Regional Public Transport Plan Hearings Subcommittee Agenda

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the Regional Public Transport Plan Hearings Subcommittee will meet to hear submissions to the draft Regional Public Transport Plan on the following dates:

·      Wednesday 17 August 2022 COMMENCING AT 1.30 pm, to be held in Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chambers, Regional House, 1 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga on

·      Friday 19 August 2022 COMMENCING AT 11.00 am, to be held at The Atrium Cafe and Conference Centre, 252 Otumoetai Road, Otumoetai

This meeting will be livestreamed and recorded.

The Public section of this meeting will be livestreamed and recorded and uploaded to Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s website.  Further details on this can be found after the Terms of Reference within the Agenda. Bay of Plenty Regional Council - YouTube

Fiona McTavish

Chief Executive, Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana

10 August 2022

 


Regional Public Transport Plan Subcommittee

Membership

Chairperson

Cr Andrew von Dadelszen

Members  

Cr Jane Nees

Cr Paula Thompson

Cr Lyall Thurston

External Members

Tauranga City Council

Whakatāne District Council

 

 

Commissioner Stephen Selwood

Mayor Judy Turner

Quorum

Two members

Meeting frequency

As required

 

 

 

Recording of Meetings

Please note the Public section of this meeting is being recorded and streamed live on Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s website in accordance with Council's Live Streaming and Recording of Meetings Protocols which can be viewed on Council’s website. The recording will be archived and made publicly available on Council's website within two working days after the meeting on www.boprc.govt.nz for a period of three years (or as otherwise agreed to by Council).

All care is taken to maintain your privacy; however, as a visitor in the public gallery or as a participant at the meeting, your presence may be recorded. By remaining in the public gallery, it is understood your consent is given if your image is inadvertently broadcast.

Opinions expressed or statements made by individual persons during a meeting are not the opinions or statements of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Council accepts no liability for any opinions or statements made during a meeting.

 


Bay of Plenty Regional Council - Toi Moana

Governance Commitment

mō te taiao, mō ngā tāngata - our environment and our people go hand-in-hand.

 

 

We provide excellent governance when, individually and collectively, we:

·        Trust and respect each other

·        Stay strategic and focused

·        Are courageous and challenge the status quo in all we do

·        Listen to our stakeholders and value their input

·        Listen to each other to understand various perspectives

·        Act as a team who can challenge, change and add value

·        Continually evaluate what we do

 

 

TREAD LIGHTLY, THINK DEEPLY,
ACT WISELY, SPEAK KINDLY.


Regional Public Transport Plan Hearings Subcommittee   17 August 2022

Recommendations in reports are not to be construed as Council policy until adopted by Council.

Agenda

1.      Apologies

2.      Items not on the Agenda

3.      Order of Business

4.      Declaration of Conflicts of Interest

5.      Reports

Information Only

5.1      Regional Public Transport Plan 2022-32 Hearings                                                   1

Attachment 1 - Regional Public Transport Plan Draft Hearings Schedule - 17 August 2022         1

Attachment 2 - Regional Public Transport Plan Draft Hearings Schedule - 19 August 2022         1

Supporting Document 1 - All Submissions Received

6.      Consideration of Items not on the Agenda


 

 

 

Report To:

Regional Public Transport Plan Hearings Subcommittee

Meeting Date:

17 August 2022

Report Writer:

Bron Healey, Principal Advisor, Regional Development

Report Authoriser:

Mat Taylor, General Manager, Corporate

Purpose:

To provide the Regional Public Transport Plan Hearings Subcommittee with the information required to conduct hearings on the draft Regional Public Transport Plan 2022-32

 

 

Regional Public Transport Plan 2022-32 Hearings

 

Executive Summary

This report provides the Regional Public Transport Plan Hearings Committee with the information required to conduct hearings on the draft Bay of Plenty Regional Public Transport Pan 2022-32 (RPTP) on 17 and 19 August 2022.

A total of 64 submissions were received on the draft RPTP, 21 from organisations or groups, and 43 from individuals. To date, two submissions have been received after the cut-off date. The recommendation is that late submissions are accepted.

The report provides a high level summary of submissions and identifies some key themes. The accompanying submission pack includes a copy of all the submissions and a draft hearings schedule.

 

Recommendations

That the Regional Public Transport Plan Hearings Subcommittee:

1       Receives the report, Regional Public Transport Plan 2022-32 Hearings;

2       Receives and, if requested, hears late submissions to the draft Regional Public Transport Plan 2022-2032 received after the closing date for submissions;

3       Receives tabled documents from submitters during the Hearings.

 

1.      Background

This report provides the Regional Public Transport Plan Hearings Committee with the information required to conduct hearings on the draft RPTP.

