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Committee progresses unitary plan changes, city centre masterplan, waterfront, Panuku programme, Onehunga project, land transport, northern corridor, Whenuapai, sites of significance

Auckland Council’s planning committee began its 6-hour meeting yesterday with input from advocates of no port extension into the Waitemata Harbour, and of relocating the freight operation.

Shortly after, the committee gave its support in principle to an inner dolphin off Queens Wharf as the preferred option for berthing large cruise ships.

The public input came from Shane Vuletich for Urban Auckland, Committee for Auckland & Stop Stealing our Harbour, with Richard Didsbury, Sir Stephen Tindall & Julie Stout.

But the bulk of the day’s meeting was about the “refresh” of the council’s overarching Auckland Plan, completed in 2012 and up for its first review.

The committee has held 4 workshops and had numerous presentations on the Auckland Plan, but also on various other planning documents since last October’s election.

The committee approved a streamlined approach rather than fullscale review with the intention of making the plan more strategic, integrated, focused on spatial issues, a smaller document and one that will be digitally accessible.

It approved a process of early targeted engagement with communities from May-June  on Auckland’s big issues and on the high level strategic direction of the refreshed Auckland Plan.

This article is a brief summary of matters the committee considered. I’ll write in more detail in a few days.

Other items considered:

Item 10, city centre masterplan delivery & implementation, 3 projects to be updated:

  • Victoria linear park & midtown east-west public transport
  • Quay St harbour edge boulevard & Hobson St flyover
  • Queen St, issue identification & project implications.

Item 11, Waterfront planning & implementation:

A targeted refresh of the waterfront plan is underway, focusing on development of Wynyard Pt and optimising the use of the central wharves. 

Item 12, Update on Panuku work programme:

The committee endorsed Avondale as an “unlock” location, where Panuku facilitates development opportunities for private sector investment in town centres.

A high level project plan will go to the committee later this year for approval.

Item 13, Onehunga high level project plan:

The committee adopted Panuku Development Auckland’s high level project plan for the transformation of the Onehunga town centre & surrounding area.

Item 14, Submission on draft national policy statement on land transport:

The committee approved the council’s submission.

Item 15, Northern corridor improvements project, political reference group & delegations:

The committee approved extending delegations so the reference group can provide direction & decisions on the council’s position during the board of inquiry hearing on east-west link project.

Item 19, Unitary plan (operative in part) – future plan changes and processing of private plan changes:

A report was presented on future council-initiated changes to the new unitary plan and the committee approved the criteria for dealing with private plan changes over the next 2 years.

Item 16, Draft Whenuapai plan change – approval & public engagement:

The committee approved a consultation process that will allow for the implementation of the Whenuapai structure plan, which the council approved last September. Public consultation will run from 10 April-14 May.

Item 17, Development of plan change to the unitary plan & Hauraki Gulf islands section of the district plan on sites of significance to mana whenua:

The committee gave approval for the council to engage with mana whenua & landowners on 270 nominated sites of significance to mana whenua as the next step to preparing a plan change. 

Item 18, Unitary plan, assessment of errors to produce the first 2 administrative plan changes:

The committee agreed to develop 2 administrative plan changes, one to correct errors, anomalies & technical details to the text & maps and the other to correct errors in the notable tree schedule.

Links – from committee agenda:
9, Auckland Plan refresh, engagement approach & proposed options

