It was delayed by a community action group and a high court review, but the redevelopment of a parking lot in Auckland continues.
The sale of 40 Anzac St in Takapuna met with opposition from members of the community who were afraid of losing public land.
But the results of a second public consultation are out, and the feedback showed a "clear preference" for redevelopment, North Shore-based councilor Chris Darby said.
Of 5385 respondents, 55 percent supported the proposed development, which included new offices, apartments and a city square – enough to tip the scales for Panuku, the development council of the Auckland Council.
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"The community has given us clear guidance that they want to see their village improve from a parking space to a safe and well-designed public space for people to love," said Alderman Chris Darby after the announcement.
"I think the figures take the floor and they clearly indicate that the municipality prefers a council to continue and revive Takapuna."
About 38 percent of people who responded to the consultation that ran from July 23 to August 10, supported a village square between Hurstmere and Lake Rds, while 8 percent supported one adjacent to Potters Park.
Forty-one percent of people did not support development at all.
An independent study by Colmar Brunton showed that of the 563 responses, 69 percent preferred one of the two development proposals.
In April, the chairman of the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, George Wood, said that the proposed sale showed that Auckland Council was "tied up for cash", but said now that he was positive that a decision had been made.
"There are still matters where the local board wants to have close contact with Panuku and Phil Goff [but] we are promised that we can have [that]. "
"We always wanted to guarantee the best result for Takapuna, we could live with both options."
Darby confirmed that the next step would be to sit down with Wood to discuss the next stages of development.
Of the total respondents who announced their location, 53 percent said they lived in the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board area.
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Twenty-eight percent was from the rest of the North Shore.