3 councillors & planning manager off to waterfront conference
Auckland City Council’s decision on which of 2 candidates will win the Britomart above-ground development contract has been put back to November.
The council had anticipated reaching a decision for its 25 October meeting but it’s now likely to be made at the 27 November meeting.
3 councillors and city planning manager John Duthie will be absent from the October council meeting, all attending the Waterfront Expo in London’s Docklands.
The council is paying for recreation & events committee chairman Cllr Scott Milne to attend the conference, but not for finance & corporate business committee chairman Cllr Douglas Armstrong or city development committee chairman Cllr Juliet Yates.
“They’re so keen on it they’re paying their own way,” Mr Duthie said.
“We’re not going up there because of the Britomart stuff, and it won’t make a difference on who is chosen as the proponent we want to work with. But we certainly want to build in all the learning, from New Zealand & overseas. We certainly will be using it in the future.
“There’s a whole lot of case studies at the conference, and it will help as we move forward and develop the city, but it’s not a criterion on which the 2 applicants will be judged.”
The Britomart contest is now between the Bluewater consortium â€“ 40% Peter Cooper of Bluewater Group Holdings Ltd, 40% Multiplex Developments NZ Ltd & 20% Phillimore Properties Ltd (Kelvyn, Ken & Ross Healy) â€“ and Nigel McKenna of Melview Developments Ltd.
The Waterfront Expo website is among several waterfront websites placed on the Bob Dey Property Report external links page after the Urbanism downunder conference in Auckland in March.
Website: Waterfront Expo