This report covers my Waitematā Local Board Activities during September-October 2016 (due to the intervening election) as (up to and including September 2016) Chair of the Hearings Committee; Lead of the Parks and Open Spaces portfolio; Heritage, Urban Design and Planning portfolio holder; and Local Board representative on the K’ Road Business Association.
- This is my first report to the Local Board for the 2016-2019 term of Council. I am grateful to the electors of Waitematā for the opportunity to serve the community in this capacity for a second term
- We saw something of a rush in SHA (Special Housing Area) applications in September as the empowering HASHAA legislation came to the end of its term. The controversial 1 Kelmarna Avenue site saw an application made by Manson TLCM and no less than four new applications were submitted in September in the Great North Road Strategic Housing Area. The Housing New Zealand pensioner housing at 32-36 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn, will be demolished and replaced with more than double the number of apartments all to be populated by HNZ tenants
- Representatives of Fukuoka City, Japan, visited the city in mid-September to advise on the construction of the Fukuoka Garden
- I keep track of resource consent applications as they are received by Council, requesting further information, plans and Assessments of Environmental Effects for applications of interest. Significant applications are referred to the relevant residents’ associations for their input which I then relay to planners as part of the Local Board’s input. Reporting of resource consent applications, planning portfolio input, hearings and decisions in the Local Board area for this month is detailed in the Heritage, Urban Design and Planning section of this report under the headings ‘Planning’: ‘Resource Consents’