Rejuvenating Takapuna as a contemporary centre for commerce and living, creating a heart to Sunnynook, redeveloping Devonport Wharf, developing memorable coastal walkways and investigating the introduction of a future modern tram system, are among key projects the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board has prioritised for the next three years and beyond.
The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area has distinct communities within its boundaries spanning Sunnynook and Forrest Hill, Castor Bay and Milford in the north, through Takapuna and Devonport peninsula with Devonport in the south.
Its western boundary is the inner Waitemata Habour and the Northern Busway, with the Hauraki Gulf to the east.
The priorities have been established through the new council’s process in collaboration with public feedback and will be further refined as a result of community views expressed during the submissions period, which ends at 4pm on August 8.
Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Plan summaries containing submission forms have been sent to every household and submissions can be made online via www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/haveyoursay
Board chair Chris Darby wants all locals to be part of the decision-making process, which will contribute to the future look and feel of community town centres and neighbourhoods.
“We’ve got so much going for us and so much more we can do to add to the beauty and prosperity of living in this remarkable part of Auckland,” he says.
“There are some exciting and challenging ideas in our course-setting plan and we want to know what people think of them, whether we’ve got it right and what needs to be added.”
“As with all changes within our villages, our communities must be at the core of shaping their future direction. By including them in this process, we believe that we can accommodate change and make the important improvements that each community deserves.”
Other key projects and priorities include:
Advocating for a third harbour crossing future proofed for rail
Upgrading and creating coastal walkways
Revitalising our town centres and villages
Connecting communities through strategic transport planning
Ongoing restoration of Fort Takapuna and Kennedy Park
Building a case for introducing a modern tram system along historic tram routes that used to connect Takapuna, Devonport, Bayswater, Smales Farm and Milford
Re-directing the Takapuna Beach storm water outfalls
Develop a Heritage Tourism Strategy for Devonport.
The Devonport-Takapuna Local Board is going all out to promote its Devonport-Takapuna Draft Local Board Plan, currently open for submissions until August 8.
As part of its efforts, Board representatives will be at some bus stops and ferry terminals in the area on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, wearing specially designed tee shirts and giving out submission forms and pens to interested passers-by.
In addition, an interactive workshop will be held at Devonport on Monday August 1 from 6pm to 8pm at the Navy Museum, 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport.
A second workshop will be held on Wednesday August 3 from 6pm to 8pm at the Channel View Lounge, Mary Thomas Centre, 3 Gibbons Road, Takapuna.
The workshop will be facilitated so that people are active contributors while their elected representatives listen.