Published 7 September 2007Manukau City Council’s hearings committee has decided to generally uphold the district plan change which allows for the creation of the Wairoa River maritime village.
The committee received more than 1000 public submissions on the village proposal. Submitters now have 30 working days to decide if they will appeal the decision to the Environment Court.
The Wairoa Canal Development Partnership – a successor to the property interests of Force Corp Ltd – sought approval for private plan change 13 in 2005, to establish a new coastal settlement based on a canal housing scheme in the lower reaches of the Wairoa River, 5km north-west of Clevedon, between North Rd & the river. Force Corp first put its proposal to the council in 2001, and other parties had put up schemes for years before that.
Hearings committee chairman Jan Sinclair said the village was “a unique development in a unique area. It’s a one-off which offers another choice of lifestyle in Manukau. The committee heard expert evidence that gave us confidence the proposed canal housing won’t be bad for the environment.
“It will be self-sufficient with its own infrastructure for sewage & drinking water. 34ha of wetland & native planting will encourage new life in the river – we’re quite confident this will mitigate any potential environmental effects.
“The rules of the plan change will protect the natural character of the surrounding rural landscape and ensure a carefully managed urban development.”
Among other reasons the committee gave for upholding the plan change:
It will bring economic & social benefits to the Clevedon area in the form of employment opportunities & enhanced facilities that can be supported by a growing populationIt will facilitate the provision of enhanced boating facilities in the Wairoa River and result in generous open spaces & a walkway system for the publicNorth Rd will be upgraded considerably.
20 November 2005: Wairoa River canal village out to public consultation11 May 2004: New push for Wairoa River canal village gets same old answer10 March 2001: Force’s canal village concept before regional council
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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.