Key projects and initiatives
Check our the key projects below and other initiatives in our long term plan.
Key projects in our long term plan
Major projects we’ll be implementing through our long term plan include the following.
45-year prioritised stormwater programme
With more than a quarter of Kāpiti properties at risk of being flooded, our approach to stormwater flood risks is important for residents, and impacts on the quality of our waterways. Since 2015 we have done a districtwide investigation and developed a 45-year prioritised programme that will see us focus first on protecting properties where homes are at risk of flooding above floor level. Before adopting this new approach, we sought feedback from our community during our long term plan consultation.
Paraparaumu and Waikanae town centres
We’re using the opportunities created by the Kāpiti Expressway to transform and improve the Paraparaumu and Waikanae town centres. Our goal is to create vibrant and thriving town centres that are easily accessible, attract locals, visitors and investment, and reflect the unique flavour of each town’s centre. Our three-year focus will be work associated with making SH1 a local road, with incremental improvements and town centre projects happening alongside SH1 revocation work.
The staged development of Otaraua Park will continue with further drainage of the sports fields in 2018/19 and construction of a utility block and associated services from 2020–22 at an estimated cost of $1.5 million.
We’ll progress work at the park based on our recently-completed management plan with first steps being removal of the pond, relocation of the keyhole basketball court, and building a scooter track and barbeques.
The Paekākāriki seawall requires a major upgrade to continue to protect The Parade and other public infrastructure effectively. The concrete, timber and rock wall is expected to be completed in 2023 at a cost of $17.7m.
Drinking water safety and resilience programme
While the majority of our population is served by a water supply that fully meets the NZ Drinking Water Standards all of the time there are improvements we must make to ensure this is the case for all our drinking water supplies. These include our renewal upgrades for the Waikanae water treatment plant commencing in 2018/19 and upgrades for Ōtaki and Hautere supplies over the next four years.
LED streetlight upgrade
We took up the NZ Transport Agency’s offer of a higher funding rate (85%) during the 2015–18 period and started the LED conversion programme in the 2017/18 year. All streetlights in the district will be converted to LED lights by 2019/20, leading to significant energy cost savings and reduced carbon emissions.
Improving our footpaths
We will gradually increase the footpath budget to improve the condition of our footpaths. The NZ Transport Agency will now subsidise our footpath budgets, which will further increase our ability to deliver on the community’s expectations on footpaths and increase safety.
In addition to our major projects, we’ll be delivering on a host of smaller initiatives across the district. Many of these were raised through our consultation process by Community Boards, groups or Kāpiti people.
Across our district:
Coastal hazards and climate change – community engagement will commence from 2018/19, in order to inform our future policies and strategies
Housing – in 2018/19 we’ll investigate options for Council’s role influencing housing issues
Kerbside waste collection – while there are no plans to re-establish a Council kerbside collection service, the Mayor will have a discussion with the community on waste management and minimisation
Stormwater monitoring for effects on mahinga kai and Māori customary use – two year programme to be funded
Wastewater treatment plant – reconsenting of discharges and process renewals
Swimming lessons – through schools, arrange for spare places in existing swimming lessons to be offered to children in need
Paekākāriki initiatives – the speed limits review planned for early 2019 will also consider options such as traffic calming
Kāpiti Island gateway – we’ll investigate the viability of a gateway over the next three years and identify concepts that could feature in our next long term plan.
Raumati initiatives – we will investigate safety and footpath improvements alongside the upcoming speed limit review
Wharemauku block wall – Strengthening of the block wall built following storm damage in 2016 is now planned to be undertaken in 2018/19.
Mahara Gallery - The gallery will have its footprint extended to take over the current Waikanae public toilets space on the western side of the building, subject to the Mahara Gallery Trust completing their fundraising.
Waikanae emergency rail access - planned for construction in the 2018/19 to provide emergency vehicles with access to Waikanae East when the rail crossing at Elizabeth Street is temporarily blocked or closed.
Waikanae East connection – we will investigate options for a link road within the next two years
Reikorangi Hall – Funding will be reallocated to address accessibility and minor upgrades
Ōtaki College gymnasium – subject to a suitable agreement between the Council, the College and the Ministry of Education, the Council will fund $50,000 per year for six years from 2019/20 towards the refurbishment
Ōtaki library – feasibility of an additional toilet at the library to be investigated, with funding for installation budgeted.
See full details on our long term plan 2018-38.
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