Auckland Open Spaces Squeezed

Growing a compact city will come with some compromises. Public spaces may be swallowed up. Queen Elizabeth Square is the latest piece of primary land Auckland Council has agreed in principle to sell to a private company.

Queen Elizabeth Square is currently utilised by the public – it’s a wonderful open space however it may be turned into a shopping mall.

Auckland City’s landscape is changing as progress is made towards achieving higher density living and better use of the land for mixed use.

The concern of councillor Chris Darby is Queen Elizabeth Square was not being protected as agreed in the ‘city centre master plan’.

While it’s understood the Council didn’t want to impose on the creativity of the private company’s designers in utilising the square’s open space Mr Darby said the process needs to be transparent and Aucklanders’ need to be informed throughout.

Is Auckland’s open spaces soon to be a thing of the past? We hope not. Mr Darby recently said in an NZHerald news item…

“I want us to go into this eyes wide open.

“Our decisions in coming months will shape the lower city centre and waterfront for a century or more…and decisions need to be based on very best practice and the very best information. Let’s analyse the facts,”

Apartment living is intensifying in Auckland City. Property investors are building their portfolios with apartments and it’s a great option for renters and homeowners alike. The open spaces will however become more important as the population of the inner city continues to grow.

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