Plans to redevelop our town centre have got the go-ahead from Auckland Council.
Panuku Development Auckland is set to buy some areas of council-owned land in central Onehunga. They say they will, “revitalise the town centre” with “enhanced pedestrian streetscapes and laneways”, public art, increased green landscaping, and mixed-use retail and housing developments. These plans may also include a central civic space, and replacement of the recreation centre.
The proposed development areas will be spread across land on Paynes Lane, parts of Waller Street, part of Selwyn Street, Waiapu Lane and part of Onehunga Mall.
It’s been well over a year since Panuku announced that it had chosen Onehunga as one of its four ‘Transform’ locations. The delay in action is partly due to the proposed East West Link. One of the key highlights of the transform project is the redevelopment of Onehunga Port into an area similar to Wynyard Quarter. However, in May 2016, it quickly became apparent that construction of the East West Link meant they wouldn’t be able to start development on the port until 2022. Instead, Panuku decided to focus on the redevelopment of the town centre.
When Auckland Council approved Panuku’s High Level Project Plan (HLPP), it also endorsed Panuku as the lead council agency for the regeneration project. This means they expect to work in partnership with Housing New Zealand to ensure all their new housing developments in Onehunga align with Panuku’s vision.
Maungakiekie-Tāmaki councillor, Denise Lee, is also deputy chair of the Auckland Planning Committee, which approved Panuku’s HLPP. She says, “our relationship with Housing New Zealand is of utmost importance, and I would expect them to be transparent, accountable and communicative, on every step of the journey.”
“It’s time to get on with the show.” For further information about Panuku’s plans, visit https://www.panuku.co.nz/onehunga-transformation-gets-go-ahead