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Decision on marina land

Decision on marina land

The North Shore City Council's plan to ensure the land around Bayswater marina keeps it maritime community feel with a focus on recreation, public transport and boating activities is one step closer to reality with a key zoning decision announced today (December 11).

The decision confirms a Special Purpose 7 zone over most of the land next to Bayswater marina. The zoning will enable marina-related activities but does not allow for intensive use or residential buildings. A six metre height limit and 15 metre foreshore yard will apply, but the decision recognises that when the council receives applications for resource consent, different limits may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Detailed design criteria will also be used when assessing these applications.

Other related decisions include changing the zoning of about 2000 sq m of land at Milford Marina and the northern reclamation at Bayswater to Recreation 3 to allow for water-related activities, and zoning a private site with an existing house at Bayswater to Residential 2B.

A panel comprising North Shore City councillors Tony Barker (as chairperson) and Julia Parfitt, and independent planning commissioner, Mary Buckland, made the decisions after considering almost 500 submissions and listening to about 30 people who presented at public hearings between September 30 and October 4 this year.

Councillor Barker says the panel was pleased so many people put forward their comments in person.

"It's great to see people taking an active interest in the future of the area and sharing their views about the wider city and environment," he says.

The panel's decisions were on a proposed change (Variation 65) to North Shore City's District Plan. Copies of the decisions have been sent to people who made a submission to the council, and copies will also be available for inspection at North Shore City's six area offices, including Devonport, 3 Victoria Road. Anyone who originally made a submission wishing to appeal the decisions can do so within 15 working days of receiving them.

The council will now revisit its draft structure plan which guides the future of the land around Bayswater marina and was produced before the release of the variation last year.

Councillor Barker says there will be further opportunities for people to have their say on the draft structure plan.

"At the hearing we listened to many submitters who expressed a desire to workshop ideas.

"We agree that workshops will help groups who have differing views to discuss issues. These might be in the form of a charette which is an interactive, design focused process," says Tony Barker.

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