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Waitakere brothel law operative this week

Published 7 October 2007Waitakere City Council’s plan change 24 on commercial sex activities, and policy sections 5 & 6, become operative on Friday 12 October.

But chief executive Harry O’Rourke said in a weekend notice some policies remain under appeal, and parts of policies concerning the Swanson structure plan area won’t be applicable until variation 88 (the Swanson structure plan) is resolved.

Plan change 24 provides a policy & rule framework to administer commercial activities in the city.

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Attribution: Council notice, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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ARC buys Stedfast Park from Boys’ Brigade

Published 28 August 2007The Auckland Regional Council has bought the 8.22ha Stedfast Park property at Piha as a strategic addition to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.

The property is within easy walking distance of Piha Beach.

Parks & heritage committee chairman Sandra Coney told the council meeting last night the Boys’ Brigade Northern Regional Trust’s board of trustees had accepted the council’s offer.

Cllr Coney said the property was a primary entry point for visitors to the ranges. It’s the historic site of the Piha sawmill, from which the famed Piha tramway began its route to Anawhata in the north and Whatipu in the south, traversing rugged hills, shifting sands & wave-smashed cliffs. Remnants of the line can be seen all along the coast from Karekare.

The Boys’ Brigade bought Stedfast Park from the Church of the Nazarene in 1984. It has a 90-bed education facility, which is managed by the Adventure Camp Trust Board, based at Carey Park in the Henderson Valley.

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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Waitakere Central wins structural engineering award

Published 19 August 2007Waitakere City Council’s new civic centre, Waitakere Central, has won its fourth award, this one at the Innovate NZ Association of Consulting Engineers awards for its anti-vibration system. The merit award was for dampening vibrations from the railway line running beside it, which the designers said opened up possibilities for more intensive use of land close to railways throughout the country. The building opened only a year ago. This year, it’s scored 2 excellence awards from the Property Council and theCreative NZ premier creative places award.

Alan Reay Consultants were faced with ensuring the council building functioned as a comfortable & efficient workplace for 700 fulltime staff, while being located beside an increasingly busy commuter railway line just metres from the site, and developed what the Association of Consulting Engineers described as “an innovative foundation isolation system for the complex, which is believed to be unique in the world. 

“The solution centres around piles isolated from the ground and on the ground-floor slab by bentonite or polystyrene, depending on the location – subsequent testing revealed the vibration level was well within acceptable levels.

“Not only does the building meet the client’s requirements for energy efficiency, but the selection of methods & materials were cost-effective.”

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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Mallard announces $2 million for Hobsonville cluster

Published 10 August 2007

Economic Development Minister Trevor Mallard announced a $2 million Government contribution yesterday for the Hobsonville marine industry cluster – termed a major regional initiative, which thereby gets support from NZ Trade & Enterprise (or whatever else it’s now called) and the Auckland regional AucklandPlus & regional economic development forum.

 

Mr Mallard said the money was “tagged to infrastructure which will allow easy access for large boats to deep water”.

 

What wasn’t spelt out was quite the catalyst this piece of infrastructure will be. The minister saw the obvious tax returns from supporting the start of a cluster which stands to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in a short period, while Marine Industry Association president Ian Cook said the money would enable the cluster to put down infrastructure which the companies involved couldn’t do individually.

 

Peter Busfield, the association’s executive director, explained that the money would go to the travelator lift to provide the launching facility. It’s an expensive item, used infrequently, and so not profitable to an individual owner, but vital for super-yacht launching.

 

Without it, the cluster wouldn’t function anywhere near to its potential.

 

Mr Mallard naturally linked the announcement to the just-concluded America’s Cup series in Valencia, where he said he’d discovered the wider impact of the New Zealand yachting campaign: “What was absolutely clear to me there was, our marine industry had a reputation amongst people who knew about boats.”

 

On top of that, however, “A lot of the promotion there had nothing at all to do with the marine industry. There is no doubt that Emirates’ presence had a lot to do with promoting New Zealand in Europe in a way that would not be possible otherwise. And to do that we need a decent marine industry.”

 

Mr Mallard said when Labour began this term of government it was concerned about economic growth in the provinces, but they’d performed well and it was Auckland that had been left behind. The Hobsonville cluster was the kind of catalyst the region needed.

 

“It’s clear there are going to be tremendous advantages for the companies that can get out there…. There are some aspects which will be really good for individual companies, but they need infrastructure.”

 

About $7 million is needed for initial infrastructure. Mr Mallard said the Government’s $2 million “will be more than matched locally”.

 

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Attribution: Announcement event, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Waitakere gets 2655 submissions on Whenuapai plan change

Published 11 May 2007

Waitakere City Council has received 2655 submissions to its proposed plan change 22 to create a special airport area at Whenuapai. Submitters have until Friday 1 June to make further submissions based on submissions already made.

 

The council’s spokesman on the Whenuapai issue, Cllr Penny Hulse, said 82 submitters supported the proposal and 2571 were opposed, of which 2000 were pro forma.

 

She said the council still had to decide whether to consider the submissions itself or appoint a commissioner. The hearings will not be heard until later this year or early next.

