Designer to take a new look at quarry project
At the eleventh hour, Puketapapa Local Board has asked for a second opinion on the Three Kings Quarry development.
Acting chairman Harry Doig says the board intends to hire leading urban designer Richard Reid to put forward an alternative development for the quarry site.
‘‘The board was disappointed that we were only considering the Fletcher proposal – one and two – as if there were no other options.
‘‘It’s not that the Fletcher option is necessarily bad, it is just that the board doesn’t know if it is the best option.’’
He says Reid will be putting forward a development for the entire area, the Fletcher land included.
‘‘Fletcher have said, ‘ We can just develop our land’. Yes, they can do that, and it would be disappointing if they did, because I would like to think that they are open to ideas.’’
Doig expects Reid will focus on improving access to the maunga and access between the community while still retaining open space.
He says they are’t talking about doing away with intensification.
‘‘It is still on his plate and it is still on the board’s plate. The city needs houses.’’
If the alternative proposal ticks all the boxes, the local board will advocate it to the council, Doig says.
‘‘Reid certainly comes with a track history. There was no doubting his credentials.’’
Reid was influential in the Wellington City Council’s decision to investigate other options for the controversial Basin Reserve flyover in 2012.
He first spoke on the Three Kings development at the hearing for private plan modification 372 in May.
That plan application is Fletcher’s preferred development, and includes land owned by Auckland Council and the Crown. It would require a land swap.
The Devonport-based architect was there at the request of community groups South Epsom Planning and Three Kings United.
Reid told the commissioners that filling the quarry to 15 metres below Mt Eden Rd would ‘‘fundamentally compromise the development’’.
Public consultation over the land swap in April has resulted in the council issuing a notice of intent to exchange reserve land and request submissions. Written submissions must be made by July 24.