A weighty plan ready for public input
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.