Rodney consent activity & strategy, October 2002

Council sticks with sewerage option

Update, 24 October 2002: Rodney District Council voted 8-3 today in favour of the $29.6 million sewerage option 2 for the Hibiscus Coast, which will pipe Orewa sewage along the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, as well as that from the peninsula. The council had voted 6-5 on 10 October to review its previous decision in favour of the same option.

OK for Snow Planet

Update, 24 October 2002: The Rodney hearings committee granted Snowstar Group Ltd consent for its indoor snowsports arena, to be called Snow Planet.

Plan change 62 back in court

Rodney District Council’s long-running battle to get a developer-levy formula in place, through plan change 62 to its existing district plan, will go to a hearing in the Environment Court on 18 November after the breakdown of negotiations.

ARC submissions:

Warkworth, 37 View Rd, application by Westwinds Developments Ltd to subdivide 4ha into 16 residential lots, 2 private access lots, 2 public reserves, an accessway & roadway. An Auckland Regional Council submission opposing the project went before the regional council’s strategic policy committee for endorsement on Tuesday.

The property falls into 3 zones in Rodney’s proposed district plan — future urban, general rural & open space 1.

The regional council said the proposal was contrary to both the regional & district planning strategies. The regional policy statement, in chapter 2, required that a structure plan be undertaken for areas of new development.

In this case, only some sites would be provided with sewer connections, and Westwinds hadn’t demonstrated that adverse environmental effects would be comprehensively managed.

In a submission similar to those the regional council has run where other developments have been proposed ahead of the completion of structure & catchment plans, this one said that until the Warkworth structure plan was incorporated into the Rodney district plan (hearings are about to start on the proposed new district plan), “both the structure plan process and the sector agreement will be potentially compromised by the premature approval of large & medium-lot residential development within the area.

“Moreover, the proposal is unable to be addressed in the context of an agreed catchment management plan and fails to address catchment issues relating to infrastructure, in particular those relating to stormwater. This proposal raises similar issues to a recent similar proposal in McKinney Rd, Warkworth, which was declined by Rodney District Council.”

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Hearings:

Silverdale, East Coast Rd, Rodney District Council’s hearings committee reserved its decision on Friday on the application of Snowstar Group Ltd to establish & operate an indoor snowsport arena (to be called Snow Planet) with associated facilities including a restaurant, bar, conference facilities & lifestyle retailing.

Council strategy:

Rodney District Council voted 6-5 on Thursday to review its decision to pipe all Hibiscus Coast sewage in a raw state to Army Bay, at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. At present it pipes peninsula sewage there for treatment. The new proposal would send Orewa sewage to Army Bay for treatment as well, allowing closure of the oxidation ponds along the Orewa River. A decision needs to be made soon, or Whangaparaoa’s beaches will become recipients of raw sewage overflows next winter.

The council also decided to continue implementing suggestions on upgrading Whangaparaoa Rd and bringing back a consultant to discuss the success of these ideas before proceeding with widening of the road, which is the sole access on to the peninsula. The future of the proposed Penlink route — a toll road from State Highway 1 at Redvale & bridge across the Weiti River — remains up in the air.

A strategy for Rodney District was on the council’s agenda for its Thursday meeting but wasn’t discussed — the agenda ran to 50 items, plus a list of projects which must stay on the agenda until they’ve been completed.

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