Marina plan gets a re-jig
The bid to create a marina at Matiatia is sailing forth after a year's hiatus while investigations into a revised design were completed and a new design company employed to draw them up.
The resource consent application for the 2011 design was withdrawn in response to public submissions about the ferry wake and wind-driven waves affecting the marina, along with navigation and safety issues surrounding ferry and recreational craft movements near the marina.
The main changes to the new design include two rock breakwaters in place of the floating attenuators shown in the previous plan, project co-ordinator Graham Guthrie says.
"These will mitigate the effects of ferry wakes and wind waves on berthed vessels."
The marina entrance has also been moved to the north, away from the main ferry channel.
The revised design contains the same number of berths - 160 - although the berth mix has been changed to accommodate some longer, deeper and wider vessels in line with boating trends and registrations of interest.
The parking layout will still have 55 spaces but has been altered to fit an electricity transformer, refuse and recycling facilities.
Mr Guthrie says existing mooring holders in the bay will have first dibs at the 17 proposed pile moorings, which is an increase from the seven in the previous application.
He says all material for the rock breakwaters will be brought by barge from Thames.
And the breakwaters will contain small holes to encourage the area's population of small blue penguins to nest.
The primary breakwater will be built in two stages, with a period of 12 to 18 months allowed for consolidation of the first stage.
As a result the total marina construction period is expected to be 20 to 26 months.
Mr Guthrie says the new resource consent application will be submitted to the Auckland Council within the next week.
A 21-day period will follow for public submissions.
"Once we get the go-ahead, we have to prepare a legal prospectus to all the 250 people wanting a berth."
The cost of the project will be covered by the costs of purchasing a berth. They are expected to cost between $50,000 and $200,000.
"There is no developer's margin in it."
Mr Guthrie says all those on the waiting list for berths are Waiheke Island ratepayers.
"It's all for Waihekeans."