Important information about the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

Character Coalition

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As you know we have until next Tuesday, July 22nd, to put in counter-submissions after looking at the major submitters whose points your organisation opposes, and identifying any new issues they raise which you haven’t covered in your own submission.

But, there is also the opportunity to register support for key organisations whose submissions your organisation agrees with. One very important player here is the Auckland2040 group, which the Character Coalition has formed an alliance with through the Plan process.

Akl2040 successfully pushed for a division of the Council’s Mixed Housing Zone into two, Urban and Suburban, which has allowed for less intensive zoning across Auckland’s  traditional character suburbs – a huge gain in the Proposed Unitary Plan.

They are now asking for a show of support from Character Coalition members, which would demonstrate to the Independent Hearings Panel  that they are not just an isolated North Shore group representing only their own interests.

To that end, Auckland2040’s Richard Burton – a planner with decades of experience - has written a highly detailed submission on the Unitary Plan to make the zoning and rules more responsive to the community’s feedback. He is asking you to fill in the attached form and send it in to Council, registering your support for Ak2040’s  submission.

All the steps are explained in his email, which I include below. Please email me if the links don't work and I will send you the submission as an attachment.

I urge you to take a little time to do this and give Ak2040 the numbers they need to make an impact.  Their work has gone a long way to realising the Character Coalition’s aims of getting the community’s voice recognised in the Plan’s policies and rules.


Sally Hughes

FROM: Richard Burton of Auckland 2040 

Hi there 

Everything we have achieved so far is under threat. The big development companies have collectively asked Council for changes to the Unitary Plan which would be far worse, if agreed to, than what we faced in the draft Plan. For example:

  • a huge extension of the high density 4-6 storey Terrace Housing and Apartment Building zoning to include everything within a 10 minute walk of transport nodes and 5 minutes walk from arterial roads. Think about what this would mean in your area!
  • Increasing the height limit in the Mixed Housing Suburban zone to 3 storeys or 12 metres from 8 metres (2 storeys) - this would mean 3 storey apartments just about anywhere.
  • Very large reductions in the areas zoned Single House - those of you who thought you were safe from multi storey apartments in your area may not be if this is agreed to.
  • No limits on the number of dwellings per site and in the minimum size - think of the parking and traffic problems.
  • Significant increases in building bulk and relaxation of other building controls - this will mean bigger bulkier buildings could be approved next to you (and with no notification required if they are permitted even if they have a significant effect)
  • Removal or significant reduction of the pre-1944 building demolition controls and "Special Character Areas"

 What can you do?

  1. Make a further submission in support of Auckland 2040's submission. Numbers do count. To make it easy we have prepared a further submission form (click here ) which you can complete and send to the Council by 22 July 2014.
  2. If you prefer to do a further submission online, go here and copy the information from our further submission form.
  3. Send a copy of the further submission to Auckland 2040 (this is a legal requirement) at or send to Auckland 2040 c/- 7 Park Avenue, Takapuna, Auckland 0622.


Richard Burton, Auckland 2040







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Save Our St Heliers Winter Seminar Series 
Rediscovering The Past - the potential of adaptive re-use

Developers often have a bad reputation regarding their treatment of heritage buildings, but sometimes this is unwarranted. Ross Healy and his company, Phillimore Properties, has a long history of restoring many of these buildings to their former glory. He will speak about the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings from a developer's personal perspective, with his award winning Imperial development as an example.
Wednesday 13th August 7pm St Heliers Library

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Melbourne heritage consultant, David Young OAM  
 David Young OAM is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Cultural Heritage

Management. David is a heritage consultant specialising in building materials conservation. With a background in geology he has been involved in the diagnosis and repair of historic buildings and sites for over twenty five years. In addition to the summer schools, he undertakes a range of other teaching and training activities. He has contributed to international courses on wood conservation in Norway, and has run short courses on building conservation in South Africa and New Zealand. He was convenor of the Australia ICOMOS working group that undertook major revisions to the Burra Charter in 1995–1999. He has chaired a Heritage Advisory Panel for the Port Arthur Historic Site and the New South Wales Heritage Council’s Technical Advisory Group. He is a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria’s Technical Advisory Committee.

11 August Hobson Room, Jubilee Building 545 Parnell Road

Bookings are essential as places are limited.
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