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 →

Business groups lay into plan

By Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – nzherald.co.nz Business groups have joined the chorus of complaints over a new planning rulebook for the city – although the Property Council has declared the first draft a pretty good effort. The Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the Employers and Manufacturers Association are highly critical of.. read more →

Council fights to deny Govt housing control

By Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 12 June 2013 Minister says such action is a last resort if accords with councils to fast-track plans cannot be reached. The Auckland Council will today ask the Government to scrap provisions in new legislation allowing Wellington to take control of housing developments in Auckland. The.. read more →

Huge response to growth plan

Photo: Richard Robinson Published: The New Zealand Herald.co.nz – 12 June 2013 Auckland Council is sifting through 22,700 comments on its first regional rule book for growth. Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse said feedback came in forms, emails and letters as well as 6540 comments and posts on social media and the Shape Auckland website. Mrs.. read more →

Report: How young are shut out of owning home

Written by: Anne Gibson Photo: Richard Robinson Published: The New Zealand Herald – 11 June 2013 Restrictions on development are blamed for ‘absurdly high prices’ as land values in Auckland make up more than 60 per cent of the cost of a house, pushing young buyers out and ownership rates down to 1916 levels. Housing.. read more →

Len Brown: Auckland’s Unitary Plan

Published: The New Zealand Herald – 10 June 2013 If the video does not play or display properly view on the New Zealand Herald web site. Lower building heights, tighter controls on developers and giving the public the right to object to apartment buildings are among changes being considered for suburbs in Auckland’s Unitary Plan… read more →

Easing public fears on city blueprint

By Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 10 June 2013 Mayor Len Brown has signalled a backdown on heights in some coastal settlements[/caption]Council rethinking Unitary Plan to answer residents’ worries on building heights and new apartments in suburbs. Lower building heights, tighter controls on developers and giving the public the right to object.. read more →

Self interest cramps our style

  Written by: Paul Little Photo: Sylvie Whinray Published: The New Zealand Herald – 09 June 2013 I’m sure that when the first nomads were being persuaded to embrace agriculture, they were faced with the sort of opposition the Auckland unitary plan is encountering: “I like going around in circles.” “Why should I wait for.. read more →

TV houses excite locals

Written by: Kirsty Wynn Photo: Michael Craig Published: The New Zealand Herald – 09 June 2013 The Block’s plan for four character homes on double site labelled ‘absolutely marvellous’ Plans for houses at the centre of the next series of TV3 renovation show The Block NZ are being hailed as a welcome answer to our.. read more →

Waterfront growth goals on track

Published: The New Zealand Herald – 06 June 2013 Report says region’s construction and tourism activity will produce 40,000 jobs and $4b for the region by 2040. Homes will play a part in the growth of the Auckland waterfront, says a study on the economic benefits coming to the harbour edge. An updated report by.. read more →

Minister gives Brown a hurry up on plan

Written by: Isaac Davison Photo: Natalie Slade Published: The New Zealand Herald – 06 June 2013 Housing Minister Nick Smith has told Auckland Mayor Len Brown to get a move on with the Unitary Plan so more houses can be built in Auckland. His message comes as the Government and councils appear to be on.. read more →

Mayor’s Claim of Support for Compact City Questioned

Press release: Dick Quax Published: Scoop Independent News – 05 June 2013 Mayor Len Brown’s claim that the overarching view is that Aucklanders support his compact city is highly questionable according to Councillor Dick Quax. “I don’t see how the mayor can come to this conclusion based on the fact that the submissions to the.. read more →

Money talks in race for mayoralty

Written by: Brian Rudman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 03 June 2013 Second term likely for Brown as cost of campaign makes removing the incumbent a rich person’s sport Maurice Williamson’s brief flirtation with fame is officially over. Dithering cost him his chance to become an international gay icon and common sense has persuaded.. read more →

Kohi apartment plan riles residents

Written by: Wayne Thompson Photo: Dean Purcell Published: The New Zealand Herald – 03 June 2013 Kohimarama residents say the draft Unitary Plan’s proposals for five “walls” of apartment blocks reaching back from the popular Auckland beach on Tamaki Drive will blot out the reason they chose to live there: a connection to the sea… read more →

Keep heritage real, says old Shore suburb

Written by: Wayne Thompson Photo: Chris Gorman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 03 June 2013 Devonport group fears Unitary Plan will turn its waterfront area into a fake tourist precinct Devonport Heritage is fighting against the seaside suburb becoming a fake heritage tourist precinct and has called for a special conservation area for commercial.. read more →