A couple of weeks ago I reported on the notice of requirement hearing report that had been prepared for the commissioners hearing the the designation applications but one think I was keen to see was the details of the individual submissions. Getting home from my unsuccessful snowboarding trip – it’s not often you don’t get up the mountain due to too much snow – I found a fairly hefty package containing all of the submission information and looking at the councils website I can see that it has also been put online.
With this post I’m just going to highlight some of the submissions that I found particularly interesting.
NZCID – Page 15 – They say the support the ideas behind the CRL but don’t support the current route and so oppose the designation. They say they want a route that is longer and in the past have said they want Wynard, the University and the Hospital included similar to this alternate plan. Of course the NZCID exist to push the interests of the construction and financing sector so it is unsurprising that they want something that will cost more. The previously mentioned hearings report noted that this isn’t a valid reason to oppose the designation.
Stamford Plaza – Page 19 – Grasshopper Bar and Resturant – Page 23 – The submission is understandably most concerned about the impacts on their business during the construction period but what I found most interesting was how the overall stance differed from that of one of their tenants, the Grasshopper Bar and Resturant. Stamford takes the stance of opposing the NOR but if it is approved that conditions are attached. By comparison Grasshopper takes the opposite stance, supporting the NOR but asking that conditions are attached. I guess the different stances it just show the underlying feeling about the project from the two submitters.
Eden Terrace Business Association – Page 33 – As one of the areas most affected by the land take for the project, it’s positive that they can see the benefit the project brings to them and the region. Their requests for more an actions like an urban renewal programme after construction has been completed seem appropriate and much of the land could become extremely useful for housing and retail developments.
NZTA – Page 39 – It’s very pleasing to see at the NZTA supporting the designation and wanting to work with AT to help minimise the impacts that construction would cause.
Sky City – Page 40 – This is one of the submissions I was extremely keen to read. In my opinion Sky City are one of the companies with the most to gain from the CRL being right next to the proposed Aotea station. It is clear that they also see this and I wasn’t surprised at all to see them wanting a direct connection into the station. The rest of the submission is all understandable issues around the impacts during construction.
Auckland Chamber of Commerce – Page 64 – They are very unequivocal about their support for the project although like the NZCID do make mention of the route.
Heart of the City – Page 66 – Oddly oppose the project unless which they say is due to the lack of street level plans and projects in the city centre.
ASB Bank – Page 88 – Great to see their general support
Westpac – Page 106 – Great to see another major bank supporting this, just a shame that only these two did.
Tournament Group – Page 109 – My understanding is that this is Tournament Parking. With their purchase of the City Works Depot, perhaps they realise that there is more value in land than just using it to store cars?
It was also pleasing to see submissions from so many readers of the blog. While the whole thing is a fairly long read it doesn’t take too long to skim through, are there any stand out that should also be highlighted?