the new District Library willadd to this even further.The concept for a new multi-use facility refl ects thecommunity’s vision for a vibrant, attractive town centrethat is the social and cultural centre of the community.Participants believe that a new community centre / townhall will form a vital part of the development of the town,by offering a venue that has the flexibility to cater for a widerange of events, from social functions such as weddings,and dinners to performances, conferences and meetings,providing a gathering place for young and old alike to developtheir skills and share their talents with others.It is also felt that such a facility could unlock the potentialof Amberley’s town centre development and contribute toa renewal of ‘sense of community’, both physical and social,supporting community development and providing a focusfor community activities.Community suggestions included:• Building a new facility to the rear of the new libraryor purchase the panel beater’s site• Building a new facility to the rear of the Counciloffi ces.• Relocating the Recycling / Transfer Station facilitiesand building a new facility there.• Upgrade the Pavilion to become the CommunityCentreThe Pavilion is approximately 500sqm and the new Library600sqm, it is envisaged a new facility would need to be of thissize as well.A new building of this size built with today’s dollars wouldbe expected to cost $1.7 million - $2 million. This does notinclude land purchase.The cost to Amberley Ratepayer’s for building costs of$2,000,000 would be $124 per rateable property per yearfor 20 years. In addition operational costs and overheadswould be expected to cost $25-30,000 p/a. This would addan additional $15-20 per year, per rateable property.DECISIONS /IMPLEMENTATIONPLANThe participants at the NovemberPublic Meeting concluded that asmuch as they would like a new facility,that the financial outlay simply couldnot be justifi ed by the current limitedrate-base. The meeting participantsoverwhelmingly agreed that it mademore sense to upgrade the existingfacility (The Pavilion) to incorporatesome of the features desired in anew building, and to ‘shelve’ plans fora new facility until such time that thepopulation became large enough tojustify the cost.Page 34


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanLOWER PRIORITIESThissection has combined the projects that rankedat less than 2%. In the future as the higher prioritisedprojects are achieved then these lower ranked projectswill be re evaluated:• Public Passenger Transport• Community Liaison / Youth Worker• Festivals & Community Events• Design StandardsPublic Passenger TransportPublic passenger transport is an effective means of travel formany travellers. Where there is a good network of servicespublic passenger transport can offer a cost-effective optionfor many trips.Public passenger transport provides an important socialfunction by improving the ability of those without a privatemotor vehicle to access the services they need. Privatecoaches, buses, shuttles and trains operate public services,thereby forming connections between districts and manyurban areas within the region and to surrounding regions.Outside the main urban areas, community and volunteergroups involved in bus service provision provide a valuablecontribution. Similarly, school buses provide important linksto education services in many areas.Amberley is extremely fortunate to have the services of acommunity bus with its dedicated force of volunteer drivers.Throughout the concept planning process however, it wasidentifi ed that a regular public passenger transport servicewas becomming necessary.Three main reasons were cited:(1) Economic Growth - the development of the townPage 35includes attracting city commuters who will belooking for public passenger transport options(2) Environmental - concerns over the increasednumber of single-occupant vehicles travelling inand out of Christchurch each day and the effectthis fuel consumption and pollution has on theenvironment.(3) Lifestyle - People, particularly young folk, weredisatisfied with a lack of opportunity to attendsocial, cultural and sporting activities in the city,especially evenings and weekends unless usingprivate transport.Environment Canterbury (Ecan), has responsibilities in bothregional land transport and public passenger transport. Itoversees the provision of suburban bus services throughthe Regional Passenger Transport Plan. The purpose of theplan is to provide guidance to Ecan for the provision ofpublic passenger transport services consistent with its goalof supporting the greater use of public passenger transportservices and providing for the needs of the transportdisadvantaged.Ecan currently provide a seven day service from Christchurchto Rangiora which travels via Woodend and Kaiapoi. Thisservice is regularly under review regarding usage V economicviability (particularly weekends).Suggestions included:• Approaching all commercial bus and shuttleoperations that travel through Amberley toChristchurch and investigating options.• Requesting Ecan extend some of its NorthCanterbury services further to include Amberley• Look at utilising the community bus / van as aconnecter to the Woodend or Rangiora services.• Discuss possible rail passenger options with Toll NZ


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanCommunity Liaison / Youth WorkerCommunity Partnerships have been identified as animportant goal. Participants in the planning process recognisethat a safe, secure and inclusive community depends onencouraging local people to become more involved in the lifeof their community.One of the most popular suggestions made to achieve thiswas for the (paid) appointment of a Community Liaison /Youth Worker to help to deliver the vision of communitiesworking together to make a difference. This personwould be instrumental in the planning and development ofcommunity and cultural services, activities and facilities (thatall combine to enhance the social aspects of life in Amberley).The objectives/key tasks identified for such a position• To help stimulate community development andregeneration• To liaise and consult with Council departments toensure an integrated planning approach to the deliveryof services to Youth, Community Projects and Sportand Recreation when appropriate.• To fi nd innovative ways to encourage young people tobe involved in the community• To provide a reference point for community groups• To facilitate and review community projects• To assist with the running of a Youth Centre and YouthDrop-in programme• To develop and promote use of the Pavillion,and other recreation facilities targeted to meetcommunity needs• To develop and implement Community SafetyStrategies• Undertake research as required with regardto applying for grants and other information asrequested.There are three main issues that would need to be addressedin creating such a position:• How would the position be funded?• Who would be this person’s employer (and whowould they report to)?• Who would decide the job description / keyperformance areasThe funding of such a position could come from eitheramenity rates or from fund-raising grants (or a mixture ofboth). To fund a 20 hour a week position, salary costs wouldbe in the vicinity of $20,000 per year. Overheads couldeffectively double this. funded from amenity rates, this wouldcost Amberley Ward Ratepayers approximately $30 perproperty per yearPage 36


