Who Do We Need On Tauranga City Council?

I think we need a family man who cherishes our elders, who understands and encourages our youth.

Someone who wants a council that provides excellent value for money, that is open, transparent, and inclusive.

Someone who has business acumen, communication skills, and above all is a good listener.

Someone who has prepared for the role by reading thousands of pages of council documents, interviewed dozens of experts, and has visited thousands of homes in Matua, Pilans Point, Cherrywood, Bureta, Otumoetai, Bellevue, Brookfield, Judea, Bethlehem and Pyes Pa.

Someone who has a proven track record of injecting fresh ideas, taking action, and leading teams to create extraordinary results by setting ambitious goals and taking steps forward.

me-2014-200That someone is me.

If these are the qualities you value, put me, Sheldon Nesdale on Tauranga City Council.

Fires On The Beach And 17 More Surprises In the Tauranga City Council Bylaws

I thought it might be interesting to familiarise myself with Tauranga City Councils bylaws.

But first, what is a Bylaw?

“The Council’s Bylaws are special laws that apply in the Tauranga area only. The bylaws help the Council make sure the city runs smoothly. Examples of activities controlled under existing bylaws include dog ownership and liquor free zones in public places.”

Second, what is their purpose?

Bylaws exist:

  1. to protect the public from nuisance
  2. to protect, promote and maintain public health and safety
  3. to minimise the potential for offensive behaviour in public places
  4. if specifically required by legislation

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Milestone: 3066 Homes Visited

One of my goals in preparation to become a Tauranga City Councillor is to visit 4000 homes before the election in October.

I set this goal to ensure that I learn what’s on people’s minds, what their ideas are for the city, what their concerns and worries are.

Not only is this knowledge of enormous value to me, I adore meeting new people and hearing their stories.

I’m proud to announce that as of last night I have visited 3066 homes. Continue reading

The 17 Most Interesting Bits Of The Local Government Act 2012

A friend of mine suggested that I should read the Local Government Act 2012, so I did.

This document is 442 pages (although 39 of those pages is a list of repealed Local Acts and Enactments).

It has 12 parts and 22 “Schedules”.

The 12 Parts Of The Local Government Act 2012

  1. Preliminary provisions
  2. Purpose of local government, and role and powers of local authorities
  3. Structure and reorganisation of local government
  4. Governance and management of local authorities and community boards
  5. Council-controlled organisations and council organisations
  6. Planning, decision-making, and accountability
  7. Specific obligations and restrictions on local authorities and other persons
  8. Regulatory, enforcement, and coercive powers of local authorities
  9. Offences, penalties, infringement offences, and legal proceedings
  10. Powers of Minister to act in relation to local authorities
  11. Regulations, other Orders in Council, and rules
  12. Consequential amendments, repeals, revocations, transitional provisions, and savings

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My Summary of SmartGrowth 2013

Here is my summary of SmartGrowth 2013 (184 pages. 20Mb .pdf).

What is SmartGrowth?

  • SmartGrowth is the “spatial plan for the western Bay of Plenty sub-region”, what this means is that it looks 50 years into the future and identifies the impact that our growing population will have on our city.
  • Particularly, the stress on infrastructure that will result from an increase in urban density, and what farm land we will need for new suburbs, industrial areas and commerce, and what investment will be required to supply those new suburbs with essential services (water, waste water, storm water and more).

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Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step At A Time – Jeff Speck

walkable-city-jeff-specHere are my notes on the book “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step At A Time” by Jeff Speck.

On the surface this book is about urban planning, but really, it’s about marketing the downtown area of the city in which you live.

Don’t let the word “America” put you off. These principals apply to every city in the world.

So how do you make inner-cities more desirable for people? How do you encourage shoppers, visitors, tourists, residents, cyclists? Continue reading

For the Love of Cities by Peter Kageyama

for-the-love-of-citiesHere are my notes on the book “For the Love of Cities” by Peter Kageyama

Chapter One: Why Lovable Cities Matter

“Arts and culture are what make a city fall in love with itself,”

I believe that if you examined who really builds, contributes to and essentially “makes” a city, you would find that those citizens who have an emotional connection with their city make the difference.

The city, as a whole, is made by a relatively small number of “co-creators” who – in their roles as entrepreneurs, activists, artists, performers, students, organizers and otherwise “concerned citizens” – create the experiences that most of us consume. Continue reading

My Summary of the TCC Vegetation Strategy 2006

This is article #16 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Vegetation Strategy 2006 (70 pages. 5.4Mb .pdf).

“Growing Tauranga Green: Vegetation Management Strategy for Tauranga City”

“Vegetation is an important contribution to the look and feel of the city’s character and identity and the wellbeing of its residents.”

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My Summary of the TCC Urban Design Strategy 2006

This is article #15 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Urban Design Strategy 2006 (88 pages. 11Mb .pdf).

“Urban design is concerned with the design of buildings, places, spaces and networks that make up towns and cities, and how people use them.”

An example would be placing adding trees in car parks provide shade, reduce the amount of heat reflected from the paved areas and give a more pleasant environment for people and birdlife.

“The Tauranga Post Office is a local example of many of the qualities which illustrate good design. Constructed for government purposes the building has been built to last and is highly visible, giving legibility to the centre of the city. The building has also been able to be adapted to changing uses. It is a piece of the Tauranga’s valued heritage that we as a community can learn from in development of our heritage of the future.” Continue reading

My Summary of the TCC Open Space Strategy 2006

This is article #14 in my 16 part series summarising Tauranga City Council strategy documents.

Here is my summary of the Tauranga City Council Open Space Strategy 2006 (12 pages. 3.3Mb .pdf).

The key part of this strategy is the council’s minimum level of service of 3.45 hectares of reserve per thousand people, which is:

  • 1.7ha/1000 active
  • 1.7ha/1000 neighbourhood
  • and 0.05ha/1000 community building reserve

And this target of “95% of urban residences in comprehensive development areas and residential intensification areas are required to be within 400 metres of open space and neighbourhood playgrounds.”

There are 5 key themes in this strategy: Continue reading