Residents Want St Lukes Train Shuttles
Good to see a St Lukes resident group is adopting the idea of Westfield shopping centre having to run shuttle buses between St Lukes mall and Morningside train station.
The St Lukes Gardens Apartments Body Corporate group is also appealing in the Environmental Court the Auckland Council’s decision approving a plan change that allows for an expansion of the Mt Albert-based mall.
Residents in those 230-unit (soon to be 280) apartments in Morning Star Place opposite the mall are some of the closest neighbours to the mall.
In its submission – on transport issues, the residents argue:
- There is insufficient regional transport and public transport infrastructure to support such an intensive development in what is essentially a largely suburban area
- Among ways to address adverse traffic effects would be a free shuttle bus service to the Morningisde train station and other non-vehicle transport mode enhancements
- It’s “unclear what the carparking and traffic management policy should be for the Plan Change because broader strategic transport planning for the new Town Centre is yet to be determined and a commitment to fund future services by the relevant public authorities has not been made. Because a structure plan has not been undertaken, the plan change can not be approved as a matter of law. It’s an example of the cart before the horse.”
- The scale of the development will exacerbate and compound existing parking problems in the area of St Lukes
- Urban design areas have not been adequately addressed including the adverse effect the plan change will have on the general street amenity and pedestrian amenity
The submissions say the approval does not give effect to the Auckland regional policy statement and is inconsistent with planning documents such as the regional land transport strategy. It says the “sequencing and timing priority of St Lukes versus other regional intensification nodes that will compete for the same scare public infrastructure resouces has not been properly determined” and the complete spatial nature and extent of the proposed St Lukes Town Centre has “not yet even been defined.”