Property developers to defend Auckland Unitary Plan

The Property Council plans to join the legal fight against an appeal of part of Auckland’s Unitary Plan. The Character Coalition and another lobby group, Auckland 2040, want a judicial review of the higher-density housing zones outlined in the plan, arguing some homeowners did not get a chance to make submissions. The Auckland Council has.. read more →

Character Coalition doesn’t want to derail the Auckland Unitary Plan

Lobby group supports Unitary Plan, despite legal action The lobby group, and another group called Auckland 2040, want a judicial review of the higher-density housing zones outlined in the plan for the city. The Auckland Council has said any new construction of townhouses and apartments in rezoned areas could be delayed significantly by the court.. read more →

Lobby group supports Unitary Plan, despite legal action

The Character Coalition doesn’t want to derail the Auckland Unitary Plan but will go ahead with an appeal to the High Court, it says. The lobby group, and another group called Auckland 2040, want a judicial review of the higher-density housing zones outlined in the plan for the city. The Auckland Council has said any.. read more →

Auckland housing developments face possible legal freeze

A legal challenge to the Auckland Unitary Plan could “make the whole process grind to a halt”, the city’s deputy mayor says. Lobby group Auckland 2040 and heritage advocacy organisation Character Coalition are seeking a judicial review of the plan’s higher-density residential zones by the High Court. A report prepared for Thursday’s Auckland Council meeting.. read more →

Street to lose ‘character’ in Unitary Plan intensification

  A legal battle is brewing over Auckland’s plan for intensification of streets in some of the city’s oldest suburbs. The moves allowing multi-storey buildings to be built in specific zones fall under the Unitary Plan which was given the go-ahead last month. William Palmer’s Mt Eden home was built in the early 1900’s. He.. read more →

Village Vista Appeal Launched

VIEWS UNDER THREAT: This lamp post is approximately the height of the proposed apartment buildings which can be built under the current ‘mixed house urban’ zoning and shows how Howick’s iconic views will be totally blocked if the zoning remains. Photo supplied. The fight to save Howick’s iconic views from Stockade Hill and Crawford Park.. read more →

More than 100 appeal against Unitary Plan

More than 100 legal appeals have been lodged against parts of Auckland’s Unitary Plan. The plan – Auckland’s new development blueprint – brings in higher housing density in Auckland, and comes into effect next month after two years of hearings. Most of the 105 appeals so far lodged with the Environment Court were on specific.. read more →

Dozens of appeals launched against Auckland Unitary Plan

About 30 appeals have been launched against the Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan, including one today to protect heritage housing. Over the appeal period of the past 20 working days, approximately 30 have been lodged to the Environment Court and the High Court. The appeal lodged today by the Character Coalition asks the Auckland Council to.. read more →

Move to protect character housing rejected

An independent hearings panel has turned down a push by Auckland Council to protect houses built before 1944. The council was proposing in its long-term plan that housing in character areas, specifically those built pre-1944, should be protected from demolition or relocation. In its interim guidance published yesterday, the Auckland Unitary Plan independent hearings panel.. read more →

Iconic villa moved out of Auckland suburb

A century-old villa is being trucked out of Herne Bay and the community is already mourning the loss. Work to remove the landmark villa at 165 Jervois Rd, which was home to the Erawan Thai restaurant for more than 20 years, started in March. It has been bought by a house removal company and will.. read more →

Donghua Liu set for second council face-off

Exclusive – Complaint about demolition of wall on development site to be investigated. Donghua Liu demolished a stone wall and cut down trees allegedly without permission on land where he plans to build an ambitious housing project in Auckland. The businessman owns nearly 20,000sq m of land in Newmarket and is preparing a resource consent.. read more →

Hillpark seeks ‘special character overlay’

We want to protect what we have and we don’t want it trampled on Dave Sharples A “proud neighbourhood” is putting up a fight against Auckland Council changes it says could threaten the area’s history, native bush and wildlife. The Hillpark Residents Association is hosting a house and garden tour this Sunday in a bid.. read more →

Property: Older, smaller buildings preferred

Washington-based expert on the economics of heritage says social media found people prefer older neighbourhoods. Instagram and Flickr show people prefer older, smaller buildings to modern buildings, says a leading authority on the economics of heritage. Donovan Rypkema says a research project in Seattlle – Older, Smaller, Better – studied uploads on social media sites.. read more →

Auckland housing density challenged

The Auckland Council’s new chief economist has revived one of the city’s hottest debates, arguing that proposed housing density rules in the inner suburbs may not be high enough. Councillors watered down some intensification rules in its proposed Unitary Plan after fierce opposition from some communities, and the issue is now before an Independent Hearings.. read more →

Bryan Leyland: Council must get up to speed with future transport needs

The railway tunnel will serve only a very small fraction of Auckland’s population and at a huge cost. Mayor Len Brown is determined to commit Auckland to building a hugely expensive railway tunnel even though no comprehensive independent and objective economic analysis has been made on the merits of the tunnel and whether or not.. read more →