Published 2 June 2010
Auckland City Council’s transport committee endorsed a simplified scheme for the upgrade of Dominion Rd for consultation today.
Committee chairman Ken Baguley said the council would consult on the design options for the Balmoral & Eden Valley village centres component of the upgrade with relevant community boards, residents & businesses.
Under the new proposal, buses in the vicinity of Balmoral & Eden Valley shops would stay on Dominion Rd instead of deviating along yet-to-be-created roads through adjacent shopping centres, which was part of an earlier plan.
Cllr Baguley said: “After careful consideration & review, it is felt that the impact from creating new roads through these shopping villages would be too great. These areas will be better served by enhancing service lanes, off-street parking and opportunities for integrated commercial development.
“The Dominion Rd upgrade along its full 4.5km stretch remains a regional priority. The improvements will enhance accessibility for all types of transport along its length and help revitalise the Eden Valley & Balmoral shops.”
The council has proposed that Dominion Rd be widened to provide for separate bus & cycle lanes, and its land purchase programme to facilitate the widening is well advanced.
Construction of the upgrade between View Rd & Denbigh Ave is scheduled to begin in January 2012. Village centre improvements are scheduled to begin in 2014 (Valley Rd) & 2015 (Balmoral), following consultation with community boards, businesses & the wider community.
The committee endorsed uplifting designations on land in the Balmoral village centre and on the building at 292 Dominion Rd (previously earmarked for transport purposes), and amended the project scope to include Dominion Rd from Denbigh Ave to State Highway 20.
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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.