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Typical Design Issues
Some of the typical design issues that arise in Landscape and Amenity environments include:
Limiting modification of landform
Protection of patterns and processes relevant to the scale of large scale rural landscapes.
The park is not safe and secure at night
Many of these areas do not need to be occupied at night, therefore lighting should not be provided and locked gates limiting access particularly to vehicles at night should be considered. To ensure safety around particular park facilities, ensure there are clear sightlines to these from other areas of the park or surrounding residential properties.
Conflicts with the requirements of keeping grazing animals and public use
Stock can provide many benefits for the park including income, keeping large areas of grass grazed and providing rural character and interactive opportunities for visitors. Through careful management, particularly through the different seasons, conflicts with stock can be reduced
Limited facilities for those with mobility impairments
Although impaired mobility access in all park environments around Auckland is not feasible, it is important in the larger and more significant ones that there is at least one lookout and walkway track that is universally accessible and can be enjoyed by those with mobility impaired.
Balance between requirements of providing facilities to increase use and enjoyment, such as car parking and toilets, whist trying to retain undeveloped landscape character
Understand the demands that exist during peak periods at the park or in similar nearby parks. Review how often there are issues and consider the addition of temporary facilities to cope with peak demand. Find ways to camouflage or simplify the additional facilities needed for peak use times. For example, this can be done by creating overflow car parking in field areas with a gravel base.
Conflicts between use and development that damages or destroys heritage places, their surrounds and wider settings, and heritage landscapes.
Minimise this by completing site analysis to identify the important aspects of a particular heritage site, and complete a conservation plan. This will involve an initial investment, but can be referred to and used to guide decisions for the park’s life.
Erosion and other decay processes threaten the condition and future of heritage places and their settings.
Identify and document the potential issues and risks for each heritage feature in the park. Have this assessed by a heritage professional, if possible. Once this information is gathered and understood, prioritise the issues and develop a management plan for each.
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