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Regional growth produces local benefits

16 August 2005

Regional growth produces local benefits

Auckland City's growth management strategy is producing real benefits and more is to come, said a series of reports to the Urban Strategy and Governance Committee yesterday.

Ellerslie and the suburbs of Glen Innes, Panmure, Mt Wellington and Sylvia Park comprising the area known as the Tamaki Edge, are at various stages in the liveable community plan process. They demonstrate how the council's growth management strategy can work for the benefit of the community.

Liveable community plans are one way the council is managing growth in Auckland city. Council staff members work with the community in areas of change, as identified by the growth management strategy, to plan for the future of their centre.

"Only a theory a few years ago, the growth management strategy is now showing positive results for the communities that have been involved to date," said Councillor Bruce Hucker, chairperson of the Urban Strategy and Governance Committee, which oversees the development and implementation of all liveable community plans.

In one report, an update on the Glen Innes action plan was reviewed and milestones celebrated. The liveable community plan, Glen Innes into the future, was developed in conjunction with the community and adopted by the council in 2004. To date, part of the town centre has been upgraded and a park and ride facility put in place next to the recently upgraded train station.

"Accommodating the growth we are expecting in the next 25 years is one part of the liveable community plan process. It is also about creating communities that are functional and well planned."

The liveable community action plan is based around five primary actions: upgrading the public transport network upgrading the town centre rezoning residential land adjacent to the town centre to achieve a degree of intensification to support public transport and town centre improvements working with Housing New Zealand to complete Talbot Park as a Residential 8 demonstration project integrating the University of Auckland Tamaki Campus and business development.

Stormwater upgrades and cycling and pedestrian works are also part of the improvements.

The development of Ellerslie's future framework was the subject of another report to the committee. As it is nearing the conclusion of the first stage of consultation, the project team reported the results so far.

Dr Hucker said the committee was happy to receive the reports and that it was grateful so many in the community had chosen to participate.

"It is encouraging, that people are taking the opportunity to be involved in the process and that the business community has provided constructive and thoughtful comment," said Dr Hucker.

Once the final focus groups have been completed, the project team will develop the draft plan, which will then go back to the community for further consultation.

Auckland City's growth management strategy is a part of the Auckland Urban Living programme. This programme of work aims to enable Auckland City to manage urban growth and change across the city, while strengthening Auckland’s communities, economy and protecting the environment.

ENDS


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