Residents to be consulted over quarry development plans
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.