Orewa seawall consent delayed

Appeals made on Auckland Council’s proposed Unitary Plan have affected the proposal to build a seawall along Orewa Beach from Kohu Street to Marine View.

A resource consent application for the seawall was to have been lodged to enable public notification to happen prior to Christmas but this is now not possible.

Back in June, the local board approved the draft design for the wall and Council had hoped to apply for resource consent last month.

However, Council’s local parks manager, Martin van Jaarsveld, says since then the project team has amended the design to reduce visual effects and also provided greater detail to its proposal including sand levels and the impact of handrails and rock ‘up-stands’.

He says in addition “the planning framework is currently in a state of flux with the implications of appeals on the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan as yet unclear, and we are waiting for this framework to settle prior to lodging the consent application.”

The team hopes to lodge the application prior to Christmas, so that Council’s resource consent team can consider it through to February.

It is likely that public notification will therefore take place next February and/or March.

Funding to build the wall will be up to Council’s incoming Finance & Performance Committee and will be based on where Orewa sits in terms of its coastal work priorities.