 

“Even if we appoint a commissioner or commissioners to conduct the hearings, the council must still make the final decision. The Resource Management Act specifically prohibits commissioners from making decisions on district plan changes.

 

“Probably the most important thing to emphasise at this time is that the proposed plan change does not bring an airport into being.

 

“If the Air Force was to leave, the land would revert to the underlying zoning and an application for an airport would be a non-complying activity and probably quite difficult to obtain. So all the proposed plan change does is establish that this is an area where an airport could be operated. We may never have that airport, but the plan change keeps the option open.”

 

Cllr Hulse said if there was ever a firm proposal to establish a civilian airport, it would have to go through the full resource consent process, giving opponents every opportunity to state their opposition.

 

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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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New consent fee scale proposed in Waitakere

Published 22 April 2007


Waitakere City Council proposes to introduce a new scale of building consent fees from 1 July, driven initially by the system failures over leaky homes. The council has a few days over 9 weeks to get the consultation done and the proposal through, but didn’t say when the consultation period would be.


Planning & regulatory committee chairman Vanessa Neeson said as she introduced the proposal on 18 April: “These are much-needed reforms after the leaky building fiasco, but they do have the effect of increasing compliance costs.


“The new regulations require much higher standards from everybody, from the building designer, through the builder & subcontractors to council inspection & approval processes. This should restore confidence after the leaky building disaster.”However, it is worth making the point that this has all come about because of leaky buildings and leaky buildings came about because the Government mandated changes to the way buildings were built, the materials that could be used and the way builders are trained. So ratepayers are picking up new costs and the councils are wearing the blame, while the Government seems to get off scot-free.”


Cllr Neeson said the proposed fees reflected the wide-reaching reforms recently introduced by way of regulation. New regulations, requiring councils to be accredited as building consent authorities before 30 November, were designed to bring about better practice & performance in building design, control & construction. She said the council would take all necessary steps to upskill its staff: “A lot more will be required of our technical staff under the new regulations – compared with the old regulations. So that is a good thing for the customer. “However, it is also going to be up to the applicant’s professional advisors to get applications right when they are lodged. Too often in the past we have been presented with applications with wrong, missing or inadequate information. Our staff have had to be proxy professional advisors guiding customers in how to get applications right. That has cost a lot more than the basic fee they would have paid if the applications had been up to scratch in the first place.”So we should be able to look forward to more efficient processes while the quality of the finished product will be to a high standard. This will restore confidence to the building sector.”


Website: Council committee agenda, consent accreditation & regulations (item 5)


 


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Attribution: Council release, agenda, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Waitakere park management submissions sought

Published 19 April 2007


The Auckland Regional Council is calling for comments on proposed changes to the way it manages the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.


It took the management plan out to public consultation in November and is seeking submissions on the draft changes to section 55 of the regional parks management plan – which outlines the way the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is managed – by Friday 29 June.


The council says the proposed changes aim to strengthen the level of environmental protection for the park while still providing for a range of appropriate recreational experiences.


It proposes limits on the number of activities permitted at some beach locations & sensitive environments such as North Piha, the Glen Esk area of Piha, Pararaha Valley, Whatipu & Anawhata.


The chairman of the council’s parks & heritage committee, Cllr Sandra Coney, said: “As a result of continued regional growth, more visitors and increased demands from tourism & commercial businesses are expected. The changes are designed to ensure that the ways visitors are managed are robust & responsive to the increasing pressures in the country’s largest & fastest-growing region.”


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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Henderson building passed in

Local results from Bayleys’ Total Property auction on Wednesday 4 April 2006:


 


Published 9 April 2007


Henderson, 415 Great North Rd, 1625m² standalone building with 3 tenancies, returning net $197,500/year plus gst, passed in at $2.8 million (Chris Upright & Craig Smith)


 


Full auction results: Just 3 sales under the hammer, 5 prior at Total Property auction


 


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Attribution: Auction, book & schedule, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Low yield on Glendene property

Local results from Bayleys’ Total Property auction on Wednesday 4 April 2006:


 


Published 9 April 2007


Glendene, 5 Bancroft Crescent, 3062m² site earning net $51,928/year from long-term tenant keen to stay, sold prior for $1 million at 5.2% yield (John O’Brien)


 


Glendene, 20 Akatea Rd, industrial land bank returning $120,000/year from short-term tenancies, passed in at $1.2 million (Ross McFarlane & Quinn Ngo)


 


Full auction results: Just 3 sales under the hammer, 5 prior at Total Property auction


 


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Attribution: Auction, book & schedule, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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Crystal Mountain theme park proposal out for submissions

Published 18 March 2007


Jurisdiction: Waitakere


Neighbourhood: Ranui


Applicant: Sandra & Abrelino Nogueira


Application detail: 31 Wallace Rd, application to develop the Crystal Mountain theme park comprising theme rides, buildings & parking areas


Notification date: 9 March


Submission closure date: Tuesday 10 April


Directors’ other interests: The Nogueiras are directors of Café on the Rocks Ltd & Crystal Mountain Ltd.


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Attribution: Public notice, story written by Bob Dey for this website.

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