Over 700 ratepayers attended a meeting on Tuesday organised by Chair of the Orakei Local Board, Desley Simpson to hear how the changes would affect their properties. The changes met with almost universal opposition.
Now one Councillor, Sir John Walker, has had a change of heart. This means that Brown/Hulse and their supporters in the Terrible Ten no longer have a majority. Wily Councillors Mike Lee and Cathy Casey, sensing the tide is turning against the Brown/Hulse majority, have sided with those opposing the ‘out of scope’ changes.
Auckland Council's proposal to rezone thousands of homes for more intensive housing and apartments has lost the support of a majority of councillors, with councillor Sir John Walker today speaking out against the changes.
"If the mayor wants my vote we are going to have to come to a compromise," said Sir John, who did not spell out what that solution would be.
"I'm on the residents' side. I don't want to see high rise buildings towering over Auckland.
"I don't trust the town planners. They present one thing and change their mind and do another," said the Olympic gold medallist.
Sir John said he supported calls to withdraw the changes, which see large swathes of suburban Auckland rezoned for multi-storey buildings, terraced housing and apartments in the council's latest submission to the Unitary Plan.
Under the "out of scope" changes to zoning, meaning no residents asked for them in the proposed Unitary Plan, there is no formal right of reply for affected property owners.
Sir John's position means 11 of the 21 councillors want the council to withdraw the out of scope changes from the Unitary Plan process.
The other 10 are Cameron Brewer, Cathy Casey, Chris Fletcher, Denise Krum, Mike Lee, Dick Quax, Sharon Stewart, Wayne Walker, John Watson and George Wood.
Also there, were members of the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance who have have posted this petition on-line
In December last year Auckland Council announced zoning changes to many areas of Auckland. Many properties affected face having their zoning changed by Council's use of an "out of scope" provision that has not been based on public feedback, and on which the public has no right of reply. These changed zones will lead to dramatic increases in housing density in many suburban areas. The suburbs affected include Remuera, Orakei, Glendowie, Meadowbank, St Johns, St Heliers, Mission Bay and Kohimarama.
Sign the petition below to tell Auckland Council to withdraw the proposed changes until we, the ratepayers, have had a say!
"Auckland Council should vote to withdraw plans to rezone areas of Auckland in the Unitary Plan which have not been available for public consultation."
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