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Transport and Infrastructure
- Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley, Pro Vice-Chancellor College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University
- Campbell Barbour - General Manager Commercial, NZ Retail Property Group
- Warren Maclennan - Manager North West Planning, Auckland Council
- Ernst Zollner - Regional Director Auckland/Northland, NZ Transport Agency
- Importance of leadership, especially politically, if growth ambitions are to be achieved.
- If development is made difficult in established/built area, then private sector will migrate to easier build sites on the edge of Auckland.
- Major retail hubs at Westgate and Albany will dominate future northern growth.
- Aspirations need to be met by ability to deliver and pragmatic deliverables.
- How do you win hearts and minds in terms of difficult decisions and required development?
- There is a significant lag between planning and provision.
- One major change that has occurred is that retailers who were opposed to public transport provisions now see significant benefits.
- Albany, in terms of a 15-20 minute drive, has 25,000 new household units planned for the future, which translates to an additional population catchment of 60,000-70,000 people.
- Hard infrastructure is quite straightforward to plan for but how do you build soft infrastructure (communities)? Are roads a barrier to community making? How do you plan for community when there is so much ethnic diversity? There is often a focus on hard infrastructure at the expense of soft infrastructure.
- Growth presents major challenges in terms of environmental quality.
- Tendency to focus on building motorways at the expense of other elements of transport (no integrated model).
- Planning horizon tends to disappear when you get to the edges of current growth. Tend to play catch-up.
- In terms of providing infrastructure for growth, the challenge is whether you turn up too early? Too late? And who pays for it?
- Do we utilise what we already have in terms of infrastructure? Emphasis is on a “build” agenda to cope with growth (an Auckland phenomena) rather than considering optimisation (increasingly the case elsewhere in New Zealand).
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