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New Penlink designation notified

Auckland Council has notified Auckland Transport’s notice of requirement for a wider Penlink route crossing the former Weiti Station & Weiti River to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

Designation 167 was publicly notified yesterday. Submissions on it close on Thursday 2 April.

The original designation was for a 2-lane route. The new designation widens it to 4 lanes along the whole 7km and includes 6 more areas through minor boundary alterations to the existing designation.

Auckland Transport has also sought an extended lapse period for the new designation of 20 years.

The proposal is for a toll road, which Auckland Transport says would make the journey from the peninsula to downtown Auckland 5.8km shorter, would cut 12-18 minutes off journey time, and also save 5 minutes for motorists who continued to use the old route.

The last price tag on the project was $388 million, estimated last year when the designation was being revised.

Links: Shape Auckland, Penlink notice of requirement
Auckland Transport, Penlink

Attribution: Public notice, Auckland Transport.

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First WeitiBay sections go on market

The first waterfront 83 sections have gone on the market in the gated WeitiBay community at the former Weiti Station, in the south-eastern corner of Rodney, just over the Okura Estuary from the old North Shore City boundary.

The whole development area, between Long Bay & Stillwater, comprises 850ha of what was pine forest planted by NZ Forest Products Ltd. It’s being developed into a huge private park, with 150 large lots between 1500-2000m².

The first of those lots are priced now between $795,000-1.05 million. Building of individual homes won’t start until titles are issued, expected to be around October next year. The Weiti development will also ultimately include 2 villages with 1050 residential lots, and an expansion being sought. These villages will lie further back from the gated waterfront 150-lot community, but will have access to the oceanfront.

Developer Evan Williams, of Williams Land Ltd, said: “To put the size of WeitiBay in perspective, it’s as large an area as Devonport & Bayswater combined.”

Facilities to come include a racquets club, fitness centre & swimming pool, equestrian centre & stables, a 20ha mountain bike club, 12km of new public walkways, a marine centre & 20ha of conservation gardens.

Mr Williams said WeitiBay, a joint venture between Williams Land & the family that has owned the land for 30 years, had a very strong ecological focus: “We’re a private group with a lot of experience in a number of coastal properties such as Mataka Station in the Bay of Islands and BreamTail at Mangawhai, and we believe in working with great landscapes.

“We pay particular attention to the ecology, the agricultural components, the history & relationship with mana whenua, and the visual aspects of projects such as WeitiBay. Handled carefully, development can fund & enhance the coastline and we have been doing that for many years. At the same time we provide wonderful places to live & work.”

Mr Williams said people on the North Shore had thought of Weiti as a green belt because more than 80% of it had been covered by production pine forest, but much of the forest has been cleared, with 300,000 tonnes of wood cut.

“We accepted a commitment to retain that green belt function and the development we are undertaking will make certain that happens. Hundreds of thousands of trees are being planted to replace the pine forest, which will result in a huge boost to the birdlife coming onshore off Tiritiri Matangi.”

WeitiBay is accessed from East Coast Rd – and, if the Penlink route to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula is built, directly from State Highway 1. Because of the current development of the land, buyers interested in viewing need to be accompanied into Weiti Bay. That’s being handled by Bayleys North agents Michael Guy & Kirsty Stevenson.

Mr Williams is a former managing partner & chairman of law firm Chapman Tripp, and has been a partner in developing Denarau Villas in Fiji and Mataka Station in the Bay of Islands.

Link: WeitiBay

Attribution: Company release.

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ARC appeals Weiti development

Published 6 February 2008

Auckland Regional Council has filed an appeal to the Environment Court against consent granted in December for an exclusive 150-dwelling development on part of the 840ha Weiti Forest Park, on the Rodney District side of the Okura Estuary.

 

However, after confidential discussion by the council’s regional strategy & planning committee on Tuesday, councillors told staff to expedite settlement discussions with developer Evan Williams, of Williams Land Ltd.

 

Rodney District Council & the ARC held a joint hearing on the Williams project in November and issued separate consent decisions a week before Christmas.

 

The committee was told on Tuesday, in the monthly policy implementation report, the ARC had lodged a submission “in general support of the application”. Mr Williams had put various scenarios to the councils – one for 200 dwellings, one for 600 and another for 1500, but eventually opted to apply for the permitted 150. The ARC had opposed all these schemes, but at the hearing said it would switch to supporting the 150-lot subdivision.

 

In its appeal, it wants changes made which the 2 sets of commissioners didn’t accept, reducing the impact in a “heritage protection zone”, further reducing the number of lots –  possibly to 100, which would put the project’s economic viability in doubt and therefore effectively kill development – and limiting future development.

 

Numerous propositions for development near the Okura Estuary on Weiti Station have been put forward over the past 15 years, all strenuously opposed by people who believe any development will seriously affect the estuary’s quality.

 

The Williams residential development area will occupy 26% of the forest park and buildings will cover 3.3% of it –  the subdivision will occupy 47% of the 216ha which existing zoning allows for. Houses will be set back as much as 400m from the coastline.

 

Harry Bhana, the commissioner who heard the land use application for the Rodney council, said in his reasons for his decision: “Although the proposed development will have some adverse effects on the amenity values associated with the relatively undeveloped character of the area, and in particular on the amenity values of those using the coastal walkway, the change in character that will arise is an inevitable result of the zoning that has applied in this area for the past 20 years.”

 

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Attribution: ARC meeting & agenda, hearing agendas & decisions, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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