Auckland 2040 – Character Coalition joint statement of agreement

The Character Coalition has joined forces with Auckland 2040 in calling on the Council to rethink the Unitary Plan. We do not oppose change or growth. We know there will need to be intensification but this plan has been done the wrong way around.
A bottom-up process would have engaged people at the beginning of the discussions and led to widespread buy-in. If people feel they have had a say and been listened to they are more willing to accept change.
The Council must listen to this groundswell and use it as an opportunity to get a better result not dig in and refuse to make the changes being called for.

Auckland 2040- Character Coalition joint statement of agreement

We Stand For:

Protection of the character of residential neighbourhoods
Location of apartment zoning to follow local planning studies with meaningful community consultation.
Focusing intensification into localities with adequate provision for infrastructure, including roading and public transport.
Protection of rights of affected parties to oppose developments

We Oppose:

Random high-density multi-story apartments haphazardly scattered throughout Auckland
Poor planning and provision for infrastructure
Inadequate community involvement and removal of residents’ rights to oppose inappropriate developments
Fast tracking of the implementation of the Plan

What we want:

We want the Council to “ReThink the Plan” in order to balance intensification with infrastructure capability and urban character values.

When Council agree to “ReThink the Plan” we expect the following commitments:

  • ReThink provisions and zoning relating to apartment development in residential zones
  • To undertake infrastructure and town centre studies prior to introducing an apartment zone
  • To institute a local planning process and to undertake community consultation for such zones
    before notification of the Plan
  • Modification of planning rules to ensure the protection of amenity and natural values in environmental zones
  • To retain resident rights to notification
  • Adopt a staged approach to implementation

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