Plan to set aside rail link land
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.