Council urged to have a cuppa
SHOW us you can do it well.
That’s the message from Three Kings residents who want proof the Auckland Council can oversee the intensification of housing in the city.
They want to see it can be done in a way that does not result in the crimes against architecture and community of years gone by, before overarching rules that could drastically alter their suburbs are implemented.
Members of various community groups including the South Epsom Planning Group, Three Kings United Group and the Aucklandwide Character Coalition say the council should take David Lange’s advice and have a cup of tea before zooming ahead with implementing its unitary plan city-wide.
Instead they would like to see zoning changes rolled out in stages to allow specific areas to be developed to give people an idea of what the council is talking about.
South Epsom Planning Group spokesman Dick Bellamy says most people understand the need to create areas of high density housing.
But he struggles to understand how the council reached some of the ideas mooted in the plan.
For instance he says plans to allow buildings of up to eight storeys in Three Kings would only put more pressure on already congested infrastructure.
‘‘What they’re failing to take into account are things like what is the capacity of a transportation route like Mt Eden Rd?
‘‘You might have noticed if you try to get through Mt Eden shopping centre it’s already chokka, particularly when schools are in session.
‘‘If you put another 9000 in Three Kings with the general north-south traffic movements there is no way you will be able to get traffic through the Mt Eden shopping centre.’’
In that case he suggests greater intensification should occur at the other end of Mt Eden Rd where a train station is already in place.
‘‘To their credit it is a preliminary draft and meant to be a discussion document.
‘‘Most thinking folk do agree the city can’t keep going out forever but what we want to see are decisions made on some sort of rational basis, and this is extremely simplistic in our opinion.
‘‘They’re expecting feedback, and starting to get feedback.
‘‘They just need to have a cup of tea and think about things.’’