Speed Limits Submissions (Update)

The MHRA committee presented our submissions for reduced speed limits on various roads in the area to council at a hearing on 16 April. The official report from that hearing was presented to full council on 26 June and can be found on the TDC website.

While we found that the roads of concern to us could not be addressed during the current review - they not yet having undergone a consultation process as other locations have - it was noted by council that these "needed to be fully investigated as part of a future speed limit review".

We have since inquired when such a review might next take place and have received word from Cr Brian Ensor that this was being discussed by council staff and could happen "inside the next twelve months".

Read more: Speed Limits Submissions (Update)

Next Public Meeting

The next public meeting will be the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 24 September. The exact time (evening) and venue will be announced closer to the day. Invitations will be sent out by email to all members.

Speed Limits - Submissions to Council

With the previously mentioned Speed Limits Bylaw Review in process, we have been busy trying to ensure local concerns are heard by council. Based on input from individuals and groups of residents the MHRA has composed and filed three submissions on speed limit restrictions in our area.

These are:

  • Old Coach Road - requesting a general speed limit reduction from 100 kph to 70 kph, and a 50 kph school zone [read full submission here]
  • Moutere Highway - proposing a speed limit reduction for the section between Upper Moutere village and the Moutere Hills Community Centre from 100 kph to 70 kph in order to calm traffic and enhance road safety both at the community centre entrance and leading up to the village [read full submission here]
  • Lower Neudorf Road - requesting consideration of a speed limit reduction on Neudorf Road from Prices Corner to corner of Rosedale Road/Kelling Road from 100 kph to 80 kph, as it is being applied to several comparable local roads in the Ruby Bay/Tasman area [read full submission here]

In addition, a number of local residents have created and filed their own submissions on related issues and locations.

Read more: Speed Limits - Submissions to Council

Council Review of Speed Limits Bylaw

The council is currently in the process of reviewing speed limits throughout the district. The currently proposed changes can be viewed on this page on the council website. The two locations of concern to us - Moutere Highway past the Community Centre and Old Coach Road near Mahana school - have unfortunately not found their way into the list. We have received some details about the considerations done by council with regard to these two sites which we can forward to interested members on request. There is a deadline for submissions to this review which is 25 March.

A group of Mahana residents are currently preparing a submission to council requesting the full length of Old Coach Road to be considered for safety issues, similar to the way that a number of local roads in the Ruby Bay and Tasman area are seeing lower speed limits applied.

Read more: Council Review of Speed Limits Bylaw

Community Pathway - Goals

The goal of this project is to create a safe walk and cycle track from the Upper Moutere village centre (school grounds) to the Moutere Hills Community Centre on the Moutere highway.

With this pathway we are trying to provide

  • safe passage for school children travelling on foot or by bike from the school to events at the community centre without being endangered by highway traffic
  • an attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists travelling from the North into the village centre; this could include visitors to events at the community centre proceeding to visit the village
  • an enjoyable and safe trail for a local afternoon walk, a morning run, relaxed rambling, or pushing a pram away from our busy country roads

If this trail can be created with success, it might also open up options to establish further tracks or walkways in our area.

We are currently in the process of finding a suitable route for this project and discussing options with landowners.