Development Auckland CCO Board Appointed

Let’s hope they perform better than their ACPL predecessor

Yesterday the Mayor announced the appointment of the board members to the new Development Auckland Council Controlled Organisation that takes over from both Waterfront Auckland and Auckland Council Property Limited.

From the Office of the Mayor Len Brown:

Mayor announces Development Auckland board

Mayor Len Brown has announced the membership of the board of Auckland’s newest Council Controlled Organisation (CCO), Development Auckland.

The Development Auckland board will in part be comprised of members of the boards of Auckland Council Property Limited (ACPL) and Waterfront Auckland which Development Auckland replaces.

The Mayor is describing the CCO as a step change in the council’s ability to deliver faster, better quality urban redevelopment across Auckland.

“The members of the new board have a broad range of business and community experience and I know they are will be raring to get on with the job.”

The chair of the board will be current ACPL Chair Sir John Wells who will be joined by Anne Blackburn and Richard Aitken from ACPL and Richard Leggat, Evan Davies and Susan Macken from Waterfront Auckland.

Three additional appointments have been approved by the council’s CCO Monitoring and Governance Committee – Mike Pohio, Martin Udale and Paul Majurey.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse chairs the CCO Governance and Monitoring Committee.

“Development Auckland will take a holistic and high level view of what is required to enable speedy, quality development of brownfield locations where ownership of land is fragmented which makes it difficult for developers to deliver,” she says.

“The new Development Auckland will use the experience gained and the lessons learned by Waterfront Auckland and ACPL to transform town and metropolitan centres across Auckland.” 

Development Auckland will come into existence on September 1, 2015.

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Quoting: “The new Development Auckland will use the experience gained and the lessons learned by Waterfront Auckland and ACPL to transform town and metropolitan centres across Auckland.” 

Well we have a slight problem with the above. I have faith in the expertise of Waterfront Auckland redeveloping our Metropolitan and Town Centres looking at their track record in Wynyard Quarter. I do not have such faith with the ACPL lot after they continue to make a fist of things in both Manukau (LGOIMA Back (Finally) On Manukau Interchange) and by the looks of it over in Union Street – CBD (Trouble with a Union St Carpark ).

Time will tell in the end but right now – the jury is out.

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