Speed Limit Bylaw

MINUTES

 

Minutes of an ordinary meeting of the Speed Limit Bylaw held in the Edinburgh Room, Municipal Chambers, The Octagon, Dunedin on Monday 10 December 2018, commencing at 1.00 pm

 

PRESENT

 

Chairperson

Jim O'Malley

 

 

 

 

Members

Conrad Stedman

Kate Wilson

 

 

IN ATTENDANCE

Richard Saunders (Group Manager Transport), Lisa Clifford (Senior Transport Engineer) and Hjarne Poulsen (Transport Engineering and Road Safety Team Leader)

 

Governance Support Officer       Jenny Lapham

 

 

 

1       Public Forum

There was no Public Forum.   

 

2       Apologies

There were no apologies.

 

3       Confirmation of agenda

 

 

Moved (Cr Jim O'Malley/Cr Kate Wilson):

That the Committee:

 

Confirms the agenda without addition or alteration

 

Motion carried (SLBCC/2018/001)

 

 

4       Declarations of interest

Members were reminded of the need to stand aside from decision-making when a conflict arose between their role as an elected representative and any private or other external interest they might have.

 

 

 

Moved (Cr Jim O'Malley/Cr Kate Wilson):

That the Committee:

 

a)     Notes the Elected Members' Interest Register; and

b)     Confirms the proposed management plan for Elected Members' Interests.

Motion carried (SLBCC/2018/002)

     

Part A Reports

5       Speed Limits Bylaw 2004 - Amendment 9

 

A report from Transport outlined the recommended changes to Speed Limit Bylaw 2004 - Amendment 9  which was consulted on from 23 October to 20 November 2018.

175 submissions were received during consultation with 120 indicating full support of the proposed changes, 37 indicating partial support and 16 indicating opposition to the proposed bylaw amendment.  

The Senior Transportation Engineer (Lisa Clifford) provided an overview of the changes proposed in Amendment 9 to the Speed Limits Bylaw 2004.  Staff responded to questions from the Committee.

It was noted that as a part of a rollout to provide a consistent approach to speed limits around all schools in Dunedin, the amendment proposed the following changes:

·           Establish 40 kilometres per hour (km/h) variable speed limits around the five central city schools referred to as the Central City School Cluster (Arthur Street School, Kavanaugh College, Otago Boys High School, Otago Girls High School and St Joseph’s Cathedral School).

·           Establish 40 km/h variable speed limits for another six school areas (Bayfield High School, East Taieri School, Fairfield School, George Street Normal School, Dunedin North Intermediate/Sacred Heart School and Waitati School).

·           Extend 40 km/h variable speed limits for two existing school areas (Kaikorai Valley College and Wakari School).

·           Establish a 40km/h permanent speed limit for all of Butts Road (Logan Park High School).

·           Establish the hours of operation for all schools to be 8.00 am – 9.30 am in the morning and 2.00 pm- 4.00 pm in the afternoon.

The amendment also proposed lower permanent speed limits on sections of the following roads:

·           Three Mile Hill Road, Halfway Bush.

·           Main Road, Fairfield / Main South Road, Sunnyvale.

·           Brighton Road, Waldronville.

·           Gladstone Road and Puddle Alley Road, Wingatui.

As a result of consultation it was also recommended that the following changes be incorporated:

a)     Changes of extent of the school zones for Central City, Fairfield, Kaikorai Valley College, North East Valley School Cluster and Waitati schools.

        b)     Lowering the speed limits for the following additional roads:

·           Henderson Street, Paterson Road, Crossan Terrace and Magazine Road (all non-through streets connecting to Gladstone Road North).

·           Friends Hill Road (first 100 metres from Gladstone Road North).

·           Dalziel Road (first 100 metres from Three Mile Hill Road).

c)     Providing for 10 minutes at any other time when children cross the road or enter or leave vehicles at the roadside.

 

 

 

6       Speaking schedule

Arthur Street School – Darryl Sycamore (Chairman of the Board) and Kim Blackwood  – (Principal) spoke to the submission in support on the proposed amendment.

 

Mr Sycamore advised that the school would also like an extension to the proposed school zone to include further up Rattray Street and Queens Drive.  He advised that a number of pupils access the school from the top entrance off Rattray Street.

 

Liz Angelo – spoke to her own submission and on behalf of City Rise Up

 

Ms Angelo advised that she supported the 40 km speed limit but would like the time to be from 8 am – 10 am and 2 pm – 4 pm, to make it simpler.  She also requested that the 40 km/h speed limit should be made permanent. 

 

Ms Angelo expressed concern that groups such as City Rise Up, Arthur St Neighbourhood Support, Southern Heritage Truce and Age Concern were not contacted as part of the consultation process.

 

Southern District Health Board – Annelies Inghelbrecht and Tom Scott spoke to the submission from the Southern District Health Board. 

