Published 16 September 2006
Jurisdiction: Rodney District
Neighbourhood: Mahurangi East (Snells Beach)
Decision: The council has given notice of its decision made on submissions to proposed variation 48 to the proposed Rodney district plan 2000 & proposed plan change 99 to the operative district plan 1993 – Mahurangi East seaside village zone
Notification date: 12 September
Decision reinforces Warkworth as dominant centre
Rodney District Council has reinforced Warkworth as the dominant commercial centre in the north-east of the district, with the Mahurangi East centre having a local focus, in a decision on submissions to the proposed seaside village zone around Snells Beach.
The council made decisions on 31 August on submissions & further submissions relating to changes to zoning of land in the Mahurangi East commercial & industrial centre at Snells Beach and the creation of a special zone for the area. It’s served a copy of the decision report on all submitters & further submitters.
In the 2000 proposed plan, the land generally fronting Mahurangi East Rd is zoned retail service and covers 4.8ha. Land generally fronting Hamatana Rd is in the mixed business zone, covering 2.5ha.
The report says: “The proposed zone is intended to introduce planning standards which are felt to more appropriately reflect the location & nature of this centre as a coastal suburban commercial centre with a tourist influence. In doing this, the amount of commercial land area is unchanged from that currently zoned in the proposed district plan, but there is some adjustment in the location of where retailing & light industrial activities are permitted within the overall commercial area.
“The proposed zone is intended to confirm the size of the retail & commercial & light industrial areas likely to be required to meet the foreseeable needs of the community, up to a capacity population base of around 10,000 people in the local Snells Beach/Algies Bay/Mahurangi Peninsula area.
“Included in the proposed zone is provision for a retail goods & commercial services in a commercial policy area, and light industrial service activities in a light industrial policy area. The proposed zone also introduces a range of development controls & performance standards intended to respect the function & scale of business activities expected in the area, and also intended to enhance the local seaside village character, design & amenity achieved from new development & redevelopment.
“The proposed zone identifies the centreâ€˜s role as predominantly a local suburban centre for a small coastal settlement serving local residents & an existing tourist visitor base. Large-format retailing attracting customers from outside the local catchment is seen to be better located elsewhere, such as in Warkworth. Effectively the proposed zone reinforces Warkworth as the dominant commercial centre in the north-east of Rodney District, with the Mahurangi East centre having a local focus.”
The council said it wasn’t appropriate to expand the land area covered by the proposed zone and there was no commercial need to do so: “The land most practically available for expansion is zoned future urban, and at this time the exact form of development that may be most appropriate in meeting future growth demands has not been decided.
“Further, there are wider issues of infrastructure & environmental sensitivity which have yet to be resolved with the Auckland Regional Council.”
The district council accepted that a key intention behind the proposed change was to enable the progressive development of a more compact commercial centre “that is pedestrian friendly and has better potential integration with the existing commercial centre and also the community facilities located directly across Hamatana Rd (community centre, library, childcare, bowling club, sports reserve, police station, tennis club & large sports grounds).”
Website: Council decision notice
Attribution: Council notice, story written by Bob Dey for this website.