Fate of an Auckland landmark: Saving the St James

  Written by: Wayne Thompson Photo by: Brett Phibbs Published: The New Zealand Herald – 16 August 2013 The historic theatre in the heart of Auckland’s arts precinct has been closed since a fire in 2007 and supporters of its restoration are frustrated by a lack of action. Auckland’s new civic leaders will come under.. read more →

Designer wants rates back

  Written by: Wayne Thompson Photo by: Richard Robinson Published: The New Zealand Herald – 16 August 2013 World owner says council got five years of high rates before devaluing her building Designer Denise L’Estrange-Corbet is fighting Auckland Council to get back thousands of dollars paid in rates after a devaluation of the head office.. read more →

Key city issues put on hold

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Published: The Aucklander – 14 August 2013 Key issues on the future of Auckland, including Ports of Auckland expansion plans and apartments in the suburbs, have been kicked for touch until the final meeting on a new planning rulebook for the Super City. Instead of reaching a position on the.. read more →

Business overlooked in unitary plan

  Written by: Sarah Argyle Published: Auckland Now / stuff.co.nz – 14 August 2013 A group of like-minded business associations feels the draft Auckland Unitary Plan has neglected its needs. The six industrial associations collectively represent more than half of all land zoned “light and heavy industry” in Auckland and are joining forces to give.. read more →

Experts debate fate of heritage sites

Written by: Mathew Dearnaley Photo by: Sarah Ivey Published: The New Zealand Herald – 13 August 2013 Block of inner-city buildings may be sacrificed for railway station. Auckland Transport consultants are divided over whether a block of inner-city heritage buildings more than 140 years old will survive excavations for the city’s underground railway. Heritage consultant.. read more →

John Palino – Unitary Plan

Unitary Plan The Unitary Plan is the most important document the Auckland Council prepares. It sets out where people can build houses and where they cannot. It directs where businesses go, which trees are protected, how high buildings can be and in general establishes the regulations for where and how development can occur in Auckland… read more →

Fletcher asks council for right to build higher

  Written by: Anne Gibson Photo by Steven McNicholl Published: The New Zealand Herald – 23 July 2013 Apartments must be at least five levels to be economically viable, company says. Fletcher Developments wants new houses to be taller than the Auckland Council is proposing. Five storeys, or 18m, should be allowed in the new.. read more →

Sally Hughes: Local consultation turns Nimbies into Yimbies

Written by: Sally Hughes Photo: Dean Purcell Published: The New Zealand Herald – 11 July 2013 Those driving Auckland’s Unitary Plan process have put out a revised proposal for its Mixed Housing Zone regulations, calling the move a sign the council is doing what it always said it would do – listen to the people.. read more →

Coney barred from review

Written by: Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 10 July 2013 Request to see legal response on new rulebook denied. Auckland Council’s senior management are refusing to give councillor Sandra Coney access to a legal review of the new planning rulebook for the city. Ms Coney considers it essential to have access to.. read more →

Neighbours joining gold rush

Written by: Russell Blackstock Photo: Doug Sharring Published: The New Zealand Herald – 07 July 2013 Sale prices escalate when two properties seem better than one. Neighbours are throwing their lots in together to sell combined properties for greater sums on the lava-hot property market. Subdividable properties are being snapped up, getting homeowners talking across.. read more →


INTERIM DIRECTIONS FOR UNITARY PLAN shapeauckland.co.nz 05 July 2013 Auckland councillors agreed this week to refer a set of nine directions for changes to the draft unitary plan to Local Boards, for their consideration and feedback (see here for more information). Details of these nine areas are being sent to Auckland’s local board members today… read more →

Auckland lobby behind Key’s about-turn

Written by: Fran O’Sullivan Published: The New Zealand Herald – 03 July 2013 Alignment of central and city leaders on infrastructure projects now needs to happen in Christchurch. Prime Minister John Key’s decision to suddenly back Auckland on big infrastructure investments wasn’t simply designed to steal a march on his Labour opponents in the country’s.. read more →

Councillors at odds on housing plan

Written by: Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 03 July 2013 Brewer and Coney lead opposition to fast-tracking high and low-rise apartments. Concerns about “pop-up” intensification and neighbours having no say about apartments were raised at yesterday’s first public council meeting on changes to Auckland’s Unitary Plan. An 11-7 vote by councillors to.. read more →

Threat to Auckland character main streets

By Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 02 July 2013 Heritage lobby group says best Edwardian commercial areas could be lost under Unitary Plan. The early commercial strips of Karangahape Rd, Kingsland, Dominion Rd and Ponsonby Rd are under threat from the draft Unitary Plan, say heritage groups. The council’s heritage advisory panel.. read more →

Dick Ayres: Critics quick to pigeon hole CBD apartment life

Written by: Dick Ayers Photo: Greg Bowker Published: The New Zealand Herald – 02 July 2013 Contributors to the media have been highly critical of the residential apartment buildings that have sprung up in the Auckland CBD since the mid-1990s. In many cases, their criticisms have been justified based on poor architectural and in some.. read more →