Published 18 September 2005
Manukau City Council has opened its Beachlands growth management strategy up for public consultation.
The study area covers 125ha of rural land south of the current urban limit of the Beachlands settlement to Jack Lachlan Drive. 4 growth scenarios have been presented:
No growth, retaining the special rural 1 zoning and keeping the urban limit as a hard edge along Karaka & Beachlands Rds. Development would occur either as countryside living (1 unit:20ha) or comprehensive countryside living (1:8ha). There would be no commercial development
Low growth, the same hard edge would be retained, countryside living development would be at 1:4ha, and there would be no commercial development
Medium growth, development would be mainly residential, down to 700mÂ² sites on lower-lying land near Karaka Rd, 1000mÂ² near the intersection of Jack Lachlan Drive & the Whitford-Maraetai Rd, limited commercial expansion, and
High growth, development would be at Beachlands settlement density of 700mÂ² sites, including the possibility of minor household units on sites over 600mÂ².
The growth scenarios are being reviewed and key issues identified. At the Auckland Regional Council, strategic policy analyst Emma Oliver said, in a report on the Manukau rural issues, possibilities included:
exploring medium/high-density options at Pine Harbour to support increased use of the ferry service & reduced vehicle demand
adopting low-impact design principles
recognising the Pine Harbour marina as a community focal point and facilitating access to it
identifying linkages & access to open space, including the coastal marine area, and
progressing the growth management strategy & structure planning in tandem with the Beachlands concept management plan.
The city & regional councils are at odds on development strategies, as Ms Oliver pointed out in her report. She noted a proposal presented to the Clevedon community board last year for a new town centre on the corner of Whitford-Maraetai & Beachlands Rds, and the recent approval by the city council of a 21-lot concept subdivision/staged development in the special rural 1 zone, a decision the regional council has appealed.