Pro­vin­cial think­ing

Central Leader - - Letters -

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

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