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And Who Say’s Council Does Not Listen? On Tuesday I made light of my observations of the literal circus some Councillors had degenerated the Auckland Plan Committee meeting that … Continue reading Unitary Plan Updates
Two Hours on the Processes – Not the Mixed Housing Zone or Terrace Housing and Apartment Zone The Auckland Plan Committee today discussed the first two workshops around the … Continue reading Report on Today’s Auckland Plan Committee Proceedings
Statement on Today’s Auckland Plan Committee Proceedings
Council has just released a media statement on today’s two-hour session at the Auckland Plan Committee that was meant to be discussing the first two workshops (June 19 and 26). That technically did not happen and as I speak I am writing my exclusive post up on today’s proceedings now (to be out by 6pm).
From Auckland Council:
- Principles for building heights in centre zones
- Principles for building heights around centres in the Terrace Housing and
- Principles for notification for height infringements in centres and the Terrace
- Principles for volcanic viewshafts and blanket height sensitive areas
- Approach to design quality
- Provisions in the Mixed Housing zone
- Notification of development control infringements.
As I said I am getting my own commentary on today written up now
GAME ON Time to Decide on Mixed Housing Zones Tomorrow at 10am in Town Hall the Auckland Plan Committee will be and make decisions (or recommendations) on changes to … Continue reading The Auckland Plan Committee – Mixed Housing Zones
Making it harder or easier? I got to give it to Orsman of the NZ Herald for getting this one right, I just wish he ran with this article … Continue reading Question with Three Storey Buildings Again
Slow News Day?
I see Orsman is banging on about secret papers again with the Unitary Plan:
The Herald asked Mr Brown on Tuesday to release documents used to draw up the mixed housing and terraced housing and apartment zones in the new planning rulebook, or Unitary Plan.
The request was made under the emergency provisions of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act so they could be made public before feedback on the draft plan closes on May 31. Last night, a spokesman for Mr Brown said the mayor’s office was working through the request and would provide a response shortly.
The documents were the basis for a political working party to develop heights and controls for the two zones that have a profound effect on more than half of residential Auckland. The working party, which meets behind closed doors, makes recommendations to the Auckland Plan committee which discusses issues in public.
A member of the political working party said officers provided no in-depth analysis on the two zones and had belatedly revealed the three-storey height limit in the mixed housing zone.
I was sure I have covered this before so I went for a look and found this:
You can go read the piece by clicking the respective hyperlink.
After digging that post up I went digging through the emails again as I remember a conversation about those papers. Yep the emails are still there from April 29. The emails gave rise to my particular post on April 30 and seem to give rise to this post today.
Now this presents an interesting situation which has two possible paths:
- There is more to those papers than I got led to believe on April 29. This means the mayor and deputy mayor might need to come clean here if this the case. While I have respect for the Deputy Mayor that respect can be lost fast if I was led to believe one thing when the opposite occurred. Trust and confidence applies here
- Orsman is full of crap again and rehashing a month old story. While that would be nothing particularly new I noted this remark “A member of the political working party said officers provided no in-depth analysis on the two zones and had belatedly revealed the three-storey height limit in the mixed housing zone” to which I can think of two Councillors who might say that. If that is the case then a leak perhaps to substantiate the claim. Otherwise the city is running around like headless chickens (cue the Julia Gillard headless chook experiment video which actually you should watch. Just replace Gillard with Len Brown and you should get the rest) to which Kevin Rudd‘s quip: “Everyone should take a very LONG cold shower” could very well apply to the Unitary Plan as it stands.
So what path we will all go down is now on apparently what the mayor is meant to release “shortly.”
The city waits
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