Coun­cil urged to have a cuppa

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

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.’’

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