Affordable housing misses out
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.