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanFestivals & Community EventsIt was recognized that Amberley needs to reinforce itsidentity as a community through deliberate practices andthat engagement in community-building practices should takeplace frequently to strengthen this “sense of community”.The organising of community gatherings and festivals bringsthe community as a whole together to bask in fun, affi rmingactivities that celebrate and champion the local identity,heritage and traditions, and spurs collaboration, stimulatespride, and provides opportunities to develop communityleadership.Festival and community events are among the fastest growingtypes of tourism attractions. However, because of theproliferation and scale of some of these events, it has beenrecommended that festival and special events constituteone of three major categories of attractions. As such, festivaland special events can complement the other two majorcategories: ambient attractions, such as climate, scenery,rural culture, hospitality; and permanent attractions, suchas the Cob Cottage in Chamberlain Park, the Pavilion andDomain, “the Grandmothers”, and the new District Library.There is considerable evidence supporting the buildingand strengthening relationships within a community withsuccessful festivals and community events. First, local leaders,as the “spark plugs” and the “movers and shakers,” providethe driving force for event success. They provide leadership,get other individuals actively involved in meaningful roles, andcoordinate activities of different organizations and agencies.As volunteers working with volunteers, such leadersunselfi shly work on key committees throughout the year,up-front and behind-the-scenes. The result of this process ofoverall building and strengthening relationships can be a deepand expanding ownership of a festival or special event by allmembers of a community.Second, the long-term success of such events is likely todepend on the extent to which these events identify andrespond not only to needs and wants of visitors, but also tothose of community residents. To be successful with suchefforts takes creativity and a strong community spirit. Abroad base of community mix keeps the ownership of theevent diverse, and it keeps the management team in touchwith everyone’s vision for the event. Jointly developed plans,approaches, and shared goals enrich the impact of a festivalor special event as an agent for community empowerment.Such cooperative and collaborative enterprises can buildtrust and ownership and create all kinds of meaningfulrelationships within a community. By developing place-rootedcommunity themes and celebrations based on the localphysical features and sociocultural characteristics, communityidentity and pride can also be strengthened.Third, establishing and marketing a public image and eventidentity is crucial to long-term and continued success.Leadership, along with public and private partnerships,marketing strategies, and a dedicated and interestedcommunity base, will strengthen community relationships andguarantee a festival or special event’s continued success andgrowth.At a wider level, building and strengthening relationships withother communities in a particular region becomes important,especially in terms of coordinating a variety of eventsthroughout the region. Communities in a region can createa tourist destination by joining together to present visitorswith a package of different tourist activities, attractions, andexperiences.FESTIVAL & EVENTS SUGGESTED• Music events – local / school bands at the Pavilion• Music Festival - utilize local farms and use marqueesfor event• Harvest Festival• Wine & Hospitality themed festival• Winter Festival• Surfi ng Competition• Beach Gala Day at Ashworths Beach• Beach Volleyball event• Outdoor movies projected on screen at the Domain(Summer evenings)• Endurance eventPage 37


Amberley Draft Concept Development PlanAmberley Draft Concept Development PlanDesign StandardsCurrently there are very few limits on design standards inAmberley. Most people will be aware that many years agothe Hanmer Springs Community requested what are nowstatutory design standards for the village. These standardsare broken into General Standards, Colonial Residential Area,Terrace Residential Area, and Business Zone. Standards coverthings such as dwelling frontages (including setback), colourpalette for walls, roof and trim, cladding materials, roofpitch, maximum height etc. Such restrictions do not preventrelocatable houses being re-sited to the area (in fact severalhouses are relocated each year), but these houses need tomeet the same design standards as new houses.In order to go through a process to change the District Planthere have to be compelling reasons, legally, to do so. HanmerSprings has been able to use its “Alpine Character” as legalgrounds for setting standards such as limits on paint colouretc. Amberley does not have such character and it would bedifficult under the RMA to make such a case.There could be grounds regarding the amenity value of thetownship to enact standards such as 70% exterior claddingmust be the same material and colour. This would be usefulfor regulating issues regarding “joined-up” relocatables.The same rule would however, apply to ALL housing - new,existing and relocatables; it could be a case of ‘be carefulwhat you wish for...’The main area of concern expressed was concerned with“sub-standard” relocatable housing within the township, Allrelocatable houses need a Resource Consent and councilofficers in granting this can impose conditions that relate todesign and appearance and landscape treatment or screening.Ensuring that the consenting officer imposes stringentenough conditions for consent would be considerably moreachievable than changing the District Plan.Page 38


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