In­ten­si­fi­ca­tion fears gal­vanise res­i­dents

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

THE prospect of solid walls of ‘‘high-rise’’ de­vel­op­ments alien­at­ing the Herne Bay com­mu­nity from its wa­ter­front will be top of the agenda at a pub­lic meet­ing hosted by the Herne Bay Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion next week.

Res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion spokes­woman Ju­lia Cahill says res­i­dents are con­cerned by the po­ten­tial for apart­ments of up to six storeys on the sea­ward side of Sars­field St from Cur­ran to Stack Sts un­der the Auck­land Coun­cil’s con­tro­ver­sial Uni­tary Plan.

The key themes of the plan are how dif­fer­ent ar­eas are zoned for dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties and build­ing types, how the en­vi­ron­ment is pro­tected and how her­itage is con­sid­ered.

The ter­raced hous­ing and apart­ment build­ing zone pro­vides for a height of four storeys and up to six storeys when this zone ad­joins to a large town or metropoli­tan cen­tre.

But an Auck­land Coun­cil spokes­woman says Herne Bay does not fall within a zone which would al­low for six-storey de­vel­op­ments.

‘‘There is no such town or metropoli­tan cen­tres in Herne Bay, there­fore the per­mit­ted height is 14.5 me­tres or four storeys through­out,’’ she says.

The spokes­woman says the ma­jor­ity of the pro­posed ar­eas within the ter­raced hous­ing and apart­ment build­ing zone in the sub­urb are al­ready sub­ject to ex­ist­ing district plan pro­vi­sions al­low­ing for build­ings of up to 10 or 12.5 me­tres in height.

Ms Cahill says many res­i­dents are wor­ried by the thought of squeez­ing tiny 30 me­tre-square bed­sit apart­ments into Herne Bay and the sur­round­ing sub­urbs.

‘‘What we’re con­cerned about is get­ting the lo­ca­tions for high rise devel­op­ment right and lim­it­ing any neg­a­tive im­pacts.’’

Other con­cerns to be dis­cussed at the meet­ing in­clude the po­ten­tial in­crease in traf­fic and park­ing is­sues re­sult­ing from high-den­sity res­i­den­tial zon­ing as well as her­itage pro­vi­sions, par­tic­u­larly in re­la­tion to the sea­ward side of Jer­vois Rd.

Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board chair­man Shale Cham­bers and an Auck­land Coun­cil se­nior plan­ner will both make pre­sen­ta­tions.

Those at­tend­ing will be able to view maps and ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings il­lus­trat­ing the kinds of devel­op­ment be­ing pro­posed.

Auck­lan­ders have un­til May 31 to have a look at what is be­ing pro­posed and give Auck­land Coun­cil their feed­back.

Ms Cahill says it is crit­i­cal res­i­dents at­tend the meet­ing to have their say.

‘‘We re­ally need to know what ev­ery­one thinks about the plan so we can draft sub­mis­sions that truly re­flect the com­mu­nity’s view.’’

The meet­ing is on May 8 at 7.30pm at the Pon­sonby Pri­mary School Hall, 44 Cur­ran St, Herne Bay. Con­tact Chris­tine Cavanagh at cav­den@xtra.co.nz if you are un­able to at­tend but would like to pro­vide plan feed­back.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Con­cerned: Mem­bers of the Herne Bay Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion Ju­lia Cahill, left, He­len Schn­abel and Ralf Schn­abel will at­tend a meet­ing on May 8 to dis­cuss the com­mu­nity’s con­cerns about the Uni­tary Plan.

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