We need all the Green Lungs we can get in a City
I see the Golf Course to housing debate has popped back up again and has been doing so for the last couple of months.
In short it seems there is a certain quarter pushing for the 13 golf courses owned by Auckland Council to be flipped into medium density (Golf courses could miss the cut)
Given the location of some of these course flipping them to housing would be the worst possible thing you can do. While such conversions would do our transport system no favours, flipping large tracts of open green space to housing wont do our physical environment any good either.
In short if the Council decides to let go of “surplus” golf courses then those courses should be converted to urban native forests given that we have lost so much native flora covering since colonisation. Done right we would be threading the large pools of forest space to create Green super highways weaved amongst our urban fabric.
The urban forests would act as green lungs which are going to be needed as the City intensifies as well as providing mental health benefits to the population as well.
If you are looking for places to intensify housing I would start with our ten Metropolitan Centres first. Nine of them are currently deemed non-viable to build apartments and terraced houses despite those Centres meant to be taking an extra 48,000 dwellings under the Auckland Plan. So maybe you should be pinging Council to make sure it and its planning rules via the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan do not get in the road of developing the Metropolitan Centres given that under the PAUP the Metro’s have been reduced to 20,000 possible dwellings (source: Patrick Fontein’s submission to the Unitary Plan.