Funding approved for Onehunga master plan develpmt
Auckland City Council
17 September 2008
Funding approved for Onehunga master plan development
Auckland City Council’s Finance and Strategy Committee this week approved funding to develop a master plan for the Onehunga foreshore and lagoon.
Councillor Douglas Armstrong, chairperson of the Finance and Strategy Committee says, “The council will put $150,000 to lead the work on the plan over the coming weeks.
“Providing this funding now will increase the opportunity to work in partnership with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) motorway project and the efficiencies that this may provide and deliver community and stakeholder expectations for the Onehunga foreshore.”
The council is working with the NZTA to develop the master plan for the Onehunga foreshore in order to improve public access and boost the environmental and ecological values of the foreshore.
Concerns have been previously raised on the effect of works to widen the Onehunga Highway on the already degraded Onehunga foreshore, a project key to facilitating the second bridge across the Manukau in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Councillor Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, chairperson of the City Development Committee, says, “There have been a number of interventions in the harbour, including the motorway, and while we accept there has to be an improved motorway, we are being presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver infrastructure without compromising the foreshore and public access to it.
“We have taken the bold step of committing funding to create a master plan for the Onehunga foreshore area.
“Funding for the foreshore project itself is dependent on achieving matching funds from the NZTA and the Auckland Regional Council. We’ve put proposals to them and asked for early meetings to achieve their commitment.
“Developing a master plan for the area will collate work done to date by the council, The Onehunga Enhancement Society (TOES) and NZTA and will be developed in consultation with Maungakiekie Community Board, TOES and other key stakeholders including the ARC, NZTA and Tangata Whenua Consultation Committee.”