Q In any project proposal one of the options must be "do nothing" - this is standard project management theory. Will the referendum have a do nothing option?

Mayor Michael Laws replies: No.
And it is not part of any democratic tradition anywhere in the western world.
Is the option of 'no confidence' or 'none of the above' on either the forthcoming US or NZ election papers? Was it included in the referendum on MMP or any referendum held since?
No ... never.
I would be fascinated which university teaches the "standard project management theory" you refer to which includes "none of the above" as an option in a referendum. Perhaps you could enlighten me.

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Q1/ Is the" cost to ratepayer" based on a UAC or on something like "a property with a capital value of $xxxx " (obviously then some will pay a lot more, some less)? This would appear to be key decisionmaking info that is missing from the press release.

Julian Harkness, Finance & Corporate Services Manager, replies: Cost to the average residential ratepayer is calculated by dividing the annual cost of the project (operating and capital repayment) by an estimated 20,000 rate paying units. Note many rates have different numbers of ratepaying units, the most common being SUIPs so we use an average.

Council will be reviewing parts of the revenue and financing policy which determines how each activity is funded during the 10 Year Plan. Until the council decides which activity will fund the project and how that activity is funded, it is not possible to calculate it as a cent in the dollar of capital / land value. You are right - if you choose a UAGC then each property will pay the same amount.

Q2/ Does the same formula apply to Farming / Commercial properties (ie does it apply to land value or capital value)?

If council decides to fund it from a UAGC then each property would pay the same amount which can be argued for Kowhai park or the Velodrome but not so for roading.

Q3/ Can you tell me how the Kowhai Park Redevelopment drops from the estimate provided of $6M down to $4.9M.

Roading work is now excluded from the plan.
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Q What is the expected increase in traffic (especially heavy
traffic) using Montgomery Road if the Mosston Road project goes ahead?

Rui Leitao, Senior Roading Engineer, replies:
Regarding traffic movement, the Fitzherbert Ave extension is the key to this project as much of the traffic, particularly Heavy (from the Westbourne Industrial area), will use Fitzherbert Ave to reach SH3/Carlton Ave, rather than Heads Rd or Springvale Rd, which they are currently forced to use.

The main effect of widening Mosston Rd will be to increase traffic safety (cyclists, motor vehicles etc). Traffic volumes are unlikely to increase along Mosston Rd, north of Fitzherbert Ave.

We are aware that Montgomery Rd is already used as a bypass for all vehicles wishing to reach Westmere, Kai Iwi, Maxwell, South Taranaki etc. We expect that the percentage of heavy vehicles along Montgomery Rd is unlikely to increase in numbers; we will nevertheless be taking steps to predict and control traffic flows wanting to reach SH3/Great North Rd through Montgomery Rd. These are:

1. Carry out intersection improvements at the Mosston Rd/Tayforth Rd/Montgomery Rd junctions.
2. Carrying out a Urban Transportation Study (2009/10), which will include reviewing the proposed SH3/Great North Rd bypass, particularly the Mosston Rd to Rapanui Rd section, in case traffic modelling figures indicate a significant growth for Taranaki bound traffic.
3. Construct the Fitzherbert Ave extension before widening Mosston Rd.

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Q How does the Mosston Road project reduce heavy traffic on Great North Road from Montgomery Road north? It seems it will move it from London Street /up the hill to Montgomery Road. Monitoring that won't solve the problem just shift it elsewhere.

Rui Leitao, Senior Roading Engineer, replies:
It is unlikely any traffic composition changes will occur along Great North Road, north of Montgomery Road, from the Mosston Road widening project. For that to happen, a State Highway bypass would need to occur. The key benefit of the Mosston Road project is safety.

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