Call for a strategy to make Mt Albert thrive again
“You really can’t start the strategy stuff early enough. The key is to get as much support by the time council’s draft annual plan comes up for public consultation this month,” says Mr Donnelly.
“To be successful there will need to be a strong economic focus around the existing strengths of the area, and good quality commercial and residential developments.”
Council officers will report on what is needed to set up a planning framework for the area and the expected costs at this month’s city development committee meeting.
A decision will then be made on whether Mr Donnelly’s concept is feasible.
“All this determines how the area will develop. If there is no strategic plan then everyone will operate in the dark.
“If I get this through, hopefully it will start a planning process that can guide the train station upgrade.”
Mr Donnelly says Unitec is a key economic driver not only through its own growth, but by the way its campus could be used to provide a mix of commercial and educational opportunities.
Unitec chief executive Rick Ede says he is keen to discuss how the campus and community can work together.
“We are currently going through a strategic review process and it’s one of my aspirations for the campus to become better integrated with the Mt Albert community.
“We have an open mind as to what it would look like but certainly we’d like to be part of the discussion.”
Tell us what you think. What would you like to see as part of a master plan for Mt Albert? Email edcl@snl. co.nz.