Ōrākei Local Board has outlined the next steps for refreshing a popular area of Tāmaki Drive, in a bid to better cater for the increasing community use of the harbour.
At present, The Landing in Ōkahu Bay accommodates a number of water-based sports clubs and provides infrastructure for the public, including a boat ramp, pontoons, and trailer parking. It is also home to a commercial haul-out and hardstand (boat yard) facility, where boat owners can maintain and service their craft. Paddle boarding, kite surfing, canoeing, small boat sailing and waka ama are all increasing in popularity, with Ōkahu Bay offering prime access to those in the Eastern Bays.
The local board is currently refreshing the 2013 Landing Concept Plan (Pathways to the Sea), to determine how the high-use area can best be used by the whole community long into the future.
Ōrākei Local Board Chair Scott Milne says that the intention is to create a world-class waterfront that caters to the diverse recreational needs of a growing region.
“The Landing is in a prime location on Tāmaki Drive and has long been enjoyed by those seeking water-based recreation on the harbour,” says Scott.
“However, as the area continues to grow, we recognise that there are members of our community that would prefer to enjoy this part of the waterfront from the land, and it is important to us that the future use of the area reflects both sets of needs.
“One of the options that has been proposed is to remove the hardstand once the commercial haul-out contract comes to an end next year, enabling this space to be used for other recreational purposes.
“We received feedback during a comprehensive public consultation process earlier this year on three concept plans.
“Of 856 submissions, 68 per cent supported removing or reducing the hardstand, with 56 per cent supporting removal.
“As we consider the future use of The Landing, we need to ensure our increasingly populous and intensifying area meets the need of the greatest number of residents.
“We are seeking further information and advice on points raised by hardstand users, and we welcome their feedback. We will then take the time to review and refine the proposed options before engaging with the community on the updated proposal next year.
“The lease arrangement on the hardstand has not been renewed as it is financially unsustainable. The current board believes there is an opportunity for improved community outcomes with a higher return on investment. Further discussions to maximise the usability of this important space are ongoing."