A weighty plan ready for pub­lic in­put

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

The first draft of the Auck­land Coun­cil’s con­tro­ver­sial Uni­tary Plan is out.

The mas­sive doc­u­ment, which in its printed form weighs 25kg, was re­leased to­day.

An on­line ver­sion and a web­site that demon­strates how the pro­posed plan will work were launched at mid­day.

The Uni­tary Plan will be the city’s rule book for devel­op­ment and sets out how the coun­cil will im­ple­ment its vi­sion over the next 30 years in­clud­ing the much-dis­cussed hous­ing in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion.

Deputy mayor Penny Hulse says now is the time for peo­ple to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the plan and have their say.

Auck­lan­ders then have un­til May 31 to have a look at what is be­ing pro­posed and give the coun­cil their feed­back.

Ms Hulse says the coun­cil is keen to hear as much from Auck­lan­ders as pos­si­ble, and from all points of view.

She says de­spite it be­ing an early draft some peo­ple and groups have al­ready started putting to­gether pe­ti­tions op­pos­ing as­pects of the plan, which she says is un­nec­es­sary.

‘‘We’re not go­ing to stand in front of it and de­fend it. We want peo­ple’s feed­back.

‘‘We will have growth in the next 30 years. We have to plan for and it would be ir­re­spon- sible not to plan where peo­ple can live and work.

‘‘We want it to be well planned and so­cially just. We’re not go­ing to let Auck­land be­come like Los An­ge­les.’’

Se­nior plan­ner Penny Pir­rit says the Uni­tary Plan is the largest re­source man­age­ment plan ever seen in New Zealand, con­dens­ing 14 legacy plans into one.

‘‘What we’re try­ing to do is strive for a more con­sis­tent ap­proach across Auck­land, but also re­alise we have lo­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics across Auck­land, too.’’

How dif­fer­ent ar­eas are zoned for dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties and build­ing types, how the en­vi­ron­ment is pro­tected and how her­itage is con­sid­ered are key themes of the plan.

Feed­back wanted: Deputy mayor Penny Hulse.

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