Voting this week
The Auckland Plan Committee meets next week on 28th 29th 30th August to vote on the draft Unitary Plan. The Agenda for next week's meetings is on the Auckland Council website here. The report in the agenda outlines the key themes for discussion, including Heritage and Character. The Section 32 report is here. The amended version of the draft plan is here. Board Chairs are able to attend these meetings and have speaking rights but cannot vote.
What you need to do
Before Wednesday you need to read through any sections that apply to your area
to see if the changes you have asked for have been made. If so you are lucky as some areas have not seen any changes.
If not you need to lobby your Councillor and Local Board Chair
very hard this week. Tell them it is NOT acceptable that so little feedback has been incorporated into the plan.
This really is your last chance before notification.
Have we been listened to?
Having spoken to a number of members groups it does not seem that the Council's mantra of 'we are listening' has been borne out. Many areas have not seen any of the changes they were seeking. Heights have remained too high and THAB areas are still in inappropriate places. Richard Burton of Auckland 2040 is still working behind the scenes to improve the rules in the suburban mixed housing zone in an effort to stop the haphazard development none of us want.
Please try to attend the meetings when you can
. Residential zones will be discussed on Wednesday and we are trying to find out when heritage will be. I will send a short email when I have confirmed the day.
In better news
On a more positive note Sandra Coney won a major victory this week in forcing Council officers to release the legal reviews of the draft plan to Councillors. Read Brian Rudman's excellent summary here
Sandra will be sorely missed after the elections. Who else will call the council to account on heritage?