Cultural impact supported
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.