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Just before Christmas the Council released maps showing the changes in zoning it wants for residential areas all over Auckland. The maps form Council’s position for the residential zone hearings starting on 3 March. These maps include huge areas which Council wants zoned for greater intensification that were not in the proposed Unitary Plan. Even worse, many of the areas proposed for up zoning are “out of scope” changes – meaning that no one has made any submissions asking for those changes.
You can check how your area is affected here
While the legislation allows for some “out of scope” changes, Auckland 2040 believes the scale of the changes proposed breaches principles of natural justice as those affected have no rights to make a submission at this late stage in the process. Auckland 2040 has challenged the Council’s actions in writing a memorandum to the Independent Hearing Panel (see memorandum here). Unfortunately the IHP has sidestepped the issues we raised when making its response (see Direction from IHP here). In effect, this means that tens of thousands of Aucklanders have been disenfranchised by the Council’s actions and IHP’s response. They are locked out of the process.
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.
We have engaged legal counsel to support our case at the hearings in March/April.
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