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Upper Hutt Leader : December 7th 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 7, 2011 NEWS 4234205AA HUTT GABLES: 1094 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt 5018 www.oceanialiving.co.nz www.facebook.com/OceaniaGroup Talk to Beverley Sutherland on (04) 526 9292 or 027 433 8166 Why not make arranging a visit the next thing you do? HUTT GABLES VILLAS Two 2-bedroom villas. Both have open plan living: kitchen, lounge and dining room. Large single car garage with laundry tub. AVAILABLE FOR $300,000* Located in park-like settings; Hutt Gables Retirement Village has a new community centre (with gym, library, pool table and petanque), social functions & trips in the village van, and a family-friendly environment. Re-cladding work is currently taking place on these villas. This should be completed by late-January 2012. The village operator, the Oceania Group, is a Retirement Villages Association member and, as a consequence, follows strict standards and guidelines as to how it operates. * Ongoing service fees apply. OG1468 Retirement Village close to Central Upper Hutt, 2 villas available soon. Maymorn's in limbo By COLIN WILLIAMS Councillors need more research ' There was a lot of passion, a lot of feeling but it wasn't all negative. ' Mayor Wayne Guppy A D-Day meeting set down for tomorrow to decide if the development of Maymorn would continue has been shelved till mid-February. Four sessions of councillors consider- ing and hearing almost 500 public submissions on the city s Maymorn Structure Plan were to have been fol- lowed with tomorrow s meeting and a vote on whether to continue to the formal planning stage. The submissions collectively repres- ented massive opposition to the contro- versial long-term development of the rural Maymorn area in the Mangaroa Valley with a sustainable village com- munity of 1800 residences accommodat- ing more than 4000 people. At the end of the hearings on Thursday, mayor Wayne Guppy indicated there was the need for a delay of tomorrow s meeting to allow a lot more research to be done on the issues raised through the initial consultation. The council will now meet in mid-to- late February at the earliest. There were so many issues raised, so many questions -- so we have asked for more work to be done, Mr Guppy says. Yes, we wanted to be able to reply back as soon as possible, but it s import- ant we get this work done and the coun- cillors get some confirmation of some things because they are going to go into a meeting to say yes or no , he says. Mr Guppy says all councillors attending the hearings agreed on the necessity for a postponement. As we were going through the process the thought was there that next week was too soon and we were not going to get it all done. Mr Guppy says the submissions raised a gamut of questions . . . and it s hard to pinpoint any one issue . The financial cost to the city and appropriateness of the development, the area s existing rural nature and lifestyle, the scale and intensity of the develop- ment, the minimal lot sizes, transport issues and many more points were raised by the submissions. The project s pre-consultation had been lengthy but also proved to be a very good and important process, Mr Guppy says. There was a lot of passion, a lot of feeling, but it wasn t all negative. Bob McLellan, a major organiser of the community opposition to the Maymorn plan, says the postponement of tomorrow s meeting could be interpreted as a good sign. All in all I think it s a positive they are going to have a real in-depth look at it. But it at also leaves people in limbo at bit. There s an effect at a personal level and it s hanging over people s lives and influencing things like the the sales of properties, he says. The councillors were good. They got a bit of a stick at times but they were listening and taking it all on board. They didn t give us a lot back, they didn t want to really. They do have a big job in front of them, Mr McLellan says. But I cannot see any rational con- clusion that would allow it to continue. We ve pretty well said everything that can be said. It s a complex thing . . . the plan itself didn t identify the real issues and didn t address them, he says. The Maymorn plan was conceived in better economic times . . . but there are very serious doubts that the need is there, now it s flat. We know there is going to be change, things grow. We have seen constant change in the valley [here] and that won t stop, but this plan needs to be put aside. We need to start with the community here, the way it relates to Upper Hutt. Let s start at the beginning, Mr McLellan says. Spending priorities reviewed A final draft of the city s 10-year planning and spending priorities will be not be public till April but the mayor, Wayne Guppy, says changes have already been made to the list of projects released for public feedback in October. Consideration of pay and display parking on the Main St was the most controversial of an initial 22 proposals, totalling more than $22 million and ranging from a $25,000 heritage trail to an $8.5m upgrade of Fergusson Dr. Councillor workshops have reviewed the list after taking into account the near 200 submissions received in the long term plan s first-up consultation phase. As a council we have had to consider the big picture and identify which projects were going to make a key difference to our city, because everything comes with a cost, Mr Guppy says. Some of the proposed projects were aban- doned. Some have now been combined and more details have been requested on others, he says. It is believed the paid parking idea received a poor public acceptance rating in the submissions. However, it will be considered for the final draft of the long term plan in four months. More work must be done, such as finalising budgets, to ensure everything is right before it goes out for full consultation and further hearings in May and formal adoption in June.
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