Long Term Plan Workshops Continue

Consultation Soon

 

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From Auckland Council

Long-term Plan workshops continue

 

Auckland’s elected members met yesterday for the fifth in a series of workshops to consider council priorities for the next 10 years. The workshops are part of the 18 month process of developing Auckland’s Long-term Plan (LTP).

Yesterday’s workshop included presentations from Regional Facilities Auckland, Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development and Auckland Transport. The focus of the presentations included current work programmes and suggested approaches for prioritisation of spending for 2015-2025.

Local Board chairs joined the workshop for the Auckland Transport presentation and to hear from council’s planning department regarding possible options for spatial prioritisation.

Held throughout July and August, the workshops will provide elected members with a detailed look into each of council’s work programmes and inform debate and discussion on prioritisation and funding.

The workshops will also help to inform the Mayor’s proposal for the draft 10-year budget, which will be published in late August. Following this, the full council will debate then adopt a draft LTP to go out for extensive public consultation in January 2015, so Aucklanders can have their say.

This 10-year budget is Auckland’s first opportunity to develop a programme of work based on the priorities of the Auckland Plan, which was developed and adopted in the first term of council.

The LTP sets out the priorities and funding for council activities and investments over a 10 year period. It includes financial and non-financial statements, as well as the local board agreements.

The LTP is reviewed every three years. The next 11 months will see an extensive process involving the council, its CCOs and the people of Auckland.

The 10-year budget for 2015-2025 is due for adoption June 2015.

 

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Local Board chairs joined the workshop for the Auckland Transport presentation and to hear from council’s planning department regarding possible options for spatial prioritisation. “

 

In regards to spatial prioritisation it is a pointed I picked up from Unitary Plan Planner Penny Pirrit during my presentation to the Auckland Development Committee last month on getting Metropolitan Centre Master Plans drawn up. You can see the point here: From the Auckland Development Committee [Updated] in which I noted:

 

From the Auckland Development Committee [Updated]

My Presentation

I gave my presentation to the Committee yesterday on the push in getting Metropolitan Centre Master Plans under way for the Local Boards that have those second tier centres. The presentation can be seen below:

Needless to say I was not expecting any questions as the presentation was designed to give the Committee a nudge in which they did and understood, especially as three Local Boards echoing the calls for these Metropolitan Centre Master Plans to get under way rather soon. Regional and Local Planner Penny Pirrit (who is also overseeing the Unitary Plan as it works it way through the processes) after prompting from Committee Chair and Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse did respond that:

  • Area Planners are still tied up with the Unitary Plan Planners in working through the Unitary Plan Processes
  • Projects under way such as Westgate, New Lynn and Manukau City Centre. However (and as I note an am aware of) these are from legacy plans prior to the inception of the Super City in 2010. This earns a response from me that while we need to finish these off before beginning anew, the prod along needs to happen to get these new Master Plans under way. New regime new plans, time to finish off these legacy programs. Just of interest I note the Tomorrow’s Manukau 2006-2016 plan from the former Manukau City Council which was to guide the development of Manukau City Centre concludes in 2016. Perfect timing for the Manukau City (Super) Metropolitan Centre Master Plan drawn up ready for execution in 2016 (when also the Unitary Plan goes operative). As I said: New Regime, New Era, New Plans for this new future!
  • A case of spatial priorities on which areas need first up attention. This will be guided through growth projections of Auckland and the outcomes of the Unitary Plan post Hearings Panel. My response on that alone is the South is growing the fastest (in population while being second in total employment centres growth behind the Main City Centre (which has its City Centre Master Plan) with the population estimated to go from housing 38% of Auckland’s total population to 45% if not 50% by the end of the Auckland Plan in 2042. So even with budget constraints I would say we have some spatial priority needs down here 😉

So the nudge has been given and the Local Boards are also giving the nudge as well. Will see what the main Council and the planners do over the next nine months especially as the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Area Plan approaches operative status.

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Source: https://voakl.net/2014/07/11/from-the-auckland-development-committee/

Held throughout July and August, the workshops will provide elected members with a detailed look into each of council’s work programmes and inform debate and discussion on prioritisation and funding.”

That as well as Spatial Prioritisation will be closely watched by ratepayers and no doubt hotly contested when public consultation starts.