In 2018 the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) compulsorily acquired approximately 3.8ha of open space in the Upper Harbour Local Board area for motorway improvements (Northern Corridor Improvements project). At its meeting on 20 March 2018, the Finance and Performance Committee agreed to consider providing funding to improve parks in the Upper Harbour Local Board area to offset the loss of open space.
The service property optimisation approach has been used to guide the council’s decision making. Projects that benefit from the reinvestment of capital must be identified in a strategic document. Staff consider that the Upper Harbour Open Space Network Plan meets the requirements of the service optimisation approach. Four key principles have been developed to enable decision-making on the dentification of unfunded/part funded park improvement projects that could be funded by compensation received from the NZTA. Staff recommend that the Finance and Performance Committee allocate funding for three unfunded/part-funded park improvement projects.
They scored highly against the decision-making principles and are supported by the Upper Harbour Local Board (refers UH/2019/67):
• development of walking and cycling trails (greenways) at Rosedale Park,
• development of park assets at: Caribbean Sportsfield/ Unsworth Reserve and Scott Point Sports Park.
Taking this approach will provide new recreational opportunities in the Upper Harbour Local Board area to offset the loss of open space. No significant risks have been identified if the Finance and Performance Committee allocate this funding for parks development. The committee previously agreed to consider providing funding to improve existing parks in the Upper Harbour Local Board area to offset the loss of open space.
Source: Insights Report on Auckland Council.