Auckland Council’s planning committee has some serious business to deal with when it meets at the Town Hall tomorrow.
Among the items on a long agenda:
- 8, City centre masterplan refresh
- 9, Kainga Ora – Homes & Communities Bill, Auckland Council submission
- 11, Converting road reserve, unformed legal roads & pedestrian accessways to open space
- Memo – St James update
- Memo – Options for protection of the Paturoa Rd kauri trees
City centre masterplan refresh
A report by urban design principal George Weeks outlines the process for public consultation on the refresh of the city centre masterplan, which will take 8 months.
It’s the culmination of the actions the committee approved last November, requesting a digital document which would permit rolling updates.
The committee has had a series of workshops this year to shape the structure, direction & content of the refreshed masterplan: “The intention is now to seek public input on the high level outcomes, transformational moves & content of the masterplan, incorporating the waterfront plan.”
Kainga Ora – the Homes & Communities Bill
A draft council submission up for approval tomorrow supports a number of aspects of the bill but seeks much greater recognition of overlaps between council functions (including those of organisations it controls) and those of the new urban development agency.
Specific concerns arising from these overlaps include:
- the potential for interruptions to council property arm Panuku Development Auckland’s delivery programme
- the potential operational & financial implications for the council family of the new entity providing or enabling infrastructure that has impacts on wider infrastructure networks
- the council family’s responsibility for managing & maintaining infrastructure after Kainga Ora-Homes & Communities exits a development project
- the implications of the new Government policy statement on housing & urban development for the Auckland Plan 2050 and the Auckland development strategy, which have been through extensive community consultation processes.
Mr Weeks adds in his report: “Despite the nature & extent of the overlapping functions, local government is not explicitly recognised in the bill. While there are provisions that reference partnering, engaging & consulting with ‘other persons & organisations’ (or similar), these provisions fall well short of what is required to ensure that local government’s responsibilities are recognised, and interests protected.
“Another area of significant concern is the lack of clarity about whether Kainga Ora – Homes & Communities is liable for development contributions. While we believe the intent is for the entity to be liable, this needs to be explicit as the impact on local government would be substantial if the entity was found not to be liable.”
St James & the kauri
2 other issues before the committee, the state of redevelopment on the site of the St James Theatre on Queen St and protests about the possible felling of a kauri tree to make way for residential development on Paturoa St, Titirangi, are in the form of memoes.
On the St James, council heritage manager Noel Reardon has outlined the developer’s problems following the BNZ’s decision to cancel a $90 million loan for restoration of the theatre & development of an apartment tower.
The apartments were all presold but that part of the development is stalled for lack of funding.
For the theatre restoration, the council allocated a 1:1 $15 million subsidy, which hasn’t yet been transferred. A total $45 million spend is envisaged to fully restore the theatre.
On the kauri tree, council Auckland-wide plans & places manager Phill Reid has set out options, but has concluded that the “do nothing” option is preferred because that won’t compromise the council in its approach to future develop/preserve controversies and would allow the council to stay impartial in neighbour disputes.
Planning committee, Tuesday 2 July at 9.30am, Town Hall:
5.2, Public input: Heart of the City – city centre masterplan
8, City centre masterplan refresh
CCMP consultation & engagement plan
CCMP project timeframe diagram
9, Kainga Ora – Homes & Communities Bill, Auckland Council submission
Kainga Ora – Homes & Communities Bill, Auckland Council draft submission
Memo – St James update
Memo – Options for protection of the Paturoa Rd kauri trees
Attribution: Committee agenda.