Parks project con­fuses pub­lic

East and Bays Courier - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ADAM JA­COB­SON

Ta­maki res­i­dents have crit­i­cised an open spa­ces plan for be­ing too com­pli­cated and not pub­licly con­sulted.

The Maun­gakiekie-ta­maki Lo­cal Board has de­layed ac­cep­tance of Auck­land Coun­cil’s Ta­maki Open Space Net­work Plan (TOSNP) af­ter feed­back from a com­mu­nity drop-in ses­sion re­quested coun­cil­lors un­der­take an ex­ten­sive pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process on the draft plan.

The TOSNP is a 10 to 15 year ini­tia­tive which pro­vides the lo­cal board with nec­es­sary steps to­wards giv­ing Ta­maki sus­tain­able and qual­ity open spa­ces, such as parks, sport­ing ar­eas, and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence.

Also out­lined were a num­ber of pro­posed land ex­changes in con­junc­tion with the Ta­maki Re­gen­er­a­tion Com­pany (TRC) that would re­sult sec­tions of re­serve land be­ing re­zoned for de­vel­op­ment, and vice versa.

TRC is a housing de­vel­op­ment com­pany, jointly owned by the Gov­ern­ment and Auck­land Coun­cil.

Eight green spa­ces, in­clud­ing May­bury Re­serve and Wim­ble­don Re­serve had been iden­ti­fied for land ex­changes.

Pan­mure Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group sec­re­tary Keith Sharp said this was test case for fu­ture con­duct of de­vel­op­ment in the area and full and open pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion would set a prece­dent for sim­i­lar projects.

Com­mu­nity con­cerns were raised over sim­i­lar­i­ties seen be­tween the TOSNP and the Point Eng­land De­vel­op­ment En­abling bills con­sul­ta­tion process, which re­sulted in the Gov­ern­ment re­mov­ing re­serve sta­tus on nearly 12ha of land for housing de­vel­op­ments with no pub­lic con­sid­er­a­tion, he said.

The com­plex na­ture of the draft pro­posal was also caus­ing is­sue with res­i­dents, who stated they didn’t fully un­der­stand what it was de­tail­ing, he said.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s se­nior policy man­ager for parks, sports and recre­ation­spaul Mar­riot-lloyd said due to the size of the project, the plan was re­quired to re­flect this, mean­ing it would not be eas­ily un­der­stood in a sin­gle view­ing.

The 100-page doc­u­ment in­cluded in­for­ma­tion on in­fra­struc­ture re­quire­ments, trans­port projects, pedes­trian and cy­cle move­ments, and park and amenity projects.

Con­sul­ta­tion was fore­cast to be held in late Oc­to­ber or early Novem­ber.

MARY FITZGER­ALD/STUFF

Pan­mure Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Group sec­re­tary Keith Sharp says pub­lic con­sul­tion is vi­tal.

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