Twenty-three Auckland Transport-owned properties on Whangaparāoa and Brightside Roads will go on the market after Auckland Council’s Finance & Performance Committee voted in favour of the proposal on October 22.
The properties – 472-502 Whangaparāoa Rd and 4-6 Brightside Rd as well as 599, 616A and 750A Whangaparāoa Rd – form a line from just past D’Oyly Drive, around into Brightside Rd. Together, they play a key role in the road network, allowing for future safety and retaining work.
The land is zoned Residential Single House but local board members say the potential is there for several properties to be amalgamated and sold together for development.
Council’s intention to sell the land was revealed in Hibiscus Matters’ May 8, 2019 issue and has been the subject of several stories in this paper since.
Final approval for the land to go on the market has taken more than a year due to objections by Crs Wayne Walker and John Watson as well as the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board. The local board requested a chance to give formal feedback before any sale was approved, but did not get that opportunity.
However, as a result of opposition, AT retained a portion of 14 of the Whangaparāoa Rd properties to make widening and other road improvements possible.
Despite this, the already challenging intersection at Brightside and Whangaparāoa Rd remains a concern. Cr Watson says he fears another “shambles” similar to the one at the Whangaparāoa New World complex.
“AT says there are plans to widen the Brightside intersection using the other side of the road but there is no timeline or guarantee that will happen,” he says.