Published 14 January 2007
Apartment developments review – Good Solutions Guide
A proposed guide has been developed based on the New South Wales residential flat design code. A number of councils & the Ministry for the Environment have had input. A draft has been finished and the final Good Solutions Guide for Apartments was to be completed late 2006.
Devonport Peninsula transport study
A number of land use & transport scenarios have been identified for the study area and quantified in terms of households, population & employment. They will be evaluated using subjective multi-criteria assessment & transport modelling to determine impacts on the existing transport network and possible interventions to service the development scenarios.
Urban design protocol action plan
Stage 1 of the modified urban design webpage has gone live, with stage 2 to have been completed by the end of 2006. The council is in the process of identifying council capital works projects for review by design review process or urban design panel. It’s continuing to review urban design training needs for elected members & council staff.
Wairau Valley transport & land use study
Consultants are undertaking a workshop with council staff to identify land use & transport options, developing a number of scenarios & transport solutions.
Albany streetscape design
The second stage of the project, the more prescriptive detail of the streetscape design, has been prepared and is being reviewed internally. Once finalized, this will be used to
guide specific street design for the Albany Centre area to promote an integrated street network, alternative modes of transport & strong physical design elements.
Albany Centre plan change
The project objective is to ensure the district plan reflects outcomes sought in the Albany Centre vision & development strategy. The council was negotiating appeals, with Environment Court time allocated in December.
Browns Bay Centre
2 main projects are under way:
A mixed-use zone is proposed for a discrete area of Browns Bay (& Albany Village) to encourage more of this form of development. A draft plan change is to be notified early in 2007
Beach Front Lane promenade – resource consent has been granted. A few outstanding issues have to be attended to before the project goes to tender. The project objective is to create a high-quality public space to encourage property owners to redevelop in a manner relating to the reserve & beach.
Phase 1, the urban assessment of selected centres, has been completed. The second phase of the project is to undertake an economic assessment of these centres.
Devonport master plan
The master plan has been adopted, published & distributed to key stakeholders.
The centre plan has been adopted and implementation issues are being scoped.
A concept plan for development of Northcote Central was endorsed in 2005 by partners North Shore City Council, Housing NZ Corp & the project’s community trust. A development plan incorporating delivery projects has been identified, a priority project being the development of a new channel for access & open space known as the Greenway. Housing NZ Corp has completed the first stage of housing redevelopment with the refurbishment of existing star flats. The next stage of housing redevelopment up to 2010 is being planned, likely to include substantial additional dwellings on identified blocks.
Takapuna strategic study
Workstreams have been developed and a report went to the council’s strategic management committee in December.
Statutory plan changes
Improving the design & location of intensive residential developments (plan change 1)
The plan change became operative in October and the district plan is being updated.
Strategic direction plan change (plan change 2)
3 appeals have been received. The Environment Court agreed to place the appeals on hold pending plan change 12 variation 1 outcomes.
Long Bay structure plan, stage 2 (plan change 6
4 appeals have been received and Environment Court hearings have been timetabled for July.
Albany Centre (plan change 9
8 appeals have been received. The council is continuing discussions with the appellants. An Environment Court hearing was scheduled for December.
Redraft of parts of the district plan (plan change 12, variation 1)
This is required under the Local Government Auckland Amendment Act 2004. Hearing of submissions was to be completed in December, but other LGAAA hearings are to continue through early 2007. A decision is expected at the end of the first quarter of 2007.
Addressing the effects of infill development on the character of residential areas (plan change 17)
Hearings were completed in November and a decision was expected before the end of the year.
Mixed-use zone (plan change 19)
The draft plan change is being finalised, consultation is under way and a peer review undertaken.
Attribution: Forum agenda, story written by Bob Dey for this website.