As well as the Skypath news yesterday, on Wednesday the results of the consultation on what to do with the Takapuna carpark were announced.
In an independent survey conducted by Colmar Brunton, 69% of people preferred one of the two development proposals. In the Auckland Council-run consultation, 55% of people who responded were in support.
Earlier engagement with the community identified the two preferred sites for the town square. A site between Hurstmere and Lake roads came out as the preferred location for this new public space in both the consultation (46% of responses) and the independent survey (40%).
North Shore Ward Councillor and Planning Committee Chair Chris Darby says: “The community has given us a clear steer that they want to see their village improved from a car park, to a safe and well-designed public space for people to love, with places to eat, shop, live, work and spend time.
“We can be confident in continuing with our plans to rejuvenate and open up public space in the core of Takapuna, off the back of the fantastic response of over 5300 submissions.”
It’s good to hear the development will now proceed. It’s also interesting that a separate independent survey was carried out, but in doing so it’s highlighted some fascinating results.
Below are some of the results from the Colmar Brunton survey which was based on interviews with people on the street. As mentioned above, 69% of people asked wanted on of the development options
Next we have one of the more fascinating outcomes, showing preferences by age. As you can see, there’s a clear generational divide with those under 55 overwhelmingly voted for one of the development options while those in the 55-64 bracket were the most strongly opposed. Even the over 65 age-group voted for development if you combine the option 1 and 2 outcomes. Why is it that just this one age group are so fearful of change?
What is quite fascinating are the reasons people voted against any change. Much of the focus from those pushing the no change line was that the carpark should be redeveloped into one huge town square but it seems the real reason was just that they wanted more parking (they want this and the new parking building). It’s also worth noting that the local business association were supportive of the development options when these associations are usually the ones that push for carparking the most.
Finally for Colmar Brunton, the demographic breakdown of those surveyed.
In addition to the Colmar Brunton survey, Panuku provided a presentation on the results of the consultation. The red oval and rectangle are part of the presentation. You can see that more actually selected option 1 than do nothing.
And this table shows a breakdown of where the submissions came from. What stands out here is that vast majority of those submitting via a hard copy opposed change but the results were the opposite for online forms which made up the bulk of the submissions.
All up some great numbers and even better that Panuku will push on with developing Takapuna.