Panuku's unlock Pukekohe- Your questions answered.
Our Morning Tea and Networking event where we heard from Richard Davison - Programme Manager & Strategic Planner from Panuku, was a huge success. Click HERE to download Panuku's presentation.
A full update was given about the direction of Pukekohe's regeneration. A lot of great questions were raised and below you will see these questions answered in full.
How does Panuku decide what properties are sold?
Council owns thousands of properties in Auckland. In addition to service properties such as libraries and pools, local parks and walkways, there are a large number of other properties that are no longer used well or cost too much to maintain compared to their use. Panuku helps manage the cost of owning all these properties by investigating and identifying potential properties to sell to offset maintenance and also to help council pay off other costs elsewhere in their budgets.
In Pukekohe, we have identified 27 properties that are either underused, have the potential for better uses or no longer perform their original purpose. We have plans to sell and develop these with partners to achieve positive outcomes for Pukekohe in line with our overall regeneration plan. The timing of these will depend on the completion of reports and paperwork as well as market conditions. These transactions may happen over many years. The sale of 82 Manukau Road has been in the planning phase for a while and, coincidentally, this is taking place at the same time as we begin working in Pukekohe.
Where will the proceeds from these property sales go?
We treat our Transform and Unlock projects as a programme of work, with revenue generated from site sales channelled into a pot which is then allocated to projects based on the best use of those funds. As we progress with our plans for Pukekohe, we will look to secure the appropriate funding from the pot to proceed with our regeneration plan. However, we will need to contribute to the pot at the same time so that other locations have access to funding for regeneration in their neighbourhoods too.
What will happen to the carparks at the Massey Ave site when sold?
Pukekohe has several parking areas that aren’t well used. Our plan does not specify removing a set number of parking spaces, rather it involves looking at how we can reconfigure public parking to prioritise shoppers and short-stay visitors and make better use of under-used parking areas for longer-stay parking.
Will landowners in the town centre be required to make improvements to their properties?
While we have plans to upgrade public spaces and develop sites in the town centre, we do not intend to create obligations on existing property owners to develop their sites too. If you do own property in the town centre, you may wish to make improvements to your property over time, just like you would with any other property that requires maintenance.
Information about the parking fund and how these funds are used
While this is not something that sits with Panuku, we have made enquiries with our council colleagues and it appears that the requirement to pay into the fund ended with the establishment of the Unitary Plan.
What other projects outside the town centre will Panuku be working on?
Our remit is quite focused on the town centre however we are exploring other ways to contribute to the growing demands in Pukekohe. Whatever we choose to do will be in collaboration with other council whanau including Auckland Transport, Community Facilities, Parks and ATEED.
Going forward, how can businesses be involved?
We are beginning to connect with key stakeholder groups to share the details of our plans and collect feedback that will be referred to as we roll out our plan, with the Pukekohe Business Association and its members being one of these groups. If you want to have a conversation about a specific part of our Pukekohe programme please contact UnlockPukekohe@panuku.co.nz and one of our project team will come back to you.