Bryce Julyan: Beware of rush job on city’s future

Written by: Bryce Julyan Photo: Sarah Ivey Published: The New Zealand Herald – 27 May 2013 Don’t blame the planners if they’re given too little time to analysis the Unitary Plan. There’s no doubt that Auckland’s Unitary Plan is pioneering, with much unexplored detail as yet, and I empathise with columnist Brian Rudman’s frustration as.. read more →

Nimbys need housing shake-up: Smith

  Written by: Geoff Cumming Published: The New Zealand Herald – 25 May 2013 Aucklanders need to get over their nimbyism and accept lower quality developments if they want affordable housing, says Housing Minister Nick Smith. As residents in older suburbs grapple with possible changes under the draft Unitary Plan, the Government’s planned special housing.. read more →

Beware suburban rumblings

  Written by: John Roughan Photo by: Brett Phibbs Published: The New Zealand Herald – 25 May 2013 Aucklanders are waking up to what containment of urban sprawl really means The little church basement where the Campbells Bay Community Association holds thinly attended public meetings was packed on Tuesday night. People were polite to the.. read more →

Treated sewage could cover city land

  Written by Andrew Stone Photo: Thinkstock Published: The New Zealand Herald – 25 May 2013 Environmental lobby group warns that recycled waste may still contain harmful substances Treated sewage waste could be dumped on land 20m from property boundaries under the draft Auckland Council Unitary Plan. Sections of the plan that have escaped public.. read more →

Tim Hazledine: Opaque thinking sours our perspective

  By Tim Hazledine Photo: Doug Sherring Published: The New Zealand Herald – 24 May 2013 Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan and Fonterra’s milk bottles caused a fuss which could have been avoided. Surely I am not the only person to note the remarkable similarities between Fonterra’s no-see milk bottles and the Auckland Unitary Plan? Both.. 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 →

Unitary plan worries Long Bay

  Written by: Liz Willis Photo: Jess Etheridge Published: Auckland Now / North Harbour News – 24 May 2013 It took New Zealand’s longest Environment Court case to protect Long Bay but now there are fears that victory is under threat. Long Bay Okura Great Park Society is angry that the draft unitary plan doesn’t.. read more →

Debunking Unitary Plan myths

  By Joseph Bergin Published: Auckland Now / North Shore Times – 24 May 2013 read more →

Residents doubt council

  Written by: Karina Abadia Published: Auckland Now / East & Bays Courier – 24 May 2013 read more →

Youngsters look to the future for their suburb

  Written by: Karina Abadia Published: Auckland Now / East & Bays Courier – 24 May 2013 There has been a big push from Auckland Council to encourage young people to comment on the draft unitary plan but Orakei Local Board chairwoman Desley Simpson took that a step further on Tuesday. Year 5 and 6.. read more →

How will the unitary plan change the West

  Published: Auckland Now / Western Leader – 23 May 2013 The most drastic change in West Auckland’s housing density will be in Glen Eden and North Titirangi. Under the Waitakere City District Plan created under the old council each piece of land has to be 450 square metres. If the unitary plan comes into.. read more →

Christine Rose: No wonder Aucklanders are angry

Written by: Christine Rose Photo: Greg Bowker Published: The new Zealand Herald – 23 May 2013 Rush over Unitary Plan means residents feel they don’t have a say in future of city, writes Christine Rose. Population growth, transport problems, housing shortages, and inequality are realities of the Auckland region now, so it’s timely we debate.. read more →

Mayor to decide release of secret housing zone papers

  By Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 23 May 2013 Auckland Mayor Len Brown is sitting on secret documents about controversial plans which would make up to three-storey apartments possible in half of residential Auckland. The Herald asked Mr Brown on Tuesday to release documents used to draw up the mixed housing.. read more →

Potential conflicts loom on road ahead

  By Bernard Orsman Published: The New Zealand Herald – 22 May 2013 A plan to change Aucklanders’ way of life through intensification is coming under attack as people wake up to the implications for their neighbourhoods. Bernard Orsman looks at the flashpoints Heights Height is at the top of many people’s minds with the.. 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 →