Res­i­dents call for con­sul­ta­tion


Res­i­dents are anx­iously wait­ing to see whether a con­tro­ver­sial ho­tel de­vel­op­ment will be re­quired to go through public con­sul­ta­tion.

Seventy res­i­dents met last Wed­nes­day to dis­cuss a pro­posed $20 mil­lion five-storey ho­tel called Ho­tel One at 409 Dominion Rd.

The plot for the ho­tel is on the cor­ner of Dominion Rd and El­iz­a­beth St. It would have 60 suites across two build­ings, con­nected by an in­ter­nal court­yard, with two ground-floor re­tail spa­ces.

Be­cause the ho­tel plans were be­ing as­sessed by Auck­land Coun­cil, the res­i­dents were un­able to do any­thing other than dis­cuss the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment.

At the meet­ing res­i­dents broached con­cerns about waste, trans­port, traffic and the road’s her­itage.

Res­i­dent Paul Rogers said there needed to be a plan to ad­dress the is­sues sur­round­ing Dominion Rd.

‘‘Ev­ery­one agrees there’s a hous­ing cri­sis and a trans­port cri­sis but a ho­tel does not re­solve the hous­ing cri­sis and it ex­ac­er­bates traffic is­sues.’’

He said he had not been able to change a win­dow in his own home be­cause of her­itage re­stric­tions, and yet a five-storey ho­tel was go­ing in next door.

Auck­land coun­cil­lor Chris­tine Fletcher said she could not com­ment on in­di­vid­ual de­vel­op­ments but said there should be public no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

‘‘While Dominion Rd is an ar­te­rial road it should not be for­got­ten that it’s a se­ries of res­i­den­tial vil­lages,’’ she said.

‘‘I believe the is­sues of traffic noise, con­struc­tion and her­itage are ones that the com­mu­nity should have a say on.’’

Fletcher said a lack of public no­ti­fi­ca­tion had also reared its head in Novem­ber with the con­struc­tion of a 103-room hos­tel in Dun­bar Rd in Mt Eden.

The Dun­bar Rd res­i­dents were left in the dark un­til con­struc­tion be­gan be­cause coun­cil granted re­source con­sent with­out re­quir­ing any no­ti­fi­ca­tion, agree­ing that project would have less than mi­nor im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Auck­land Coun­cil cen­tral re­source con­sent­ing man­ager Mark White said con­sent for the ho­tel was on hold as the coun­cil awaited fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from the ap­pli­cant.

He said a de­ci­sion on whether it would be pub­licly no­ti­fied for sub­mis­sions hadn’t been made.


The plot for the ho­tel is on the cor­ner of Dominion Rd and El­iz­a­beth St.

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