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

Schedule 36 Federal Street Residences

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Schedule 36: inserted, on 26 November 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 16) 2021 (SL 2021/376).

Project referred to expert consenting panel

Heading: inserted, on 26 November 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 16) 2021 (SL 2021/376).

1 Name of project

The name of the project is the Federal Street Residences (the project).

Schedule 36 clause 1: inserted, on 26 November 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 16) 2021 (SL 2021/376).

2 Authorised person

The authorised person for the project is P0012 Auckland NZ Pty Limited.

Schedule 36 clause 2: inserted, on 26 November 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 16) 2021 (SL 2021/376).

3 Description of project

(1)

The scope of the project is—

(a)

to demolish an existing 7-storey car parking building on land in Auckland Central, Auckland; and

(b)

to construct a mixed-use building on that land that is approximately 55 storeys and 183 metres high.

(2)

The development resulting from the project will consist of—

(a)

a high-rise, mixed-use building that contains—

(i)

approximately 357 residential units; and

(ii)

retail and commercial premises; and

(iii)

parking areas for cars, motorbikes, and bicycles; and

(b)

private communal space and public open space associated with the building; and

(c)

infrastructure associated with the building.

Schedule 36 clause 3: inserted, on 26 November 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 16) 2021 (SL 2021/376).

4 Description of activities involved in project

The project may involve the following activities:

(a)

demolishing an existing building and infrastructure:

(b)

carrying out earthworks (including disturbing potentially contaminated soil):

(c)

taking, diverting, and discharging groundwater onto land:

(d)

diverting and discharging stormwater and contaminants into a stormwater network:

(e)

constructing infrastructure for three waters services:

(f)

constructing a high-rise, mixed-use building:

(g)

constructing vehicle access, loading, and parking areas:

(h)

developing land for open space, including by landscaping and planting:

(i)

carrying out any other activities that are—

(i)

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

(ii)

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

Schedule 36 clause 4: inserted, on 26 November 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 16) 2021 (SL 2021/376).

5 Approximate geographical location

The project will occur at 65–71 Federal Street, Auckland Central, Auckland (the project site).

Schedule 36 clause 5: inserted, on 26 November 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 16) 2021 (SL 2021/376).

6 Further information to be submitted

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

(a)

an assessment of—

(i)

the existing condition and capacity of the relevant infrastructure for three waters services; and

(ii)

any upgrades to that infrastructure that are required to service the development:

(b)

a wind tunnel assessment (relating to wind tunnel effects connected with the high-rise, mixed-use building) that is prepared by a suitably qualified and experienced person:

(c)

details of the interim streetscape design that the authorised person proposes to implement before Auckland Council’s scheduled upgrades to Federal Street and Kingston Street:

(d)

an integrated transport assessment that—

(i)

addresses vehicle access into and out of the project site during and after construction, including measures to ensure priority and safety of pedestrians and safe sight distances; and

(ii)

addresses the need for manoeuvrability of vehicles within the project site during and after construction; and

(iii)

addresses the loading of vehicles, and the operation of loading bays, within or adjacent to the mixed-use building; and

(iv)

identifies measures to ensure that queuing does not occur on Federal Street as a result of additional traffic arising from the development; and

(v)

identifies and addresses other effects of that additional traffic on the local road network, including the effect on traffic safety; and

(vi)

addresses parking in the mixed-use building, including parking allocations and bicycle parking that is required by the Auckland Unitary Plan (see Table E27.6.2.5).

Schedule 36 clause 6: inserted, on 26 November 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 16) 2021 (SL 2021/376).

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:

(c)

Ngāti Koheriki Claims Committee:

(d)

Skycity Entertainment Group Limited.

Schedule 36 clause 7: inserted, on 26 November 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 16) 2021 (SL 2021/376).

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 36 clause 8: inserted, on 26 November 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 16) 2021 (SL 2021/376).

Statement of reasons

Heading: inserted, on 26 November 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 16) 2021 (SL 2021/376).

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 and Auckland Council. The Minister has accepted this 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 in a location that is well serviced by public transport; and

    • providing employment (including employment targeted at under-represented groups and the long-term unemployed); and

    • reflecting the historical use and cultural significance of the site in the building design:

  • the project will generate employment by providing approximately 327 direct full-time equivalent jobs per year over a 4-year planning and construction period:

  • the project will increase housing supply through the construction of approximately 357 residential units for owner-occupiers and tenants:

  • the project will contribute to a well-functioning urban environment by providing—

    • housing of varied sizes that has on-site amenities and is in a location with good access to places of employment and public transport; and

    • ground-floor public space:

  • the project will support a transition to an economy of low greenhouse gas emissions through a reduction in private vehicle use (by only providing vehicle parking spaces for approximately 50% of the residential units):

  • the project will minimise waste by diverting 80% of construction waste away from landfill to be re-used for other purposes:

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

  • any actual and potential effects on the environment, and proposed measures to avoid, remedy, mitigate, offset, or compensate for adverse effects, can be appropriately tested by an expert consenting panel against Part 2 of the Resource Management Act 1991 and the purpose of the Act.