De­signer to take a new look at quarry pro­ject

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By ROSE CAW­LEY

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.

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