Af­ford­able hous­ing misses out

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TOM CARNEGIE

A cen­tral Auck­land coun­cil­lor is dis­ap­pointed no spe­cific af­ford­able hous­ing pro­vi­sions have been in­cluded in the Uni­tary Plan.

Al­bert-Eden-Roskill ward coun­cil­lor Cathy Casey said the Uni­tary Plan had highs and lows for all coun­cil­lors.

‘‘I have been in­volved in the Uni­tary Plan process since the start, I at­tended all the work­shops and the brief­ings and I think the doc­u­ment at the end was much bet­ter then the doc­u­ment we thought were go­ing to get.’’

Casey said a low for her was the re­moval of any spe­cific pro­vi­sion for af­ford­able hous­ing.

‘‘We should never have taken that out of the tool box and it is big dis­ap­point­ment to me. It would have just en­sured we would get good qual­ity lo­cal hous­ing.’’

Casey said she also did not agree with the re­moval of pro­tec­tion over mana whenua sites.

‘‘I think this is not play­ing fair or the way it should be in this coun­try of ours where we have the Treaty of Wai­tangi.

‘‘I thought the fairest way would be to main­tain the pro­tec­tion.’’

All 20 coun­cil­lors voted to pass the over­all Uni­tary Plan on Au­gust 15.

Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Coun­cil­lor Denise Krum and Orakei Coun­cil­lor Cameron Brewer voted against the zon­ing maps put for­ward in the rec­om­mended Uni­tary Plan.

Brewer said he could not sup­port the rec­om­mended zon­ing maps de­spite vot­ing to pass the Uni­tary Plan over­all.

There are no spe­cific af­ford­able hous­ing pro­vi­sions in the Uni­tary Plan.

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