USB stick will hold city’s future
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.’’