Government wants “loopy” regulations gone
As Transport Blog quite rightfully said and as I have noted in my various submissions over the last four years in winding back loopy planning rules that entrench the housing unaffordablity situation Auckland current has.
From Transport Blog
how about they start with some that will have the most impact. That would mean starting with
- Minimum Parking Requirements
- Minimum Lot Sizes
- Minimum Dwelling Sizes
- Minimum Bedroom sizes
- Minimum Setbacks
- Restrictive Height Limits
- Blanket heritage protection for everything old
- Minimum Rear Yard Sizes
- Minimum numbers and size of tress per site
Of course during the debate on the Unitary Plan National Party MPs and aligned councillors fought hard to not only keep these loopy rules and regulations but in many cases to make them worse.
The response came from this article here:
Govt plans to get rid of ‘loopy’ rules
[yes I left the photo in there]
Government is giving the public an opportunity to complain about “pedantic” and “unnecessary” regulations including onerous rules for cake stalls and requirements for positioning shower curtains.
Local Government Minister Paula Bennett announced plans this morning for a Rules Reduction Taskforce, which will try to cut unnecessary bureaucracy and scrap “loopy” local and central government regulations.
“We’ve seen rules and regulations brought in over decades that were well-intentioned but end up being confusing, onerous and costly while failing to deliver any real benefit for the property owner or the wider public,” says Mrs Bennett.
She added: “We have rules dictating all sorts of weird and wonderful things from signage over cake stalls to where your shower curtains need to be positioned.
That is great to hear from the Government. It also means I should not hear another peep from Dick Quax, Cameron Brewer, Denise Krum, Maggie Barry and other friends, supporters, members of National and ACT in trying to put on more planning regulations into the Unitary Plan. Such planning regulations that add costs to urban development, drive down housing affordability, strangulate the City, and deny housing choice and location to others when they already has such choices prior.
In fact the only peep I should hear from the above is championing planning liberalisation especially with the Unitary Plan..;.
So then lets see if the Government does follow through on this!