Making the mix work

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Aurecon provides specialist consultancy services for infrastructure and urban development projects. For Papamoa Junction, the firm has provided the stormwater and civil design, cadastral survey, specialist geotechnical, contaminated land and traffic engineering services.

Aurecon’s Technical Director Land Infrastructure, Neill Raynor, said these factors were all key to successful, larger residential and commercial developments.

The residential/light commercial mix in Papamoa Junction was becoming more common, and is accommodated in the Tauranga City Council’s rules, said Trainor.

“But some of the key challenges are making sure the residential space is nice to live in,” he said. “The lots along the Wairakei Stream corridor are a good location for outlook and green space within a commercial zoned area.”

Raynor said the location of Papamoa Junction was important as the catchment was growing with the residential growth in Wairakei, with traffic back into the traditional commercial centres around Bayfair and beyond getting busier.

“The block is handily adjacent to some main roads so access to and from the development is good,” he said.

“Creating safer intersections with allowance for pedestrians and cyclists in particular has been important, with the existing shared path already across the frontage, and the close proximity of schools, sports fields, etc.”

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