Fletcher Residential Ltd’s proposed private plan change for the Three Kings quarry precinct ran into a minor timing hiccup yesterday on its way to being adopted by Auckland Council as if it were a council plan change.
Council plans & places general manager John Duguid told the council’s planning committee that, because of Housing NZ’s application for court costs against the 2 local societies which had opposed the quarry subdivision, as of yesterday the council couldn’t adopt the plan change.
That position was expected to change within days after Housing NZ withdrew its costs claim. The societies withdrew their appeal against the subdivision in May and, with the costs issue out of the way, the court could finalise the hearing.
The council committee unanimously approved a course to completion of the agreed plan change process.
Puketapapa Local Board chair Harry Doig said the challenge had cost the community “something like $200,000”, but it had achieved a better outcome and the local board now supported the council taking over the plan change.
The committee chair & deputy chair have delegated authority, along with an Independent Maori Statutory Board member, to approve adoption of the plan change once the precinct provisions have been made operative.
Fletcher Residential owned 15.2ha of former quarry, and the council owned about 6ha of former quarry, some of it used as sportsfields. In a change from some of the proposed land swaps, Fletcher wants to acquire council depot land instead of the sportsfields and intends to build up to 1500 new homes, plus a whare manaaki (a community educational & cultural facility).
Much of the development will be apartments, up to 5 storeys, with a minimum average apartment size of 55m² in buildings of 20 or more units. 30 garage lofts known as “Fonzie flats” are also planned, with a minimum size of 30m².
The development will also have cascading apartments built above the quarry rock faces and cascading over them.
6 September 2017: Council starts public process for city centre & waterfront planning refresh, plus 3 subdivision plan changes
2 February 2016: Minister takes Fletcher side on 3 Kings, and local politicians cry foul
25 November 2015: Three Kings development protest continues
Propbd on Q Th11Jun15 – Auction result, 3 Kings land exchange, decisions on plan changes, council model for elderly housing
14 November 2014: Three Kings debate goes to & fro, council to continue negotiating just with Fletcher
22 September 2014: Fletcher adds detail to 3 Kings plan change proposals
12 September 2014: 3 Kings plan changes approved for notification
4 May 2009: Winstone applies to cleanfill 3 Kings quarry
Attribution: Council committee agenda & meeting.