Green light for Kennedy Point
NEW ZEALAND: Kennedy Point Boatharbour Ltd has been given the go-ahead to build a 186-berth floating marina at Kennedy Point in Putiki Bay, Waiheke Island. An independent panel of five commissioners delegated by Auckland Council granted the project resource consent in May after a week-long hearing in early April.
Tony Mair, the appointed developer for the new marina, noted that the panel approved the site in terms of its minimal environmental impact and believes that the decision made earlier this year to install floating attenuators as opposed to rock breakwaters further helped reduce any concerns.
“With very little expert evidence put up in opposition, we were hopeful of a positive outcome going into the hearing,” he said. “In my 35 years of marina development, I have never seen a more appropriate site. The water is deep, avoiding the need for dredging, and the coastline is already modified. The design is also unique – like Waiheke – with all structures, including the car park, marina office, community building, breakwaters and marina fingers floating. These structures, to be manufactured by world-renowned company SF Marina in Sweden, will all be towed into place, mitigating a lot of construction noise and onshore disturbance.”
The marina will contribute to the economic, social and cultural welfare of local people and have recreational and tourism benefits, according to Auckland Council consultant planner David Wren.
In addition to the floating berths, Kennedy Point will have up to 19 pile moorings, 30 public day berths and storage for kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. A marina office, visitor facilities, a meeting room and café, and a car park with up to 72 spaces are incorporated. Mair expects construction to take 18 months.
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