Slow progress for seawall

The slow moving and expensive legal proceedings regarding resource consent for a seawall at the northern end of Orewa Beach has taken a step forward with a judicial conference scheduled by the Environment Court to take place early this week, on July 30.

The conference is to timetable the next steps in the legal process.

In May, the Environment Court decided to allow Auckland Council to proceed with an appeal – effectively against itself as both applicant and regulatory authority – in relation to the construction of the seawall.

However, there was still further work to do before the parties could begin formal mediation. Council wants to build a substantial wall and walk/cycleway on the beach between Kohu Street and Marine View.

The proposal was turned down by independent commissioners who said they were not convinced that a walkway/cycleway was necessary and that building a wall would generate adverse effects on coastal processes, public access and natural character.


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