Environment Court Approves Skypath Consents – With Conditions

Council welcomes decisions

 

Late yesterday news had come out that the written consent with conditions for Skypath had been released by the Environment Court.

From Auckland Council:

Council welcomes SkyPath decision 

Auckland Council has welcomed the final written decision of the Environment Court to grant a resource consent for SkyPath. Councillor Chris Darby, chair of the Planning Committee, says the decision is a great move forward for Auckland’s transport network. “This is a momentous step in what will become a critical link in Auckland’s walking and cycling network, for which there is a phenomenal public appetite. “SkyPath is the beacon for the future of active transport in Auckland, and is a crucial part of a grand vision to connect Takapuna with St Heliers,” says Cr Darby. “This project has been under way for 12 years and I’d like to thank the SkyPath Trust, and particularly project director Bevan Woodward, for their tireless dedication in progressing it.

“SkyPath has passed every test and challenge thrown at it. It has been rigorously examined both by the council and the Environment Court. I’m looking forward to seeing this project realised.”

The court concluded that the proposed conditions for the operation of SkyPath will “regulate and minimise effects on the environment entirely adequately” and acknowledged that a patronage cap at the northern landing, as sought by the appellant, would “entirely undermine” the transport function of the project. The resource consent was originally granted in July 2015 by independent commissioners for the council, but was appealed to the court by several community organisations.

SkyPath is a pedestrian and cycle pathway across the Waitematā Harbour, linking the North Shore to the CBD.

 

It is proposed to be 4-metres wide, 6m wide at the five viewing platforms, and fixed to the eastern clip-on lane of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Brett O’Riley, Chief Executive of council-controlled organisation Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED) and Auckland Council’s project sponsor for SkyPath says:

“We’re thrilled to see the SkyPath take another step towards becoming a reality for Aucklanders and visitors to the city. “This project will serves as a drawcard for visitors and opens up a new way of experiencing our stunning harbour and city.”

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The written decision from the Environment Court can be seen here: https://www.bikeauckland.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/SkyPath-Appeal-Decision.pdf

 

Skypath visualisation
Skypath visualisation

 

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