Plan to set aside rail link land

Central Leader - - EDUCATION& TRAINING NEWS -

In­de­pen­dent plan­ning com­mis­sion­ers have rec­om­mended the land re­quired to build, op­er­ate and main­tain the City Rail Link be set aside for the project.

The five com­mis­sion­ers heard Auck­land Trans­port’s plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion over two weeks in Au­gust and Novem­ber last year.

They have rec­om­mended the des­ig­na­tion for the land be con­firmed, sub­ject to con­di­tions that ad­dress is­sues raised by sub­mit­ters.

The com­mis­sion­ers say they ac­cepted the link would re­sult in sig­nif­i­cant over­all ben­e­fits to the people and econ­omy of Auck­land.

‘‘There was no ev­i­dence to chal­lenge the ben­e­fits of the project and most sub­mit­ters in op­po­si­tion ac­cepted the mer­its of the project.’’

A to­tal of 258 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived in re­sponse to the pub­lic no­ti­fi­ca­tion to set the land aside. Of those 69 were in full op­po­si­tion, 156 were in full sup­port, 20 were in con­di­tional sup­port and 13 were neu­tral.

Auck­land Trans­port chief ex­ec­u­tive David War­bur­ton says the rec­om­men­da­tion and re­lated con­di­tions would now be con­sid­ered by Auck­land Trans­port. The agency has 30 work­ing days to con­firm, amend or with­draw the notices.

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