Revised unitary plan to be publicly notified
HEIGHT CHANGES FOR TOWN CENTRES
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.