Re-imaging Great North Rd
A community-led precinct on Great North Rd has been given the go-ahead.
The Waitemata Local Board is allocating $10,000 from its Community Empowerment Fund to the Grey Lynn Residents Association to lead the project on May 10.
The idea stemmed from a meeting with Auckland city planners about their lack of interest for a precinct vision for Great North Rd.
Dave Batten from the Grey Lynn Residents Association says they don’t want to be perceived as NIMBYs.
‘‘Great North Rd, along the Grey Lynn ridge, is ripe for intensification and potential form and scale is massive.’’
Local board member Vernon Tava agrees and says it is the last great development opportunity close to the inner city.
However the community wants consideration requiring future apartment buildings to include ground floor businesses.
‘‘If you’ve just got accommodation it becomes destitute during the day,’’ Batten says.
Concerns around the new developments shadowing properties have been dismissed with architect Daniel Marshall providing a comprehensive shading study showing there would be some areas with minimal shading.