09 May 2013

Many comments on unitary plan

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Published: Auckland Now – Rodney Times

BARROWED IN: Chef Pete Brennan wheels in unitary plan documents ‘‘pig in a barrow’’ style at the Helensville meeting.

BARROWED IN: Chef Pete Brennan wheels in unitary plan documents ‘‘pig in a barrow’’ style at the Helensville meeting.

Feedback is pouring in on Auckland’s draft unitary plan which proposes Auckland’s future.

So it was appropriate chef and Helensville identity Pete Brennan should wheel in the massive plan documentation “pig in a barrow” style at a Helensville public meeting attended by more than 300 people at the Helensville War Memorial Hall.

Helensville and South Kaipara residents are among those with concerns about the plan.

Mr Brennan’s statement aims to show it is a complex and challenging document to understand, let alone provide feedback on. He commended Auckland councillors Penny Hulse and Penny Webster for the plan’s vision for Auckland, but cautioned people should not endorse what they don’t understand.

Penny Hulse, Penny Webster and Penny Pirrit heard speakers’ concerns about the lack of planning for Helensville, Parakai and South Kaipara. Residents say council resources are again focused and diverted to communities within the proposed Rural Urban Boundary.

“Our communities are well down the list of priorities and it could be 10 years or longer before we see any change,” meeting chairwoman Dianne Kidd says.

Deputy mayor Penny Hulse commends those taking ownership of their future. She committed to provide Auckland Council support to meet the designated group of representatives to find a way forward.

Council planning manager Penny Pirrit was halted half way through her PowerPoint presentation and asked for “plain English” answers to questions submitted earlier by residents.

People were urged to complete and submit a simple feedback form in one of the orange boxes around Helensville township.

Orange ribbons were also distributed for people to show their support for Helensville and South Kaipara’s future by tying them on their letterboxes.

People keen to help can email grace@graceworks. co.nz. Visit helensville.co.nz for information.

About 80 people attended a Warkworth public meeting where the plan’s complexity was also commented on by Tony Hayman.

He emphasises the importance of studying maps provided online with their overlays. There may be different information on more than one map that relates to your property, he says. Significant issues around subdivision and proposed building sites in rural areas would have the potential to affect property values, Mr Hayman says.

Likewise, the proposals around esplanade reserves and “stopped” roads should be studied by people who are affected by these issues.

Farmer Gordon Levet also advises people to study the plan and the effect it could have on them and give feedback. He notes concerns about the siting of buildings on properties and the number of dwellings allowed on titles. He drew attention to the state of services provided to rural areas, especially rural roads.

Public transport, developing roads and services that promote sensible growth, ensuring a secure water supply, space for future industrial areas and areas where businesses can operate and interact easily were among issues raised. Future housing and encouraging Warkworth as a focal point were also aired.

Another meeting was scheduled yesterday to provide more detail.

People need to register ideas on the plan before May 31.

See aucklandcouncil.govt. nz or shapeauckland.co.nz.



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