Auckland Council’s planning committee approved the Kia Puawai/Unlock Pukekohe high level project plan yesterday, along with recommending disposal of 27 properties to fund transformation of the region’s southern hub.
Franklin Local Board deputy chair Andy Baker told the committee this transformation would also be important for north Waikato, “for which Pukekohe is & will remain the main centre”.
Pukekohe had been on a lower tier of regeneration on council development arm Panuku’s scale of input, but was raised from the support category last year.
The aim of the council project is to invigorate a centre, partly by redirecting use of its own property portfolio, to facilitate private sector investment.
Panuku’s senior project planning leader, Richard Davison, told the council planning committee: “50% of people leave Pukekohe to work. If they can get their 2½ hours back from travelling to jobs we’ll have achieved something.”
One important aspect of regenerating centres is to reallocate parking space – Mr Davison said Pukekohe had 4000 parking spaces, but people didn’t like using a 5-level parking building in the centre of the town: “It’s not about losing spaces, it’s about reorganising, parking just a little further away,” he said.
Mr Davison said part of the project would be to open up more local jobs. In collaboration with another council arm, Ateed (Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development), Panuku would look to encourage foreign investment in the town.
Planning committee agenda items:
8, Kia Puawai/Unlock Pukekohe high level project plan
High level project plan
Property map – full extent
Property map – zoomed in
Full property schedule
Attribution: Committee meeting & agenda.