North Shore plan change 37, creating the residential 8: urban neighbourhood zone in the Anzac St West precinct of Takapuna, was among 9 plan changes approved by Auckland Council’s regional development & operations committee yesterday to be made operative.
The North Shore City Council set the changes for Takapuna in action during the last 5 years before the super-city Auckland Council took over in November 2010. The Shore council created a framework for the role of the Shore’s cbd & surrounding area 20-50 years hence, cutting Takapuna into 8 precincts and formulating plans for the Anzac St West precinct in 2008.
Policy advisor Catherine Edmeades said when the precinct plan was presented in 2008: “It is timely to investigate options for a higher-density mixed-use corridor to link Takapuna with Smales Farm, the North Shore Hospital & beyond. There are a number of property owners who have amalgamated sites and are willing to discuss redevelopment plans with the council.
“It is considered that the current zoning for this area – residential 7 – is unable to deliver a built form which satisfies the strategic goals set for Takapuna. Residential 7 is an office/residential zone intended to promote smallscale office activity within residential-scale buildings. A maximum height limit of 8m reinforces the construction of buildings of 1-2 storeys.”
She said initial planning work suggested land in this precinct could be rezoned to unlock development potential, increase the number of city-centre residents & employees, promote construction of high-quality mixed-use buildings, improve the pedestrian realm and manage vehicle access & egress.
The outcome for the precinct through plan change 37 is a more intensive zone, including bonus development provisions allowing up to 8 storeys in some parts, but also protecting the croquet club lawns on Auburn Reserve with controls on buildings over 4 storeys to the north & north-east of the club.
After mediation, the Environment Court imposed building layout conditions for the bonus height, requiring such development to “demonstrate benefits for the zone, locality & future residents that are not otherwise achievable, and the built form must not detract from or significantly diminish the redevelopment potential or residential amenities available to adjacent sites, or negate the attainment of the key outcomes the zone intends, including the public through-site lane’.”
Auckland Council’s north-west planning manager, Warren Maclennan, said the Takapuna plan change was very much in line with the unitary plan.
Attribution: Company release.