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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 --- 5 FACTORY SHOP BATH & BODY GIFT SETS SHOWER GEL, BODY BUTTERS BODY LOTIONS, COSMETICS FRAGRANCE & GIFT SETS FASHION ACCESSORIES SOAPS, TOILETRIES Come and check out the range of gifts 1084321 CASH ONLY (NO EFTPOS, NO CREDIT CARDS) SALE ITEMS ARE END OF LINES, SAMPLES AND DELETED STOCK OPEN EVERY FRIDAY 10AM-3PM MONDO GROUP 50 GREENMOUNT DR EAST TAMAKI www.mondo.co.nz *Terms and Conditions apply - see Visitors Centre or Eventful Kids supervisors for details 121028 By Marianne Kelly AS FEARS of the landscape descend- ing into a sea of tenement slums increase and calls to “protect our cherished way of life” go out, super- city residents are being encouraged to attend public meetings and make submissions on a plan which estab- lishes the rules for development over the next 30 years. Auckland Council’s draft Unitary Plan – the new district plan – sets out what can be built and where, how to safeguard the environment, heritage, coastal areas and productive rural land. It reduces more than 90 resi- dential zones in the legacy councils’ district plans to fve zones across urban Auckland. Concern that 18-storey buildings are going to sprout up throughout the Howick ward is a misconception, says David Collings, who leads the Howick Local Board’s district plan and design portfolio and is former deputy chairman of Manukau City Council’s environmental hearings committee. “It’s a matter of realising that we know Auckland is going to grow. The council’s plan is introducing protec- tion in some cases where there is none at the moment.” For example, the Manukau Dis- trict Plan, which remains operative, sets no height limit on business hubs such as Botany, Pakuranga and High- land Park. “At the moment, if someone wanted to build a 100-storey-high apartment building in one of those centres, they could,” he says. Instead, the draft plan sets an 18-storey limit for Botany, identifed as one of six metropolitan centres in the super-city. An eight-storey limit is set for Pakuranga Town Centre and six storeys at Highland Park Town Centre. “At the moment,” Mr Collings says, “all these areas are set up as shopping centres. “It’s a 30-year plan and nothing will happen overnight. I would not envisage major renovation involving apartments in these town centres in the near future. “Flat Bush is designated for seven- storey apartments already. But where are they? “Developers talk about a break- even point they can build to until areas are intensifed. In reality we’ll get other style homes before apart- ment buildings. But it’s many peo- ple’s biggest fear.” Planners have put a 250-metre ring around the edge of each of the three main town centres, zoning the imme- diate periphery for terraced/apart- ment housing. A mixed commercial/residential- use zone surrounds Botany with a maximum height of six storeys, blending into six-storey terrace and apartment housing and further out four storeys. Terrace and apartment height lim- its for Pakuranga are six storeys, and another 250m band further out has a four-storey height limit. Highland Park’s periphery is zoned for fve and four-storey bands. One of the most contentious issues is the planners’ extension of four-sto- rey terrace/apartment housing along each side of Pakuranga Road towards Panmure Bridge and along the edge of Tamaki Estuary and its inlets. Mr Collings says zoning is about distance from town centres and facilities and there is a lot going on around Pakuranga. Howick Local Board has commis- sioned a master plan study for the town centre while AMETI (Auck- land Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative) is under way, eventually involving a Reeves Road fyover and busway from Panmure to the town centre and along Ti Rakau Drive to Botany Town Centre. “The busway will be a frequent, top-of-the-line service, which allows for more intensive development. “The plan is all to do with distance from town centres and facilities. The growth strategy is to intensify hous- ing around retail, transport and other infrastructure and amenities.” However, Mr Collings acknowl- edges angst about retaining a coastal outlook among residents in the vicin- ity of Kentigern Close, Pakuranga, which, he says, has been zoned for four-storey terraced and apartment housing because of its proximity to the town centre. Proximity to transport and ameni- ties is also driving the mixed housing zone, accounting for 49 per cent of the super-city. It encourages a mix of detached, semi-detached and attached dwell- ings, units, town houses, terraced houses and small-scale apartment buildings with a two-storey height limit. The plan consequently includes bands of mixed housing alongside major arterial routes, for example, the Bucklands Beach Peninsula and each side of Bucklands Beach Road to Pakuranga Road, continuing along each side of Pakuranga Road to the town centre. From Highland Park, the mixed housing zone runs down Botany Road to Ti Rakau Drive, and in Botany, sec- tions of mixed housing run through Huntington Park, on the western side of Te Irirangi Drive and on the eastern side through Dannemora. The periphery of Meadowlands Town Centre in Somerville, which is zoned for a maximum of four-storey buildings, is also zoned for mixed housing. Pockets of single house zoning are found further away from the main transport routes. The zone allows a single house on a single lot. They are found in Half Moon Bay, Farm Cove and Pakuranga Heights, on the southern Tamaki River edge in Pakuranga, and around the Pakuranga Creek tributary in Golf- lands and Burswood. A stretch of single house zoning runs through Point View and Sham- rock Parks and Dannemora, bordered in the east by countryside living. Two pockets are retained on the eastern side of the Greenmount land- fll.A major chunk of the ward’s sin- gle house zoning, however, is east of Howick Village (a subsequent story will appear in an upcoming Times). Planning for the city's future David Collings, the Howick Local Board district plan and design portfolio leader, wants people to have their say about Auckland Council's draft Unitary Plan. Times photo Marianne Kelly PUBLIC MEETINGS Howick Local Board is hosting public meetings about the draft Unitary Plan. They are at 6.30- 8.30pm on May 1 at Ormiston Senior College, Ormiston Road, Flat Bush; and from 6.30-8.30pm on May 9 at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, 13 Reeves Road, Pakuranga. More information about the plan is online at www.shapeauckland. co.nz.
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