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Future redevelopment of Auckland waterfront

Council outlines key principles for future redevelopment of Auckland waterfront

Auckland City Council’s City Development Committee this morning endorsed eleven key principles that will now become the mandatory redevelopment guidelines for the Auckland waterfront western reclamation area.

“The application of these key principles is viewed by Council as critical to the success of the waterfront’s redevelopment,” says Councillor Juliet Yates, City Development Committee chairperson. “Our high priorities include making provisions for the marine and fishing industry, seeking quality urban design, the provision of public access and public open space, and the resolution of ground contamination issues.”

The committee has also recommended that council officers continue to work with Auckland Waterfront Advisory Group (AWAG) on the production of a draft “structure plan” for the area. The following principles now form the fundamental context by which council will deal with AWAG in formulating this plan:

The western reclamation area is a key part of the central area. Redevelopment of this area must complement, not compete with the rest of the central area

The marine and fishing industry is a critical part of the western reclamation area and must be provided for in any redevelopment proposal

While the petrochemical industry is an important asset to the Auckland region, its present location is inappropriate in the long term

If the petrochemical industry relocates and the land is decontaminated, then the opportunity for mixed use development should be explored

Planning for mixed use development cannot proceed until a process, timetable and alternative site(s) for relocation of the petrochemical industry is formulated

Creating a marine events space in the Viaduct Harbour area is a key objective for the council and must be included in the structure plan

Redevelopment should build on the existing character of the area (marine and fishing industry, waterfront location) enhancing Auckland as the city of the seas

The urban design associated with redevelopment must be of a high quality and address issues relating to height, interface with public spaces, access to the water, and amenity

Mixed use development is contingent on the provision of new public open space and increased public access to the water

Mixed use development must be within the capacity of the roading network and shall include public transport linkages

There are many people, groups and organisations interested in the western reclamation area and affected by the AWAG proposal. AWAG must actively consult with these people

“This redevelopment is at least a 20 year venture, so we have also recommended that the release of the western reclamation land be staggered over time to ensure quality development,” says Councillor Yates. “ I believe it’s essential that we should build on the existing character of the area, to enhance our unique location as the city of the seas.”

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