As members will recall, the draft RPTP was approved for public consultation by the Public Transport Committee at its 23 June 2022 meeting following a comprehensive review process. The RPTP was subsequently released for public consultation, with submissions being received between 4 – 29 July.

1.1      Legislative framework

The Land Transport Management Act (LTMA) provides the legislative framework for the development and renewal of RPTPs. The RPTP is a statutory requirement of the LTMA and a regional council must adopt an RPTP if it intends to enter into contracts for the supply of public transport services. The LTMA requires the RPTP to be reviewed at the same time, or as soon as practicable after the public transport service components of a Regional Land Transport Plan are approved.

The statutory purpose of the RPTP in the LTMA is:

·     a means for encouraging regional councils and public transport operators to work together in developing public transport services and infrastructure,

·     an instrument for engaging with the public in the region on the design and operation of the public transport network, and

·     to provide a statement of:

the public transport services that are integral to the public transport network,

the policies and procedures that apply to those services, and

the information and infrastructure that support those services.

 

2.      Submissions

To date, a total of 64 submissions have been received on the draft RPTP, 21 from organisations or groups ,and 43 from individuals.

The following submissions were received after the cut-off date:

·     RPTP0060

·     RPTP0064

The recommendation is that the Hearings Subcommittee accepts late submissions for the purposes of hearings and deliberations on the draft RPTP.

2.1      Participate responses

37 (58%) submissions were received through the submissions form on Participate (the Bay of Plenty Regional Council online consultation portal). These were predominantly from members of the public (as opposed to organisations).

The following map and graphs show the geographic and demographic distribution of submissions received through Participate (for those online submitters who agreed to disclose their location and/or demographic information).

 

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The Participate submission form asked submitters a number of questions on key elements of the draft RPTP, recording their overall responses on a qualitative sliding scale.  The questions and their responses are shown below. In general, they indicate high levels of support for the strategic direction in the RPTP amongst Participate submitters.

2.1.1    Challenges

We have highlighted three priority public transport challenges facing the region:

1    Achieving mode shift

2    Meeting the access needs of smaller urban centres and rural communities

3    Climate change and reducing emissions

How much do you agree with the challenges that have been identified?

 


 

2.1.2    Opportunities

We have identified seven important public transport opportunities for the region:

1    Transforming our urban public transport networks to achieve increased use

2    Integrated delivery of public transport services and infrastructure in support of urban land use transformation

3    Delivering interventions to create a competitive advantage over private vehicles

4    Exploring new public transport delivery models for smaller urban centres and rural communities

5    Transitioning to zero emission public transport

6    Public transport marketing, branding and promotion

7    Innovation and technology

How much do you agree with the opportunities that have been identified?


 

2.1.3    Vision

We have stated our public transport vision for the region:

More people using high quality public transport that enhances their lives, supports urban transformation and reduces our collective impact on the environment

How much do you agree with the vision statement?

 


 

2.1.4    Objectives

We have proposed seven key objectives and associated targets to guide our delivery of public transport over the next ten years.

How much do you agree with the proposed objectives?

2.1.5    Focus areas

We have identified six focus areas which define how we will work to deliver our objectives, policies and actions:

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How much do you agree with the proposed focus areas?


2.2      Overall key themes

An initial review of submissions received indicates the following recurring themes:

·     General support for direction of the Plan and the development process

·     Recognition of climate change/need to reduce emissions

·     Recognition of links between public transport and land use/urban transformation goals and the need for integration

·     Questions about the ambitiousness of the Plan and some targets

·     Seeking more detail on funding/how plans will be funded

·     Questions about the current model of providing public transport e.g. separation of functions for service and infrastructure provision

·     Support for alternative public transport modes e.g. rail, light rail, ferries

·     Strong interest in transitioning to zero emission public transport

·     Strong interest in On Demand Public Transport

·     Recognition/support for a stronger public transport role in intra and inter-regional connectivity

·     Seeking development of a more detailed implementation plan

·     Requests for changes to bus services (routes, frequencies, operating times/days)

·     Requests for changes to bus stops/infrastructure (e.g. locations, shelters)

More detailed analysis will be undertaken to prepare draft recommendations prior to deliberations.

2.3      Hearings

The hearing of submissions is scheduled to take place on:

17 August 2022: 1:30 – 4pm at Regional House Chambers. 1 Elizabeth St, Tauranga

19 August 2022: 11:00am – 3:00pm at The Atrium Cafe and Conference Centre, 252 Otumoetai Road, Otumoetai, Tauranga (access off Lydbrook Place) in person and via Zoom.

