Council silence does not help Auckland We have had both National and Labour outline their transport policies for the election and beyond. Labour have gone all in being proactive … Continue reading Goff and the ATAP. Why Come September 24 ATAP Could Be Scraped
Something for everyone With the announcement from Labour to fast track the Northern and Southern Airport Lines (see: Labour Wants to Get Auckland Going – Southern Airport Line Committed To) there … Continue reading How Do the Northern and Southern Airport Lines Work? A Short Redux into the twin Airport Lines
Contrast between leadership and management Two leaders (well one leader and one manager), two Parties, two announcements and two very different results. In Wynyard Quarter sounded by 500 people … Continue reading Labour Wants to Get Auckland Going – Southern Airport Line Committed To
Got to keep the momentum going With the array of recent announcements including two new rail stations, the battery-powered electric trains and the City Rail Link Limited entity being … Continue reading Presentation to the August Planning Committee – Building on Momentum Forward
Could the B-EMUs be what the Manukau South Link needed? With the news Auckland Council is to commit to 17 new battery-powered Electric Multiple Units (B-EMUs) (aka the same … Continue reading Battery Powered Electric Trains to Pukekohe Marks the Return of the Manukau South Link
UPDATED Water, Wastewater and Stations on their way Today the Prime Minister along with other Ministers, the Mayor Phil Goff and Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore attended a ceremony in … Continue reading Southern Auckland MAJOR Winner in Government Infrastructure Funding Round
What do residents have preferences for Yesterday in Amenities and Residential Development. What Goes Missing When Planning? I wrote: A question often asked in the real world as well as Cities Skylines: How … Continue reading Amenities and Residential Development. What Goes Missing When Planning? Part Two
Amenities and urban development. Simple right? Anything but! So how does a City simulator offer some tips? This crossover post with Ben’s Cities offers a cursory glance at amenities and residential developments.
A question often asked
A question often asked in the real world as well as Cities Skylines: How to upscale your residential area – that is how to trigger intensification or how to get a new residential area started.
This is a crossover post with my Talking Southern Auckland blog on amenities and residential areas. Amenities or rather facilities, services, conveniences, comforts and creature comforts are things we all need but things we often forget about when it comes to residential planning. Specifically when a residential area has been upzoned for intensification or a new residential laid down (Greenfield) what encourages their developments.
The question above gets asked in the Cities Skylines forums as players struggle to achieve their aim of a new residential area or an existing residential area upgrading to a more intense and more wealthy one. That struggle can apply to a real life City as well.
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Unitary Plan got one part right, Council needs to do its part in enforcing it Office parks are known to a symbol of everything wrong with modern planning. Single … Continue reading Auckland and NZ Planning System Not Nimble Enough. Return of the Office Park
Should have gone South not North-West I wrote a piece for Stuff.co.nz on why I thought the recent $300m loan to enable 10,500 new homes in north-west Auckland was … Continue reading Housing Infrastructure Loan: Not Exactly Helping Auckland