Planning commissioners have confirmed the notices of requirement Auckland Transport sought last year for the Redoubt-Mill Rd arterial corridor in Manukau.
Through plan amendments 76 (Manukau) & 49 (Papakura) – begun when those 2 areas of South Auckland were under separate councils – Auckland Transport wants to realign, widen & improve the corridor running from Alfriston round to central Manukau, and also improve the southern portion of Murphys Rd.
The panel of Kitt Littlejohn (chair), Michael Parsonson, Nigel Williams, Rebecca Skidmore & Basil Morrison heard the application in August-October and issued its decision on 17 February.
The commissioners said they found upgrading the corridor was “necessary to relieve existing & forecast congestion, accommodate planned growth, provide for alternative modes of transport, improve traffic safety & improve network efficiency. While the project will result in some adverse effects, particularly in relation to ecology, these effects can be appropriately avoided, remedied or mitigated.”
Auckland Transport roading group manager Andrew Scoggins said today the recommendation & related conditions would be considered before a decision is made to confirm, amend or withdraw the notices. Submitters will have 15 working days to appeal the decision to the Environment Court.
The project will create an 8.9km 4-lane arterial route plus cycleways and is expected to cost about $300 million. It requires full acquisition of 59 properties and partial acquisition of a further 258 properties.
Image above: The Mill Rd corridor, in purple.
Attribution: Decision report, Auckland Transport release.