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Auckland Council is holding sector-based workshops on
the Auckland Unitary Plan next month.
This is an important opportunity to have input and we
encourage you to get involved.
Are you affected?
Virtually everyone in Auckland will be affected by the Auckland
Unitary Plan (Plan). To gauge the effect upon you, you might like
to ask yourself the following questions:
Do I have development plans for my property or business and
want a better planning framework to work within?
Are my existing resource consents due to expire within the next
five years, and how will changes to the planning rules affect the
renewal of those consents?
Do I want to keep an eye on how any changes in the Plan, such
as zoning or development controls, may impact on my activities or
those of my neighbours?
last month on a bid by the Council to have the Government
provide a new statutory process for the Plan, which would remove
the right for further (or cross) submissions and appeals to the
Environment Court. Our best information to date is that the
Minister for the Environment has yet to confirm whether the
Government will support this approach.
Consultation and stakeholder workshops
The proposed timeline for the Plan's development is set out
The Council has identified some "hot topics" for
consultation, including intensification and protection of historic
character and heritage, creating the Rural Urban Boundary (RUB),
business land supply, the effects of out-of-centre retail and
office development, and the rural economy.
The Council is holding sector-based workshops from September
2012 for a range of groups, including retail, business parks,
property developers, retirement villages and industry.
We understand that some draft Plan provisions will be available
for discussion in these workshops. Getting involved at this early
stage will provide participants with a good opportunity to comment
on draft provisions that may impact on their interests.
Defining the Rural Urban Boundary
The Plan identifies ten greenfields areas to be investigated for
potential development over the next 30 years. The Council's
Auckland Plan Committee has grouped these into geographical
Southern Cluster (includes Pukekohe, Karaka, Drury and
Western Cluster (Whenuapai, Kumeu, Huapai), and
Northern Cluster (Warkworth, Silverdale West).
As part of these investigations, the Council will consult with
local boards, affected communities and land owners. It is looking
to align RUB consultation with Plan consultation to avoid confusion
and "consultation overload".
The RUB will not be ready for inclusion in the draft Plan to be
released in March 2013, but will be included in the publicly
notified version in September 2013. If you have landholdings or
investment in any of these proposed areas, we suggest you get
involved in the consultation process.
If you have any queries about the Plan process or are interested
in participating in one of the Council's workshops, please
contact one of the Chapman Tripp lawyers featured.
Alternatively, to attend a Council workshop, you can contact
Theresa Walsh of Auckland Council directly.
The information in this article is for informative purposes
only and should not be relied on as legal advice. Please contact
Chapman Tripp for advice tailored to your situation.
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