Mt Al­bert’s precinct plan

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

The call to de­velop a precinct plan for the Mt Al­bert town cen­tre has been an­swered.

Work will be­gin in De­cem­ber to pre­pare the fi­nal de­tails for the area as part of the Auck­land City Coun­cil’s fu­ture plan­ning frame­work’s three-tiered ap­proach.

The city­wide over­view, which is di­vided into 10 ar­eas, will de­velop four precinct plans over the next nine months and in­cludes cen­tre plans for One­hunga and recre­ational plans for Pt Che­va­lier and West­ern Springs.

Eden-Al­bert coun­cil­lor Mark Don­nelly, who helped ini­ti­ate the con­cept, says a re­fined strat­egy for Mt Al­bert will set out how the town cen­tre should de­velop over the next five to 15 years.

“Mt Al­bert wasn’t ini­tially se­lected as a precinct plan, but I was able to get po­lit­i­cal sup­port across the coun­cil to get it in­cluded,” he says.

“I was able to show them not only the cur­rent run-down state but also the po­ten­tial, with a ma­jor landowner, and the lo­cal ef­fort that’s gone into es­tab­lish­ing a busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion.”

Mr Don­nelly says he is work­ing with ma­jor prop­erty own­ers Unitec and Tramco, as well as other com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers, to es­tab­lish a uni­fied view for Mt Al­bert.

“There is a lot that makes up the Mt Al­bert area and this is giv­ing us a good spring­board for de­vel­op­ment,” he says.

“It will also help the new trans­port agency with how Mt Al­bert should de­velop as a trans­port node, es­pe­cially in sup­port­ing Unitec and the lo­cal busi­nesses and com­mu­nity.”

Mt Al­bert’s detailed precinct plan is ex­pected to be com­pleted by March for the new Auck­land Coun­cil to im­ple­ment in 2011.

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