Our Place Milton Community Plan

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2 November 2017

Councillors have agreed on the next steps for the Our Place Milton Community Plan projects.

Following their September decision about key project groupings (based on the community's feedback), staff were instructed to bring back for Council approval the detail of the projects including the scope,  structure, parameters, trigger points, resources, timing and responsibilities.  

At today's meeting they agreed on project scopes for the following:
 - Development in and around Milton
 - Walking and cycling
 - Community and visitor facilities 
 - Parks and reserves, including Greater Taylor Park, Moore Park and Fairfax Cemetery.

For projects such as the main street, swimming pool, and Milton Service Centre, Councillors agreed to carry out further work and investigations as part of the 2018 Long Term Plan process, which looks ahead to the next 10 years.  

More information about the project scopes is detailed below.

Obviously, it will take a little time and detailed planning work but working with the community will be key to the success of these ideas. Some of these projects are likely to be community-led rather than Council led. We’d like to encourage anyone who is interested in being part of the process to get in touch with us. For example, perhaps, you’re part of an already established community group that would like to get on board with a certain project.

General Information

The "Our Place Milton" community plan will help determine the projects and priorities for the community, as well as help put Council's Living and Working and Economic Development Strategies into action. The ideas centre on what Council can do with our key facilities and how we can work with the community to make things happen.  

You can read the Our Place Milton Feedback Report here (PDF, 8MB).  In total just under 1,600 comments/pieces of feedback were received.

According to the feedback the top three priority topics were:

  1. Upgrading the public toilets and paving the surrounding area

  2. Working to futureproof pool facilities with a preference for improving the current site.

  3. Upgrading the three main pedestrian crossing AND 3= improving Milton’s southern entrance.

The main Milton topics we gathered feedback on were:

Project Scopes

Milton Main Street

We received feedback about a number of options to consider for improving Milton's main street including undergrounding the power, upgrading Stewart Reserve, upgrading the public toilets, upgrading three main pedestrian crossings, and improving the southern entrance. 
Upgrading the public toilets had the highest ranking of all aspects consulted on. Council has considered this and has identified a budget for inclusion in the LTP 2018/28 for this project. Upgrading the three main pedestrian crossings and improving Milton's southern entrance were third equal. Upgrading the Stewart Reserve area had an overall survey rank of sixth, and undergrounding the powerlines followed at seventh.

This will be a Council-led project

Scope
  • The cost of upgrading the main street including the five specific areas is to be included for consideration as an issue for the 2018/28 Long Term Plan (LTP). Initial estimates put these at $790K for upgrading the three main crossings, $390K for upgrading Stewart Reserve, $490-670K for undergrounding.

  • To be integrated with LTP project for destination toilets in Balclutha and Milton as it impacts on upgrading Stewart Reserve and public toilets and Memorial Park.

  • Stewart Reserve and Memorial Park is integral parts of the main street and as such it is appropriate to consider both these area as part of this project.

  • Develop and implement project arising from LTP 2018/28 decisions.

Parameters
  • Meet the timelines for the LTP process. Council direction towards the financial scope for the project could be considered, as follows:
    • A project budget of $1.5M (preliminary indicative projects could include improving crossings, upgrading Stewart Reserve including CCTV, limited undergrounding of power lines and improving the Southern entrance). Indicative timing would be 2020/21.
    • A project budget of $2M (preliminary indicative projects could include those above and further undergrounding the power lines over an extended length) Indicative timing would be 2020/21.
    • Note this excludes the project budget Council has considered for destination toilets in Milton for LTP consultation (estimated at $550K).
  • Some aspects of the project will be subject to other key stakeholders e.g. businesses, local groups and the NZ Transport Agency.

Milton Swimming Pool

Milton's current pool facility opened in 1967 and become a covered facility in 1984. The changing rooms were rebuilt in 2011 at a cost of around $600,000. Just under $100,000 has been spent recently on repairing cracks and resealing the pool. These unexpected problems and the temporary closure have highlighted the need to discuss the pool's future.
Overall survey ranks placed future-proofing the current pool as the second highest rating aspect asked about, investigating a new pool as eighth, and considering other ownership was the least supported option at ninth. The results of surveying indicated a clear preference for working to future-proof the pool at the current site.

Council will explore further a joint community/Council project.

  • Assets are Council-owned
  • Service is provided by Council
  • The pool is an ongoing cost to Council
  • Consultation has indicated a preference that the facility continues to be Council-owned and operated.

