Res­i­dents to be con­sulted over quarry de­vel­op­ment plans

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

De­vel­op­ment may be as much as eight years away but Three Kings res­i­dents are urg­ing plan­ners to con­sider their needs when de­cid­ing the fu­ture of the quarry site.

The quarry is no longer op­er­at­ing and has been ear­marked for de­vel­op­ment once it has been filled. The ex­er­cise is ex­pected to take be­tween eight and 12 years.

At the Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board’s meet­ing last week South Ep­som Plan­ning Group mem­ber Dick Bel­lamy told the board a con­sul­ta­tion process had be­gun but it needed to be strength­ened to en­sure all par­ties are heard.

A precinct plan for the area is to be de­vel­oped based on feed­back to a dis­cus­sion doc­u­ment.

The 15.2ha block is owned by Fletcher De­vel­op­ments which in a uni­tary plan sub- mis­sion says it would like to see the land zoned for ter­race hous­ing and apart­ments. The site is cur­rently zoned for quar­ry­ing.

Fletcher De­vel­op­ments wants to pro­vide a range of dif­fer­ent hous­ing ‘‘fo­cused on apart­ment build­ings’’ and in­di­cated it would like to see up to 2000 dwellings built.

It also says it would like to ac­cel­er­ate build­ing to start work as ar­eas be­come avail­able – pos­si­bly in three years time. Dr Bel­lamy says it is crit­i­cal proper con­tours are built into the quarry to en­sure there are easy links be­tween Three Kings and Te Tatua Riuk­i­uta (Big King).

‘‘I think the idea of a precinct plan is an em­i­nently sen­si­ble way to go,’’ Dr Bel­lamy says.

His group has asked the lo­cal board to aim for a ‘‘prop­erly re­stored quarry area form­ing part of an over­all restora­tion and de­velop- ment plan agreed to by all par­ties’’.

In its sub­mis­sion Fletcher De­vel­op­ments gen­eral man­ager Bernie Chote says he supports the de­vel­op­ment of the precinct plan.

Lo­cal board mem­ber Michael Wood says the de­vel­op­ment will be its big­gest piece of plan­ning work in com­ing years.

‘‘What we’re do­ing in the next phase is go­ing back to the com­mu­nity to try and get a good han­dle on what peo­ple want to see. We’ll try to cap­ture a vi­sion of what the lo­cal com­mu­nity wants.’’

A precinct plan is a guid­ing doc­u­ment only. The uni­tary plan will de­ter­mine what rules will gov­ern the area. Board mem­ber Harry Doig has taken on the Three Kings de­vel­op­ment as a port­fo­lio.

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