LGWM Plan for Johnsonville – Remove Car Parking for Cycleways

Darren Bottin, President of the Johnsonville Community Association (JCA) is asking the community for feedback on Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) proposals to remove most of the roadside public car parks around Johnsonville so protected cycleway lanes can be installed.

He says the JCA is very disappointed that LGWM did not talk to locals about the transport issues we really face before putting these proposals out for public consultation.

Johnsonville already has had cycleways on our roads since 2013. Our research shows there have only been 6 reported cycling accidents since then and not one of these accidents occurred on the roading where LGWM wants to remove car parks for protected cycleways.

The JCA believes the real traffic safety problem is pedestrian accidents.  Johnsonville has had more than 20 reported pedestrian accidents since 2013 on the same roads that LGWM want to make safe for cyclists. We think attention should be on this serious issue yet measures such as signalised pedestrian crossings on Moorefield Road are not even proposed.

The JCA supports safe walking and cycling along with better public transport access to/from and through Johnsonville. But the JCA also considers that it is unfair and unnecessary to remove access, including mobility car parks, to Johnsonville shops and facilities for the many residents who need to park close to them.

For this reason, the JCA wants residents to submit their view on the proposals to remove car parks in order to promote cycling to the LGWM Johnsonville and Ngā Ūranga Project. You can submit using:

  • An electronic version of the JCA Submission Form at: http://tiny.cc/gg91vz
  • A paper JCA Submission Form which can be found in the Independent Herald newspaper, and submission forms are available from Nada Bakery and many other businesses on Johnsonville Road.

Submissions need to be sent in by midnight on 4th December 2022. They will then be considered by Let’s Get Wellington Moving as part of their consultation process and results will be published in the next few months.

The JCA and LGWM would really love to hear from you. Please complete a submission.

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JCA President Tony Randle Elected Northern Ward Councillor

The Johnsonville Community Association is delighted to report that 2020-2022 Association President and long-time JCA stalwart, Tony Randle, has been elected to the Wellington City Council as a Takapū/Northern Ward Councillor.

Tony has been at the forefront of multiple JCA engagements with WCC over the years, advocating for Johnsonville on issues such as improved public transport, access to green space and ensuring that parking and cycleways are suitable for local conditions.

While aware of the need for impartiality, JCA is excited to see Tony- sorry, “Councillor Randle”- being voted onto Council, showing the community’s recognition of his longstanding promotion of local interests.

JCA is sad to lose Tony’s leadership as Association President but is certain that he will make a positive impact on Council and the wider city during his tenure as Ward Councillor.

Current JCA Vice President, Darren Bottin, will be stepping into the role of President until the next AGM in July 2023.

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JCA Hosting “Meet the Candidates” Events for Local Elections 2022

Throughout September, JCA is hosting three events for you to find out what the candidates for Wellington Mayor, City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council believe they can offer to take us into a vibrant future. Come along, or watch by YouTube live stream!

MEET THE TAKAPŪ / NORTHERN WARD CANDIDATES

When: Saturday 10 September  7.30pm to 9:30pm

Where: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall

https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/elections/2022-elections/information-for-voters/candidate-information/takapu-northern-candidates

MEET THE GWRC PŌNEKE/WELLINGTON CANDIDATES

When: Wednesday 14 September 7.30pm to 9:30pm

Where: Johnsonville Community Centre  – Room 4

https://elections.gw.govt.nz/candidates/

MEET THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES FOR WELLINGTON CITY

When: Saturday 17 September 7.30pm to 9:30pm

Where: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall

https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/elections/2022-elections/information-for-voters/candidate-information#mayor

Live stream for Takapū/Northern Ward Candidates

Live stream for GWRC Pōneke/Wellington candidates

Live stream for Mayoral Candidates

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JCA Annual General Meeting 2022

The Johnsonville Community Association AGM will be held on Wednesday 27 July 7:30-9:00pm, as part of the monthly JCA meeting at Johnsonville Community Centre’s room 1. All Johnsonville and Raroa residents are welcome to attend.

