Addressing residents concerns about roads and speed limits in our local area.

TDC Considering Additional Signs for Gravel Roads

As part of addressing concerns about hazards and inconvenience created by vehicles going fast on local gravel roads, council is considering the use of two existing signs, the "open road speed limit sign" in combination with supplementary gravel road signs (similar to the advisory shown below) on gravel roads.

The key purpose of the "open road" sign is to remind drivers to "drive to the conditions" - as is always required.

Moutere Valley gravel roads were part of this year's review.

Read more in the Speed Limit Bylaw Review documents on the council website and the minutes of this year's AGM.

Results of the TDC Speed Limits Bylaw Review 2015

Council has completed this year's speed limits review and the results can be read in full on the TDC website.

Roads in our area that are marked for change are:

  • Carlyon Road, Mahana, going from 80km/hr to 100km/hr for its entire length
  • Old Coach Road, Mahana, going from 80km/hr to 60km/hr for its entire length
  • School Road, Mahana, 60km/hr from its intersection with Old Coach Road/for a distance of 220 metres
  • Tasman View Road going from 80km/hr to 100km/hr for its entire length

Refer to the "Summary of Information" document at the link above for a full list of changes. If a road is not listed, this means no changes are planned for the road.

Submissions to this review can be made by 4.30pm Friday 16 October 2015.

MHRA Continues To Follow Up On Speed Limits

Click on the link below to read our submission to this year's Speed Limit Bylaw Review.

The report outlines recent activity, including a meeting with the mayor and TDC transportation officers to discuss locations in Mahana, as well as proposals on several roads in Mahana and the highway past Moutere Hills Community Centre.

Read more: MHRA Speed Limits Submission 2015

TDC Speed Limits Review Results

TDC has now notified us of the results of this year's speed limit consultation process.

With regards to the roads that we submitted on recently, the changes that council has decided on are exactly as were proposed by TDC in August (prior to the hearings). Specifically, three stages of speed limit reduction on Old Coach Road and two stages of speed limits on School Road, Mahana. See here for the original list. No notes on Neudorf Road or the Moutere Highway.

We find that apparently our suggestions for streamlining the speed limit reduction on especially on Old Coach Road have not influenced the decision making.

TDC does note, however, that "the Panel have requested that Council staff work with the Moutere Hills Community Centre Committee to improve the entrance to the Centre in terms of safety."

Report from the Speed Limits Review Hearings 2014

Our chairman Tim Finn attended this year's submissions hearings on 17 October on behalf of the Moutere Hills Residents Association. Councillors Norriss, Edgar and Dowler plus council staff were present. The MHRA had issued a submission relating to the proposed speed changes around Mahana village and school.

MHRA presented in favour of the proposed reduction to 60 kph for 850 metres each way along Old Coach Road from the intersection with School Road, and for 220 m down School Road from the same intersection.

However, MHRA proposed that the 60 kph zones be extended along Old Coach Road to its intersection with the Moutere Highway, and for the complete extent of School Road from Old Coach Road to Carlyons Road, noting the presence of bends, intersections and general road conditions and usage that, in our opinion, made 60 kph a more suitable speed limit than the newly proposed 80 kph.

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TDC Speed Limits Review Hearings Today

Hearings for the Draft Speed Limit Bylaw Amendment 2014 will be held today, Friday 17 October from 9.30 am at the Tasman District Council Chambers, 189 Queen Street in Richmond.

The MHRA will be presenting regarding our submissions (see below).

The full agenda can be found at the TDC website at this link. This includes the council reports and some notes on each submission and reasoning behind council proposals.

Read more...

Following Up On Speed Limits

We are following up on the speed limits changes proposed by TDC as part of the 2014 bylaw review.

Specifically, we are submitting proposed variations to the changes proposed on Old Coach Road and School Road past Mahana school. Read our full submission here.

Since we have received no feedback on our other two submissions regarding the Moutere Highway and lower Neudorf Road in the previous year we are also requesting these be discussed again as part of this year's hearings.

TDC Proposed Speed Limit Changes 2014

TDC has just published a list of proposed speed limit changes for the ongoing 2014 bylaw review.

Various roads in our area are listed - including Gardner Valley, Harley, Best, Tarrant, Nuttal, and George Harvey Road, and also sections of Old Coach Road and Mahana School Road - with a new maximum speed limit of 80 km/h to be set - 60 km/h in some cases. See the full list on the TDC website for more details.

The proposal also notes that gravel roads were not considered during this review as there is still an ongoing review by NZTA of national speed management guidelines which may include all unsealed roads. Also it is noted that the state highways within Tasman District are subject to NZTA handling as well.

The current TDC review is open for submissions. Submissions close 4.30 pm on Monday 15 September 2014. The link above also leads to the submission form.

Speed Limits: Outcome of the Mahana Petition

The Mahana group is getting council to move after successfully presenting their petition to reduce the speed limit on Old Coach Road and near Mahana School to Mayor Richard Kempthorn. The petition was signed by over 600 people.

The organising group has now met with TDC Chief Executive Lindsay McKenzie and are negotiating measures to improve the situation. Various steps such as a formal consultation will still be required.

Let's hope that this momentum can be maintained and that some actual action will be taken place in the near future.

TDC Speed Limits Review 2014

TDC is starting into a new review of speed limits in the district with the first phase of community feedback open now:

"Tasman communities are invited to send feedback on any of the speed limits covered by the Speed Limit Bylaw. This feedback is the first part of the community engagement process for a full Speed Limit Bylaw review later in the year."

Submissions can be made via this link on the TDC website. Deadline is 30 May 2014.

Since our submissions on Old Coach Road, the Moutere Highway, and lower Neudorf Road made last year had met with the barrier of not having been consulted on in time we are now re-submitting these to the new review.