Mayor feels heat on quarry plans

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By ROSE CAW­LEY

Mayor Len Brown is wad­ing into de­bate around Fletcher Build­ing’s plans for the Three Kings Quarry.

But his words aren’t do­ing any­thing to pacify res­i­dents.

The topic dom­i­nated con­ver­sa­tion at the Mayor in the Chair ses­sion at Mt Roskill Li­brary on De­cem­ber 15.

The quarry site was ear­marked for a de­vel­op­ment of up to 1500 apart­ments in Fe­bru­ary.

Res­i­dents are con­cerned by is­sues in­clud­ing the pri- vate plan change ap­pli­ca­tions, the level the quarry will be filled to, hous­ing den­sity and the pos­si­bil­ity of the is­sue be­ing pushed back to the En­vi­ron­ment Court.

Garry Bryant says some feel they are be­ing dealt a bad hand by coun­cil staff.

‘‘It is not eq­ui­table at the mo­ment. It makes you ques­tion the fair­ness of it all be­cause some of the an­swers we get back from them just do not make sense,’’ he says.

‘‘There needs to be a change in cul­ture.’’

Brown says the coun­cil is try­ing to im­prove things.

‘‘We are work­ing to make sure that they are en­gaged in the com­mu­nity as much as pos­si­ble.

‘‘For some it is sim­ply a tick-the-box task.’’

But the mayor says it is now a mat­ter of wait­ing for the cor­rect pro­cesses to take place.

‘‘It is dif­fi­cult for me to say what fur­ther I will do on this – we op­er­ate around some pretty strict statu­tory re­quire­ments.’’

The pres­sure for more hous­ing in Auck­land will no doubt fac­tor into the out­come, Brown says.

‘‘My view per­son­ally was that we were build­ing at a typ­i­cal rate for com­ing out of a re­ces­sion. But we have spent a lot of time angst­ing over the statis­tics on our pop­u­la­tion growth and we need to con­front our re­al­ity.

‘‘We can’t trans­fer our prob­lems to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, as has been done with trans­port.’’

Brown says re­sis­tance to higher den­sity de­vel­op­ment is a ‘‘gen­er­a­tion thing as well’’.

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