Next step for Unitary plan could be ‘after elections’

Written by: Matthew Backhouse Published: The New Zealand Herald – 02 June 2013 Notification of changes to Auckland’s controversial unitary plan could be put off until October, after the council’s elections, Mayor Len Brown says. Changes to Auckland Council’s proposed unitary plan were expected to be notified in September – three months after public submissions.. read more →

Chance to split land may have pushed price up nearly $300k

Written by Susan Edmunds Published: The New Zealand Herald – 02 June 2013 Auckland’s controversial Unitary Plan appears to be driving speculation on land in areas earmarked for multi-storey housing. One West Auckland property sold this week having gained in value more than 51 per cent, or almost $300,000, in just over a year. Property.. read more →

Eric Watson: In praise of life in high-intensity housing

Written by: Eric Watson Photo: Thinkstock Published: The New Zealand Herald – 02 June 2013 An issue at the heart of Auckland Council’s draft unitary plan is whether the permitted density of housing should be raised in parts of the city. For one thing, Auckland is seriously short of housing. Second, its population is projected.. read more →

Consumer Watch: Plan changes suit developers

Written by: Susan Edmunds Photo: Michael Craig Published: The New Zealand Herald – 02 June 2013 Developers are worried that Auckland Council will bow to public protest over its unitary plan and housing projects will continue to struggle to get going. The first round of public feedback on the plan closed on Friday. It allows.. read more →

Right plan for nation’s only global city

Written by: Fran O’Sullivan Photo: Steven McNicholl Published: The New Zealand Herald – 01 June 2013 There’s feedback to come but it seems Auckland Council won’t be bullied out of its compact vision There’s feedback to come but it seems Auckland Council won’t be bullied out of its compact vision The so-called debate on Auckland’s.. read more →

Change mooted for Auckland’s growth plan

Radio New Zealand News 31 May 2013 Auckland mayor Len Brown says he expects amendments to the city’s 30-year plan to include changes to building heights in coastal areas. But Mr Brown does not believe that will automatically lead to the city sprawling at the edges. The first round of public feedback and discussion on.. read more →

We like it the way it is: locals

Written by: Wayne Thompson Photo: Brett Phibbs Published: The New Zealand Herald – 31 May 2013 People in 13 Balmoral streets question proposed apartments in their character district. Claude Galpin is shocked that Auckland Council planners have earmarked her Balmoral neighbourhood of old family homes as sites for future terrace houses and apartment buildings. “Our.. read more →

Milford residents want growth centred around Smales Farm

Written by Wayne Thompson Photo: Richard Robinson Published: The New Zealand Herald – 30 May 2013 Opponents of high-rise buildings in Milford say areas closer to the Northern Motorway and the busway have the capacity to soak up some of the commercial and residential growth which threatens to change their suburb’s character. Milford Village Forum.. read more →

Dr Ann Bartos & John Mauro: Learn from other cities

Photo: Natalie Slade Published: The New Zealand Herald – 30 May 2013 Tomorrow is the deadline for submissions on Auckland’s controversial draft Unitary Plan. Today, a would-be mayor, a resident and two planning experts put their views on what Aucklanders need and want, here’s are the perspectives of experts Dr Ann Bartos & John Mauro… read more →

Anna Subritzky: What consultation process?

Written by: Anna Subritzky Photo: Doug Sherring Published: The New Zealand Herald – 30 May 2013 Tomorrow is the deadline for submissions on Auckland’s controversial draft Unitary Plan. Today, a would-be mayor, a resident and two planning experts put their views on what Aucklanders need and want, here’s the perspective of Anna Subritzky, a long-term.. read more →

12 questions: Penny Hulse

Written by: Sarah Stuart Photo: Richard Robinson Published: The New Zealand Herald – 30 May 2013 Auckland’s Deputy Mayor, Penny Hulse, has been the public face of the controversial Unitary Plan, informal feedback for which closes tomorrow. The tattooed grandmother talks about what hurts, and says her happy place is deep underwater. 1. You’ve recently.. read more →

John Palino: Council hasn’t tried hard enough

Written by: John Palino Published: The New Zealand Herald – 29 May 2013 Tomorrow is the deadline for submissions on Auckland’s controversial draft Unitary Plan. Today, a would-be mayor, a resident and two planning experts put their views on what Aucklanders need and want, here’s the perspective of mayoral candidate John Palino. Someone forgot to.. read more →

Miles Brown: We can’t keep city in glass bubble

Written by: Miles Brown Photo: Martin Sykes Published: The New Zealand Herald – 29 May 2013 Auckland must change to adapt to the population growth that’s essential to its prosperity. With only days remaining before submissions close on Auckland’s draft Unitary Plan, we should all take a deep breath and try not to panic. Hasty.. read more →

Support for draft plan ‘fading fast’

Written by: Wayne Thompson Published: The New Zealand Herald – 29 May 2013 Local boards urge mayor to slow things down as ‘enhanced engagement process’ causing confusion. Support for the draft Unitary Plan is “melting faster than snow in sunshine” amid widespread anxiety over intensive housing proposals, say the leaders of three local boards from.. read more →

Plan lacks up-versus-out cost comparison

Written by: Bernard Orsman Photo: Natalie Slade Published: The New Zealand Herald – 27 May 2013 It’s unbelievable cost-of-growth study will be done long after feedback on draft rulebook closes, says councillor. The Auckland Council hasn’t done any work to compare urban and rural infrastructure costs as it asks Aucklanders to adapt to a new.. read more →