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More homes on the way for Porirua as development spreads across hill

Jun 8th, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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Earthwork being done on the Aotea Block Development

The Aotea Block development is fast becoming one of the biggest developments in Porirua.

The development located to the east of the Porirua City centre is a significant Porirua City Council strategy which includes residential housing, a business park, shops and a commercial recreation area.

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Council Environment Manager: Matt Trlin

Council Environment Manager, Matt Trlin, says the 300 hectare area was seen as the next potential development area following the development of Cannons Creek and Waitangirua.

The original plan has been modified due to cost and environmental concerns according to Mr Trlin.

“Ngati Toa was concerned about the road link down into Memphis Place crossing Kenepuru Stream… so those roading ideas got scrapped in the end,” he says.

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Earthwork on Memphis Place, Porirua

Matt Trlin, who has been managing the development for 14 years, says the Carrus Corporation who won the contract to do the work, worked tirelessly on the development for four years from 2004, to meet a high demand for housing.

Things have slowed down since then.

Carrus Corporation have built 1100 sections altogether, with the original plan to build 1200.

But plans were modified in 2009 and it’s now planned to build 1500 sections.

Mr Trlin says despite changes to the plan they have always been conscious of public concern and making sure the area is used wisely.

There have been many complaints about the noise and dust from the earthwork development but the developer says they’re using water trucks to keep the soil moist and prevent dust.

He says the Aotea Block development is scheduled for completion around 2020 if work remains on schedule.

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