Len Contradicts his Own Auckland Plan
Okay so our resident Prude – The Mayor pushes and basically gets an Auckland Plan that allows 60-70% of all new residential development to be Brownfield, with the rest being Greenfield. He also wants high density or high-end intensification development around “centres” that are scattered around Auckland – Milford being one of them. Milford in Takapuna was in The Auckland Plan as a “Town Centre” due for high density development or intensification – in other words you high rise residential towers and maybe the odd commercial tower or mall. Milford come Takapuna was slanted to become the “core” for the North Shore and possible the third core in Auckland (the CBD and Manukau being the current two cores).
However our resident Prude – The Mayor holds a “Mayor in a Chair” session in Milford and this is what transpires:
Mayor Len Brown has dealt a blow to Milford property developers by publicly opposing high-rise plans for the area.
Mr Brown spoke at a Mayor in the Square event this week in Takapuna saying that while he’s supportive of high-rise intensification in the Takapuna metro centre he believes it shouldn’t be spreading out into the neighbouring suburbs.
“I’m not comfortable with high-rise plans in Milford, I think it should be five to six storeys maximum and generally speaking three to four.
“I think there is a better market for that sort of development and the community is more up for it.”
This comes in the middle of a two week hearing into plan change 34 put forward by developer New Zealand Retail Property Group to allow them to build three towers reaching up to 16 storeys on the Milford Mall site.
More than 3800 submissions were received on the plan change, the majority were in opposition.
New Zealand Retail Property Group chairman Mark Gunton says the mayor’s comments may reflect his personal view but do not fit with the Auckland plan which encourages residential intensification to accommodate current and future populations.
“Milford is designated as a town centre and the Auckland district plan identifies Milford as a ‘high density centre’ within which intensification, including residential intensification, is likely to occur,” he says.
Let me repeat this again:
Our resident Prude – The Mayor pushes and basically gets an Auckland Plan that allows 60-70% of all new residential development to be Brownfield, with the rest being Greenfield. He also wants high density or high-end intensification development around “centres” that are scattered around Auckland – Milford being one of them. Milford in Takapuna was in The Auckland Plan as a “Town Centre” due for high density development or intensification – in other words you high-rise residential towers and maybe the odd commercial tower or mall.
High Density Development – that means towers folks, TOWERS!
So what does our resident Prude do – chicken out and publicly oppose the high density development that would of happened in a high density zoned sector. In doing this the Mayor has done three things to Auckland:
- Create uncertainty for developers, businesses, residents and investors as an area zoned for one thing might be now opposed by His Worship
- Follow the mantra of ‘Do as I say, not as I do‘
- And basically nullify the ENTIRE AUCKLAND PLAN
Yes NULLIFY THE ENTIRE AUCKLAND PLAN
Because the Mayor can not follow through with what he set out and wanted in this 30 year planning document.
And if the mayor can not follow through – then how on heck are we meant to have certainty?
Our resident Prude has had a moment and costly one at that against the Auckland Ratepayer.
I found this personally unacceptable.
If he can not follow through on The Auckland Plan, then it might be time to go while rewriting the ENTIRE PLANNING DOCUMENT (maybe properly this time)
Auckland can not afford this kind of flip-flopping as it is not good for the city!
Thus BRING ON 2013!
This was a Facebook feed from Councillor George Wood on the situation at Milford:
Milford development has become confusing: Does Mayor Len Brown have executive power to dictate future planning decisions?
- Stephen Maire likes this.
- Natalie Bray-Gunn what are the Milford’s ratepayers views on this??? time we were all listened too….
- Ben Ross No
- Natalie Bray-Gunn do u mean no Ben they don’t want…
- Ben Ross You got in before I typed my comment. By No I mean the mayor does not have the power as George Woodquestions
- Ben Ross It should be the Local Board in partnership with the community and developers who should “dictate” those future planning decisions. Their Community – Their Call
- Stephen Maire 3000 submissions. No we do not want it.
- Natalie Bray-Gunn don’t blame u at all Stephen, neither would I.
- Natalie Bray-Gunn mind u i have deterred again from question does LB have rights, think Ben answered this one.
- Stephen Maire Mr. Brown should encourage those developers to build lower cost housing in less expensive areas.
- Natalie Bray-Gunn not Glenfield please, do not want high rise…
- Stephen Maire They should look at Glenfield Mall!
- Ben Ross I think the LB’s have very little “powers” or even resources to “oversee” planning actions in their jurisdictions. If I am wrong someone correct me there please. But for the sake of the argument – the LBs need more power and resources when it comes to Planning
- Natalie Bray-Gunn please do not let us become high rise slums in nz like america, if moved to cheaper areas this is what would happen, even more gang probs from kids wandering the streets,, drugs etc. think our older generation fought for the right of the quarter acre section and home for fam, so life would remain the same in good old kiwi land.to protect home and country, i know we have progress but lets do it for the next generation to be proud of what they inherit.
- John Plunkett Lets stop all development, and become a backwater. The whole NIMBY syndrome is quite awful. Can’t build it, Can’t sell it, Can’t change it. We have become a nation of Can nots, lets become a nation of Can do…
- Ben Ross High Rises are a must and can be done tactfully. Currently the CBD, Manukau and Takapuna can support the high density structures relatively easy at the market’s “guidance” of supply and demand. Medium density Brownfield Development can be easily supported in the wider city with low density Greenfield development out on the fringe to give a mix of all three worlds and thats just residential. I have not touched commercial, industry and rural yet. Time to find my submission on all this urban development which was as I saw it an enabler as John Plunkett wants to see in Auckland
- Ben Ross The submission in regards to urban development
PDF version of my full submission to Auckland Council on the Draft Auckland Plan
- Gaye Harding Ask yourself this……. What is your concept of highrise? Should only the very wealthy have views of the ocean along our coastal communities? what is your concept of good design?
- Daniel Newman The Mayor was a staunch advocate for intensification and high-rise apartment living, hence his Auckland Plan. Now he apparently does not support it. Flip-flopping.
- Ben Ross @Gaye how do you want me to answer that kind of question? Even Professors in Planning can not answer Concept of Good design as it is more subjective that objective
- Peter H van Kampen i think Len is merely reflecting what the residents around Milford want for their locality. it’s called having your finger on the pulse.
- Carolyn Farrell I think it is very amusing. Milford was the first and only North Shore suburb for many many years that had high rise, There was the multistory flat’s at the end of Milford Road by the beach and “The Circle” by Lake Pupuke. To say it doesn’t fit in the area is ridiculous.
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As I said, Takapuna can support the High Density development due in that area over the next thirty years. The area has good transit links with; ferries down the road, State Highway One, The Bus-way, and in the future The North Shore Rail Line connecting to the City Rail Link on the other side of the Harbour.
Other question do open up to about Local Board involvement, and resources. But that is for another post and debate.
So Len says one thing, then does another – great at typical…