Published 1 September 2010
The Smale family’s application to the North Shore City Council for a private plan change – “to facilitate the ongoing development of Smales Farm in an efficient & effective manner while providing a greater degree of certainty” – went to a hearing without opposition yesterday.
Submissions had been made on the proposal (plan change 35), mostly concerned with traffic & transport, but nobody tuned up to argue them further.
Counsel for the Smales, Douglas Allan, said the intention was to remove uncertainty & excessive planning requirements that were holding back development. In the 18 years since the Smales began development, only 25% of the property’s potential 162,000m² of floorspace had been built.
Limited discretionary consent is required under the site’s present business park 7A rules for any activity generating vehicle turnover exceeding 100/day. That equated to 2000m² of floorspace in office terms.
High traffic-generating activities include cafés, restaurants, medical centres & retailing, but fuel retailing remains excluded. The Smales want the limited discretionary requirement removed for premises of less than 1000m², up to the point where the total business park floor area reaches 105,000m², which is anticipated to be in 2017.
The present parking standards set minimum spaces required for each development, but the Smales want maximums, which they say would encourage greater use of public transport. The maximum at 105,000m² would be 1:31.8m² gross floor area, and beyond that amount of development the maximum would shift out to 1:45m². At 105,000m², that would allow parking for 3830 cars, with a maximum for full development of 5094 parking spaces.
Mr Allan told the commissioners there needed to be a balance. The NZ Transport Agency wanted parking constrained, but a group of nearby residents wanted more liberal parking provision to minimize on-street parking.
17 February 2010: Council approves Smales Farm plan change for notification
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Attribution: Hearing, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.