Governing Body June Agenda Up

Discussion on 2014/2015 Rates, and two Notices of Motions coming up

 

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On Thursday the Auckland Council Governing Body meets up in Town Hall. The Governing Body Agenda for this month can be seen below:

 

Of particular interest are these two items from the Agenda:

  • Notices of Motion
    10.1 Notice of Motion – Councillor Cathy Casey – Housing New Zealand memorandum of understanding
    10.2 Notice of Motion – Councillor Chris Darby – Lower city centre and central waterfront

and

  • Setting of rates 2014/2015

 

Looking at the two Notices of Motion

10.1 Notice of Motion – Councillor Cathy Casey – Housing New Zealand memorandum of understanding
In accordance with Standing Order 3.10.14, the following Notice of Motion to revoke a previous decision has been received from Cr Cathy Casey for inclusion on the agenda for the Governing Body meeting being held on Thursday, 26 June 2014:
Recommendation/s

That the Governing Body:
a) revoke the following decision made at the 1 May 2014 Governing Body meeting:
Resolution number GB/2014/30

o) authorise the Auckland Council Chief Executive to negotiate a memorandum of understanding with Housing New Zealand and discuss options to:
i, provide the choice to existing Housing New Zealand tenants to remain in existing communities.
ii. investigate ways to increase social housing stock within Auckland.
iii undertake community (including tenant) engagement processes in all Housing New Zealand redevelopments to achieve the best possible outcomes.

To be substituted with the following motion:
That the Governing Body:
a) establish a political working party, comprising of three councillors, to negotiate a memorandum of understanding with Housing New Zealand with regards to the Housing Monitoring Report and to discuss options to:
i. provide the choice to existing Housing New Zealand tenants to remain in existing communities.
ii. investigate ways to increase social housing stock within Auckland.
iii undertake community (including tenant) engagement processes in all Housing New Zealand redevelopments to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Cr Cathy Casey’s Notice of Motion is appended as Attachment A and is also signed by
Councillors:
John Watson
Arthur Anae
Alf Filipaina
Mike Lee
Ross Clow
Wayne Walker
Chris Darby.

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Looking at the Notice of Motion it looks like Councillor Casey is wanting to establish a working party between the Council and Housing New Zealand to produce the Memorandum of Understanding rather than CEO Stephen Town to do it. I might follow-up with Councillor Casey why she wants Councillors expending what little time they already have to do this when the CEO is able to (and follows the wishes of the Governing Body any how).

 

To the next Notice of Motion which is bound to cause contention as it did at last months in the Auckland Development Committee.

Councillor Chris Darby true to his work (and in light of last month’s Auckland Development Committee (see here: QE-II Square and What It Means for the Metropolitan Centres ) is following up on QE-II Square with a Notice of Motion that reads:

10.2 Notice of Motion – Councillor Chris Darby – Lower city centre and central waterfront
In accordance with Standing Order 3.11.1, the following Notice of Motion has been received from Councillor Chris Darby for inclusion on the agenda for the Governing Body meeting being held on day, Thursday, 26 June 2014:

Recommendation/s
That the Governing Body direct the Chief Executive to undertake the following to fully inform decision-making on the lower city centre and central waterfront:
a) progress an open space needs assessment, reflecting projected city centre population (residents, workers, students and visitors), to inform development proposals for the lower city centre and central waterfront areas.
b) undertake an independent and objective evaluation of existing and potential values of Queen Elizabeth Square, taking into account historical consents and covenants and mana whenua interests.
c) request Precinct Properties progress the ‘enhanced’ Queen Elizabeth Square development design option, as contemplated in the City Centre Masterplan and Auckland Council design brief, and this be independently evaluated against Precinct’s preferred ‘incorporated’ option and within the context of the wider development framework.
d) reflect the Waterfront Auckland Sustainable Development Framework in strategy, design briefs and design responses pertaining to public land in the city centre.

Councillor Chris Darby’s signed notice of motion is appended as Attachment A. A document with background information is appended as Attachment B. The related Auckland Development Committee decision of 15 May 2014 is appended as Attachment C.
Attachments
A Councillor Chris Darby’s signed notice of motion …………………………………. 77
B Background Information – Councillor Chris Darby’s notice of motion ……….. 79
C Auckland Development Committee 15 May 2014 decision …………………….. 83

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I will have a full read through Councillor Darby’s Notice of Motion and subsequent attachments. Again my QE-II Square and What It Means for the Metropolitan Centres provides context to both the City Centre situation that Councillor Darby is alluding to, as well as the Metropolitan Centres when planning begins for them.

With today mucked up (on another project) I might head along to the Governing Body on Thursday at Town Hall to both observe proceedings and do the Live Tweeting services I usually run out of such meetings.

None-the-less I will keep you posted on developments from Councillor Darby’s Notice of Motion

 

Rates for 2014/2015

I saw this in the Agenda as well:

Setting of rates 2014/2015

Purpose
1. To recommend to the governing body the setting of rates for 2014/2015.

Executive summary
2. The Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 (LG(R)A) requires that rates are set by resolution of the council. The rates figures were not available in time to meet the agenda close off for this meeting. This report contains the text of the resolutions only (not including the rates figures) needed to set the rates for the Auckland Council for 2014/2015. The resolutions with the rates figures will be tabled at the meeting on 26 June 2014.
3. On 8 May 2014 the Budget Committee considered the feedback from the consultation on the draft Annual Plan 2014/2015. The committee recommended to the governing body that only changes to Business Improvement District targeted rates be made to the rating policy for 2014/2015.
4. The council has adopted a rates transition management policy that limits rates increases to no more than ten percent for non-business properties for the first three years of the long term plan. Legislation requires that where the cap on decreases is different from the cap on increases then the net impact on rates revenue must be zero. To meet this requirement for 2014/2015 the cap on decreases for non-business properties needs to be minus three percent. Businesses will be fully transitioned to their new rates in 2014/2015 and no transition adjustments will apply.
5. The Annual Plan 2014/2015 includes sections that contain rates set for 2014/2015. These sections will be updated to reflect the resolutions made by the governing body at this meeting.

Note: This is slightly different to the Adoption of the 2014/2015 Annual Plan which is held later on in the Governing Body meeting. The adoption of that Annual Plan will formally set the annual budget and Local Board agreements (updated) after earlier adoptions at the Budget Committee last month. The Setting of rates by the looks of it sets the authorisation to set rates (for the Annual Plan) for the 2014/2015 year which includes collection dates and applicable penalties.

As the Uniform Annual General Charge is mentioned and is a vexed topic for Councillors like Cameron Brewer I half expect it to come up. Not that it can be really debated until the Long Term Plan comes back up for discussion later this year. Still the UAGC comes up and if it does it will show which way the Councillors fall in terms of that charge. Currently we are set to the ‘Low’ UGAC which benefits lower and middle-income rate paying residents at the expense of the upper income group. The middle UAGC would be the same as the low setting on all things relative while the high setting benefits the upper group at expense of the middle and great expense of the lower-income rate paying groups. I think I still have the charts for the UAGC floating around to show the comparisons. If not another version is bound to come out when the 2015-2025 Long Term Plan draft is out.

 

Depending on what is planned for Thursday I might be at Town Hall and run my usual Live Tweeting services which as a bit of a surprise has a bit of a following. All good glad I am helping our Democracy in keeping Auckland up to date with what our elected representatives are doing.