The Orakei Local Board has a recommendation before it on Thursday to approve a management structure for the Landing at Okahu Bay which will involve an operations working group plus a local board steering group over the top.
Its aim is to overcome the 5-year impasse which has bedevilled use of the foreshore point, which has a public boat ramp & pontoon; a boat hardstand, maintenance & storage; haul-out & launching; a new boat lift & a travel lift; secure dinghy lockers & racks; and short-term car & trailer parking.
It also has a number of other users, including sailing, paddling & waka club members.
Parks, sports & recreation portfolio manager Rob Gear says in his report to the local board: “Progress toward achieving The Landing concept plan– Pathways to the Sea (2013) is currently stalled. Stakeholders invested significant time into producing this document and it has been endorsed by the Orakei Local Board.
“Currently, The Landing does not have a structured management model, which has put strain on relationships amongst the stakeholders.
“The recommended operational model will provide a mechanism for all stakeholders to deal with day-to-day operational risks, issues & opportunities, and move The Landing concept plan forward in a more cohesive fashion.
“The operational model aims to ensure the site operates effectively & efficiently, and will promote equity of access, minimal conflict, environmental best practice & excellence in health & safety practices.”
Mr Gear has recommended the board adopt the third of 3 options, “an operational management model which provides a structure for reporting, monitoring & managing risks, issues & opportunities at the Landing”.
Mr Gear said: “The Landing occupies a compact space which is important both locally & regionally. The site is used by a number of community & commercial groups for a diverse range of marine-related activities.
“Stakeholders have raised concerns that the current direction of The Landing is moving away from what was originally agreed by all stakeholders and endorsed by the Orakei local board in the concept plan.
“The concept plan focuses on community aspirations and prioritises improved access to water-based recreational activities.”
Orakei local board, Thursday 20 September at 3pm, Meadowbank, St Chad’s Church & Community Centre, 38 St Johns Rd:
13, The Landing, Okahu Bay – operational management model
Attribution: Local board agenda, Landings website.