Published 28 August 2007The Auckland Regional Council has agreed to notify a Manukau City Council proposal that would open up a large tract of rural land around Auckland International Airport at Mangere for commercial development.
However, the regional council last night rejected part of the proposal, the first time it’s rejected a local council application to extend the MUL (metropolitan urban limits).
The city council applied to the regional council to bring 1200ha in the Mangere-Puhinui area inside the MUL. This includes the airport, land north of the airport and a block near Kirkbride Rd. The regional council’s acceptance of the majority of the proposal means the application can now proceed through the public submission & hearings process.
Regional councillors accepted 1100ha of the 1200ha commercial proposal, but rejected part of the land north of the airport, citing environmental & cultural reasons. These included its proximity to a residential area (Papahanga), the newly restored Oharangi Creek & the Otuataua Stonefields Historic Reserve. The land also contains some archaeologically significant sites.
The item was in the confidential section of the regional council’s agenda last night.
Attribution: Company statement, story written by Bob Dey for this website.