Res­i­dents to have their say

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Change is com­ing to Porirua’s ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and last week res­i­dents had the chance to influence the plan that will steer de­vel­op­ment in Pau­ata­hanui and Judge­ford.

Porirua City Coun­cil has heard oral sub­mis­sions on the pro­posed Pau­ata­hanui Judge­ford Struc­ture Plan, which will guide de­vel­op­ment and growth in the area in the com­ing decades.

The con­struc­tion of Trans­mis­sion Gully, a de­sire for more ru­ral­res­i­den­tial blocks and the sub­se­quent ef­fects on the land­scape and Pau­ata­hanui In­let are at the heart of the plan.

Twenty-one pub­lic sub­mis­sions on the pro­posal were re­ceived.

Pau­ata­hanui landowner Diane Strugnell was con­cerned whether the ideals of the plan could be met, ‘‘or is this an­other doc­u­ment that sits in the pile?’’.

‘‘The in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of land use will oc­cur in lower ar­eas as de­mand in­creases for life­style blocks. Reveg­e­ta­tion will be­come more dif­fi­cult to achieve, it is get­ting harder for peo­ple to have pos­i­tive vi­sions.’’

Ms Strugnell said hav­ing lightin­dus­trial ac­tiv­ity in the area would not con­trib­ute to so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in Pau­ata­hanui, which would continue to be fo­cused around the school.

She also spoke on be­half of the Pau­ata­hanui Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion, who were con­cerned about the loss of ru­ral am­bi­ence, hous­ing den­sity and reveg­e­ta­tion.

Kevin Gwynn, a Judge­ford res­i­dent for 20 years, said the plan re­quired plenty of re­fine­ment, es­pe­cially around is­sues of fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions and es­planade re­serves. He wanted to see a safe cy­cle­way along the length of SH58, which was ‘‘ too nar­row, has no shoul­der and is an ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen’’.

Other as­pects of the plan in­clude the lan­duse of Lanes Flat, op­po­site the sub­sta­tion just past the Pauau­ta­hanui round­about, and whether a pro­posed small vil­lage at the in­ter­sec­tion of SH58 and Moon­shine Rd would be vi­able.

This ‘‘ clus­tered de­vel­op­ment’’ would see a mix of light in­dus­try, shops and ru­ral-res­i­den­tial lots.

Branz chief ex­ec­u­tive Pi­eter Burgh­out said his com­pany had no con­cerns with the plan.

‘‘Our board made a com­mit­ment three years ago to stay in Judge­ford [af­ter con­sid­er­ing a move to Auck­land] and we have made sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment there. I have a photo 10 years ago of bare pad­docks – we are much busier now. We set fire to things and make noise but are good neigh­bours.’’

When asked by mayor Nick Leggett what he thought of a busi­ness park in Judge­ford, Mr Burgh­out said while Branz had ‘‘ not turned [their] mind to that’’, they would sup­port like-minded busi­nesses set­ting up there.

The coun­cil’s com­mit­tee will con­sider rec­om­men­da­tions from the hear­ing on Oc­to­ber 25.

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