Divided on rezoning
Supporters and opponents of a 150-hectare business development are split about whether it should go ahead.
Mayor Len Brown is among politicians who support the Southern Gateway Consortium's bid to develop land on the corner of Puhinui and Prices roads near Auckland Airport.
But the 36 submissions the Auckland Council has received on whether the land should be rezoned from rural to business use are almost evenly divided.
Fifteen groups or individuals support the development including Auckland Transport, Forest & Bird South Auckland and the Manurewa Business Association.
The 14 opponents include Auckland Airport, Watercare and the Ngati Tamaoho Trust. Eight submitters were neutral.
Supporters of the development said it would give more options for South Aucklanders to work locally and the chance to develop links with Puhinui Reserve. Others say it is wasted space that could be used better.
But how it will impact transport routes and other areas of airport activity has been raised by opponents.
Other problems put forward in submissions include a lack of infrastructure in the area, along with environmental and iwi concerns.
A date for hearings on the plan change is yet to be set.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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