Final Unitary Plan Hearing – Please Attend

We urge as many of you as possible to come to the final hearing in the Auckland Unitary Plan process for Long Bay, Okura and Weiti. We need your support now!

Thursday 21 April, 10 am – 4 pm
Tower One, Level 16, 205 Queen Street, Auckland CBD.

This is a last chance of preserving important gains we won in the in the Environment Court for Long Bay. They are currently under real threat.

This is the last chance of protecting the waters, the ecology and the beautiful landscape of the Okura Estuary, indeed, the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve, from the adverse effects of proposed residential development.

Please show your support for the work of the Society and the member groups of the Okura Environmental Group by attending the hearing.

The Long Bay-Okura Great Park Society with other members of the Okura Environmental Group (East Coast Bays Coastal Protection Society - now Friends of Okura Bush, Okura Residents and Ratepayers Assn, Keep Okura Green, Dacre Cottage Management Committee) have been involved in the Auckland Unitary Plan process over the past two years. It has participated in a smaller to greater extent in a number of hearings on topics related to protecting the Long Bay Structure Plan provisions fought for by the community, protecting the waters, the ecology and landscape of the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve, and protecting the rural ambience of the northern end of the Long Bay Regional Park.

Evidence Presented by Long Bay - Okura Great Park Society

The evidence the Society and OEG have submitted for this final hearing has been published on the Auckland Unitary Plan Independent Hearings Panel website.

You can see the enormous amount of hard work done by the society by downloading our submissions from the links below. Please note that some of these documents are quite large.

Okura

Legal Submissions (from topic 016-017) [3.2 MB PDF]
The Long Bay-Okura Great Park Society with the Okura Environmental Group (OEG) participated in the hearing which considered the position of Rural Urban Boundary (RUB) currently running along Vaughan’s Road, between Long Bay and Okura. The Society and OEG have provided evidence supporting that the RUB remain in its current position and land north of the line remain rural. Our lawyer, Alan Webb, provided a summary of the issues at the hearing for this topic. This evidence was resubmitted as part of the Society’s evidence in support of maintaining the special provisions for Okura which had been included in the North Shore City Council District Plan (still operative) and which gave certain environmental protections to the Okura Estuary and Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve. The outcome of the RUB hearing will affect what kind of development can or cannot occur north of the boundary line.

(D Lucas) - Landscape - REBUTTAL (from topic 016-017) [26.4 MB PDF]
As part of the RUB hearing process, the Society and OEG engaged landscape architect, Di Lucas, to provide rebuttal evidence supporting the protection of the outstanding landscape associated with the Okura Estuary. She assesses the impact that further intensification of the Okura catchment would have on the landscape and natural character of the area. Her evidence was also resubmitted as part of the body of evidence submitted in support of ensuring that the Okura provisions which had been incorporated into the North Shore City Council District Plan were carried over in the new Auckland Unitary Plan (Topic 081 Rezoning and Precincts).

(P Reaburn) - Planning - Attachment A - REBUTTAL (from topic 016-017) [518 KB PDF]
This evidence is an appendix to the rebuttal evidence of Peter Reaburn for the RUB topic, and resubmitted with his RUB rebuttal evidence as part of the body of evidence for Topic 081, Rezoning and Precincts.

(P Reaburn) - Planning - REBUTTAL (from topic 016-017) [1.33 MB PDF]
The Society and OEG engaged a senior planner, Peter Reaburn, to provide rebuttal to evidence submitted by Okura Holdings Limited and the Okura Rural Landowners Group, both submitters wishing to further intensify development within the Okura catchment. Mr Reaburn’s evidence outlines reasons why the RUB should not be changed, and was resubmitted for Topic 081 Rezoning and Precincts which consider any specific considerations and rules for development for specific locations which are not able to be incorporated into the more general rules of the Auckland-wide Unitary Plan.

