Published 10 March 2008
Auckland mayor John Banks said on Friday the council had negotiated an agreement with Redwood Group Ltd (Tony Gapes) to produce a master plan for any future development of the Orakei peninsula, where Redwood sought consent at a hearing in January for 146 residential units in 5 blocks.
Mr Banks said: “The community has been asking for such an approach and I’m pleased that we have been able to sign an agreement with the developer to get such a plan underway. “This is a victory for the community and a tribute to common sense. The master plan will seek to deliver the best urban design outcome for an area where aesthetics, height & density, roading & traffic management are uppermost in the minds of the local residents.
“We’re pleased that Redwood Group is willing to participate in finding the best possible solutions in the development of this important area. They have also agreed to pay for the process, which indicates significant goodwill on their part.
“Quality residential housing, great access to public transport & public open spaces can potentially be incorporated in the plan and, under the agreement, there is opportunity for community engagement on the issues.”
The mayo said there would be 2 occasions for public consultation. “On 19 March, there will be an open day at 246 Orakei Rd, between 10am-7pm, where people can identify key issues, and an opportunity later to look at some of the options being considered.
“We now have the prospect of a good outcome for the area. The alternative is a development within existing rules which could lead to an ad hoc appearance for this valuable part of the city. This is an example of how business & the community can work together in the best interests of the city.”
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Attribution: Mayoral releases, story written by Bob Dey for The Bob Dey Property Report.