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DESIGN & BUILD Call us on 271 8068 Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this feature supplement By MARIANNE KELLY REDUCING the width of ‘mixed housing’ zones along major ar- terial routes and reinstating the former Manukau ‘main residential zone’ are among the Howick Local Board’s submissions on the Auckland Council’s draft Unitary Plan (UP). The board’s feedback has gone to the council’s Auckland Plan Commit- tee (APC) and decisions will be made by the APC this month. Restricting the mixed housing zone (MHZ) to 200 metres of main roads would reduce intensification, particularly on Bucklands Beach peninsula, which does not have a main route running through it. But replacing single housing zones – apart from the heritage overlay to the east of Howick Village – with the status quo would also give residents the opportunity to develop their properties further. “It’ll result in less change for many people,” says David Collings, the board’s district plan and design port- folio leader. “Planners are talking about two mixed housing zones, an inner and outer. We accept more intense devel- opment around town centres and the roads linking them. “But we feel they’ve gone too far and would like the inner MHZ to be pulled back to 200m, which could result in Bucklands Beach peninsula coming out of the zone altogether.” By leaving the balance of the MHZ and single housing zone (SHZ) areas as legacy ‘main residential’, there would be no change for many resi- dents who’d otherwise be constrained by limitations of the new SHZ. “It would give them more ability to develop their properties, because their zoning would stay as it is now, except for the Howick heritage over- lay,” Mr Collings says. “As the UP stands, people rezoned for single housing are being down- zoned from the provisions in the Manukau legacy plan.” The board says it supports the gen- eral approach to the intensification of Auckland as proposed in the UP. It agrees with the rationale behind residential development involving a terraced housing and apartment buildings (THAB) zone around transport routes and mixed housing along major arterials, subject to its proposed changes. One of the contentious proposals, the THAB zone around the coastal edge north of Pakuranga Town Cen- tre will go if the board’s changes are accepted. The inner MHZ would be applied along a 200m boundary either side of Pakuranga Road and Ti Rakau Drive, with the rest of the area, including the peninsula coastal edges, zoned legacy ‘main residential’. The proposed change has been well received at public meetings, Mr Collings says, following extreme concern about intensification on the peninsula. However, the board supports ex- pansion of the town centre zone to balance and accommodate future “centre growth”. It’s recommending increasing the town centre’s height limit to 12 storeys and expanding the zone to include Cortina Place and the north- west side of William Roberts Road, north of Reeves Road. Further out, a mixed use (MU) zone would apply within 250m of the town centre, including north of Pakuranga Road and fronting the proposed Reeves Road flyover. MU zone heights around the town centre range from three storeys in Pakuranga Road to four storeys in Ti Rakau Drive and on the east side of William Roberts Road. The additional height, the board says, is needed to cater for the required growth, while avoiding ter- raced housing and apartment build- ings in the other more sensitive areas, such as the coastal edge. This approach also encourages investment and development in the town centre by leveraging off the bus interchange and associated projects in AMETI (Auckland Manukau East- ern Transport Initiative). The THAB zone would be con- centrated along the corridors of Pakuranga Road, Ti Rakau Drive and Reeves Road, up to and includ- ing Millen Avenue on the south side of Pakuranga Road, and up to Wil- liams Avenue on the north side; also on Ti Rakau Drive as far as Chevis Place and extending to Lewis Road by Reeves Road. All are within 500m walking distance of the town centre. Regardless of proximity to the town centre, the board proposes the THAB zone height be four storeys. Mr Collings says work on the Pakuranga Town Centre master plan, along with the UP, has been valuable because a higher level of consultation has been involved. “We’re urging the council to make resources available for similar plans for other centres across the super- city.” The board supports the proposed 18-storey height limit for the Botany metropolitan centre, subject to inter- face and parking controls. Mr Collings says: “We’re looking at a metropolitan centre which will be the equivalent of Manukau. It’s cen- tral to the entire ward. “It’s privately owned and at the moment there are no height limits on town centres such as Botany and Pakuranga. So the UP simply puts a height provision there, knowing there will be growth.” However, the board is asking for the Ormiston/Flat Bush Plan Change 20 to be fully reinstated into the UP. Mr Collings says the Plan Change 20 has already been through a rigor- ous consultation process. “We’ve consulted with the com- munity and the plan is well accepted. “It’s unique within the super-city, such as provision for green fingers, built-in backyards. “It also provides for grid street layouts rather than cul-de-sacs used in previous developments, which have created problems, especially for emergency vehicles.” The board opposes a proposed THAB (four-storey) zone opposite Stockade Hill in Howick Village, as it would be detrimental to the hill’s historical value. “We want planners to investigate what the impact of three storeys would be opposite the hill,” Mr Coll- ings says. “We wouldn’t want apartments rising to the same height as the hill.” Board submits plan suggestions PUBLICLY-SCRUTINISED: Howick Local Board member David Collings says the Ormiston/Flat Bush Plan Change 20 has already been through a rigorous consultation process. Times photo Marianne Kelly “It’ll result in less change for many people.” – David Collings, the board’s district plan and design portfolio leader.
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