I live in a pre-1940s home. However, I still think Plan Change 163 will be bad for Auckland.
Our main problems are traffic congestion, lack of public transport and the high cost of housing. All these problems are a direct result of low urban density.
Auckland city is projected to grow by 46,000 households over the next 13 years. That’s 295 new dwellings needed every month. The average over the past 12 months was 151. Last month it was 97.
Auckland is facing a housing crisis that will have a negative impact on everyone living here and is not moving us towards sustainability.
Residential development was stopped in the CBD last year when new rules and development levies meant that a two-bedroom apartment would need to sell for close to $500,000 for projects to be feasible.
Now Plan Change 163 proposes to freeze the majority of residential-zoned land within 4km of the CBD.
This is all very laudable, but it needs to be balanced with realistic, pragmatic provisions to increase urban density in the rest of the isthmus or we will face significant social and environmental problems in the near future.
I understand that if one is wealthy enough to own a bit of this ring around the city then you would want to keep it frozen in 2008.
However there is nothing stopping truly concerned residents putting their money where their mouths are, covenanting their titles and taking the resulting drop in property value.
It should also be noted that no existing villa complies with the daylight rules in the Residential 1 zone.
This plan change adds a street setback that again most villas do not comply with.
If one is not allowed to build a villa in these zones no wonder new buildings struggle to blend in.
It is about time Auckland became a proper city and moved on from being a provincial town. A KITCHEN Pt Chevalier