HOT TOPICS:   Election 2014  |  Dairy prices   | Housing affordability                                                      RESOURCES:    Economic calendar   |  Rent ratio

The comment stream

Reader poll

What's the most likely election outcome?

Choices

Join the Interest community to be a registered commenter so you can:
- Edit your comments
- Avoid the CAPTCHA
- Vote on comments
Register Here

Already registered? log back in here ..

Forgotten your password? No problem! Click here

Auckland Council begins series of 'workshops' to debate contentious issues regarding development of Auckland region's new rulebook

Posted in News

The Auckland Council's started a range of "workshops" to discuss topics raised over the recent circulation of the draft Unitary Plan.

The first workshop yesterday addressed the vexed issue of height restrictions in various parts of the region.

The workshops will continue through the rest of this month and into July as 22,700 pieces of feedback received during the 11-week exposure for comment of the draft plan.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse said the first workshop brought together local board chairs and the Auckland Plan Committee members to talk through the principles governing heights in centres and give interim direction on how changes will be made to the draft plan.

“The political direction that came out of today’s workshop is that, while we all agree we need a range of heights across our centres, we would like to see greater refinement to allow for variety within a centre where it is appropriate.

“We have started with centre heights as our first topic, as they set the framework for the level of development in other parts of Auckland.

“Proposed height limits for Auckland’s metropolitan, town and local centres have been widely debated, with clear argument coming through from each side of the debate. Our challenge for heights is to get the balance right and I believe we can do that.”

Work  would now start to "refine the principles" relating to height in centres as directed. These would then be presented for discussion at the next Auckland Plan Committee meeting.

 

We welcome your help to improve our coverage of this issue. Any examples or experiences to relate? Any links to other news, data or research to shed more light on this? Any insight or views on what might happen next or what should happen next? Any errors to correct?

We welcome your comments below. If you are not already registered, please register to comment in the box on the right or click on the "'Register" link at the bottom of the comments.

Remember we welcome robust, respectful and insightful debate. We don't welcome abusive or defamatory comments and will de-register those repeatedly making such comments. Our current Comment policy is here.

1 Comments

Auckland Council's idea of

Auckland Council's idea of high rise affordable accomodation in New Lynn seems to be getting shorter and shorter. I recall when the project was first advertised it was 18 levels. 6 months ago it advertised at 14 levels. Now, just yesterday NZ herald records it as a 10 level development. Why would a developer chop 8 levels from what was a 18 level building?
Cost constraints post Christchurch Earthquake?
Auckland Council planning uncertainty?
These apartments are being sold for $250k for 52 sqm apartments. Is that affordable at $4,800 per sqm?