Auckland City Council’s transport committee moved today to extend the designation period for a section of the proposed eastern corridor by 10 years.
Committee chairman Cllr Greg McKeown said the designation for the section from Tamaki Drive to Morrin Rd would be extended until August 2014. It’s due to expire on 15 November 2004.
He said substantial progress & effort were being made on the corridor project, justifying the extension under section 184a of the Resource Management Act.
The designation secures the opportunity for a transport corridor but doesn’t allow any construction.
“A proposed strategy on how best to protect the route in the longer term will be reported to the transport committee, along with a more substantial update on the project’s scale.
“The revised recommendation from Opus International is due in the last week of August and, along with the modified scale, will include more information on form, alignment, mode & staging development of the corridor.
“It’s worth flagging now that the modified option that Opus presents should be regarded as preliminary. Although progress has been made, clearly we have some way to go to establish a preferred & approved solution for protecting & developing the corridor.”
The designation extension has been referred to the council’s city development committee meeting on 11 August to be actioned.Cllr McKeown said today’s decision didn’t prevent the council from pursuing other options to protect the route, including land acquisition, resource consent applications or issuing new notices of requirement.