Have Your Say on how Drury-Pukekohe will develop, Round 3 (I think). Also Plan Still Has Shortfalls

Getting there but…

It is that time again where we read maps that struggle to illustrate the full story while wondering if Auckland Council reads their own spatial planning documents. I say this because it is that time to Have Your Say in how the land between Drury and Pukekohe will develop over the next three decades.

Below is the Auckland Council Have Your Say on those development plans.

Structure Planning Update for Drury-Opāheke and Pukekohe-Paerata

Happening now – Open for feedback 
Have your say now

Structure Planning Update for Drury-Opāheke and Pukekohe-Paerata

The Auckland Unitary Plan has set aside land around Drury-Opāheke and Pukekohe-Paerata for future development.

There will be significant urban growth in these areas over the next 20 years.

The current structure planning consultation

Now we’re giving you another chance to tell us how you think we can best develop the future urban areas of Drury-Opāheke and Pukekohe-Paerata.

We invite you to have your say on any aspect of the plans.

You can read the current documentation on the Structure planning process update for Drury-Opāheke and Pukekohe-Paerata – consultation documents page.

Previous structure planning consultations

We first asked how you thought the area should be urbanised in 2017.

You can read the previous background reports and feedback summary from the 2017 consultation on the Help Shape the Future of Drury and Pukekohe-Paerata page.

In September 2018, we updated you and asked for feedback again.

You can view the results from this feedback on the 2018 Structure planning update for Drury-Opāheke and Pukekohe-Paerata documents page.

When you can have your say

You can have your say from 5 April to 30 April 2019.

We will then analyse your feedback and use it to create the final plans.

Supporting Growth Alliance

The Supporting Growth Alliance (which includes Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Authority) has developed an Integrated Transport Assessment which looks at the scale and key components of a draft future transport network.

This assessment is based on a draft strategic transport network being developed as part of a supporting growth programme.

Staff from the Supporting Growth Alliance will be attending our 2019 drop-in sessions to chat to you further about these options.

For more information, visit the Supporting Growth website or email info@supportinggrowth.nz.

Source: Structure Planning Update for Drury-Opāheke and Pukekohe-Paerata

My initial thoughts on the latest developments

I hold similar views as Greater Auckland on the strengths and short comings of the current iteration of the Draft Structure Plan. The strengths being that the Council recognises both the need for more housing and jobs simultaneously while recognising transport must link it all up. The weaknesses being still the location of the Drury South Train Station, the total amount of housing being less (by half) than what is stated in the Auckland Plan and concurring with Greater Auckland that the graphic designs could be better.

My main question is why is Auckland Council only planning for the amount of housing in the Structure Plan compared to the Auckland Plan. The Auckland Plan has stated that 55,000 homes can be built in the Structure Plan Area, enough for 150,000 residents, yet we are only getting half. Something tells me the Council is not engaging all the Geography resources it can to mitigate the risks from the nearby flood plain as well as not using enough of the Higher Density Residential Zones.

Draft Drury-Opaheke Structure Plan Source: Auckland Council via Greater Auckland

The case of not enough Higher Density Residential Zones will stem from the poor placement of the Drury South Train Station and feeder buses that would feed into it. The train station should be ideally built on a junction that will subsequently form a local centre not some one kilometre away from both said centre and optimal bus route placement.

Transport Network Map Source: Auckland Council via Greater Auckland

When all the above is combined with the sub-optimal graphical design representation of what Council wants to do, the case of the Urban Simulator strikes again. That is use commercial Urban Simulators to professionally display what you intend for a said area while allowing democratic participants to also use the simulator to show their feedback on the Structure Plan proposals.

In the end you have till the end of the month to Have Your Say!

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