Scope

  • Identification and implementation of any easy wins.
  • Opportunities to enhance the customer experience.
  • Complimentary activities to the Greater Taylor Park Reserve.
  • Cycling and walking linkages.
  • Investigations to future-proof the pool at its current location with three indicative options:
    • Lining the existing pool (with an indicative budget from $150K for a plastic liner to $600K for a stainless steel liner). Indicative timing would be 2021/22.
    • New pool structure using existing roof and changing room (with an indicative budget of $2M). Indicative timing would be 2022/23.
    • New pool complex (with an indicative budget of $2.5 to $3M). Indicative timing would be 2024/25.
Parameters

The 2016/17 operating budget of the Milton Pool was $218K. The existing capital renewal programme informing budgets for the 2018/28 Long Term Plan includes $547K of work, with the most notable being $48K for heat pump replacements, $108K for filtration replacements, and $165K for roof replacements. Additionally there was $65K included in the 2017/18 Annual Plan budget that has been put on hold pending Our Place Milton consultation and subsequent decisions about future pool location.

Project development will determine which of the aspects outlined in the above scope. Expect short term wins in next 3 to 6 months with large projects in the medium to long term that will require specific project plans.

Development in and around Milton

Council has been consulting with landowners in and around the Milton, Milburn and Tokoiti areas about potential rezoning options as part of District Plan changes. This has identified some opportunities, as well as challenges, in how we provide for future growth. We are also faced with flood hazard issues around parts of Milton when thinking about future development.
Survey responses for how important residential development in Milton was fourth equal and how important was it for Council to develop residential land was fifth equal.

Council will explore further a joint commerical/Council project.

Scope

  • Work within the District Plan re-zoning Plan Change process for new residential land.
  • Council currently owns insufficient land available for residential development.
  • Work with any prospective developers to support residential development.
  • Identify opportunities for Council purchase and development of land.
Parameters
  • Council is currently exposed as a result of Plantation Heights and Rosebank Industrial developments until those projects complete and more lots are sold.
  • Any land purchase for development in Milton will need to give careful consideration of the risk and exposure remaining from existing developments.

Walking and Cycling

Walking and cycling are some of our most popular activities. Walkways and cycle trails have been growing in popularity throughout New Zealand and Otago.  Residents were asked to comment on two aspects of this project; an extension of the cycle trail from Lawrence through Milton to Waihola, and walking and cycling linkages within and around Milton. Overall survey rank for the cycle trail extension was fourth equal and a circuit within Milton was fifth equal.

The Lawrence to Waihola cycle trail extension is already a community-led project and is the subject of the Long Term Plan consultation regarding a funding request.  This project therefore focuses on walking and cycling linkage within Milton.

Council-led with community input because:
  • Most of the routes will be on Council-owned land. (Where not applicable, subject to landowner permission).
  • We haven't yet identified a community group interested in progressing this project.
  • There is substantial community support for this project (as per feedback).

    Scope
  • Connections and links as per the route identified in the Our Place Milton consultation document.
  • Considering accessibility to routes for schools.
  • Potential budgets and funding sources.
  • Destination signage.
  • Route and any easements.
  • Construction where required and any facilities on the route.
  • Key crossing points.
  • Identification and implementation of any easy wins.
Parameters
  • Identification and implementation of any easy wins particularly wayfinding
  •  Contribution and 'buy in' by larger local employers for connecting routes.
  • Identification of costs in excess of existing budgets – currently there is no specific budget for this activity.

Greater Taylor Park

Greater Taylor Park is Milton's largest reserve, where a number of the town's key facilities are located including the swimming pool, showgrounds, sportsgrounds, playground and camping ground.
A Council-led project with community support/ partnerships with community groups and individuals where relevant.

Scope

The scope mirrors the opportunities identified in the Milton Reserves Management Plan including:

