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Options for Okura esplanade reserve

Options for Okura esplanade reserve

The North Shore City Council is looking at ways to create an esplanade reserve in the eastern part of Okura and replant its stream valleys.

An esplanade reserve, which is identified in the city's District Plan, would provide public access to the coast and protect coastal features and plant life.

Esplanade reserves are created when subdividing or building a second house on a property. The Environment Court's ruling on planning controls for Okura released last month (June 10) means that further subdivision of properties on the eastern side is unlikely as a result of the minimum lot size of four hectares. The council will now need to negotiate with landowners to secure the land.

North Shore City's strategy and finance committee chairperson, Tony Holman, is keen for the community to have access to this Pohutukawa-rich coastline.

"We want people to be able to enjoy this wonderful "crimson walkway" and will need to work closely with landowners and the community to find a solution that works for everyone," he says.

The council will also consider techniques for replanting which could involve working with landowners and the community, as well as other statutory organisations. Much of the land around Okura's stream valleys is devoid of plant life. Planting near these streams would help to prevent erosion and contaminants from stormwater runoff reaching the estuary.

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