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

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.


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