<ahref=”http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/Open/2017/03/PLA_20170328_AGN_6720_AT.htm#PDF2_ReportName_52321″ target=”_blank”>10, Auckland city centre masterplan (2012): Delivery & implementation, progress update
Addendum (item 11)
11, Waterfront planning & implementation
Mooring options
Inner dolphin section & plan views
12, Panuku work programme, update
13, Onehunga, high level project
14, Draft government policy statement on land transport, submission
15, Northern corridor improvements project, political reference group & delegations
16, Draft Whenuapai plan change, approval & public engagement
17, Development of plan change to unitary plan (operative in part) and the district plan (Hauraki Gulf islands section), sites of significance to mana whenua
18, Unitary plan (operative in part), assessment of errors to produce the first 2 administrative plan changes
19, Unitary plan (operative in part), future plan changes and processing of private plan changes
20, Summary of planning committee information memos & briefings
Attachment A, 2 March, Staff submission on the Telecommunication Act Review: post-2020 regulatory framework for fixed line services
Attachment B, 22 March, East-West Link, submission
Attachment C, 22 March, northern corridor improvements project, submission
Attachment D, 20 March, structure plans, memo to planning committee members
Attachment E, 15 February, future urban land supply strategy, refresh workshop documents
Attachment F, 1 March, city rail link, briefing documents
Attachment G, 1 March, Auckland Plan refresh, workshop 3 documents
Attachment H, 7 March, city-airport briefing documents (not included)
Attachment I, 10 March, central city waterfront, planning workshop documents
Attachment J, 15 March, Auckland Plan refresh, workshop 4 documents

Related story today:
Start with a figure you don’t know, then plan accordingly….

Attribution: Committee meeting, council staff report.

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Augusta unconditional as second tenant signed for Broadway development

Augusta Capital Ltd has gone unconditional on its purchase for syndication of Mercury Energy Ltd’s new headquarters at 33 Broadway, Newmarket, where construction is just starting.

Mercury Energy will be the anchor tenant, consolidating its 4 Auckland offices in the one 5-green-star building and occupying over half the development at the roundabout across the road from the Newmarket Olympic pool. The company will be on a 12-year lease. Augusta managing director Mark Francis also confirmed Tegel Foods today as an office tenant.

Augusta subsidiary Augusta Funds Management Ltd will raise $83.5 million of equity through a unit trust to be established to acquire the property. Augusta Capital will underwrite $33.5 million and other parties the balance of the capital raising.

Mr Francis said a product disclosure statement was being prepared and the offer should be open for investment in mid-April. No money is being sought yet.

The building is under construction by Mansons Broadway Ltd with settlement (but not building completion) scheduled for 1 July. Mansons will provide a 10-year capex guarantee from completion.

When Augusta entered into the agreement in December to acquire the unfinished development, Augusta managing director Mark Francis said it was a new phase in syndicate investment strategy: “Augusta believes this transaction signals a key strategic step as it moves from not simply being a buyer of investment grade assets but into funding & development of investment grade assets.”

The total consideration is $143,111,878, with a fixed amount payable at settlement, further drawdowns made on a cost-to-complete basis as the development progresses, and retention amounts payable on achievement of certain development & leasing milestones.

Earlier stories:
20 February 2017: Augusta launches Mercury syndication
22 December 2016:  Augusta takes new step in syndication

Attribution: Company release.

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Hobsonville Land becomes HLC

Housing NZ Corp subsidiary Hobsonville Land Co Ltd changed its name to HLC (2017) Ltd on Tuesday, and has changed its trading name to HLC, representing “Homes Land Community”.

Chief executive Chris Aiken the change came as the company widened its focus to additional largescale developments around Auckland.

The company was formed to develop Hobsonville Point, the former NZ Defence Force site on the Upper Waitemata Harbour, and celebrated 10 years of residential development last year.

1000 homes have been built at Hobsonville Point and it’s now home to 2310 residents. About 500 more new homes/year are being built. On completion, the 167ha masterplanned development will have 4500 houses & over 10,000 residents.

Mr Aiken said the company had learned a great deal about building quickly at scale, and in a quality way that would foster strong communities and produce affordable homes.

Attribution: Company release.

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3 sales & 7 leases on Shore

Bayleys agents on the Shore have completed 3 sales in Rosedale & Unsworth Heights, and 7 leases spread around Hauraki, Milford, Northcote, Rosedale & Takapuna.