 

Ms Inghelbrecht advised that they wanted the Council to reduce speed limits of roads around schools to 30 km/h and for the Council to improve infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians in school zones and urbanised areas.

 

St Hildas Collegiate– Derek McLachlan (Legal Advisor) and Geraldine Corkery (Principal) spoke to the submission.

 

Ms Corkery requested that St Hilda’s be included in the school zones.  She provided an overview of the issues that the school had with getting their students across the intersection of Cobden Street and Royal Terrace.   

 

The Group Manager Transport provided and explanation of the process and advised that St Hilda’s would be considered in the next round, likely to be mid-2019.

 

It was moved (Cr Wilson/Cr O’Malley):

 

        That the meeting adjourn.

 

               Motion carried

 

The meeting adjourned at 2.12 pm and reconvened at 2.32 pm.

 

Colin Weatherall – Chairman of Green Island Sports Facility Trust.

 

Mr Weatherall advised that the Trust fully supported the reduction in the speed on Main South Road to 50 km/h.  He commented that he also supported the reduction in the speed on Brighton Road.

 

It was moved (Cr Wilson/Cr O’Malley):

 

        That the meeting adjourn.

 

               Motion carried

 

The meeting adjourned at 2.40 pm and reconvened at 2.55 pm. 

 

Ashburn Clinic - Annabel Millichamp

 

Ms Millichamp advised that they supported the proposed changes which meant that there entrances would both be in the 50 km/h zone.  

 

Brian Miller  

 

Mr Miller advised that he would like the speed limit on Riccarton Road to be reduced to 60 kmph until the road has been upgraded to the standards suggested in the MWH 2009 report.

 

He also asked that Gladstone Road speed limit be raised to 50 km/h

 

Tony Mole

 

Mr Mole spoke in favour of the variable speed limit at Fairfield School.. 

 

 

7       Deliberations

 

The Committee gave consideration to all the submissions both written and verbal.  Discussion took place on the proposed changes as follows. 

 

i)      School Zones

 

        Discussion took place on the submission from Arthur Street School and the possibility of extending the school zone.  A suggestion was made that the zone could be extended up Rattray Street just below Queens Drive.

 

        Comment was also made that the whole of Queens Drive needed to be reviewed to determine if it was being used appropriately in terms of vehicle/pedestrian access.

 

Comment was made that the speed limit reduction on Opoho Road should be extended beyond Knox Street.

 

ii)     Proposed Permanent Speed Limit Changes

       

Discussion took place on the proposed changes.  It was noted that there was no consideration to changing the speed limit on Riccarton Road as there were residential housing on the road.  However the overall  issues on Riccarton Road will be considered in the future.

 

In discussing the submissions it was noted that a number of the suggestions were safety issues and some of the roads needed to have a full review i.e. Brighton Road, Three Mile Hill and Riccarton. 

 

 

Moved (Cr Kate Wilson/Cr Conrad Stedman):

That the Committee:

 

a) Recommends that the Draft Speed Limits Bylaw 2004 – Amendment 9 be revised to include extensions to the following school zones:

i.  Central City School Cluster – add Bishops Road and Bishops Place and extend north of Rattray Street an additional 90 metres (163 metres total) from Arthur Street

ii. Fairfield School – extend an additional 40 metres (300 meters total) into Old Brighton Road.

iii. Kaikorai Valley College – extend an additional 25 metres (80 metres total) into Bryant Street.

iv. Waitati School – extend an additional 80 metres to the south on Mount Cargill Road for a total of 245 metres south of Shortcut Road.

v  North East Valley School Cluster – extend and additional 65 metres (225 metres total) into Opoho Road  and 25 metres into Knox’s Street.

b)   Recommends that the Draft Speed Limit Bylaw 2004 – Amendment 9 be revised to include a variation to the times of operation for all schools to include “10 minutes at any other time when children cross the road or enter or leave vehicles at the roadside”.

c)   Recommends that the Draft Speed Limits Bylaw 2004 – Amendment 9 be revised to include lower speed limits for the following roads:

i.       Dalziel Road - first 100 metres from Three Mile Hill Road.

ii.      Brighton Road - additional 60 metres (220 metres total) north of Friendship Drive.

iii.      Henderson Street (full length).

iv.     Paterson Road (full length).

v.      Crossan Terrace (full length).

vi.     Magazine Road (full length).

vii.     Puddle Alley - additional 40 metres (200 metres total) north of Gladstone Road North.

viii.    Friends Hill Road - first 100 metres from Gladstone Road North.

d)    Recommends that the revised Draft Speed Limit Bylaw 2004 – Amendment 9 be adopted by the Council, with speed limits to come into effect after 1 March 2019.

e)    Recommends that staff review the use of Queens Drive.

 

Motion carried (SLBCC/2018/003)

 

 

The meeting concluded at 4.03 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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CHAIRPERSON