(B Michaux) - Terrestrial Ecology - REBUTTAL (from topic 016-017) [4.3 MB PDF]
Bernard Michaux provided evidence for the RUB hearing on the importance of the Okura Estuary and Karepiro Bay as the feeding, roosting and breeding sites of a number of wading and shore birds, some of them threatened native species. His RUB evidence was also resubmitted as part of the Topic 081 Rezoning and Precincts for Okura and Weiti.

(B Stanley) - LATE [14 KB PDF]
Bernard Stanley, a North Shore resident for the past 39 years, provides evidence on the value of the Long Bay-Okura complex of park, beach and Okura-Weiti catchments to his health and wellbeing. In particular, he outlines his enriching experiences of walking the Okura Scenic Bush Reserve walkway with its rare broad-leafed coastal forest, the abundant birdlife, and its remoteness from urban incursion.

(D Gatward) - LATE [36 KB PDF]
Dianne Gatward, Torbay resident for 36 years, has given evidence of her personal experience of the importance of the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve in protecting and helping regenerate the rich marine and bird life of the Reserve.

(P Townend) - LATE [43 KB PDF]
Peter Townend, Okura resident, gives moving evidence of his experiences with the Okura Estuary and the importance of protecting the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve to replenish and protect the now abundant marine life well into the future.

(C Bettany) - amended from 16.02.2016 [3.3 MB PDF]
Christina Bettany provides evidence on behalf of the Society and OEG for Topic 081, Rezoning and Precincts for Okura and Weiti, for why a new precinct or some other mechanism is established to ensure the appropriate environmental safeguards incorporated in the North Shore City Council District Plan are carried over into the final Auckland Unitary Plan. Her evidence includes a set of provisions for Okura not included in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

The Society and OEG have included evidence about the concern in the increase of the number of dwellings permitted for Weiti under the Auckland Council District Plan Operative Rodney Section (400) to the 1050 dwellings in the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan without consideration of environmental impacts.

(A Roa) - Stormwater - REBUTTAL - LATE [118 KB PDF]
The Society and OEG engaged Andres Roa, Engineering Consultant, to provide rebuttal evidence on the potential stormwater and sediment related effects from urban development and intensification in the Okura Estuary catchment, as proposed by Okura Holdings Ltd and the Okura Rural Landowners Group. He discusses stormwater contaminant management and related effects, and stormwater management design and applicability of Water Sensitive Design.

(D Van Winkel & S Wells) - Ecological - JOINT STATEMENT [50 KB PDF]
Dylan Van Winkel and Sarah Well have jointly provided evidence of the effects of development on the terrestrial ecology of Weiti and Okura. They state that the Okura Scenic Bush Reserve is one of the last remaining intact stands of coastal broadleaf and kauri forest in Auckland, rendering its protection and restoration of high ecological priority. The Reserve provides habitat to a range of ‘not threatened’ and ‘at risk’ native species, including four species of native lizards, and a wide range of native and exotic birdlife. This evidence discusses the adverse impact of urban development in the area.

(L Reid & G Reid) - Terrestrial Ecology - JOINT STATEMENT [111 KB PDF]
The joint evidence of Lezette and Geoff Reid, Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the East Coast Bays Coastal Protection Society, discusses the impact of possible urban development on the terrestrial and marine ecology of Okura and Weiti. The aim of the Society is to preserve and enhance the biodiversity of the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve and its catchments and works to protect the Reserve and surrounding areas from predators and invasive week species.

(F Mclaughin) - Property Consultant - REBUTTAL - OKURA - LATE [68 KB PDF]
Fiona McLaughlin in her evidence for the Society and the OEG discusses the impact that any further intensification development in Okura as sought by submitters including Okura Land Holdings and Bin Chen et al would have on the adjoining Long Bay Regional and Piripiri Parks.

Weiti

(A Roa) - Stormwater - REBUTTAL - WEITI [366 KB PDF]
Andres Roa, engineer, has provided stormwater evidence in rebuttal to planning, engineering, and terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecology on behalf of Weiti Developments LP. His focus is on the potential stormwater and sediment related effects from urban development and intensification in the Weiti Precinct as proposed by Weiti Development LP.

