Auckland is currently experiencing rapid and profoundly positive change and nowhere is that more evident than in the city centre. What’s more the speed and scale of the change is only increasing with billions of dollars of mostly private investment about to be pumped in. While some of the change we’ve see has been driven by legacy councils and plans, since 2012 the council has been guided by the City Centre Master Plan (CCMP) which is a 20 year vision for the area.
The CCMP pulls together a range of ideas and projects for how the city centre should be improved. Lots of pretty pictures on things to do are one thing, the council also needs to be able to show that positive change is actually happening like the suggested it will. As such the CCMP contains a range of measures across nine different high level outcomes.
- Outcome 1: A vibrant and engaging international destination – an iconic destination and ‘must do’ for the international visitor to New Zealand
- Outcome 2: A globally significant centre for business – the Engine Room of the Auckland economic powerhouse with a vibrant and vital retail and commercial core.
- Outcome 3: A city centre that meets the needs of a growing and changing residential population.
- Outcome 4: A culturally rich and creative centre – a window on the world where all of Auckland’s many cultures are celebrated.
- Outcome 5: An exemplar of urban living – with a wide choice of high-quality residential options.
- Outcome 6: Hub of an integrated regional transport system – well connected to its urban villages.
- Outcome 7: A walkable and pedestrian-friendly city centre, moving towards zero pedestrian deaths or serious injuries as a result of vehicle collisions.
- Outcome 8: An exceptional natural environment and leading environmental performer.
- Outcome 9: World-leading centre for higher education, research and innovation – the hub of creative and innovative products and services.
For the first time the council have reviewed the measures and how performance has been against them. The results are being presented to the Council’s Development Committee today. The council say
The report shows that nine of the 17 headline measures are meeting or exceeding targets; two measures are slightly below target, while the rest are awaiting further data. Of the seven supporting measures, the three where data is already available are exceeding target.
Below is a quick dashboard showing how the city is performing.
The full report can be found here from page 29. It also breaks down where they’re getting the information from for the report. Here are a couple of the measures above in more detail.
Population is growing well above expectations.
More and more people are entering the city not in a car – note this doesn’t include people walking and cycling which would shift the number of non-car users over 50%.
As mentioned the review also looked at the measures themselves not just the outcomes. As a result of that they removed some measures and while some make sense, a few of those measures removed are a little disappointing. For example, they removed the measure “Reduction in pedestrian waiting times at intersections” which is a shame as far too many of our intersections are outright hostile to people, even some in the city.
Overall it looks like the city is doing ok and given everything that’s going on in the city centre or is planned too, those measures will only likely improve further.