NZ Urban Development News - 24 October


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 24 October 2018.

Reaction to latest Auckland waterfront 'stadium in the sea' proposal

Auckland leaders have begun expressing strong opinions about the proposal to build a new stadium on the city's waterfront at the Ports of Auckland.

The Chamber of Commerce has called the plan "exciting", while a senior councillor has spoken out against the scheme.

An engineer who specialises in underwater developments has panned the project as an impractical, unrealistic and "incredibly expensive" dream.

The proposal is to build a $1.8 billion stadium alongside Bledisloe Wharf. Its top would be level with Quay St, at about 4.5m above the king tide level, and its base would be 28m below sea level - 10m of it in seawater, and a further 18m into the seabed.

Auckland Council working with developers to pay for Auckland's growth

Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore says development contributions are a way that the council can recover a fair share of its infrastructure investment from the development that it enables.

“These charges fund transport, stormwater infrastructure, parks acquisition and development, and some community infrastructure.

“The current development charges for areas where new infrastructure is needed no longer reflect the true cost of provision. The policy has recently been reviewed to consider where improvements can be made to ensure these costs are met into the future," says Deputy Mayor Cashmore.

An initial round of consultation on this policy was undertaken in May, and the feedback received at that stage has been worked into a new proposal.

A second consultation on the draft Contributions Policy 2019 has opened today.

Inside the $790m Westfield Newmarket development

The two Newmarket city blocks will be linked via a two-level air bridge spanning Mortimer Pass. 81,000 cubic metres and rock are being removed from the site – equivalent to 33 Olympic swimming pools. 186,000sq m of concrete is being poured and 7100 tonnes of steel goes into this mammoth job.

How rapid transit access adds to property values

Auckland Council economists found that property up to 500m from a train station gets a value boost, making the 'value catchments' smaller than expected. And the value uplift isn't everywhere trains service


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