Housing on the agenda at meeting

Community interest and anxiety is growing around the intended Special Housing Area in the nor-west districts.

In response to this, the Rodney Local Board is hosting a public meeting on April 3 which aims to shed light on common resident concerns around population intensification and what it will mean in terms of impact on infrastructure and services like schools and roading.

Attendees will hear more details about the Kumeu/Huapai Special Housing Area and how it might look, where it will happen, on what scale and in what timeframe.

Project planning head Allan McGregor will speak at the meeting which starts from 6pm to 7.30pm at Kumeu Community Centre, Access Rd.

The meeting will help the Rodney Local Board with informal feedback in relation to SHAs. It also forms part of a larger strategy of working with the community on future planning of the area and what areas will require their close attention and support in community advocacy.

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

During the meeting, attendants will learn about the origins and role of the Housing Project Office; the SHA establishment process, including the role of the Rodney Local Board; the masterplanning process; and the plan variation process within future urban zones, including consultation and notification.

Rob Douglas-Jones from Auckland Transport and Tim Condor from NZTA will also attend to hear community views and take questions on transportation issues around road and rail.

A brainstorming session by the board will also go to the floor, asking the simple question "If we have 20,000 more people coming to this area over the next 10 years, what amenities and infrastructure do we need to plan for?"

Norwest News