Auckland Council has resolved a series of inter-connected issues by working with consultants Morrison Low to create a set of stormwater project identification guidelines. The guidance document was developed to improve the success rate of stormwater capital projects and better align to council’s strategic objectives. Written for the internal stormwater practitioner, the document provides a common understanding on what projects will be accepted.
A guidance type document was identified as the most appropriate format to guide the internal stormwater practitioners on the key decision making steps to ensure projects were not mistakenly advanced unnecessarily. The focus was to provide guidance to key stormwater staff with sound business criteria to help with project scoping.
Morrison Low’s stormwater asset management specialist worked in collaboration with the department’s teams to develop the guidelines to improve their stormwater project planning.
Easy-to-use process maps and supporting notes were developed for the four investment programmes so the internal user knows what information is required for a project to be accepted to proceed and be implemented.
Examples and enquiring questions were used throughout the document to provide prompts for the internal users. With this approach, it was clear on “what will fly and not fly”. For example, stream erosion projects in private watercourses only progressed where there was proven council liability.
For future project planning, there is clarity of what is required for stormwater capital projects to be accepted at the onset.
In preparing the stormwater project identification guidelines, there were some valuable lessons learnt to share with other councils that may wish to develop similar guidelines:
Project contact: Cushla Anich