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92 residential units proposed for 1.4ha site by marina

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Almost 100 homes may be built at this 1.4 hectare site occupied by the Stand for Children charity in Half Moon Bay. Times photo Wayne Martin

A property developer is proposing to build almost 100 residential units on a prime piece of east Auckland land in a sign of the local community’s increasing housing intensification.

Auckland Council has provided the Times with a resource consent application prepared in May this year by Campbell Brown Planning Ltd for the developer, HND HMB Ltd.

The site’s council property valuation, as of June 2021, was $24 million.

It’s a short distance from Half Moon Bay Marina and borders Pigeon Mountain Road, Ara Tai and Compass Point Way.

The Times understands various rumours relating to the development are circulating in the community, including that it will be used for public housing or become a retirement village.

A Kainga Ora spokesperson says the agency does not own the site and “we have not considered the land for [public housing] development”.

Allen Lu, the development’s project manager, confirms it will not include social housing or become a retirement village.

The plan proposes the development of 92 terraced units across 26 blocks on a 1.4 hectare corner section at 3 Pigeon Mountain Road in Half Moon Bay.

The site is presently occupied by the Stand for Children charity, which provides a wraparound service for at-risk children.

Buildings on the site are allowed to be up to nine metres high, the resource consent application states.

“The development has been designed in an integrated manner to ensure the most efficient use of the land and minimise any adverse environmental effects, while providing a high quality residential property for future residents.”

All buildings and parking areas presently on the land will be demolished to facilitate the proposed development, according to the resource consent application.

The site does not contain any protected or scheduled trees.

Each residential unit is allocated at least one parking space within or in close proximity to it.

Dwellings in nine of the blocks are allocated two parking spaces “with a variety of uncovered parking spaces, and internally-accessed garages”.

“Each unit without a garage is provided a dedicated bike storage locker, located in close proximity to the entrance of each unit.”

The units are proposed to be served by private waste collection, while an infrastructure report, stormwater management plan, and engineering plans have been prepared to address infrastructure provision and earthworks required for the proposal.

There’s existing public wastewater infrastructure located within the site and the surrounding public road network.

“It is proposed to abandon the existing wastewater connection and extend the public wastewater drainage to service the development.

“A capacity check of the downstream infrastructure confirms current system has sufficient capacity to cater for proposed development.”

A pre-application meeting was held with the council in December last year.

That resulted in a change from the development having two vehicle access points, off Pigeon Mountain Road and Compass Point Way, which the council did not support.

The vehicle access point off Pigeon Mountain Road was subsequently removed from the proposal.

Under the header “consultation”, the document states an assessment concludes the development would generate “less than minor adverse effects to surrounding neighbourhood properties”.

“For this reason, consultation with the wider property owners or other parties has not been undertaken.”

A council spokesperson says the resource consent application is on hold while it awaits further information from the applicant.

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