PAUP passes

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - JOSH FA­GAN

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.

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