Auckland Council’s urban development arm, Panuku Development Auckland, will take proposals to a council committee tomorrow to start the process of revitalising 2 areas on the North Shore, Takapuna & Northcote, which were listed in its “unlock” category of transformation sites in December.
They’re among 9 locations around the region that Panuku chose last year as the first batch to be submitted to a comprehensive upgrade.
Panuku has asked the council’s Auckland development committee to give it the mandate to facilitate redevelopment of selected council sites in central Takapuna that have been identified as opportunities to unlock strategic, community & commercial value through urban renewal.
For Northcote, Panuku says it’s been identified in the Auckland Plan as a town centre which requires renewal: “The immediate project area has an old town centre at its heart with established community facilities and a neighbourhood retail centre, including a supermarket, surrounded generally by low density residential, 2 schools and a high concentration of Housing NZ social housing.
“The current urban fabric is largely in a poor condition, mainly attributed to the ground-lease structure of the centre, some reluctance to freehold the council’s leasehold interests to facilitate private investment,and a less than optimum approach to centre & place management.
“Changing circumstances will enable Panuku to leverage & materialise previous planning efforts in Northcote by capitalising on a number of current & evolving opportunities, albeit over a period of time and subject to unlocking the complexities of the fragmented tenure & ground-lease situation.”
Link: Council committee agenda
6 December 2015: How Panuku proposes to lead transformation of Auckland
Attribution: Council committee agenda.