Central Leader : March 23rd 2011
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Tel: 09 6360090 Fax: 09 6360091 Big plans for city's future Mass mover: The inner city rail loop and rapid transit rail to the airport and North Shore is at the heart of Auckland's 30-year growth plan debated at the Auckland Unleashed summit hosted by mayor Len Brown. Photo: PETER MEECHAM/Fairfax Media By KAREN MANGNALL ' I want them to get their love and passion for this place out front, debate it with me and let's put it in this plan and build this great city. ' Len Brown SHAPING Auckland s CBD and waterfront into a truly world-class city centre is a key issue for the supercity s 30-year plan debated at today s Auckland Unleashed summit hosted by mayor Len Brown. The summit of 350 business, community and political leaders including Prime Minister John Key, is to kick-start the Auckland Plan, the blueprint for the city s long-term growth. Mr Brown says the serious debate starts now about how to trans- form Auckland into an internation- ally competi- tive home to two million people by 2040. And he s urging all Aucklanders to contribute ideas to help draft the Auckland Plan to go out for public con- sultation in August, before it s finalised in December. I want them to get their love and passion for this place out front, debate it with me and let s put it in this plan and build this great city. For downtown Auck- land it means the drive is on to make it an entertainment hub and visitor destination with a cruise ship terminal, convention centre and pedestrianised Queen St. There s a major emphasis on heritage zones and investment into public transport -- the inner city rail loop for a start and complem- entary bus and ferry services to really get bet- ter access to the centre city area. How and where to house and provide jobs for a million extra residents over the next 30 years is at the heart of the Auckland Plan, Mr Brown says. The debate is whether Auckland s growth should be kept largely constrained within the Metropolitan Urban Limit or to get rid of it and let the city spread. The Auckland Cou- ncil s preference is to build a compact city by growing up instead of out with more intensive residential, commercial and industrial develop- ment, he says. But they re keen to avoid repeats of the shoebox development down Nelson St . The way forward is to make sure there s plenty of surround- ing green space and to soften the edges and make it as beautiful as we can. Three tar- get areas that can transform the city s economic per- formance and advance the mayor s vision of Auckland as the most liveable city in the world are identified in the Auckland Plan dis- cussion paper out at the summit: The international city centre and waterfront as Auckland s civic, enter- tainment, business, aca- demic and research heart, and a world- class visitor destination A southern opportunity area capitalising on the airport and inland port as a hub for logistics and distribution, food and technology manufactur- ing, and tertiary skills training A northwestern oppor- tunity area with wineries and eco- tourism, a high-tech innovation centre in Albany, and marine and film industries in west Auckland. The key to unleashing the potential in these areas is an integrated bus, ferry and rail net- work -- in particular the $2 billion inner city rail loop, rapid rail to the air- port and to the North Shore, Mr Brown says. We have got gridlock now and we have another million people coming at us. We have got to build an infra- structure that will enable us to become a true international city and move our people with comfort. It s also crucial to Auckland s future as an eco-city and tourism des- tination that s creating jobs and exports as the innovation capital of the Pacific , Mr Brown says. Other goals for the 30-year plan include more affordable housing and to improve edu- cational and skills levels for young people. The Auckland Plan will require collaboration with government and the private sector so another important debate is who will pay for what, Mr Brown says. Public-private partnerships, infrastruc- ture bonds and user charges for land and transport like London s congestion charge are all up for discussion. Go to www.the aucklandplan.govt.nz to comment. Speakers and workshops The Auckland Unleashed summit marks the ''unleashing of the spirit and the ideas and the energy of Auckland at a unique time in its history'', mayor Len Brown says. Joining Mr Brown as keynote speakers at the Aotea Centre are Prime Minister John Key, Committee for Sydney chairman Stephen Loosley and former Commonwealth secretary general Sir Don McKinnon. Deputy mayor Penny Hulse is chairing a panel discussion with Reserve Bank board chairman Andrew Grimes, Council for Infrastructure Development chairman John Rae, Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations president Tony Mayow, and Auckland Waterfront Development Agency and Housing NZ deputy chair Adrienne Young Cooper. That's followed by workshops on Auckland's future covering community resilience, economic performance, infrastructure, the built and natural environ- ment and funding.
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