September 19, 2021

Auckland Council agrees to tighter controls over park and ride development proposal

The AT Park and Ride facility in Wiri's Dalgety Drive is one of nine sites across Auckland Panuku is looking at redeveloping.

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The AT Park and Ride facility in Wiri’s Dalgety Drive is one of nine sites across Auckland Panuku is looking at redeveloping.

Panuku and Auckland Transport will have to provide the council with a business case for each of the nine park and ride facilities sites they are looking at redeveloping across the city.

Last week Panuku and Auckland Transport (AT) sought approval from the council to develop the airspace above car parks and park and ride facilities around the city, including at least four sites in south Auckland. The council controlled organisations said the funds would be reinvested in regional public transport projects.

The two CCOs are looking at redeveloping nine sites in the Auckland region, including the Manurewa Station Park and Ride in Station Road, the Selwyn Road car park in Manurewa, Homai Station Park and Ride located in Wiri’s Dalgety Drive and the Papakura Train Station Park and Ride.

But during last week’s Finance and Performance Committee meeting a number of councillors voiced concerns about the lack of oversight involved as they were being asked to approve the disposal of the sites without any details on how the two CCOs planned to develop them. A previous assessment suggested the projects could create up to $1 billion worth of development.

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Mayor Phil Goff put forward a motion calling for Panuku and AT to return to the Finance and Performance Committee for final approval when they have the business cases for each proposed development.

Manurewa-Papakura Ward councillor Daniel Newman called for the resolution to explicitly refer to the development of airspace. He was concerned that the wording would give the CCOs free rein to develop the sites as they saw fit, including reducing the amount of car parking space.

Manukau Ward councillor Alf Filipaina said reviewing plans to redevelop park and ride facilities by development agency Panuku and Auckland Transport on a case by case basis is the right move.

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Manukau Ward councillor Alf Filipaina said reviewing plans to redevelop park and ride facilities by development agency Panuku and Auckland Transport on a case by case basis is the right move.

Manukau Ward councillor Alf Filipaina was pleased with the outcome and said it was good that the council would get to look at each proposal before sign off.

“It’s going to be handled on a case by case basis and that’s the best thing,” he said. “We will have that oversight. That’s what needed to be discussed.”

Last week Filipaina said there remained a lot of unanswered questions over the planned works. But he was happy that the resolutions would now provide the council with the final say on what projects did or didn’t get the green light.

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Raveen Jaduram, the departing chief executive of Watercare, says a public sector shareholder should remove Watercare from the constraints of total council ownership.

Finance and Performance Committee chairperson Desley Simpson said she could understand why the councillors had concerns and it had resulted in a good outcome for all.

“I do get that Panuku and AT wanted that flexibility to negotiate for the best deal they could get. And it was a bit of stalemate,” she said. “But I think what has happened is a win-win. The people of Auckland can have confidence the council will have the final say.

“At the end of the day everyone agreed in principle that the devil was in the detail. Otherwise we were giving Panuku and AT carte blanche to develop the sites how they saw fit.

“This gives the elected members and communities a little bit more security in that we will have the final say.”

Both Panuku and AT were approached for comment for this article.

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