The overarching plan for Auckland’s future has been passed by the city’s councillors after five years of planning and four days of hearings.
Unitary Plan hearings concluded at the Auckland Town Hall on Monday afternoon as councillors argued over some of the more contentious points of the 7000-page document.
Deputy mayor Penny Hulse said it was a relief to pass the long-awaited council blueprint.
She also likened the process to having a baby.
‘‘If I’m honest it’s a little bit like childbirth you know you forget the bad bits immediately and the bit that feels the most resonant for me is we’ve seen Aucklanders turn out in their thousands, we’ve seen good democracy happen.’’
Mayor Len Brown called it an ‘‘outstanding process’’ and said he was off for a few beers to celebrate.
The public will get to see the final Unitary Plan when it is officially notified on Friday.
Monday’s discussions focused around issues such as the removal of the pre-1944 Building Demolition Overlay, parking rules, maximum fence heights and a planned development at Okura in the North Shore.
Hulse said the plan ‘‘may need to change and may need to evolve’’ but the bulk of it was finished and ticked off by councillors.