North-east

Sales:

Rosedale

5 Civil Place, unit B:
Features: 232.1m² industrial unit – warehouse 143.6m², first-floor office 47.6m², ground-floor 40m², 4 parking spaces
Rent: $34,000 + gst
Outcome: sold in March for $726,000 + gst at a 5.68% yield, $3128/m² (including parking)
Agents: Matt Mimmack & Laurie Burt

27-29 William Pickering Drive, unit F4:
Features: 210m² office, 6 parking spaces
Outcome: sold in March for $760,000 + gst, $3619/m² (including parking)
Agents: Alex Strever & Ildy Meixner

Unsworth Heights

145 Unsworth Drive, unit 7:
Features: 186m² retail, 5 parking spaces
Outcome: sold in March for $520,000 + gst at $2796/m² (including parking)
Agents: Dean Gilbert-Smith & Adam Curtis

Leases:

Hauraki

347-349 Lake Rd, shop 2:
Features: 55m² retail
Rent: leased in March for $17,000/year net + gst, premises rental $309/m²
Agents: David Huang & Adam Curtis

Milford

56 Apollo Drive, unit 3A:
Features: 67.4m² retail,
Rent: leased in March for $34,000/year net + gst, premises rental $504/m²
Agent: Terry Kim

177A Shakespeare Rd, upper floor:
Features: 68m² office, 3 parking spaces
Rent: leased in March for $24,000/year net + gst, premises rental $353/m² (parking free)
Agent: Terry Kim

Northcote

Northmed, 3 Akoranga Drive, tenancy 3:
Features: 280m² retail, 2 parking spaces
Rent: leased in March for $160,520/year net + gst, parking $25/space/week, premises rental $564/m²
Agent: Jane Sims

Rosedale

34 Triton Drive, unit C4:
Features: 230m² office, 7 parking spaces
Rent: leased in March for $59,000/year net + gst, parking $20/space/week, net excluding parking $51,760/year, premises rental $225/m²
Agent: Alex Strever

36 William Pickering Drive, unit 4:
Features: 175m² industrial unit, 7 parking spaces
Rent: leased in March for $32,000 – 58m² office at $221/m², 67m² warehouse $120/m², 50m² showroom $221/m²
Agents: Ryan Dannhauser & Trevor Duffin

Takapuna

475 Lake Rd, level 1:
Features: 110m² office, 2 parking spaces
Rent: leased in March for $27,320/year net + gst, parking $30/space/week, $24,200 excluding parking, premises rental $220/m²
Agents: Dean Gilbert-Smith, Adam Curtis, David Huang, Michael Nees & Simon Aldridge

Attribution: Agency release.

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Trinity apartment sells

One apartment was sold, another apartment & a townhouse passed in at Bayleys residential auctions around the region this week (on top of the apartment sold at the city branch on Wednesday – click link below).

Isthmus east

Parnell

Trinity, 429 Parnell Rd, unit 302:
Features: 106m², air-conditioned 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, decks, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: rates $3463/year including gst
Outcome: sold for $1.375 million
Agents: Gary & Vicki Wallace

North-east

Belmont

3 Bellcroft Place, unit 1:
Features: 4-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, decks, garage
Outcome: passed in, back on market at $1.295 million
Agents: Amelia-Jane Hoffmann & Ryan Steven

South

Howick

12 Selwyn Rd, unit 1G:
Features: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, patio, parking space
Outcome: sold for $683,000
Agent: Doug McLean

Earlier story:
23 March 2017: Hotel unit sells on low yield and Mission Bay church goes

Attribution: Company release.

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Avoka & Scene 3 apartments sell despite their problems

Both apartments auctioned at Ray White City Apartments today had issues, but both sold under the hammer, thought it took some coaxing.

First up, a unit in Scene 3 with a parking space was leasehold, which has affected both market interest & pricing for several years. The second apartment is in the Avoka building, just off Karangahape Rd, where the body corporate has begun a remediation project.

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Quay Park

Scene 3, 30 Beach Rd, unit 1007:
Features: leasehold, 45m², one bedroom, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1405/year including gst; body corp levy $4056/year, ground rent $8759/year
Income assessment: $490-550/week
Outcome: sold for $130,000
Agent: James Mairs

Uptown

Avoka, 31 Day St, unit 3F:
Features: 49m², one bedroom, 2 balconies; the body corporate has begun a remediation project
Outgoings: rates $1075/year including gst; body corp levy $4430/year
Outcome: sold for $175,000
Agent: James Mairs

Attribution: Auction.