2.4      Submissions Pack

The attached submissions pack contains the submitter and submission information to enable Hearings Subcommittee members to be prepared for the hearings, including the following:

·     A draft hearings schedule, setting out the timing of the hearings.  Please note this is a draft schedule and may be subject to change.  A final schedule will be provided at the start of each hearing session and a live updated version will also be made available on the Regional Council website www.boprc.govt.nz.

·     A copy of all the submissions received. These have not been summarised due to time constraints. However, a summary of submission points will be included in the deliberations report to be prepared at the conclusion of hearings.

The full written submissions will be publicly available at Regional Council offices and on the website.

Any identifying, private submitter information will be redacted from these public-facing documents to fulfil the requirements the Privacy Act 2020 and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

3.      Considerations

3.1      Risks and Mitigations

Development of a final Regional Public Transport Plan 2022-2032 is at a critical stage, and timeframes are tight. There continues to be a risk in delivering the final RPTP by the end of the current triennium.

 

3.2      Climate Change

Mitigation

Adaptation

Reduce GHG emissions

Produce GHG emissions

Sequester carbon

Anticipate climate change impacts

Respond to climate change impacts

Public transport contributes to reduced GHG emissions because many people in one vehicle produce less emissions than the same number of people in several cars. GHG emissions are reduced further when the public transport trip is in a zero emission vehicle.

The Government has announced its plans to decarbonise the public transport bus fleet. The Government’s commitment is to:

•   require only zero-emission public transport buses to be purchased by 2025; and

•   target the decarbonisation of the public transport bus fleet by 2035.

The Regional Council is undertaking a bus fleet decarbonisation feasibility study to understand the opportunities and constraints of increasing the size of the zero-emission fleet as bus service contracts are renewed and achieving a fully emissions free public transport bus fleet by 2035.

The draft RPTP features a significant focus on climate change and emissions reduction.

3.3      Community Engagement

 

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To obtain input or feedback from affected communities about our analysis, alternatives, and /or proposed decisions.

Public consultation took place between 4 – 29 July 2022. The consultation process was consistent with s82 of the Local Government Act, and consultation requirements under the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (LTMA).

Specific communication and engagement activities included:


 

Engagement activities

·     Email invitations sent to identified stakeholders to encourage submissions on the draft RPTP.

·     Printed copies of consultation documents delivered to Regional Council offices and public libraries.

·     Online participate platform used for project information and consultation.

·     Targeted consultation offered to mobility sector contacts, including  emails and in-person meetings with representatives.

·     Targeted consultation offered to Iwi – including E-Panui and email contact where interest was registered.

·     3x community drop-in sessions / webinars (13, 20, and 27 July).

Communication activities

·     Media release

·     Digital Ads (NZME)

·     Social Media (Facebook/Instagram)

·     Half page ad Community Newspapers (The Sun, Rotorua Weekender, Whakatane Beacon)

·     Boosted social media posts

·     Shared communications offered to partner agencies

Online engagement

·     Participate online website platform open between 4 – 29 July consultation period

·     Offered an online submission form, downloadable documents and Q&A function, tailored email address and printable/freepost submission form option: https://www.participate.boprc.govt.nz/regional-public-transport-plan   

·     Participate engagement statistics are summarised as follows:

3.4      Alignment with Strategic Framework

A Vibrant Region

We lead regional transport strategy and system planning, working with others to deliver a safe and reliable public transport system.

 

3.5      Financial Implications

 There are no material unbudgeted financial implications and this fits within the allocated budget.

4.      Next Steps

4.1      Deliberations

A deliberations report containing a summary of submission points and draft staff recommendations will be prepared for the Hearings Subcommittee’s deliberations commencing 31 August. This will be accompanied by a track changes version of the draft RPTP showing the effect of the draft recommendations.

4.2      Adoption

Adoption of the RPTP is a two-step process:

·     The Public Transport Committee (PTC) will consider the Hearings Subcommittee’s recommendations on the draft RPTP at its meeting on 22 September and make a recommendation on adopting the RPTP to the Regional Council.

·     The Regional Council will then make a decision on adopting the final RPTP at its meeting on 29 September.

 

Attachments

Attachment 1 - Regional Public Transport Plan Draft Hearings Schedule - 17 August 2022

Attachment 2 - Regional Public Transport Plan Draft Hearings Schedule - 19 August 2022

Supporting Document 1 - All Submissions Received  

 


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Item 5.1

Supporting Document 1

All Submissions Received