Council approves staged master plan for Quarry
Auckland City Council
9 October 2008
Council approves staged master plan for Three Kings Quarry
The City Development Committee has agreed to a staged master plan to determine the future development of the Three Kings Quarry. The staged consultation process will take into account the strategic importance of the site on the surrounding community, especially in relation to the associated reserve land.
The owner, Winstone Aggregates has indicated their intention to cease operations at the Three Kings Quarry within the next 12 months. They propose to fill the open pit quarry during the next decade, to make the site suitable for a range of redevelopment options.
The first stage of the plan will develop a set of principles agreed between Winstone, the council, community groups and any other interested parties. These principles will form the basis of stage one of the master plan process, which will focus particularly on the future of the quarry land.
The second stage of the master plan, which will be a more detailed plan for the area surrounding the quarry, will start after the proposed isthmus district plan has been notified in 2010.
It was agreed that the information obtained from the community as part of the council’s future planning framework about the Three Kings Quarry will also be used to inform the master plan process.
“We know that the community is concerned about the future of this site, and through a staged master plan, we aim to get community feedback as early as possible in the process. This feedback will then help to inform the master plan and the isthmus district plan review,” said Councillor Graeme Mulholland, deputy chairperson of the council’s City Development Committee.
“Our objective is to drive the master plan to the principle stage, which will start the process of community consultation. The mantle will then pass to Winstone to further this process and develop a future context for the use of the land. We believe this is a positive and cost-effective way to provide a mechanism for the community to provide feedback at an early stage,” Mr Mulholland said.