Published 3 June 2015, updated 4 June
As often occurs, membership of one hearing panel appointed on Tuesday had an immediate change.
The panel to hear the Takapuna application for a marine activity hub had Lisa Whyte (Hibiscus Bays) named as local board member on the panel, however she declined the role. No replacement has been named yet.
Committee chair Linda Cooper told me & Ms Whyte in an email today: “It seems that a reporter who was at the meeting has legitimately posted this on social media before our hearings staff were able to confirm availability in person with the commissioners. It is very common for proposed commissioners to be unavailable or occasionally have a conflict therefore frequently I am asked to approve an alternate commissioner. This means resolutions on the day are sometimes not accurate by the time the hearing occurs.”
Almost like an accident, except I was sitting at the media table in plain view at an open meeting. It used to be normal for council staff to ensure before the meeting that proposed commissioners were going to be available for a hearing – in which case they also learned of conflicts.
Auckland Council’s hearings committee appointed commissioners on Tuesday to hear 5 resource consent applications, including the council application to place a public artwork on Queens Wharf and the proposal to establish a boating hub on the Takapuna camping ground.
The committee also:
- designated 12 independent hearing commissioners as duty commissioners
- resolved to recruit more commissioners, and
- began a review of the process for determining demolition resource consent applications in the isthmus residential 1 zone.
Queens Wharf, public artwork at wharf end (application already publicly notified, submissions closing Monday 8 June): Leigh McGregor (chair), Robert Scott & Bill Kapea
Takapuna Beach, 22 The Promenade, Takapuna Beach Holiday Park site, application by Harbour Access Trust for resource consents for community marine activity hub: Karyn Sinclair (chair), Rebecca Macky, Melean Absolum & local board member Lisa Whyte (from Hibiscus Bays)
, appointment of 3 independent hearing commissioners; the 1032 submissions were split 528 for the marine centre, 499 against, 5 neutral
Remuera, 14 Rangitoto Avenue & 19 Ara St, application by BeGroup NZ Ltd for retirement village in 3 wings of 1-3 storeys containing 27 independent living units, 68 aged-care suites, basement parking, on the former Rawhiti Bowling Club site: Robert Blakey to decide on notification and, if notified, to hear the application along with Pamela Peters, Rebecca Skidmore & local board member Graeme Easte (from Albert-Eden)
Waiheke Island, Sandy Bay, 92 Coromandel Rd, application for resource consent for a single-storey house straddling a wetland area: Barry Kaye to decide on notification and, if notified, to hear the application along with Bill Kapea
Te Atatu Peninsula, 543 Te Atatu Rd, former BP Oil (NZ) Ltd service station site, application by Vaco Investments (Te Atatu) Ltd (Antony Arnerich) to vary conditions of consent to allow 24/7 drive-through McDonald’s fast-food restaurant: Les Simmons to decide on notification and, if notified, to hear the application along with Ian Munro, Philip Brown & local board member Catherine Farmer (from Whau)
The list of duty commissioners includes 3 who are new to that role – Richard Blakey, Robert Scott & Dave Serjeant.
Council resolutions team manager Rob Andrews said the council reduced its pool of hearing commissioners from 65 to 49 a year ago and there was now a need to supplement the pool in certain skill areas.
Along with changing the faces on hearing panels, the council has produced a performance development framework for commissioners, including reviews of performance, supporting development and dealing with under-performance.
11 August 2014: Pencarrow enters upmarket retirement village development with Rawhiti site
25 May 2009: 8-storey Te Atatu building turned down
3 August 2008: Malaysian group plans 10-storey Te Atatu Peninsula development
Attribution: Committee meeting.