Napier Port has engaged Boffa Miskell, one of New Zealand’s best recognised landscape architecture consultancies, to review the visual impact of the proposed wharf development.
Initial indications are that the impact of the development “will have minimal additional impact and limited visibility”.
Boffa Miskell notes that the “visual catchment” is relatively small, however “given the urban location” and the “elevated nature” of residential and recreational areas (i.e. Bluff Hill lookout) the proposal has a relatively large “viewing audience”.
The review establishes that the proposed development would be able to be seen by:
However, it is recognised that the Port has been a “long established” area that already forms part of the view and in itself is a “source of activity and interest within the view”.
The report found that the “Visual Absorption Capacity”, or the locality’s ability to absorb the nature of the visual change proposed, is relatively high.
This is because the proposed development is “a relatively small additional wharf structure area comprising the same visual elements to those that are already well established” in a location away from its landward public edges.
Most of the visual impact will be from “ships berthed at this new port location” but that “This change is not considered to generate adverse visual effect with ships already comprising a habitual component of the Port and part of its visual interest.”
The associated dredging and disposal of dredge material will cause temporary discolouration of the water which is not inconsistent with natural discolouration already experienced in the area.
View from Bluff Hill (West) – No vessel
View from Bluff Hill (West) – Berthed vessel
View from Bluff Hill (east) – Berthed vessel
View from Hardinge Road (opposite Raglan Street)