I’ve written before about the onerous planning constraints in the UP such as iwi approval of consents, as well as the gap between reality and pipe dreams. These include basing growth forecasts on rates that would exceed that of China to justify spending and debt. It might sound boring but it matters. It’s why we have the ridiculous situation of rapidly escalating rates and debt for almost no return to ratepayers. Someone should have told the Mayor that having vision doesn’t mean seeing pies in the sky. Well I tried when I was a Local Board Member, but it was obvious then that the Mayor didn't understand commonsense.
The Herald reports
Environment Minister Amy Adams is seeking major changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan, which she says will not provide enough houses and make housing even more unaffordable in its current form.
In a cabinet-approved submission on the new planning rulebook for the Super City, Ms Adams says failure to make changes could have far-reaching economic and social consequences for Auckland and New Zealand.
She said the original objectives for a quality compact and design-led approach had been "betrayed" by overly-complex policies, overlays and rules.
"I seek the removal or loosening of prescriptive provisions in the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan where they are not supported and justified by evidence and analysis," she said.
Ms Adams highlighted a requirement for affordable housing in large-scale developments, the need for people to seek iwi approval on thousands of sites, a pre-144 heritage overlay and sustainable building requirements.
"Based on Auckland Council and independent market-based modelling, there appears to be a large gap between the likely development capacity provided by the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan and that required to meet the development objectives and projected population growth over the next 30 years.