An experienced urban designer is calling on the Auditor General and the Office of the Ombudsman to investigate the “catastrophic loss of street escape value” in Motuwika.
Timo Neubauer said he was angry. A decision Thirteen mature trees fell along the High St. Motioka section of State Highway 60. Waka Kotahi as part of the New Zealand Transport Agency’s 6. 6.8 million “Safety Improvement” project. He was concerned that it was a symbol of the same “cello thinking from the 60’s” that he had seen in the industry eight years earlier.
“Where traffic engineers look at their work in complete isolation for the sole purpose of ‘improving’ or accelerating the flow of traffic.”
On August 17, Newbauer complained by e-mail to Waka Kotahi, saying that as a result of its “inadequate design work, Motiuka and the wider community community were now devastated by the destruction of StreetScape value, convenience and unique character. Most of the city’s most valuable, nearly 30-year-old street trees have suffered damage.
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Moreover, if this inadequate design is allowed to continue, the loss of pedestrian facilities is a real threat to the commercial heart of Motiuka.
Newbauer called for an immediate halt to the agency’s “appropriate action” and for redesigning its implementation of its own urban design guidelines.
In addition, I expect a formal apology and compensation for the irreparable damage caused by the work of the people of Motuika and the wider Tasman District. “Most importantly, I expect verifiable assurances from NZTA. [Waka Kotahi] That he will review and amend his actions to provide accountability and ensure compliance with the actions described in it. Closing the gap., NZTA Urban Design Guidelines … for any future project.
Newbauer told Waka Kotahi that he expects a “positive response” by August 20. However, this deadline was missed, which led to an increase in complaints to the Auditor General and the Ombudsman’s office.
Waka Kotahi then sent a confession to Newbauer on August 27. Nelson Mail Ask the agency questions on this issue.
Nubauer said the Auditor General’s office and the ombudsman responded, acknowledging his correspondence.
In a statement this week, Waka Kotahi said Newbauer’s email was received on the occasion of the latest Cowed 19 Alert Level 4 lockdown.
The statement said: “It is possible that Waka Kotahi and the staff may have to make changes to get to Alert Level 4. It was, however, now fixed. ” . “Mr Neubauer’s complaint has been sent to our official correspondence team, and will receive a timely response.”
Green Party spokeswoman for Transport and Urban Development Julie Ann Gunter said she shared Newbauer’s concerns about Motuoka.
“They [Waka Kotahi] Do not consider best practices for town centers. This is not the only way for tourists. The question is, do we think driving is more important than people passing by, and I don’t say that.
One of Waka Kotahi’s goals was to support “mode shifts” by reducing reliance on public transport, pedestrian and cycling, and private vehicles. However, it still had some “old school” traffic engineering methods.
“There are a lot of good guidelines that traffic engineers are not using for state highways,” Jenter said.
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Town designer Timo Neubauer says town centers should be thought of as “a community living room.” The video was first published in mid-August.
Waka Kotahi was a big organization and “one part doesn’t know what the other part is doing”.
Jenter said he believes the agency needs to “look urgently” at its methods and make sure it has an educational program for engineers responsible for projects such as High Senate and Motiuka.
The senior leadership does not know what they are doing.
“People on the board understand, but I don’t think it goes to the board,” Jenter said.
With the urban design of roads “where people live and children go to school” there was a “sample shift” that encouraged walking and cycling.
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Jenter said there was a “gap” and a long gap between the government’s national policy statements, which were very clear, and ways to meet those goals.
“Honestly, I’m a little shocked. It’s taken so long and there are still plans like that. [Motueka]. ”
Meanwhile, Waka Kotahi confirmed on Wednesday that work on the Motuika project would resume “in the coming days”. Code 19 Alert Level 3 for the country south of Auckland..
Like other unnecessary maintenance and project work, Motovika’s work was halted when the country went into Alert Level 4 at midnight on August 17.