Auckland Council’s planning committee agreed yesterday to advance 2 of its “unlock” projects, in Panmure & Takapuna.
The Panmure project, for Panmure’s main street, Queen’s Rd, had already been agreed to by the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board, but the majority on the governing body’s committee was at odds with the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board over the fate of the council carpark at 40 Anzac St (and fronting Lake Rd).
There was also division over why the local board should be able to present its view to the committee on the Takapuna project when 2 local groups, the Takapuna Beach Business Association & Takapuna Action Group, had their applications to address the committee during its public forum were declined.
The reason given by committee chair Chris Darby was that the local board was a part of the council, while outside groups had been able to present their views to the Unlock hearing last year. Cllr Darby said that when the committee had deferred its decision last November, it had done so specifically so it could engage with the board.
While the Panmure decision yesterday was straightforward, questioning & debate on the Takapuna project was prolonged. It was approved after a 13-8 vote in favour.
The Unlock programme is led by the council-controlled property arm, Panuku Auckland Development, and is aimed at revitalising centres around the region.
- I’ll have more on these 2 Unlock projects tomorrow.
Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda.