Board’s plan for expansion
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.
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.