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If you are a Southern Cross member and you need surgery for a hip or knee replacement, there are significant advantages for you: Heritage character is retained By MARIANNE KELLY HISTORICAL and heritage fea- tures characterising Howick Village and its immediate sur- rounding area are largely retained in a draft plan setting out the develop- ment of the super-city over the next 30 years. Auckland Council planners, in the draft Unitary Plan that’s out for pub- lic consultation, have taken on board the Howick Local Board’s feedback. A height restriction of nine metres is planned for each side of the Picton Street business area and its eastern periphery. One of the ward’s largest chunks of single housing, which allows a single home on a single lot, has also been maintained on the seaward side of the village covering Mellons Bay, Howick and Cockle Bay, seeking to maintain the spacious residential character of the area. The minimum size for subdivision is 700 square metres net site area, and the creation of a site smaller than the minimum net site is a discretionary activity. David Collings, the Howick Local Board’s district plan and design port- folio leader, says it has been able to argue for keeping the Manukau Dis- trict Plan existing limits. However, new development, such as The Terraces apartment and com- mercial complex in Fencible Drive and other apartment development in Wellington Street shows what can be done, he says. The village side of Fencible Drive is zoned for the highest heights around the village periphery – four-storey (12m) mixed use. “Redevelopment here shows the kind of thing we also want and what some people are missing. The plan is giving people a multitude of choices,” says Mr Collings. “The frst principle of the Unitary Plan is quality. “We [the super-city] are growing and we want to manage the growth. We want to see quality buildings go up, how they are located and how they interact with other buildings. “A lot of the plan is around urban design. “It’s not totally prescribed. “But there are still rules, such as height in relation to the property boundary, site coverage and require- ments for landscaping, which we didn’t have before. “Rules, such as where windows go so people are not looking into the neighbour’s bathroom, are designed to manage or eliminate privacy inva- sion,” he says. Based on its proximity to the vil- lage centre amenities and transport, a block of terraced/apartment hous- ing with a maximum four storeys is zoned from the village centre to Abercrombie and Howe Streets on the east side of Wellington Street. It blends into a mixed housing zone between Abercrombie and Baird Streets with a two-storey height limit. The mixed housing zone encour- ages a mix of detached, semi- detached and attached dwellings, units, town houses, terraced houses and small-scale apartment buildings. Another block of mixed housing runs along the east and west of Ridge Road. Resource consent is required in the mixed housing zone where fve or more units are being built on a site. Developers will have to show that the site’s size, shape and slope are adequate, along with suffcient street frontage to achieve a quality residen- tial development. Flat Bush THE Howick Local Board, Mr Coll- ings says, is likely to continue to advocate for putting previous plan changes established for the Flat Bush greenfelds areas back into the Uni- tary Plan. Board chairman Michael Wil- liams says at the last minute, coun- cil offcers decided to throw out the recently-fnalised plan change 20 for Ormiston Flat Bush, which “achieved the sensible result of 325 sq m sites with a nine-metre rear yard setback, which achieves both intensifcation and leafy suburban amenity”. The yet-to-be built Ormiston Town Centre, bound on the west by Barry Curtis Park, is zoned for a maximum eight storeys and is sur- rounded mainly by mixed housing (two storeys) with two small periph- ery sections of terraced/apartments, maximum four storeys. South of Murphy’s Bush is a large section of future urban greenfeld land. Around Redoubt Road, the rural eastern periphery is zoned as coun- tryside living and a section of mixed rural land use is on the southern ward boundary. "We want to see quality buildings go up, how they are located and how they interact with other buildings." -- David Collings, Howick Local Board district plan and design portfolio leader MAINTAINING LIFESTYLE: Most of the existing rules regarding property development in the areas surrounding Howick Village are retained in the Auckland Council's draft Unitary Plan. Times photo UNITARY PLAN MEETINGS The Howick Local Board is hosting public meetings to inform residents and ratepayers about the Auckland Council's draft Unitary Plan. They are at 6.30-8.30pm on May 1 at Ormiston Senior College, Ormiston Road, Flat Bush; and from 6.30-8.30pm on May 9 at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga. More information about the plan is online at www. shapeauckland.co.nz.
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