Re­vised uni­tary plan to be pub­licly no­ti­fied

HEIGHT CHANGES FOR TOWN CEN­TRES

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The next phase of dis­cus­sion and de­bate on Auck­land’s uni­tary plan will be­gin on Septem­ber 30 when the re­vised doc­u­ment is pub­licly no­ti­fied.

Auck­land Coun­cil this week agreed by a ma­jor­ity of 17 to four to re­lease a re­vised plan back to the pub­lic af­ter sev­eral weeks of de­ci­sion mak­ing meet­ings.

The orig­i­nal draft plan prompted more than 22,000 sub­mis­sions and gen­er­ated much angst among com­mu­ni­ties wor­ried about the po­ten­tial for over-bear­ing in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion in their neigh­bour­hoods.

The next stage in the process is the for­mal sub­mis­sions phase, which starts on the date of no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

This process is set out by the Re­source Man­age­ment Act and al­lows 90 days for Auck­lan­ders to make a sub­mis­sion.

Fol­low­ing this, fur­ther sub­mis­sions and the hear­ings process will take place over about three years.

The plan in­cludes amend­ments to the maps, poli­cies and rules based on the feed­back and the de­ci­sions made by Auck­land coun­cil­lors on what changes would be in­cluded.

‘‘The pro­posed plan has come a long way since we put out a draft ver­sion in March,’’ deputy mayor Penny Hulse says.

‘‘It now re­flects a care­ful bal­ance be­tween en­sur­ing qual­ity de­vel­op­ment in the right places and a mod­i­fied ap­proach where our com­mu­ni­ties have voiced their con­cerns.’’

Changes in the re­vised ver­sion in­clude in­creas­ing min­i­mum dwelling sizes in mixed hous­ing zones and changes to height limit re­stric­tions.

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