(B Michaux) - Ecology - REBUTTAL - WEITI [935 KB PDF]
Bernard Michaux has considered the impact of further urban development at Weiti on shore, marsh and terrestrial birds in the catchments of the Okura and Weiti Rivers in rebuttal to the terrestrial ecology evidence of David Slaven for Weiti Development LP.

(C Bettany, F McLaughlin) - REBUTTAL - WEITI [147 KB PDF]
Christina Bettany and Fiona McLaughlin on behalf of the Society and OEG, in rebuttal to evidence provided by Weiti Development LP, have revised their conclusion in their original evidence on Weiti in which they opposed any further development over and above the number of dwellings as specified in the Operating District Plan (550 dwellings), to now opposing any further development over and above 150 houses. The revision is based on the rebuttal evidence of their experts Andres Roa, stormwater; Bernard Michaux, ornithology; Dylan van Winkel, terrestrial ecology; Peter Townend, context and history; and Treffery Barnett, freshwater and marine ecology.

(D Van Winkel) - Ecology - REBUTTAL - WEITI [408 KB PDF]
Dylan Van Winkel provides rebuttal to the terrestrial ecology evidence of David Slaven for Weiti Development LP. He discusses the possible effects of urban development on the shore birds and waders of Karepiro Bay and the four species of native lizards known to inhabit the Okura Bush Scenic Reserve adjacent to the Weiti Precinct.

(P Townend) - REBUTTAL - WEITI [1.4 MB PDF]
Peter Townend , in rebuttal evidence to Mr William’s evidence on behalf of Weiti Development LP, has provided background information on the proposed urban development by Weiti Development LP at Weiti and concern at the lack of environmental impact reports for such proposed development.

(S Morgan) - Coastal Processes - REBUTTAL - LATE [693 KB PDF]
Sam Morgan was engaged by the Society and OEG to provide rebuttal to the evidence provided on sediment transportation and deposition and marine ecology by Okura Holdings Ltd, taking into account waves and wave-generated currents, and wind direction and events.

(T Barnett) - Ecology - REBUTTAL - WEITI [595 KB PDF]
Treffery Barnett has provided acquatic ecology evidence in relation to the streams and freshwater ecosystems within the Weiti Precinct. She also considers the impact of contaminants and sediment and the associated infrastructure of urban development on the marine ecology of the Weiti catchments.

(B Michaux) - Ecological [599 KB PDF]
Bernard Michaux provides evidence of the importance of Karepiro Bay and the Okura Estuary to the shore birds, waders, post-breeding and winter migrant birds, summer migrants, and rarer birds. He states that Karepiro Bay is the most important wader roost site on the east coast between Miranda and Mangawhai. He discusses the effects of proposed increase in housing density within the Weiti Precinct.

Long Bay

(C Bettany) - Submitter [45 KB PDF]
Christina Bettany, as convenor of the Long Bay Okura Great Park Society, provides background to the development of the Long Bay Structure Plan, and concerns that the provisions of the Structure Plan be carried over into the final Auckland Unitary Plan.

(F Mclaughin) - Property Consultant - REBUTTAL - LONG BAY - LATE [108 KB PDF]
Fiona McLaughlin on behalf of the Long Bay-Okura Great Park Society provides rebuttal to the evidence of Long Bay Community Ltd and Fui Me Yeh and Joe Zao in regards to provisions for the Long Bay Precinct. She provides an analysis of the evidence of Long Bay Communities and that of Fui Me Yeh and Joe Zao.

(F McLaughlin) [47KB PDF]
Fiona McLaughlin was engaged by the Society to review Auckland Council evidence on Topic 081c Long Bay Precinct. She is largely supportive of the Council’s evidence, apart from one issue which she addresses.

Please do come to the hearing on 21st April if at all possible