Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Canal Devlpmt Should Have No Place in Manukau Plan

CLEVEDON CARES

26 October 2006

Canal Development Should Have No Place in Manukau's Rural Strategy

-------

Clevedon CARES, has made a formal submission to Manukau City Council's Rural Strategy Hearing, recommending that a proposed intensive housing development be excluded from the future growth areas named in the Strategy.

The proposed development, known as the Wairoa River Maritime Village, would involve 297 homes built on man-made canals near the river's estuary, to the North of Clevedon.

A draft version of the Rural Strategy included the canal project on a list of seven existing rural and coastal settlements, around which growth could be concentrated.

At last week's Council Hearing, Clevedon CARES described the canal development's inclusion as inappropriate and pointed out that the Rural Strategy's underlying assumption was for future growth to be located within existing rural villages and coastal settlements.

"This assumption simply cannot be made with respect to the Wairoa River Maritime Village, which will be a new coastal settlement," the submission said, adding that the proposed development would be in an area that had not been identified for further growth by the Auckland Regional Growth Strategy.


The Clevedon CARES submission also noted opposition to the proposed development from the Auckland Regional Council and suggested that inclusion of the development would render the Rural Strategy "incapable of implementation" under the Resource Management Act.

Apart from its criticisms of the canal project's inclusion, Clevedon CARES' submission expressed support for the development of a Rural Strategy by Manukau City.

"There is a clear need to plan for growth within the city - without such strategic direction growth will occur in an unmanaged and ad hoc manner, and in a way that ultimately will undermine the character of rural Manukau," the submission concluded.

Clevedon CARES understands that, following the hearing, the Draft Rural Strategy is to be amended and will be re-issued in approximately one month. It is intended for adoption in whole or in part into the Manukau Growth Strategy next year, along with strategies for urban and business growth.

As Clevedon CARES Spokesperson Mary Whitehouse points out, last week's Council Hearing was clearly not intended for discussing the merits of either the canal development or of the proposed change to the District Plan required to rezone land for the development.

"Submissions on the proposed Plan Change will be heard by Council in the second half of November. When this occurs, we trust councillors will be duly influenced by the six-to-one majority against the Plan Change, registered in submissions from local people in May this year.

"There really doesn't seem to be any logic behind the inclusion of the canal development in the Rural Strategy, given that the development has not received clearance and, indeed, may never receive clearance. This lack of logic is underlined by the Strategy's overall goal of concentrating growth around existing settlements, of which the canal project is clearly not one.

"Although the canal project's inclusion in the Draft Rural Strategy has muddied the waters a bit, we trust this has not been done intentionally. In any event, the Rural Strategy is not a statutory document and its provisions should not be allowed to influence the choice facing Council over the Plan Change," she says.

"The canal project remains a thoroughly bad idea. It would more than double our local population, place a huge strain on our local infrastructure, destroy Clevedon's unique village-like atmosphere and compromise the charming rural character of the Clevedon Valley.

"The shops, businesses and services required by the new homes would need to be built in Clevedon itself or in our local countryside, inevitably altering their character. Moreover, re-zoning could open the door to other developments which could further erode our environment," Mary adds.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election