This is a Guest Post from Generation Zero Auckland Director Leroy Beckett
There is an urgent opportunity to quickly feedback on a new Council-lead proposal in Takapuna on the North Shore- whether to build a sustainable new example of “ urban density done well’ OR (as some angry locals want) retain a wasteland of a car park.
It’s a really simple question and you can answer using our submission form here!
During the Unitary Plan discussions we fought to create a more liveable low carbon city through more medium density apartments near public transport routes. Thanks in part to our efforts Auckland Council’s public development agency, Panuku Development Auckland (the people behind Wynyard Quarter) are now able to come up with fantastic new Urban Design in places like Takapuna! (Heaps of other Auckland areas are getting similar designs soon)Their plan for the shore includes turning what’s at the moment a crappy asphalt car park right next to a major bus interchange into an exciting new mixed use urban regeneration. Think loft apartments, sustainable buildings, and a new network of laneway shops and connections from public transport through to the beach! It’s exactly the kind of city-making Generation Zero and Auckland has been crying out for.
Crucially the proposal will also keep a large amount of public open space- including the much beloved Potters Park and some new urban public spaces that will enable the Takapuna Saturday Markets (who currently use the car park on Saturdays) to reshape and continue in a layout that is more sheltered and connected to the Main Street of Hurstmere ave.
However, due to some angry out-of-date NIMBYs- locals are being told to be afraid of ‘high rise’ towers and to stop the reuse of the car park site as if it will somehow destroy the markets (it won’t!). This is plain and simple fear mongering by a silly group of people who are trying to stop the Council from delivering exactly the kind of change we need- sustainable housing and more public spaces for everyone to enjoy.
There is however one element of the proposal that we strongly disagree with. The suggestion that the development needs to provide even more parking within the new buildings that are created.
Takapuna currently has over 2500 publicly accessible carparks of which 250 are on the Anzac Street car park but unfortunately the proposal is suggesting that up to 500 should be delivered.
We think this is crazy, and not in keeping with the kind of urban place the development will be. Providing too much parking just encourages people to drive more often. Doubling the current amount of parking is an outdated approach to transport planning.
We think Panuku should have NO PARKING in this new development and instead encourage fewer cars on the road by promoting public transport on the North Shore, such as ferries, buses and a future rail connection to Takapuna.
The way a new generation of Aucklanders visit places like Takapuna is changing – we are walking and cycling for short trips more often and increasingly using public transport and rideshare options which don’t need any carparks at all!
Takapuna’s new development should reflect our changing city.
Overall though we think the plan for Takapuna is awesome but really need your help, support and feedback!
Our quick submit form lets you say how much you support the plan overall- as well as some space for some specific feedback about how they don’t need more parking and how the sustainability of this building is a top priority.
Submissions close today at midnight so have your say on our easy form here.
Alternatively the official Panuku form can be found online here.