NZ Urban Development news from the media | 27 August | Next steps for Auckland light rail


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Next steps for Auckland light rail

The two preferred delivery partners for Auckland light rail have been chosen and a final decision on who will build this transformational infrastructure will be made early next year, Minister of Transport Phil Twyford announced.

NZ Infra, a joint venture between the New Zealand Super Fund and Canada’s CDPQ Infra group, and the NZ Transport Agency, will further develop their proposals for Government to consider early next year.

Phil Twyford said light rail will be a game-changer for Auckland.

“It will be a magnet for private investment in urban renewal and will be able to carry 11,000 commuters per hour – the equivalent of four lanes of motorway."

Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan approved

The regeneration of Christchurch, and the transition to local leadership, continues with the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration announcing the approval of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan.

Developed by Regenerate Christchurch, the Plan supports the regeneration of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, providing a vision and objectives for short, medium and long-term future land uses and opportunities for the 602-hectare area in east Christchurch.

Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Megan Woods, announced the plan’s approval at a special event held in the red zone this morning.

“I’m very happy to approve the plan, which has had huge community input and marks a significant step in getting Christchurch back to local leadership,” Minister Woods says.

Bulk Storage Terminal transformation to begin

The transformation of Wynyard Quarter is continuing, with the demolition of 38 tanks at the Bulk Storage Terminal beginning on 26 August 2019.

The work will enable the public space around Silo Park to be expanded in time for the 36th America’s Cup.

As part of the negotiations during 2017, the Government and Auckland Council agreed with the Bulk Storage Terminal to exit its site early, providing much needed space for the event.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says progress to remove the tanks and free up public space around Silo Park will be welcomed by Aucklanders.

“Hazardous substance tanks have no place on our waterfront. This will make Wynyard Quarter a more attractive place to visit and help make AC36 the best America’s Cup yet. In the longer term, it will enable the rejuvenation of the area for public use, with a fantastic headland park, linear park and maritime precinct, creating a focal point for Aucklanders and visitors to enjoy world-class views, shopping, eating and entertainment.”

Panuku’s Project Development Director – Waterfront, Katelyn Orton, says the demolition will be a big change at Wynyard Quarter.

Hamilton to Auckland rail service full steam ahead

The NZ Transport Agency has approved funding for construction of the Hamilton to Auckland start up rail service, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today.

This funding enables the implementation of the service. It includes construction and operation with funding of $92.37 million, made up of $79.80 million from the Transport Agency and $12.57 million from local authorities.

Phil Twyford said the service is an important first step to strengthening the connection between two of New Zealand’s largest and fastest growing urban areas.

“We know more and more people are commuting between Hamilton and Auckland, and this service will give them a real choice between being stuck in traffic or relaxing on the train.

“An important part of our transport policy is giving people options so they don’t always have to take their car, freeing up the roads for those that have to drive."

Proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development on Planning for Successful Cities

A new approach to urban planning designed to allow our cities to make room for growth has today been released by Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford and Environment Minister David Parker.

“Our cities are failing. Restrictive planning is stopping our cities from growing, driving up the price of land and housing, and is one of the big drivers of the housing crisis,” Phil Twyford said.

Phil Twyford said the proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development would direct councils – particularly in the six high growth centres of Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown – to free up their planning rules while focusing on high-quality streets, neighbourhoods and communities.

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