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Commercial property & 2 apartments sell as 8 units passed in

The one commercial property on Barfoot & Thompson’s city auction list this morning, an early learning centre, was sold under the hammer, followed by a slow journey as 8 apartments were passed in. Then, breaking the run at the end of the auction, the last 2 apartments sold (they’re listed below by location, not by auction list order), in the Cintra (pictured) off Symonds St and a unit in Zest.

Apartments

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Commerce/Gore

Harbour Oaks, 16 Gore St, unit 33H:
Features: 2 bedrooms, secure parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $5345/year
Outcome: passed in at $512,000
Agents: Wendy Feng & Jack Li

Learning Quarter

Crown on Cintra, 3 Whitaker Place, unit 16C:
Features: 39m² studio, study, balcony, parking space, leaky issues identified
Outgoings: body corp levy $4155/year
Outcome: sold for $222,000
Agents: Oscar Zhao & Leo Shin

Uptown

Q Central, 54 Liverpool St, unit 7B:
Features: leasehold, 64m² 2-bedroom penthouse, balcony
Outgoings: rates $1582/year including gst; body corp levy $3549/year, ground rent $7642/year
Income assessment: $450/week
Outcome: passed in at $115,000
Agents: Zoran Farac & Stephen Shin

Bianco off Queen, 8 White St, unit 9C:
Features: 54m², 2 bedrooms, balcony
Outgoings: body corp levy $6561/year
Income assessment: $600/week
Outcome: passed in at $480,000, back on the market at $538,000
Agents: Annie Xu & Sean Zhang

Victoria Quarter

88 Cook St, unit 7:
Features: 148m², 2 levels, 3 bedrooms, living area on each floor, 2 secure parking spaces
Outgoings: body corp levy $3003/year
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Sean Lee

Hobson Gardens, 205 Hobson St, unit 5H:
Features: 140m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, study, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $6167/year excluding water
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Stephen Shin & Yasu Ka

Zest, 72 Nelson St, unit 1028:
Features: 48m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, balcony, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $5774/year
Income assessment: $450/week
Outcome: sold for $450,000
Agents: Wendy Feng & Jack Li

Alpha, 17 Vogel Lane, unit 1102:
Features: 46m², one bedroom, balcony, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1457/year including gst; body corp levy $4460/year
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $569,000
Agents: Stephen Shin & Justin Choi

Kingsbridge, 72 Wellesley St, unit 30:
Features: 2 bedrooms, wraparound balconies, parking space
Outcome: passed in at $550,000
Agents: Rita Herceg & Alex Allan

Waterfront

Quay Regency, 148 Quay St, unit 7C:
Features: one bedroom
Outgoings: body corp levy $4154/year
Outcome: passed in at $405,000
Agents: Alex Allan & Rita Herceg

Commercial

Isthmus west

Pt Chevalier

90 Pt Chevalier Rd:
Features: 639m² corner site, 110m² building, early learning centre
Outcome: sold for $1.36 million
Agents: Duane Mullooly & Chris Peterson

Attribution: Auction.

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Flood-damaged New Lynn building’s demolition starts

Auckland Council said yesterday it had issued a warrant to undertake the emergency partial demolition of the Probett Building in New Lynn.

The building at 3107 Great North Rd was damaged during last week’s flash flooding. The council issued a dangerous building notice last week, and said the owner had worked closely with the council to allow the demolition to proceed.

Initially the owner was planning to undertake the work, but the council wanted to proceed quickly to allow for work on the culvert the water came from to also progress safely.

Council infrastructure & environmental services director Barry Potter said Ward Demolition started work yesterday. It also needed to remove asbestos from the site.

He said the upstream end of the culvert would start to be cleared today.

Attribution: Council release.

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5 sell out of 13 intensive units auctioned at Barfoots

5 units sold out of 13 apartments, townhouses, suburban units & cross-leases auctioned at Barfoot & Thompson’s city office yesterday, and one cbd apartment was withdrawn. Among the sales was a 2-bedroom apartment overlooking Parnell Rd (pictured).

