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At the Extra- ordinary meeting of the Auckland Council on 24 February, the Council voted by 13 to 8 to withdraw the Out of Scope zoning changes. This was a huge win for us and for democracy in Auckland.

We have our main hearing regarding residential zoning on 24 March. The main concerns we have, now that the Out of Scope changes have been withdrawn, relate to the generic zoning changes being sought by some submitters to bring back changes on a similar scale to the Out of Scope changes and with the same issues of lack of consultation with affected parties.

The scale of the changes at this late stage in the process is unprecedented in New Zealand planning history and is, we believe, an abuse of the process set up for the Unitary Plan.

If you would like to support our case you can make a deposit donation to the following account.

BNZ Takapuna 02 0272 0268983 000
Auckland 2040 Incorporated

or send a cheque to:
Auckland 2040 Incorporated, 7 Park Ave, Takapuna, Auckland 0622



Auckland 2040 is committed to ensuring that the future development of Auckland under the Auckland Unitary Plan balances the need for intensification with protecting the character of our residential areas.

We keep in touch with a large number of community and residents’ groups from all over Auckland as well as individuals who share our desire for Auckland to remain a great place to live and work. We aim to keep people informed about what is happening with the Unitary Plan and how they can have input into the process.

We have formed an alliance with the Character Coalition which represents over 60 groups concerned with heritage and character issues and are working together closely to achieve our aims.

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Auckland 2040 is now the main voice for residents of Auckland concerned about the Unitary Plan process. Revently we were instrumantal in getting the Council to agree to withdraw te Out of Scope changes that were introduced without consultaion just before Christmas

Hearings on the PAUP

Hearings are being held by the Independent Hearing Panel (IHP) and started in October 2014. The IHP website has full information on the process (see the Fact Sheets) and should be checked regularly for updates to schedules. All evidence for each hearing is also available on the website on the Hearings page.

Hearings on the residential zonings (by area) start on 3 March. Evidence must be sent to the IHP by 10 February. The IHP is required to report its recommendations ti the Auckland Council on changes to the PAUP by 22 July 2016. The Council then must make its decisions on those recommendations by 19 August. Appeals to the Environment Court are mainly limited to situations where the Council has not agreed with the IHP recommendations.