This may seem boring stuff but here we have the beginnings of the rezoning of Auckland to allow more infill housing. Investors take note. A bit of land banking may be in order for those with a long view.
18 February 2013
The draft of Auckland Council’s unitary plan is scheduled for public release on Friday 15 March.
The plan – putting the detail of last year’s 30-year Auckland Plan in place, including consistent zoning around the whole region – will go to the council’s Auckland Plan committee on Wednesday to be endorsed for release. But that won’t constitute an opportunity for a sneak preview – the only documentation before the committee will be a report on how the plan has proceeded through consultation & processes & workshops, not on the plan’s actual contents.
The council has held numerous discussions with specific groups and has also gone online to allow public feedback, but decisions on shaping the plan have mostly been made behind closed doors.
Unitary plan manager Phill Reid has noted local board concerns in the report to Wednesday’s committee meeting: “Some local boards consider that until area plans are developed, an interim approach of maintaining existing development potential should be adopted to avoid irreversible outcomes. A number of boards consider that there should be triggers in place before additional development potential can be unlocked, including:
ensuring all infrastructure is in place to handle population growth (including transport, water/wastewater, social & community infrastructure
providing for a staged approach to developing town & local centres, and
undertaking precinct planning to ensure ad hoc development does not occur.”
Following endorsement on Wednesday, a 2½-month informal feedback period is proposed, from the 15 March launch at the Viaduct Events Centre & an open day there on Saturday 16 March, closing on Friday 31 May.
That second phase of consultation & engagement would continue through until August, with local board workshops, iwi engagement and a media campaign. In the third phase, start date yet to be determined, the draft plan will go to the council for formal notification, followed by an extended submissions period, pre-hearing mediation & caucusing.
At a resource consent hearing this month, planning lawyer Douglas Allan predicted it would take the council 5 years to get the plan in place, by the time all appeals are dealt with.