Papakura Courier : April 15th 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER A POTENTIAL $200,000 bill has Liz Thompson fearing a 13-year battle to get a housing development off the ground could fall at the last hurdle. The fight to get a piece of Hingaia land rezoned for housing has so far cost its owners $1.7 million. The 120 Karaka landowners, calling themselves Karla Group, first banded together 13 years ago to try to get the rezoning through. But Thompson, the spokeswoman for the group, says its plans were continually rejected. ‘‘We were getting nowhere. Costly snag for project ❝ By JAMES IRELAND resource consents at the same time and limiting the public submissions process. As part of the agreement the landowners had to undertake a private plan change and bear the costs themselves. With the plans lodged and the rezoning change expected to be done and dusted by the end of the year, the group finally felt victory was on the way. But that’s when Thompson was told what the final cost could be. Council project director That’s when we put in to become a Special Housing Area.’’ The group has been granted SHA status and wants to build between 800 and 1000 houses. Thompson says when the group first put its SHA plan to Auckland Council it was told to expect to pay $50,000 for the rezoning change. Now the council says it should be ready to fork out between $150,000 and $200,000. Thompson says she was ‘‘devastated’’ when she got that news. ‘‘I’m really worried about the owners. If we don’t pay the $200,000 the whole thing falls apart and we’re back to square one. This keeps me up at night. I would never do it again.’’ It could end up costing the landowners $3000 per hectare, she says. ‘‘Let’s celebrate that we got SHA status. The big thing now is to get the money in place and get the rezoning done,’’ she says. SHA status speeds up the consenting process by handling plan changes and Nick Pollard says a cost of between $150,000 and $200,000 is not unreasonable. But the actual figure could end up higher or lower than the $200,000 indicated because it depends on the amount of work required to get the plan change through. A private plan change like the one in Hingaia can cost anywhere from $80,000 to $600,000, he says. ‘‘When it’s spread across all the owners it’s not that much. Once it goes through there’s a significant uplift in land values.’’ Pollard says it’s a trade off – the landowners get a faster consent and the council reduces its costs. The process will see the plans pored over by 12 council experts. Notifications will be sent out to affected parties, such as neighbours and infrastructure providers. But because the area has SHA status, only those who are notified can object to the plan change. This keepsmeup at night. I would never do it again Liz Thompson Liz Thompson has spent 13 years trying to get land in Hingaia rezoned to allow it to be subdivided. Photo: JAMES IRELAND Win tickets to Anzac match A special Anzac Day ceremony will be held at Mt Smart Stadium on April 25 before the Vodafone Warriors take on the Gold Coast Titans. It will be the first time the Warriors have hosted an Anzac NRL match at home and we’re giving you the chance to be there. The match coincides with the 100th anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli landings in 1915. Players will wear the Te Maumaharatanga (The Memorial) jersey designed ➤GIVEAWAY The Papakura Courier has two double passes to the match to give away and all winners will go in the draw to win a special Vodafone Warrior kit valued at $300. Simply email your name, address and daytime telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win. Don’t forget to put Anzac Day Warriors in the subject line. Entries close at 5pm on April 19. One entry per person please. as a special tribute. The jerseys will be sold in New Zealand and across the Tasman. A portion of proceeds will go to the Fields of Remem- brance Trust ($10 from each adult jersey and $5 from a child’s jersey) as a mark of respect for our past and current serving armed forces personnel. Anzac Day programme: Gates open 9.30am; NYC kickoff: 9.40am; NSWCup kickoff: 11.40am; NRL kickoff: 2pm; Approximate finish: 4pm. Go to ticketek.co.nz to buy tickets. A commemorative Anzac jersey will be worn by the Vodafone Warriors when they play the Gold Coast Titans.
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