Re­gion’s fu­ture to get mapped out

Papakura Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - BEN ROSS

Some big changes are on the way for the peo­ple and busi­nesses of South­ern Auck­land (be­tween Takanini and Pukekohe) as the city con­tin­ues to boom.

With 870 new res­i­dents are ar­riv­ing per week, busi­nesses are look­ing for places to set up shop and the pres­sures on green space and phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture (wa­ter, waste wa­ter, and trans­port) will be­come more acute.

En­ter the Drury – Paer­ata – Pukekohe Struc­ture Plan: a road map on how all that yel­low Fu­ture Ur­ban Zone land will be de­vel­oped over the next thirty years.

When the Uni­tary Plan was writ­ten, de­lib­er­ated and fi­nally op­er­a­tive in Novem­ber 2016 de­ci­sions had to be made where peo­ple would be housed and where busi­nesses could es­tab­lish.

The South­ern Auck­land Fu­ture Ur­ban Zone is the largest in Auck­land and has ca­pac­ity for around 55,000 homes (165,000 res­i­dents) and 35,000 jobs in both com­mer­cial and in­dus­try.

Auck­land Coun­cil has re­cently de­cided that the South­ern Fu­ture Ur­ban Zone will be opened up for de­vel­op­ment sooner rather than later.

Leg­is­la­tion re­quires what is called a Struc­ture Plan be writ­ten up that will guide the de­vel­op­ment of the South­ern Auck­land Fu­ture Ur­ban Zone over the life of the Uni­tary Plan.

Un­til the 20th of Oc­to­ber, Auck­land Coun­cil via its Shape Auck­land web­site (http:/ /sha­peauck­land.co.nz/ con­sul­ta­tions/help-shape-the­fu­ture-of-drury-and-pukeko­hep­aer­ata/ ) is ask­ing for the first round of sub­mis­sions on the Drury and Paer­ata-Pukekohe Struc­ture Plans.

The doc­u­ments get tech­ni­cal but I do rec­om­mend read­ing:

- Drury South­ern Struc­ture Plan: Plan­ning process

- Drury South­ern Struc­ture Plan: Plan­ning overview

- Pukekohe-Paer­ata South­ern Struc­ture Plan: Process.

After that do pop along to one of the drop-in ses­sions be­tween now and the 14th of Oc­to­ber (see the Shape Auck­land web­site on lo­ca­tions and time) and give your feed­back to the Coun­cil of­fi­cers present.

I will be go­ing through the doc­u­ments, hope­fully mak­ing it to a drop-in ses­sion and be giv­ing my feed­back on the po­ten­tial fu­ture of South­ern Auck­land.

I urge you do so as well as the Struc­ture Plan will be map­ping out the fu­ture of South­ern Auck­land for the next 30 years ahead.

Ben Ross is an Ur­ban Ge­og­ra­pher/Auck­land Com­men­ta­tor at Talk­ing South­ern Auck­land - http://voakl.net

South­ern Auck­land Fu­ture Ur­ban Zone has ca­pac­ity for 55,000 homes.

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