Sound way to plan for our fu­ture

Central Leader - - NEWS - By KA­RINA ABADIA

Res­i­dents will soon be able to see the no­ti­fied ver­sion of the uni­tary plan with just weeks of dis­cus­sion left be­fore it is put be­fore the gov­ern­ing body.

Deputy mayor Penny Hulse says clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Auck­lan­ders about how it will work re­mains an on­go­ing pri­or­ity.

No­ti­fi­ca­tion of the plan is ex­pected in late Septem­ber or early Oc­to­ber and com­mu­ni­ties will have greater ac­cess to hard copies than dur­ing the in­for­mal en­gage­ment pe­riod.

This time round it will be placed in all of the ser­vice cen­tres and li­braries be­cause peo­ple were up­set the draft ver­sion wasn’t more read­ily avail­able in print form, re­gional plan­ning man­ager Penny Pir­rit says.

Over the past three months coun­cil has sum­marised and an­a­lysed the feed­back and made pro­posed changes to the plan. Lo­cal board chair peo­ple and coun­cil­lors have taken part in two-day work­shops where they went over the plan­ning maps in­volved.

‘‘We’ve had some re­ally prac­ti­cal hands-on time look at the way for­ward and how [the uni­tary plan] will look in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties,’’ Ms Hulse says.

The key is­sues raised by sub­mit­ters were not un­ex­pected, she says. They in­clude height lim­its, in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion, char­ac­ter and her­itage rules and the ru­ralur­ban bound­ary.

There has been crit­i­cism that the Auck­land Plan Com­mit­tee meet­ings have not al­lowed for com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion but no de­ci­sions have been made at those meet­ings, she says.

‘‘It isn’t a sub­mis­sion process at this stage. If it was, all 22,700 sub­mit­ters would have to be given the op­por­tu­nity to speak to their sub­mis­sions. They will be able to do that once we get to the next stage where peo­ple can sub­mit in a for­mal way.’’

The pub­lic will be able to at­tend the three Auck­land Plan Com­mit­tee meet­ings on Au­gust 28, 29 and 30.

Ms Pir­rit says a hard copy of the amended uni­tary plan will be in the room for mem­bers of the pub­lic to see. It will clearly show the changes which have been made to the draft.

The meet­ings will go through the main al­ter­ations to the plan, as well as ad­dress out­stand­ing is­sues. The com­mit­tee will then de­cide whether to rec­om­mend that the gov­ern­ing body no­tify the plan.

There is still a lot of room for peo­ple to have their views heard be­fore the plan be­comes op­er­a­tive, Ms Pir­rit says.

‘‘We’re fairly con­fi­dent that by the end of this process we will have a sound doc­u­ment that then needs to go through for­mal sub­mis­sions, pre-hear­ing ne­go­ti­a­tion and then the in­de­pen­dent hear­ings process.’’

See sha­peauck­land.co.nz.

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