NZ Urban Development News - 3 December


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 3 December 2018.

Panuku to help shape Pukekohe's future

A new future is being envisaged for Pukekohe. Auckland Council has green-lit Pukekohe for a regeneration programme being led by the city’s redevelopment agency Panuku - news welcomed by Franklin Local Board and the town’s business association.

Panuku will create development opportunities and board chair Angela Fulljames says, with the area’s population forecast to increase to 106,800 by 2033, being proactive is crucial.

Council green lights bold, new city centre plans

Auckland Council’s Planning Committee unanimously voted for an innovative concept that paves the way to further pedestrianise Queen Street. One of three bold new proposals discussed today, Queen Street – Access for Everyone will further develop Auckland’s city centre into a vibrant public space for people.

Mayor Phil Goff says Access for Everyone will revolutionise the way Aucklanders and visitors experience and do business in our city.

“Today we discussed bold new steps for Auckland and Aucklanders. Pedestrianising Queen Street and introducing generous pedestrian-friendly areas within the historic Queen Street valley will return precious city centre space to our people," he says.

Auckland's largest housing project under development, Paerata Rise

A new housing development, as large as Auckland's CBD, is set to open signalling continued growth and demand in the south of the city.

Paerata Rise, a 300-hectare urban development situated between Karaka and Pukekohe, south of Auckland, will open to the public on Saturday .

Owned by Wesley College Trust Board, and Grafton Downs Limited, the development  of 4,500 homes will feature a train station transport hub, a relocated Wesley College; and a relocated Paerata School  - which will be complete by 2021.

Court of Appeal overturns resource consents for Wellington's Shelly Bay redevelopment

Resource consents for the massive Shelly Bay redevelopment in Wellington have been quashed in the Court of Appeal.

In a decision on Monday, the court said Wellington City Council had wrongly interpreted the law. As a result, its assessment of the factors such as the environmental effects of the hundreds of apartments and townhouses, was flawed.

Given the way the council had defended its conduct the first time around – with council employees giving evidence when the consents were challenged – the council should consider using independent commissioners to decide whether to grant the consents, the court said.

Hamilton to Auckland return trip could cost up to $40 day


Passengers can expect to pay up to $40 per day for a round trip on the Hamilton to Auckland train service, which is expected to launch in March 2020.

In the business case which came before Waikato Regional council on Wednesday, details into how the train would operate were revealed.

The train will run from Hamilton's Frankton station, stopping at a new station at The Base, before stopping at Huntly and then Papakura.

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