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 →

Business Herald: Planning battle over Auckland

A new group, Auckland 2040, has risen up to oppose Auckland Council’s draft unitary plan, the city’s blueprint for the next few decades. Richard Burton, a spokesman, spells out who the organisation is and what it hopes to achieve. If the video does not display or play corrrectly, view it on the New Zealand Herald.. read more →

Council blocks extension of feedback time

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 24 May 2013 The Auckland Council has voted against extending feedback on a new planning rulebook for the city, which has drawn thousands of people to public meetings and provoked a citywide reaction. Feedback on the rulebook – or Unitary Plan – closes next.. read more →

Vision of fear for city’s heritage

  By Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 22 May 2013 Lobby group releases pictures of how it thinks suburbs could look under Auckland’s Unitary Plan. Auckland’s heritage character is under threat from apartments in half of residential Auckland, says the Character Coalition. The group, comprising 58 heritage and community groups, has commissioned.. read more →

Richard Burton: Careful planning needed on apartments

  By Richard Burton Photo: Brett Phibbs Published: The New Zealand Herald – 21 May 2013 Apartments have their place, but more planning care – with community say – is needed. The draft Auckland Unitary Plan proposes a fundamental change to the urban fabric of Auckland. Multi-storey, high-density apartment buildings formerly reserved to the inner.. read more →

Council approach ‘haphazard’

  Written by: Marnie Hallahan Published: Auckland Now / North Shore Times – 20 May 2013 Rethink the plan or rethink the council. This was the unanimous message from 500 Aucklanders gathered at Takapuna Grammar School last night to discuss Auckland Council’s intensification plans. The meeting was organised by resident-led group Auckland 2040 whose goal.. read more →

Stop the spin and listen, residents tell council

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Photo by Brett Phibbs Published: The New Zealand Herald – 20 May 2013 A public meeting of about 500 people has told the Auckland Council to rethink its intensification plans for the city, start listening to communities and stop spinning. The biggest display of opposition to the council’s plans saw.. read more →

Residents up in arms over Auckland Unitary Plan

  By Tony Field Reporter Published: 3news.co.nz 19 May 2013 Calls are growing for the Auckland Council to rethink its plans for more intensive housing. A group called Auckland 2040 says the council’s rushing the Unitary Plan without a proper look at issues like congestion and infrastructure. Hundreds attended a meeting on the issue in.. read more →

Call for plan rethink

  Published: Auckland Now / North Shore Times – 17 May 2013 read more →