  • Repairing and repainting existing perimeter fencing including the historic gateways on Milton Highway.
  • Providing more park furniture and a public BBQ close to playground.
  • Tree replacement strategy.
  • Annual Sports day.
  • Installing new gateway entrance to showgrounds/sportgrounds.
  • Establishing pedestrian gateway and access for Taylor Park to SH1 footpath at Salmond Stream bridge.
  • Removing tennis club and integrate space for Dog Park and further planting.
  • Upgrading pedestrian bridge across Salmond Stream.
  • Revocation and sale of portion of reserve as identified in the Milton Reserve Management Plan.
  • Providing an attractive route through the reserve for the proposed future cycleway.
  • Refreshing and introducing fitness equipment around park to create a destination loop for runners.
  • Removing/repairing older playground equipment.
  • Resurfacing carpark and driveway facility.
  • Determining future visitor use including the following options:
    • No longer providing a camping ground facility
    • Providing a camping ground facility for short term occupancy only (e.g. up to 2 week stays)
    • Council continuing to operate the reserve with rates input to cover costs and long term residents are permitted
  • Introducing riparian planting along Salmond Stream.
  • Drinking fountain.
  • Public BBQ.
Parameters
  • Identification and implementation of any easy wins which includes plantings.
  • Existing budget allocation for all of Milton Parks needs to be considered relative to this project ($61K in 2016/17).

Project development will determine which of the aspects outlined in the above scope are short-term (1-3 years) and medium term (3-5 years) as in the Milton Reserves Management Plan.

Moore Park

Moore Park is a destination park that attracts visitors and is a focal point for the community. It features various facilities and amenities that are a credit to the community group and wider community who have driven these projects.  A Community-led project with some Council involvement.

Scope

The scope mirrors the opportunities identified in the Milton Reserves Management Plan including:

  • Opportunities for temporary activities during the summer.
  • Opportunities to close an adjacent street for community market days.
  • Increasing areas for low level native planting in the park.
  • Integrating more seating throughout the park.
  • New feature gateway.
  • Better wayfinding signs from the Main highway to encourage motorists to stop and utilise the facility.
  • New exotic tree planting along Johnston Street.
  • Kids bike safe events with the community.
  • Drinking fountain.
  • Public BBQ.

Parameters

  • Identification and implementation of any easy wins which include seating, plantings and signage.
  • Existing budget allocation for all of Milton Parks needs to be considered relative to this project ($61K in 2016/17).

Project development will determine which of the aspects outlined in the above scope are short-term (1-3 years) and medium term (3-5 years) as in the Milton Reserves Management Plan.

Fairfax Cemetery

Fairfax cemetery was officially established in 1860, prior to Milton becoming a borough and being proclaimed an incorporated township in 1866.  A Council-led project with community support/ partnerships with community groups and individuals where relevant.

Scope

The scope mirrors the opportunities identified in the Milton Reserves Management Plan including:

  • Incorporating seating.
  • New tree planting to create an avenue.
  • Introducing additional signage.
  • Exploring the creation of a heritage trail from the church in Milton to the cemetery.
Parameters
  • Identification and implementation of any easy wins which are seating, plantings and signage.
  • Existing budget allocation for all of Milton cemeteries needs to be considered relative to this project ($26K in 2016/17).

Project development will determine which of the aspects outlined in the above scope are short-term (1-3 years) and medium term (3-5 years) as in the Milton Reserves Management Plan.

Community and Visitor Facilities

Council wanted to know if we've got the right mix of community and visitor facilities in Milton both now and into the future. Thinking about future needs and sustainability, the community was asked you think we are making the most of our facilities in Milton? Have we got the right mix and are we operating them in the best way possible? Council was referring to things like museums, libraries, service centres, halls, information centres etc.

There was no overall survey ranking but there were 136 individual pieces of feedback covering a broad range of subjects.  Some of the feedback on facilities will be addressed by the Reserves Management Plan, and the Main Street upgrade projects, however the whole mix of existing community facilities was commented on.

Further information received subsequent to the consultation period has also identified that there is expected to be a significant cost of approximately $260K to carry out earthquake strengthening work to Council's existing Milton Service Centre & Library facility. This along with a refurbishment included in existing budgets of $140K results in a cost of $400K. Additional preliminary investigations indicate the cost of a rebuilt facility would be approximately $900K.

This project inevitably becomes a further investigation, with options for budgets to be considered in the LTP 2018/28.  It will be a Council-led project.

Scope
  • Investigation of possible options based on the community feedback
  • Investigations to future-proof a facility in Milton with the following options:
    • Seismic strengthening and refurbishment of the existing service centre/library building estimated at $500K. Indicative timing would be 2021/22.
    • New service centre/library facility estimated at $900K. Indicative timing would be 2022/23.
Parameters
  • Council directive about which option to include in LTP 2018/28 budgets.
  • Approval of the LTP consultation document.
  • Decision about project in LTP 2018/28 after consultation process.
  • Easy wins in short to medium term.
  • Option identification in medium to long term.


 

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