The hearings on the Unitary Plan start this month, much earlier than expected. Check out the website for the Independent Hearing Panel for information on the hearings. The process is very complicated compared with traditional hearings on district plans.
The Council has announced yet another tranche of Special Housing Areas – check out here to see if you are affected. Some of them cover large areas of existing residential land. Being in a SHA makes it much easier to redevelop a site – very limited consultation and no rights of appeal.
What can you do?
If you made a submission or further submission and asked to be heard you will be contacted by the Hearings Administrator of the IHP before the start of the process for the relevant part of your submission.
You will be provided with links to the various reports you need to look at for your submission. You need to check the IHP website regularly for updates and changes in schedules for pre hearing meetings etc.
If you asked to be heard, it is important to follow the steps set out by the IHP and stay involved.
- Initially, this means advising the Hearing Administrator whether you agree with the suggested way of dealing with your submission point and, if not, whether you will be attending the pre-hearing meeting.
- You should attend if you do not agree with the suggested pathway for your submission point.
We have been told that community groups involved in these hearings do not qualify for financial assistance from the Ministry for the Environment Legal Assistance Fund.
As a result we desperately need financial support to engage experts to assist us at the hearings.
Please make a donation to help us.
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