Ur­gency fu­els cam­paign for feed­back on the coun­cil’s plan

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By MARNIE HALLAHAN

A cam­paign to get 50,000 Auck­lan­ders to tell the coun­cil to re­think their dras­tic in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion plans is un­der way.

The group be­hind it, Auck­land 2040, is con­cerned that with­out a united voice Auck­lan­ders will lose the chance to have a say on the fu­ture of their city.

Auck­land Coun­cil has given a May 31 dead­line for com­mu­nity feed­back to the draft Uni­tary Plan which pro­poses in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion through re­zon­ing much of the city for apart­ment and ter­raced hous­ing.

Richard Bur­ton is a Re­source Man­age­ment Act con­sul­tant with 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence and says the first con­cern is that most peo­ple in Auck­land are still un­aware how the Uni­tary Plan will af­fect their prop­erty and their neigh­bour­hood.

‘‘This is the most fun­da­men­tal de­ci­sion Auck­land will make in the next 100 years,’’ he says.

‘‘Apa­thy is our en­emy and there’s a real sense of ur­gency.

‘‘In coun­cil’s eyes not putting in feed­back is tan­ta­mount to agree­ing with the plan.’’

Mr Bur­ton also says that from care­fully study­ing the plan he’s hor­ri­fied as to what the coun­cil isn’t mak­ing clear to the pub­lic.

‘‘Peo­ple are al­ready con- cerned about the height lim­its with­out even re­al­is­ing that the coun­cil will have the abil­ity to al­low in­creased height with­out pub­lic no­ti­fi­ca­tion,’’ he says.

‘‘De­vel­op­ers will do what­ever they can to per­suade the coun­cil to al­low them ex­tra height and other dis­pen­sa­tions and I say coun­cil be­cause res­i­dents will have no say.’’

An­other ma­jor con­cern, he says, is the lack of in­ves­ti­ga­tion the coun­cil has un­der­taken on the im­pact of in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion on road­ing, sewage, hospi­tals, re­serves and schools.

Guy Had­dle­ton, who along with Mr Bur­ton is driv­ing the Auck­land 2040 cam­paign, says re­cent com­mu­nity-run meet­ings on the plan have been a real eye opener.

‘‘Peo­ple are not against an in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion plan for Auck­land,’’ Mr Had­dle­ton says.

‘‘What they’re say­ing is that the coun­cil needs to re­think the plan and iden­tify ap­pro­pri­ate lo­ca­tions for in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion based on in­fra­struc­ture and com­mu­nity feed­back.’’

He says 50,000 peo­ple giv­ing feed­back is a num­ber the coun­cil won’t be able to ig­nore.

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