McLennan Park development is a go
If one was travel through Southern Auckland from Otahuhu to Pukekohe and thought the sub-region was one big construction zone right now you would be right.
Whether it be the Southern Motorway widening south of Manukau, one of many residential subdivisions (and large ones at that) or Transform Manukau getting under way (the big 8-Pacific development in its southern area) it is certainly all go in the South.
Today I am just going to leave you with this picture I took of the McLennan Park development that has a potential yield of 500 one or two storey homes:
The Unitary Plan has the McLennan development as Mixed Housing Urban:
That means while not happening now in the future McLennan and Papakura north that sit under Mixed Housing Urban can go to these types of developments:
In any case onus now returns back to Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore to lobby Government to speed up some of the Auckland Transport Alignment Program (ATAP) in the South.
This is especially as I am aware of another 1,750 housing development is to start south west of Papakura next year. Now the pressure of the Third Main, Drury Station to relieve Papakura and Pukekohe electrification is really on for those projects to be completed ASAP!
Rail upgrades which include the Third Main and level crossing separations are not scheduled until the third decade for south of Wiri. Something tells me those upgrades are going to need to be accelerated from the third decade to within the next five years (at a cost of $58m) to stave off congestion in the Takanini-Papakura area from getting any worse than it is now. Especially as passenger and freight trains increase frequency meaning more waiting time at level crossings for general traffic.
So while McLennan Park highlights rapid development in Auckland, will our politicians keep up with our infrastructure needs?