Scentre (NZ) Ltd’s resource consent application to double the size of its Westfield St Lukes mall will be determined non-notified, which excludes other parties from the process.
Auckland Council’s hearings committee heard the company’s application for non-notification last week, deliberated behind closed doors and issued its decision yesterday.
Committee chair Linda Cooper said in a release yesterday the company had an existing consent to extend the mall, granted in 2011, and the latest application made some amendments & additions to it, including the replacement of rooftop parking above the consented mall and expanding retail areas.
She said the effects in the application were considered less than minor: “The proposal is in line with the St Lukes concept plan, which was developed following extensive public consultation.
“The proposal will have a height & separation distance to neighbouring properties that will avoid dominance, amenity or shadowing effects for neighbours. It also considers all traffic aspects and does not anticipate additional parking demands on surrounding roads.”
The committee has appointed independent commissioners to decide the outcome of the resource consent application.
Scentre Group New Zealand development executive David Drew said the concept plan was originally recommended by independent commissioners, subsequently approved by the council and the St Lukes Residents Association, and was now part of the operative district plan.
One thing not decided is the start of development: “We are still masterplanning and no decisions have been made as to the timing of any development at St Lukes.”
The hearings committee said it determined overall effects would be minor on the basis that they would be within the envelope expected by the concept plan introduced by plan change 34, and the mitigation works & assessment criteria.
Onsite parking will be increased by 1479 spaces to 3497 spaces.
The committee said staged construction & staged opening of new tenancies would reduce offsite parking effects.
On requests for public input, the committee said: “The concept plan reflects that past input by setting out the expectations around the level & location of the expansion, roading improvements and mitigation & urban design considerations. In following the broad direction of the concept plan, the application does not introduce unforeseen adverse effects or raise any other matter not contemplated by the concept plan.
“Therefore it is unlikely further information or debate from possible submitters that could like improve the quality of decision-making necessary at the section 104 (Resource Management Act) stage will be elicited.”
Westfield (the Scentre predecessor) got a plan change in 2012 to rezone land adjoining the shopping centre & owned by it to business 8, and enabling the company to double the maximum gross floor area to 92,500m², including 15,000m² for offices.
17 November 2015: Council closes doors to decide on St Lukes notification
17 February 2012: Plan change to double St Lukes mall goes through final council hoop
13 January 2012: Court issues consent order for St Lukes rezoning & expansion
19 December 2010: St Lukes: the debate
18 November 2010: Westfield gets St Lukes plan change approval as mayor talks mediation
Attribution: Council decision & release.