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Information about the Residential Electric Vehicle Traffic Charging programme

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From: Harry Nicholls

Dear Wellington City Council,

I am writing to request information about the Residential Electric Vehicle Traffic Charging programme.

Can you please provide:

- Any information related to or outlining methodology that was used to determine proposed location of parks.

Including specifically:
- was current parking utilisation in the proposed locations considered? Was this information provided to councillors for consideration?
- what was the rationale for two charging stations being located on Coromandel Street in Newtown?

- Copies of any business case or cost benefit analysis completed for the programme.

- A log of the WCC's consultation efforts.

- A summary of responses resulting from those consultation efforts, by proposed location (i.e. how many submitters in favour of each proposed location, how many against).

Including specifically:
- The City Strategy Committee agenda for the meeting on 21 March 2019 claims the 17 locations voted on received "public positive support". Is this statement accurate?

- Any information on how the WCC plans to evaluate the effectiveness/success of the programme.

Yours faithfully,

Harry Nicholls

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From: BUS: Assurance
Wellington City Council

Tēnā koe Harry

Thank you for your email dated 7 September 2019 requesting information about the Residential Electric Vehicle Traffic Charging programme.

Our team will manage your request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 which requires us to respond as soon as possible, but no later than 4 October 2019.

The reference number for your request is IRO-9038.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Ngā mihi

Jessica Hall
Assurance Services Coordinator  | Wellington City Council
| W Wellington.govt.nz | |

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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council

Dear Mr Nicholls,

 

Thank you for your email to the Council received on 7 September 2019 in
which you requested information relating to the Council’s electric vehicle
charging programme.

 

Under section 13 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings
Act 1987 I can advise your request is granted and for no cost.

 

The Council is currently collating the information requested and I’m
advised this information will be available by11 October 2019. However, I
will endeavour to provide the information prior to this date.

 

Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

 

Kind regards,

Ian

 

Ian Hunter
Assurance Advisor | Complaints and Information Assurance | Governance and
Assurance Directorate | Wellington City Council
P 04 803 8315 | M 021 227 8315 |
E [1][email address] | W [2]Wellington.govt.nz | [3]Facebook|
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From: Ian Hunter
Wellington City Council

Dear Mr. Nicholls,

 

Thank you for your email to the Council received on 9 September 2019 in
which you requested information relating to the Council’s Residential
Electric Vehicle Charging Programme.

 

Further to my decision email to you dated 4 October 2019 I can now provide
you with the requested information.

 

The Council’s Charging Up Residential Streets partnership was conceived to
support the roughly 25-30% of Wellington homes that do not have access to
off-street parking – which would enable them to charge an electric
vehicle. As such the programme addresses the key ownership hindrance that
local government has a stake in. The programme recognized that these areas
were going to have high parking pressure, narrow streets, and potentially
a strong need to work with the community. The programme began with 34
sites that could have charged 68 vehicles and through numerous rounds of
consultation whittled this to 15 where there was substantive support. By
only investigating locations where residents applying for a charger to be
installed committed to changing out their vehicle for an EV, the Council
sought to achieve three outcomes. 

 

o Address the need for charging in areas with a lack of off-street
parking.
o Ensure that additional parking pressure was not created by working
with residents committed to changing out their combustion vehicles.
o Ensure longevity by working with the private sector and the government
to deliver success.

 

As you asked a number of questions I will address these in the order of
your email.

 

1) “Any information related to or outlining methodology that was used to
determine proposed location of parks.”

The Council’s proposal is to install electric vehicle charging points in
25 locations where the public have submitted an application in respect of
the Residential Street Electric Vehicle Charger Trial:

 

[1]https://wellington.govt.nz/~/media/servi...

 

Further to the submissions, the Council has confirmed there are
significant numbers of residents in those areas that lack off-street
parking, and that two suitable car parks with sufficient and
cost-effective electricity supply can be identified. Proposed locations
are publicly consulted on and then are to be first approved by the City
Strategy Committee before being installed.

 

Further information on this process can be accessed via the following
link:
[2]https://wellington.govt.nz/services/park...

 

2) “Including specifically:

- was current parking utilisation in the proposed locations considered?
Was this information provided to councillors for consideration?

 

Parking utilisation was a factor considered.

 

Please note that those residents who requested the installation of
electric vehicle charging points via the electric vehicle charger trial
application have agreed to swap their combustion vehicle for an electric
vehicle should their application succeed. As such, no additional parking
pressure is anticipated as a direct consequence of this programme.

 

Information in respect of the programme was provided to Councillors at the
21 March 2019 City Strategy Committee Meeting, details of which are
available via the following link:
[3]https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/...

 

- what was the rationale for two charging stations being located on
Coromandel Street in Newtown?”

 

The rationale for the two charging stations was sufficient current demand
from residents and significant potential demand from residents. Coromandel
Street and its neighbouring streets contain a high number of properties
with no off-street parking and as such have limited ability to charge
electric vehicles.

 

3) “Copies of any business case or cost benefit analysis completed for the
programme.”

Please find attached a copy of the Council’s EECA Funding Application.

 

Please note: some information has been redacted under section 7(2)(a) of
the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 in order
to protect the privacy of natural persons.

 

If you disagree with the decision to redact this information you can apply
in writing to the Ombudsman to have the decision investigated and reviewed
under section 27 (3) of the Local Government Official Information and
Meetings Act 1987.

 

A version of the document referred to in the redacted information which
has had personal information removed is available via the following link:

 

[4]https://wcc.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/...

 

Username: ev_charging

Password: OIA_Access_2019

 

4) “A log of the WCC's consultation efforts.”

The Council’s consultation has included the following:

 

[5]https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/...

 

[6]https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/...

 

[7]https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/...

 

[8]https://wellington.govt.nz/services/park...

 

[9]https://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say...

 

[10]https://wellington.govt.nz/~/media/servi...

 

[11]https://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say...

 

[12]https://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say...

 

[13]https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/...

 

In addition, Public submissions were made to Council in December 2018 and
March 2019, further public notification was undertaken in June 2019,
Notice was made in the Dominion Post, Letter drops to affected residents,
and email communications with relevant neighbourhood groups.

 

5) “A summary of responses resulting from those consultation efforts, by
proposed location (i.e. how many submitters in favour of each proposed
location, how many against).”

This information was presented to the 21 March 2019 City Strategy
Committee Meeting and can be accessed via the following link:
[14]https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/...

 

6) “Including specifically:

- The City Strategy Committee agenda for the meeting on 21 March 2019
claims the 17 locations voted on received "public positive support". Is
this statement accurate?

Yes. For the 19 locations noted by the 21 March 2019 paper there was
approximately a 7 to 1 ratio of submitters in favour versus against.

 

- Any information on how the WCC plans to evaluate the
effectiveness/success of the programme.” 

 

A comprehensive evaluation plan has been designed by the Council’s
research team in order to ensure the success of the programme is closely
monitored.

 

Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

 

Kind regards,

Ian

 

 

Ian Hunter
Assurance Advisor | Complaints and Information Assurance | Governance and
Assurance Directorate | Wellington City Council
P 04 803 8315 | M 021 227 8315 |
E [15][email address] | W [16]Wellington.govt.nz | [17]Facebook|
[18]Twitter

 

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7. https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/...
8. https://wellington.govt.nz/services/park...
9. https://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say...
10. https://wellington.govt.nz/~/media/servi...
11. https://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say...
12. https://wellington.govt.nz/have-your-say...
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15. mailto:[email address]
16. http://wellington.govt.nz/
17. https://www.facebook.com/wellingtoncityc...
18. http://twitter.com/wgtncc

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