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Time to talk about the SHAs

RANI TIMOTI
Last updated 05:00 30/01/2014

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The community can have a say about the proposed Special Housing Area in Huapai.

Project planning head Allan McGregor will be at a meeting of the Kumeu-Huapai Residents and Ratepayers Association on February 5.

The first 11 areas in Auckland, including the Huapai Triangle of 2000 homes over 65.1 hectares, have been jointly approved by the Auckland Council and the Government.

Association chairman Pete Sinton says this is the only opportunity for the community to state clearly their clear vision to Mr McGregor, with the timeline for approving the SHAs in October 2014.

Mr Sinton hopes this will give planners a better understanding of what the community wants.

"The reality is on us now. The feedback I'm getting is no-one wants high density, three storey small units in Kumeu."

The urgency is even more enhanced with the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan closing on February 28.

The meeting will be at Kumeu Community Centre from 7.30pm. Preparation has already begun following a January 28 meeting with a wide cross-section of business and community input held at Soljans Estate Winery and Cafe.

Tony Soljan says it was vitally important to get a wide range of views as council moves ahead with development in this area.

"We want it done better than they've done it in areas where there is traffic congestion. Development has to be done with infrastructure."

Mr Soljan encourages people to come to the February 5 meeting. "If you don't have your say you can't complain about it later."

Mr Sinton, who is a town planner, will also prepare a separate submission complete with a concept plan suggesting an alternative two-lane route to alleviate some of the pressure on Kumeu's main road.

"The signs of strain of traffic are starting to show. New World will bring a second set of traffic lights. Two sets of lights will slow things."

Visit aucklandcouncil. govt.nz/unitary plan to view the e-plan, read the local fact sheets and make a submission by February 28.

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