The agenda is as follows:

Welcome JCA President

Attendance/Apologies

Minutes from 28 July 2021 AGM 

Matters Arising

  1. President’s report [Tony Randle]
  1. Annual Financial Statement, to 31 March 2022 [Larraine Talbot]
  1. Nominations for Officers and Committee
  1. Election of Officers and Committee Members 
  1. General Business
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Public Meeting on WCC Bike Plan, 2 February 2022

When: Wednesday 2 February 2022, 7:30pm

Where: Collective Community Hub, Johnsonville Road

The Johnsonville Community Association (JCA) and Johnsonville Business Group (JBG) are holding a public meeting to discuss the cycleway proposed for Johnsonville Road. The Wellington City Council (WCC)’s new Bike Plan includes adding a “Primary Bike Path” or cycleway along the length of Johnsonville Road. https://www.transportprojects.org.nz/current/bikenetwork/

The two groups are concerned that the road is unsafe and difficult for cyclists to negotiate. Johnsonville’s hilly topography and distance from the city also means that fewer than 2% of commuters cycle to work. This raises the question as to the cycleway’s priority ahead of improvements to other forms of public transport.

In addition, the groups believe that the plan to remove car parks along Johnsonville Road in favour of the new cycleway will negatively impact local businesses.

While consultation on the plan has closed, there will be oral submissions on 10 February. JCA and JBG will be asserting to WCC that, if the plan must go ahead, then Moorefield Road should continue to be treated as the preferred, safer option for a cycleway, rather than Johnsonville Road.

The public is invited to hear JCA outline the cycleway plan and discuss the issues. It will also be broadcast live via the JCA YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/XXq05lKj1bI

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JCA Submission on LGWM Mass Rapid Transit & Basin Reserve Exchange Proposal, December 2021

The latest phase of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) programme is looking at options for “mass rapid transit” in and across the city. These include new tunnels and light rail. https://hello.lgwm.nz/

View JCA’s submission on the various LGWM proposals and options here:

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JCA Submission on WCC Bike Network Plan, December 2021

To enable Wellington to develop a safe, healthy, sustainable transport system, WCC sought feedback on a plan to create a citywide network of connected bike and scooter routes in tandem with walking improvements and big public transport changes.

The plan updates the 2015 Cycling Masterplan and includes finishing Tahitai, the walking and biking connection around Evans Bay between Miramar and the central city, and The Parade upgrade in Island Bay. 

https://www.transportprojects.org.nz/current/bikenetwork/

You can view JCA’s submission here:

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JCA Submission on WCC Draft District Plan, December 2021

The Draft District Plan is Wellington’s first fully revised planning rulebook in more than 20 years. https://planningforgrowth.wellington.govt.nz/district-plan-review

The plan deals with the major planning and environmental issues facing the city – including housing supply choice and affordability, protecting biodiversity, integrating growth and infrastructure, responding to climate change and managing the risk of natural hazards.

View JCA’s comprehensive submission to the draft submission here:

This submission and others will be evaluated in early 2022, with analysed details of the report and feedback published subsequently.

Draft District Plan
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JCA Submissions on WCC Initiatives: Having Our Say

Wellington City Council frequently seeks public feedback on major planning initiatives, to “help make effective and fair decisions”. Each initiative will impact the city and its people for decades to come- your daily commute, your home, and your living environment. https://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say/consultations

JCA regularly makes submissions for many of these, featuring input from community members, and we also speak at public feedback sessions.

You can read some of JCA’s latest submissions here:

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Public Event: Building Community & Disaster Resilience and Personal Cyber Security (Wed 11 August 2021)

How can our community be better prepared to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies? And how can we secure our personal devices and home computers to prevent the loss of important information?

Come to the Collective Community Hub (1/33 Johnsonville Road) on Wednesday 11 August from 7:30-9:00pm to hear from two experts. The event will also be live-streamed on the JCA YouTube page. https://youtube.com/channel/UCmBkWhhukCPzp4_fYRtCXQw

Our first guest speaker is Rodney Barber, new President of the Newlands Paparangi Progressive Association (NPPA), who will talk about how NPPA is working to improve community and disaster resilience.

NPPA have recently launched a “Coordinated Community Enterprise” to enable residents to connect, build trust, and access resources to improve wellbeing and resilience, and speak with one voice in decision-making. There is more information on the NPPA website https://newlandsnz.weebly.com/

Our second speaker is Nadia Yousef, CERT NZ’s Incident Response Manager, who will outline practical steps we can all take to improve our individual and home cyber security.

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