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Learning Quarter

The Quadrant, 10 Waterloo Quadrant, unit 2207:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, balcony, parking space
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agent: Dong Liu

Isthmus east

Epsom

218 Green Lane West, unit 37:
Features: 3-bedroom unit, 2 bathrooms, study, double garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $4250/year
Outcome: passed in at $900,000
Agents: George Fong & Laura McAuley

Newmarket

73C Carlton Gore Rd, unit 3:
Features: one-bedroom 1930s apartment, private courtyard
Outcome: passed in
Agents: Cheryl Burgess & Ian Griffiths

Kings Square, 26 Remuera Rd, unit 506:
Features: over 100m², 3-bedroom apartment, 2 bathrooms, double garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $3421/year
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $1.019 million
Agents: Cici & Miro Wang

9 Sarawia St, unit 408:
Features: one-bedroom apartment in former motel, offstreet parking
Outcome: sold for $432,500
Agents: Jill Jackson & Emma John

Parnell

387 Parnell Rd, unit 6:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, tandem garage
Outgoings: rates $2183/year including gst; body corp levy $7232/year
Outcome: sold for $830,000
Agents: Silvia Poletti & Bobby McMillan

Remuera

11 & 13 Hapua St:
Features: 2 adjoining properties on combined 1602m², 4-bedroom duplex with double internal-access garage on 641m², 3 bathrooms, and vacant 961m² section with resource consent for 2 houses
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Cindy Yu

Isthmus west

Freemans Bay

47 Napier St:
Features: 119m², 3-bedroom terrace, 2 bathrooms, courtyard, internal-access garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $4834/year
Outcome: sold for $972,500
Agent: Ric Parore

116 Wellington St, unit 3:
Features: one-bedroom unit, private courtyard, storage, offstreet parking
Outgoings: body corp levy $2512/year
Outcome: sold for $665,000
Agent: André Boddé

Grey Lynn

7C Scanlan St:
Features: 136m², 2-level 2-bedroom apartment in warehouse conversion, storage, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: body corp levy $1646/year
Outcome: no bid
Agent: David Dowse

Kingsland

52 Aitken Terrace, unit 1B:
Features: 2-bedroom apartment, deck, double basement garage
Outgoings: body corp levy $4900/year
Outcome: sold for $920,000
Agents: Susan Murdock & Sue Cohen

Mt Eden

68 Ellerton Rd:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 976m², 3-bedroom villa, attic, study, carport
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Derek Helliwell & Di Lynds

Mt Roskill

7 Jasper Avenue:
Features: cross-lease, half share in 837m², 3-bedroom bungalow, carport
Outcome: passed in at $935,000
Agents: Bella Stefano & Sherry Shao

Sandringham

99B Lambeth Rd:
Features: cross-lease, quarter share in 1214m², 3-bedroom house, deck, carport
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Mal MacElvanna

Attribution: Auctions.

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Hotel unit sells on low yield and Mission Bay church goes

A Portland Tower apartment on Queen St, in the Quest hotel pool, was sold by the mortgagee on a 4.2% yield at Bayleys’ auction today, and a Mission Bay church was also sold, future use unknown.

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Queen St

Portland Tower, 62 Queen St, unit 14A:
Features: 31m², one-bedroom apartment on Quest hotel lease until 2030, balcony
Outgoings: rates $2440/year including gst
Income assessment: $12,000/year
Outcome: sold at ANZ Bank mortgagee auction for $286,500 at a 4.19% yield
Agents: Dave Hamlyn & Marcus Fava

Isthmus east

Mission Bay

69 Patteson Avenue:
Features: 1313m² section, Orakei Methodist church & hall, zone changing from residential 2B (one dwelling/600m²) to mixed housing suburban (minimum lot size 400m²)
Outcome: sold for $2.5 million at $1904/m² land
Agent: Alan Elliott

Isthmus west

Mt Albert

10 Counsel Terrace, unit 1:
Features: cross-lease, 1/3 share in 1050m², 3-bedroom townhouse, 2 bathrooms, conservatory, garage converted to fourth bedroom
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Angela Yang

Attribution: Auction.

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