Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University
Campbell Barbour - General Manager Commercial, NZ Retail Property Group
Warren Maclennan - Manager North West Planning, Auckland Council
Ernst Zollner - Regional Director Auckland/Northland, NZ Transport Agency
Importance of leadership, especially politically, if growth ambitions are to be achieved.
If development is made difficult in established/built area, then private sector will migrate to easier build sites on the edge of Auckland.
Major retail hubs at Westgate and Albany will dominate future northern growth.
Aspirations need to be met by ability to deliver and pragmatic deliverables.
How do you win hearts and minds in terms of difficult decisions and required development?
There is a significant lag between planning and provision.
One major change that has occurred is that retailers who were opposed to public transport provisions now see significant benefits.
Albany, in terms of a 15-20 minute drive, has 25,000 new household units planned for the future, which translates to an additional population catchment of 60,000-70,000 people.
Hard infrastructure is quite straightforward to plan for but how do you build soft infrastructure (communities)? Are roads a barrier to community making? How do you plan for community when there is so much ethnic diversity? There is often a focus on hard infrastructure at the expense of soft infrastructure.
Growth presents major challenges in terms of environmental quality.
Tendency to focus on building motorways at the expense of other elements of transport (no integrated model).
Planning horizon tends to disappear when you get to the edges of current growth. Tend to play catch-up.
In terms of providing infrastructure for growth, the challenge is whether you turn up too early? Too late? And who pays for it?
Do we utilise what we already have in terms of infrastructure? Emphasis is on a “build” agenda to cope with growth (an Auckland phenomena) rather than considering optimisation (increasingly the case elsewhere in New Zealand).
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Last updated on Tuesday 16 August 2016