USB stick will hold city’s fu­ture

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TOM CARNEGIE

Auck­land Coun­cil is pre­par­ing to re­ceive one of the most im­por­tant USB sticks in the city’s his­tory.

To­day at about 4pm, the chair of the Auck­land Uni­tary Plan In­de­pen­dent Hear­ing Panel, Judge David Kirk­patrick, will hand over a USB to coun­cil staff de­tail­ing a rec­om­mended Uni­tary Plan.

These doc­u­ments will lay out the rec­om­men­da­tions for Auck­land’s growth over the next 30 years.

It will in­clude the con­ten- tious new zon­ing rules for the city, in­clud­ing the con­tentious up­zon­ing reg­u­la­tions..

Af­ter the han­dover a se­lect group of coun­cil staff will spend the week­end be­hind closed doors por­ing over the doc­u­ments.

On July 27 coun­cil­lors will be briefed on the rec­om­men­da­tions by coun­cil staff and the re­ports will be­come avail­able to the wider pub­lic.

Coun­cil­lors will have a seven day pe­riod in early Au­gust to then ap­prove or re­ject the rec­om­men­da­tions made by the panel.

If a rec­om­men­da­tion is re­jected the coun­cil must ex­plain why and pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive so­lu­tion to the rec­om­men­da­tion.

On Au­gust 19 the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion will be pub­licly no­ti­fied on the Auck­land Coun­cil web­site.

‘‘The Uni­tary Plan is based on 13,000 sub­mis­sions and 249 days of hear­ings.’’

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