Mt Albert’s precinct plan
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.