Editorial: Success of housing plans really depends on the buyers

  Editorial Photo by: Brett Phibbs Published: The New Zealand Herald – 10 October 2013 Auckland’s first “special housing areas” announced yesterday are in predictable places: East Tamaki, Papakura and Pukekohe in the south of the region, West Harbour, Kumeu and Hobsonville in the west. These areas were designated for population growth in the Auckland.. read more →

Block sites set for high-rise

  Written by: Wayne Thompson Photo by: Doug Sherring Published: The New Zealand Herald – 10 October 2013 Sites of the Takapuna houses from last year’s The Block renovation show are earmarked for buildings of at least four-storeys in the proposed Unitary Plan. The four houses, at present in a low-rise suburban neighbourhood, are in.. read more →

Life before death

  Written by: Ciara Pratt Published: Auckland Now / stuff.co.nz – 10 October 2013 The living should not be sacrificed to bury the dead at Waikumete Cemetery says Forest & Bird. The environmental group has spoken out against an Auckland Council proposal to bulldoze parts of a protected ecological area to create rooms for more.. read more →

Six wards key to Auckland

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Photo by: Dean Purcell Published: The New Zealand Herald – 07 October 2013 The political make-up of the Auckland Council looks set to hinge on the outcome of six wards, where the right is out to put the brakes on the direction set by Mayor Len Brown. The wards to.. read more →

Election heads for low vote count

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Photo by: Sarah Ivey Published: The New Zealand Herald – 07 October 2013 The Super City election race enters the final week with a stubbornly low voter turnout and a final push by Len Brown and John Palino for the mayoral chains. Mr Brown is the favourite to win a.. read more →

Angry ratepayers seek SuperCity referendum

  Written by: Edward Rooney Photo by: Jason Oxenham Published: The New Zealand Herald – 06 October 2013 Some see this week’s election as a referendum on the new SuperCity — so Len Brown’s return would indicate most voters are broadly content. It’s a different story, though, on the remote outskirts of Auckland, where disgruntled.. read more →

Editorial: Black museum the obvious use for old jail

  Editorial Photo by: Greg Bowker Published: The New Zealand Herald – 05 October 2013 No building in Auckland is quite as grim as Mt Eden Prison. Even the Historic Places Trust, which accords the Victorian structure its top Category One classification, talks of a landmark that is as forbidding as it is impressive. This.. read more →

Draft plan reaction mixed

  Written by: Simon Smith Published: Auckland Now – stuff.co.nz | 13 September 2013 read more →

Blueprint for biggest change city has seen

  Published: The New Zealand Herald – 13 September 2013 This week, Auckland Council ratified the new planning rulebook for the city – or Unitary Plan – for formal notification. Super City reporter Bernard Orsman examines the plan that will reshape our city. Heights The height of apartment buildings in big centres like Newmarket and.. read more →

Revision to unitary plan approved

  Written by: Anna Loren Published: Auckland Now – stuff.co.nz read more →

Landscape of Super City shaping up

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Photo: Richard Robinson Published: The New Zealand Herald – nzherald.co.nz Council officials put finishing touches to draft Unitary Plan to accommodate expanding region A new planning rulebook for the Super City has wrapped up after traversing a bumpy ride from leafy suburbia to the fertile paddocks around Pukekohe. After five.. read more →

Unitary Plan: ‘Paddocks are not for houses’

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 05 September 2013 Farm paddocks are not there to sprout houses, Franklin Local Board chairman Andy Baker told a meeting to wrap up the new planning rulebook for the city this morning. Mr Baker was speaking on a discussion about a ‘rural urban boundary’.. read more →

Mayor tones down intensity plans in face of council, board resistance

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Photo: Doug Sherring Published: The New Zealand Herald – 03 September 2013 The Auckland Council is scaling back intensification plans for the city weeks before October’s local body elections. A hard-fought battle by council planners to retain “no density limits” in suburbs was lost when Mayor Len Brown yesterday withdrew.. read more →

Auckland planners lose ‘no density limits’ battle

  Written by Bernard Orsman Photo by Paul Estcourt Published in the New Zealand Herald – 02 September 2013 Auckland Council planners have lost the battle to have “no density limits” in suburbs across the City. Mayor Len Brown today withdrew a compromise on the controversial issues of density controls in the suburbs after sensing.. read more →

Pre-1944 houses to get special protection

  Written by Bernard Orsman Photo by Janna Dixon Published in the New Zealand Herald – 02 September 2013 A new heritage rule that controls the demolition of pre-1944 houses has got the nod from the Auckland Council. The Auckland Plan committee approved the heritage rules in the draft Unitary Plan this morning, including a.. read more →