Mayoral candidate Victoria Crone has come out fighting on behalf of ratepayers wanting Council to revoke last minute changes made to the Auckland Plan without due process or consultation.
Crone calls the Auckland Plan ‘low quality’ and ‘unpopular’ in today's Herald. She’s right.
Dramatic housing density changes are undermining residents' trust in Auckland Council and should be withdrawn, says mayoral candidate Vic Crone.
She says a wide gulf already exists between council and residents over how money is being spent and the port expansion debate and Unitary Plan process are just creating more of a wedge.
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Ms Crone said changes to rezone thousands of homes for more intensive housing and apartments should go on hold for a new mayor and council "to put fresh eyes over valuing the democratic process that Aucklanders are demanding to move this city forward".
"People were not able to give feedback on what the behind-closed-doors changes mean for them."
Mayoral candidate Vic Crone says dramatic housing density changes should be withdrawn.
She was commenting on late changes in the Unitary Plan process, which saw the council propose to rezone about 20,000 houses, without consulting property owners or giving them a formal right of reply.
The rezoning has been included in the council submission to an independent hearings panel considering the plan. It will make recommendations for the council to make final decisions.
"If the changes continue without this input, a low quality and unpopular unitary plan will result.
"The next mayor will have to lead a rewrite."
There is a public meeting of all Councillors next Wednesday at the Town Hall (start time to be confirmed). I will be there, so should any of you who want to see democracy restored and the bureaucrats defeated.
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