Board’s plan for ex­pan­sion

North Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - DENISE PIPER

With the area ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some of high­est growth in the coun­try, the pres­sure of de­vel­op­ment is a key fo­cus of Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board’s draft 2017 plan.

Each of the lo­cal boards in Auck­land is writ­ing lo­cal plans to re­flect com­mu­nity pri­or­i­ties and guide fund­ing over the next three years.

Up­per Har­bour’s draft plan looks at how the area can best cope with growth pres­sure, with the pop­u­la­tion ex­pected to rise to 93,400 in 2033, a 64 per cent in­crease on the 2013 Cen­sus.

One ini­tia­tive in the plan is to con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture to be built and in place as new res­i­dents ar­rive, chair­woman Lisa Whyte said.

She said the trans­port sys­tem was one area un­der huge strain.

The plan in­cludes ad­vo­cat­ing for bet­ter public trans­port con­nec­tions through the new bus net­work, and more park­ing at Al­bany park ‘n ride.

Work­ing with Auck­land Trans­port to com­plete the Gills Rd to Oteha Val­ley Rd Link, and the Gills Rd pedes­trian bridge and foot­path, is an­other point.

More walk­ing and cy­cling con­nec­tions is an­other fo­cus, as is more sports fields. Scott Point in Hob­sonville is to have a sports field de­vel­oped, while the use of sports fields at Caribbean Drive and Rosedale land­fill will be in­ves­ti­gated.

A pest-free plan is part of the push to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment.

The plan also in­cludes look­ing for a long-term so­lu­tion for Al­bany li­brary, as the lease on the li­brary in the vil­lage runs out in four years.

An ex­pan­sion to Al­bany Com­mu­nity Hub, which is yet to open, will also be con­sid­ered.

Whyte said the plan was about meet­ing chal­lenges, as best as pos­si­ble, within the board’s gov­er­nance role and lim­ited bud­get.

‘‘Up­per Har­bour is a great place to live, work and play and we would like it to re­main this way,’’ she said. ‘‘Our var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties are geo­graph­i­cally separated, dis­tinct, and be­com­ing in­creas­ingly di­verse as our pop­u­la­tion grows.

‘‘We wel­come new ideas, ques­tions and con­struc­tive crit­i­cism on how we can make this plan the best plan pos­si­ble for our com­mu­nity.’’

Go to sha­peauck­land.co.nz to read the full plan and pro­vide com­ment. Feed­back must be re­ceived by 4pm on June 30.

SUPPLIED

Chil­dren learn how to kayak at an Up­per Har­bour Lo­cal Board funded-event in Green­hithe. Now the lo­cal board wants to know if it should pri­ori­tise fund­ing for sim­i­lar events in the fu­ture.

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