Keep It Simple Stupid and The Unitary Plan!
Quoting from my Facebook status this morning:
The Late Owen McShane taught me that any “plan” over a thumbnail in thickness (on A4 paper – no cheating with A3) is a: dead weight, too complex, and albatross around the city and ratepayers neck. I would be a case of Gin that the Unitary Plan is going to be thicker than my thumbnail to the point it is going to be thick as my fist (yes that means the plan makes a fist of things). The K.I.S.S rule needs applied to the unitary plan, but to do that in benefit of the city, 3/4 of our bureaucratic and Stalinist Planning Department in Council would be all out of a job. Maybe that might be a good thing?
That status was a follow on from this status earlier this morning:
Okay what I thought was going to be a straight forward submission just turned into an utter Mt. Nightmare in regards to the unitary plan… If I was a betting man I would conclude the following: The Auckland Plan was a Lemon, The Long Term Plan’s only useful use as a complete and utter failure was a door stop at my door, The Regional Public Transport Plan actually gets merit, but the only use I can think of currently for the Unitary Plan is to start a bonfire as not even the worms in my back garden would compost such utter shite.
And what was I referring to in saying: “Okay what I thought was going to be a straight forward submission just turned into an utter Mt. Nightmare in regards to the unitary plan…?” Well it was this :-
From the NZ Herald:
5:30 AM Thursday Oct 18, 2012
Top QC says scrapping normal hearings process will be a sad day for Auckland.
The Government will let Auckland Council try a one-off streamlined hearing process in the hope of preventing the region’s growth decisions becoming bogged down.
The council argued for a new tailor-made approach to hearing submissions and pursuing appeals over the Super City’s new planning rule book, the unitary plan. It is the biggest planning shakeup in New Zealand history, taking over 12 existing regional and district plans.
Yesterday, Environment Minister Amy Adams said the Government would introduce an amendment to the Resource Management Act to allow the traditional district plan hearings to be replaced by a comprehensive independent hearing process for the unitary plan.
It would be heard by a type of board of inquiry, chaired by a retired judge of the High Court or Environment Court.
Panel members would be appointed by the Ministers for the Environment and Conservation.
Ms Adams said the process borrowed the best elements of the Environment Court, where senior environmental lawyers say district plans are considerably improved.
You can see the rest of the article over at the NZH.
Basically what I am getting at is that the Unitary Plan (which is simply the Master Planning Rule Book that dictates all urban development (including building a deck at your place :P) and what the heck we can do or not do (social engineering anyone?)) is going through the motions as it approaches (at a speed slower than a snail going backwards) public submissions, the impending Environment Court battles, then finally becoming operative some half a decade down the track.
Yes I am keeping a sharp eye on the Unitary Plan as it comes up for public submissions next year. I will also be compiling a submission to the Unitary Plan as well when it does come up for public submissions in 2013 although I might be on a People’s Panel next week to take first bite of the apple (as a ratepayer) on critiquing this Master (Social Engineering) Planning Rule Book. The Unitary Plan (whatever its outcomes) will also be a catalyst to part of my election campaign next as I contend for a seat on Papakura Local Board.
In short my submission and election plank in regards to the Unitary Plan will draw on work that I submitted on in C- grade Lemon called The Auckland Plan. Keeping It Simple Stupid and a more liberal approach to planning will be the main gist here as I stick to my first and last point from my “What Do I Stand For and Believe In – For a Better Auckland” which is:
- Strong but no interfering Governance: Meaning Council shows active and real leadership but does not interfere with the daily lives of residents and businesses
- Stay out of my way: I believe in the following strongly “Individual Freedom -> Individual Choice -> Individual Responsibility (oh and do not forget the consequences)” I am an adult who can make choices for myself (whether it was right or wrong), treat me as such rather than a child.
Check out my Semi-Liberal Planned District idea in the Land Use section of my former submission to The Auckland Plan for rough idea on where I am going and where I want the Unitary Plan to go for a Better Papakura and a Better Auckland. Remembering the idea stems from: The Late Owen McShane taught me that any “plan” over a thumbnail in thickness (on A4 paper – no cheating with A3) is a: dead weight, too complex, and albatross around the city and ratepayers neck. I would be a case of Gin that the Unitary Plan is going to be thicker than my thumbnail to the point it is going to be thick as my fist (yes that means the plan makes a fist of things). The K.I.S.S rule needs applied to the unitary plan, but to do that in benefit of the city, 3/4 of our bureaucratic and Stalinist Planning Department in Council would be all out of a job. Maybe that might be a good thing?
So a challenge to the bureaucrats writing the Unitary Plan, make sure the plan is no more than a thumbnail in thickness. Failure to do so means you will not be paid at all until the social engineering plan I mean the Unitary Plan is no more than a thumbnail in thickness. Incentive enough?
More on the Unitary Plan as I hear whether I am off (or not) to a People’s Panel next week on the Unitary Plan.
In the mean time – RUN!