Cul­tural im­pact sup­ported

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Auck­land Coun­cil has con­firmed its sup­port for the Cul­tural Im­pact As­sess­ment (CIA) re­quire­ments in the pro­posed Auck­land Uni­tary Plan.

Amend­ments agreed by the Auck­land Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee will en­sure CIA re­quire­ments only ap­ply in sit­u­a­tions where there is the po­ten­tial for a re­source con­sent to have an ad­verse im­pact on the cul­tural val­ues of Auck­land’s Mana Whenua.

Con­cerns about com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Mana Whenua and con­sent ap­pli­cants had been raised.

Since the CIA’s in­tro­duc­tion in Septem­ber 2013, coun­cil set up a fa­cil­i­ta­tion ser­vice in March 2014 which has dealt with al­most 300 ap­pli­ca­tions so far.

Of those, only 36 re­sulted in Mana Whenua con­firm­ing that a CIA is re­quired.

This is from a to­tal of more than 10,000 re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions in roughly the same pe­riod.

The CIA does not pro­vide Mana Whenua with a ‘‘right of veto’’ over Auck­land de­vel­op­ments but pro­vides a ‘‘crit­i­cal tool’’ en­sur­ing coun­cil is in­formed when as­sess­ing devel­op­ment im­pacts on Mana Whenua cul­tural her­itage and val­ues, Coun­cil chief plan­ning of­fi­cer Dr Roger Blake­ley says.

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