ACC ignores developers’ plea for an all-independent hearing on an apartment project

Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2009 at 3:05 pm in

The Auckland City Council has ignored a plea from Remuera Views Limited — Chong Du Cheng and Tony Gapes — for an all-independent hearing on a 42-unit, four level apartment project at 246 Orakei Road, above the reserve.

Remuera Views had argued that independent commissioners were necessary, since the issue of whether a reserve is taken along the site frontage – which would benefit the council-could impact on the decision.

The planning fixtures committee appointed Cllr Christine Caughey to the chair, with independent, Conway Stewart, as alternate chairman. Another Auckland councillor (Doug Armstrong) and two community board members were named on the panel; five councillors and two additional independents were identified as alternates.

The site in question has a 7 x17m Conservation Department reserve strip between it and Hobson Bay. A subdivision consent would trigger a requirement for a 20m reserve strip, requiring a 3m top-up from the development site. The company withdrew its subdivision consent application earlier in the year.

Chong Du Cheng heads the Equinox property investment & development group and Tony Gapes heads Redwood Group Ltd.