Con­sul­ta­tion ends on draft uni­tary plan

Central Leader - - NEWS -

The 11-week con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod for the Auck­land Coun­cil’s draft uni­tary plan closes to­day.

But that does not bring to an end work on de­vel­op­ing the new plan­ning rule book set to de­ter­mine how the city grows over the next 30 years.

Mayor Len Brown has out­lined the next steps in the de­vel­op­ment of the plan.

‘‘In the com­ing weeks we’ll be crunch­ing through the feed­back and sit­ting down with com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers to work through the changes.

‘‘I’m very clear we need a bal­anced and planned re­sponse to Auck­land’s growth, one that main­tains and im­proves our neigh­bour­hoods, while giv­ing fam­i­lies more choices for qual­ity hous­ing.

‘‘The uni­tary plan won’t be the only de­ter­mi­nant of how and where our city grows but it can play an im­por­tant part in en­sur­ing our re­sponse is bal­anced.’’

The next steps in the de­vel­op­ment of the draft uni­tary plan:

The coun­cil’s 11-week pub­lic en­gage­ment on a first draft of the plan con­cludes to­day

Dur­ing June, coun­cil of­fi­cers will sum­marise com­mu­nity feed­back on the plan by theme and lo­cal­ity

Dur­ing June and July the coun­cil will host work­shops with lo­cal boards and key stake­hold­ers to work through po­ten­tial changes to the plan, in­clud­ing changes al­ready out­lined by the mayor

The fi­nal draft plan will be pub­lished and for­mally no­ti­fied later this year

The coun­cil will then en­ter a for­mal con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod ex­pected to be around three years, where Auck­lan­ders will have the op­por­tu­nity to make for­mal sub­mis­sions and sug­gest fur­ther changes.

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