Rodney Times : November 9th 2010
10 RODNEY TIMES, NOVEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS Hopper Developments Ltd View us on Trade Me Properties A liftl 65 Tauranga Place, Orewa Phone 09 427 0090 or 0800 629 476 www.maygroveorewa.co.nz e part of this lovely village on the Hibiscus Coast, o ering a unique, ecure lifestyle, with an emphasis on your convenience and comfort. Take advantage of our recreational facilities including heated wimming pool and spa, petanque court and croquet lawn, restaurant, movie theatre, hair salon, gym, communal lounges, library and we have a bowling green and putting green. At Maygrove you also share n capital gain. Family-owned business with family integrity. Apartments from $220,000 Terraced units from $395,000 Friday 12th Novemb 10am -- 7pm Saturday13th November 10am -- 4pm Art Exhibition by Maygrove's Art Group You're invited to an Getting crowded: The approximate boundaries of the Mason Heights Property Trust site in red and the already approved MHL subdivision in blue. The edge of the Summerset Falls retirement village is just visible bottom left. Development gets partial approval By DELWYN DICKEY Neither objectors nor developers came away happy after a Rodney District Coun- cil decision gave partial approval to develop a site, including a church hall cater- ing for 650 people, on Woodcocks Rd in Warkworth. The developers are chal- lenging the decision through the Environment Court in favour of the full proposal. Mason Heights Property Trust had applied to the council for a resource consent in January to develop a 2.5 hectare site for the Exclusive Brethren Church opposite the Summerset Falls retirement village. Six residential sites would be created along with a larger site for a meeting hall able to hold nearly 650 people with parking for 216 vehicles. Neighbours along Mason Heights say the proposal would have a significant impact on the enjoyment of their properties and their rural aspect. They raised par- ticular concerns over road safety with secondary access off Mason Heights and poss- ible queuing along Woodcocks Rd at the main entrance. At a council hearing on June 28, the consents to build the hall and parking -- requir- ing 15,000 square metre earthworks over 2.5ha -- was approved by the council hear- ing committee but not the subdivision of sections. The council s planner had recommended declining the proposal as the land was zoned general rural with no plans under the Warkworth structure plan for change until after 2024. This makes the subdivision non-com- plying and the earthworks and building discretionary activities. The planner said the pro- posal was premature to coun- cil and community expectations. A planning consultant for the church said at the hear- ing they hadn t been able to find a suitable smaller site. Although the site was bigger than they wanted the sale of the residential sections would help fund the $1.8 million meeting hall. Town develop- ment was also heading in this direction around the Stock- yard Falls retail centre with a non-complying 66 site subdiv- ision on the opposite side to Mason Heights also given the go ahead by the council. Stockyard Falls retail cen- tre is under construction to the east of Mason Heights on the other side of Woodcocks Rd, next to the Summerset Falls retirement village. The MHL development has its access off Woodcocks Rd. Between 20 to 133 vehicle movements are expected for each church service sched- uled at various times through the week, and three times on Sunday starting with a smaller service at 6am. Six larger Sunday meet- ings each year would see about 300 at the 10am Sunday gathering along with a full capacity convention each year. Possible issues around the increase in traffic were also raised by both the council traffic consultants and the NZTA.
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