Mansell feels mall left out

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 10:04 05/11/2012

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Coastlands has claimed unfair treatment by Kapiti Coast District Council over plans for developing Paraparaumu's town centre.

Chairman of directors Bruce Mansell said last week the mall was not properly consulted over a plan set for inclusion in the District Plan review.

"We were entirely unaware of the content of the draft structure plan, including the council's plans to use significant areas of Coastlands' land for public roads, till last week."

Speaking at the regulatory management committee meeting, he said claims by council staff that Coastlands was consulted on the Paraparaumu town centre structure plan were "misleading". There was only one short, high-level meeting to discuss ongoing retail provisions.

"Council has not informed Coastlands of its plans at that meeting."

The staff report on the structure plan said it sets out the proposed long-term development of the Paraparaumu town centre land.

"The structure plan directs distribution of land use, layout of movement networks, urban design requirements, infrastructure provision and open space provision within the Paraparaumu town centre land."

Mr Mansell called for councillors to hold off approving inclusion of the structure plan for review until Coastlands has had a proper opportunity to discuss it with the council.

Councillors however voted to push the plan through as part of the District Plan review.

Committee chair Diane Ammundsen said the council could not be seen consulting with one group more than others.

"Council has to put forward what is logically the best plan for the future, for the district."

She said the structure plan may well be changed as part of the District Plan review.

"That's their [Coastlands] opportunity to make submissions. It wasn't really their opportunity to make a proper submission [at the meeting]."

Mr Mansell said the plan proposes four new legal roads through Coastlands, formalised pedestrian accessways, and putting land aside for a public open space.

It was unacceptable that Coastlands was only given a copy eight days before councillors were asked to approve its inclusion in the draft District Plan, he said.

Ms Ammundsen said there had been a paper designation for the roads "for a long time".

"We're going to make it clearer that we're not definitely going to build them as roads, but that's an option".

Ms Ammundsen said the approval last Thursday was just the start of the process.

'It's only our proposal and then everybody has their opportunity to have their input."

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