Seven units planned at One­tangi Beach

Waiheke Marketplace - - Out & About - ROSE DAVIS

Con­cern has been sparked by plans for seven new units on a ‘‘medium sized’’ prop­erty be­hind One­tangi Beach.

One­tangi Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son David Baigent said Re­liv­ing Lim­ited’s ap­pli­ca­tion for Auck­land Coun­cil con­sent for the devel­op­ment needs to be ‘‘watched care­fully’’.

He is call­ing for pub­lic no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the plans to build seven three-bed­room units on a 4320 square me­tre bare sec­tion at 20C Third Av­enue, which peo­ple pass on the way to the beach.

‘‘It’s a sen­si­tive flood plain and I would like as­sur­ances that the drainage field can han­dle the amount of ef­flu­ent that’s go­ing to go into it.

‘‘I’m watch­ing it with con­cern,’’ Baigent said.

Re­liv­ing Lim­ited di­rec­tor Bill Mc­don­ald, from Orakei in Auck­land, has with­drawn pre­vi­ous plans to de­velop a re­tire­ment com­plex on the prop­erty, which is be­hind The Boathouse Cafe and One­tangi Beach Apart­ments.

In­stead, the com­pany has asked for re­source con­sent to build seven con­tem­po­rary style, sin­gle-level units that would be used for vis­i­tor ac­com­mo­da­tion and as houses.

They would be be­tween 90 square me­tres and 107 square me­tres in size and one would fea­ture a 35 me­tre swim­ming pool.

The build­ings would cover 922 square me­tres of the site, well over the 648 square me­tres usu­ally al­lowed.

Waste­water for the units would be dis­posed of at an ad­join­ing prop­erty on the beach­front at 23 The Strand. The waste­water sys­tem would serve The Her­itage Apart­ments on that site and two other prop­er­ties.

The coun­cil will need to give the plans spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion be­cause they in­volve de­vel­op­ing build­ings and a waste­water sys­tem in a coastal ero­sion zone on flood prone land.

Two units would be six me­tres from a wet­land, when they would usu­ally need to be 20 me­tres away.

Earth­works are planned over 1453 square me­tres, more than three times the nor­mal limit of 400 square me­tres.

Pub­lic walk­ways through the devel­op­ment site, which is be­side a wet­land re­serve, would be re­tained.

The site has a com­mer­cial zon­ing that al­lows vis­i­tor fa­cil­i­ties, but the coun­cil needs to choose whether to al­low houses there.

The coun­cil has not yet de­cided whether to al­low the pub­lic to for­mally com­ment on the plans.

‘‘It's a sen­si­tive flood plain’’ David Baigent

The devel­op­ment site at One­tangi Beach. ROSE DAVIS/STUFF

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