Mayor feels heat on quarry plans
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’’.