CBD re­fresh ap­proved

Auckland City Harbour News - - SITUATIONS VACANT - JAMES PASLEY

An in­dus­trial waste­land on Auck­land’s CBD wa­ter­front will be trans­formed into a Syd­ney-style pub­lic park un­der a new coun­cil vi­sion.

On Tues­day coun­cil­lors voted to bring Auck­land city into the fu­ture by un­lock­ing its pub­lic trans­port po­ten­tial, im­prov­ing cy­cling and walk­ing flows and mak­ing the wa­ter­front more ac­ces­si­ble.

The de­ci­sion came as Auck­land Coun­cil up­dated its two core spa­tial plans, a 20-year plan for the city cen­tre and a 30-year plan for the wa­ter­front.

The up­date fo­cused on a se­ries of projects for down­town, mid-town, cen­tral wharves and Wyn­yard Quar­ter.

A key part of the plan in­cludes de­mol­ish­ing si­los and in­dus­trial fa­cil­i­ties on Daldy St in Wyn­yard Quar­ter and turn­ing it into a pub­lic park and res­i­den­tial prop­erty.

Plan­ning com­mit­tee chair­man Chris Darby said the up­date ac­knowl­edged Auck­land had move from a port city to a city that re­spected its har­bour’s edge.

A num­ber of other changes for the city were out­lined.

Welles­ley St would be­come the pre­dom­i­nant east to west bus link.

New bus fa­cil­i­ties would be built in Al­bert St, Quay St East and along­side a new univer­sity bus sta­tion in Grafton Gully.

These would re­move the need for buses in lower Queen St and cen­tral Quay St en­abling them to be­come pedes­trian-fo­cused spa­ces.

This would make it eas­ier to close the area off for ma­jor events such as the Amer­ica’s Cup and Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (APEC) con­fer­ence of world lead­ers, both in 2021.

It also en­abled the Vic­to­ria St Lin- ear Park, a pro­posed walk­way that would join Vic­to­ria Park and Al­bert Park, turn­ing Vic­to­ria Street into a leafy walk­way of plazas and green spa­ces for pedes­tri­ans.

The park had been in jeop­ardy when Auck­land Trans­port (AT) con­sid­ered us­ing Vic­to­ria St as a bus route.

On the wa­ter­front pub­lic park­ing would be re­moved from the east­ern Viaduct and a re­place­ment Wyn­yard Cross­ing bridge for walk­ing and cy­cling would be built to en­able grow­ing num­bers of pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists to use the wa­ter­front cor­ri­dor.

Wyn­yard Park would be con­nected to Daldy St lin­ear park and Vic­to­ria Park to cre­ate a se­quence of open spa­ces.

Coun­cil staff rec­om­mended turn­ing Cap­tain Cook Wharf into a cruise ter­mi­nal, but that was sub­ject to ne­go­ti­a­tion with the Ports of Auck­land.

Fund­ing for the projects would be ex­plored by coun­cil as it worked through its 10-year bud­get.

Auck­land Coun­cil up­dated its two core spa­tial plans on Tues­day.

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