COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Order 2020

Schedule 28 Melia Place

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Schedule 28: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

Project referred to expert consenting panel

Heading: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

1 Name of project

The name of the project is Melia Place (the project).

Schedule 28 clause 1: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

2 Authorised person

The authorised person for the project is Melia Development Limited.

Schedule 28 clause 2: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

3 Description of project

(1)

The scope of the project is to subdivide land and construct a housing development on that land in Stanmore Bay, Whangaparāoa, Auckland.

(2)

The development will include—

(a)

approximately 59 allotments; and

(b)

approximately 59 residential units; and

(c)

additional allotments for access, for community purposes, and for open spaces; and

(d)

a multi-use community building; and

(e)

open spaces; and

(f)

infrastructure associated with the subdivision and development, including private roads, parking, and three waters services.

Schedule 28 clause 3: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

4 Description of activities involved in project

The project may involve the following activities:

(a)

demolishing existing buildings and infrastructure:

(b)

subdividing land, including contaminated land:

(c)

clearing vegetation, including in riparian areas:

(d)

carrying out earthworks (including bulk earthworks) and disturbing potentially contaminated soils:

(e)

discharging stormwater run-off and contaminants into water:

(f)

constructing retaining walls:

(g)

constructing residential units:

(h)

constructing a community building and communal spaces:

(i)

placing structures in a flood plain:

(j)

placing structures in an overland flow path:

(k)

constructing three waters services:

(l)

constructing private roads, vehicle access, and other transport infrastructure:

(m)

developing open space, including by landscaping and planting:

(n)

carrying out any other activities that are—

(i)

associated with the activities described in paragraphs (a) to (m); and

(ii)

within the scope of the project as described in clause 3 of this schedule.

Schedule 28 clause 4: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

5 Approximate geographical location

The project will occur at 20 Melia Place and 43A Vipond Road, Stanmore Bay, Whangaparāoa, Auckland.

Schedule 28 clause 5: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

6 Further information to be submitted

The following information must be submitted to the panel with any consent application or notice of requirement relating to the project (in addition to the information required by clause 9 or 13 of Schedule 6 of the Act):

(a)

an archaeological assessment:

(b)

an assessment of the potential greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the project, including—

(i)

quantification of those emissions; and

(ii)

an assessment of options to avoid, remedy, or mitigate those emissions:

(c)

an assessment of options for ensuring that the design of the development supports the uptake of public and active modes of transport servicing the development:

(d)

an assessment of options for ensuring that the design achieves high energy performance:

(e)

a detailed stormwater assessment, including—

(i)

an assessment of the potential downstream flooding risks to other properties that may arise from the development, including evidence that the development will comply with standard E8.6.1(3) of the Auckland Unitary Plan; and

(ii)

information on how the overland flow paths within the site will be protected or diverted; and

(iii)

information on how stormwater pipes under the development will be diverted; and

(iv)

details of measures that will be taken to ensure that the quality of water discharging to open watercourses or streams will comply with standard E3.6.1.1 of the Auckland Unitary Plan; and

(v)

an assessment of the effects of stormwater discharge on stream hydrology:

(f)

an integrated transport assessment that includes—

(i)

an assessment of whether the surrounding road network can accommodate the additional traffic volumes arising from the development; and

(ii)

an assessment of the impact of that additional traffic on access to Vipond Road and on the Melia Place, Whangaparaoa Road, and Poplar Road intersection:

(g)

an assessment of water supply and wastewater capacity that includes—

(i)

an assessment of whether a second connection to the water supply network in Melia Place should be provided to ensure resilient supply; and

(ii)

details of pipework (including sizing) to meet applicable standards relating to fire hydrant distances; and

(iii)

the detailed design of the proposed upgrades to the wastewater network necessary to service the development; and

(iv)

evidence of consultation with Watercare Services Limited:

(h)

an erosion and sediment control management plan and a statement of the specific measures that will be taken to ensure compliance with that management plan:

(i)

a social impact assessment that addresses any effects associated with the community being gated.

Schedule 28 clause 6: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

7 Persons who must be invited to comment on project

An expert consenting panel must invite comments on any consent application relating to the project from the following persons in addition to the persons listed in clause 17(6) of Schedule 6 of the Act:

(a)

Auckland Transport:

(b)

Watercare Services Limited.

Schedule 28 clause 7: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

8 No further provision required

No further provision is necessary to give effect to decisions made by the Minister under section 24 of the Act in respect of the project.

Schedule 28 clause 8: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

Statement of reasons

Heading: inserted, on 10 September 2021, by clause 6 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 11) 2021 (LI 2021/240).

This statement of reasons is published for the purposes of clause 4 of Schedule 3 of the Act

The Minister for the Environment has accepted this application for referral. The Minister considered the application against the criteria in the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 (the Act) and the Act’s purpose, and sought and considered written comments from the relevant Ministers, the Auckland Council, and Auckland Transport. The Minister accepted the application for the following reasons:

  • the project will help to achieve the purpose of the Act:

  • the project will have positive effects on social well-being by providing—

    • additional housing supply, including terraced housing (which has the potential to be a more affordable housing option at a time when house prices are rapidly escalating in the Auckland region); and

    • employment opportunities during construction; and

    • recreational space:

  • the project will increase housing supply through the construction of approximately 59 residential units:

  • the project will provide approximately 96 direct full-time equivalent jobs per year over a 2-year construction period:

  • the project is likely to progress faster than would otherwise be the case under the Resource Management Act 1991 standard processes:

  • any adverse effects arising from the project, and proposed mitigation measures, can be appropriately tested by an expert consenting panel against Part 2 of the Resource Management Act 1991 and the purpose of the Act.