"As an Aucklander I don’t really care in my day-to-day life if the 825 new cars added to the city’s roads each week are being driven by foreign chefs paid $20,000 or IT analysts on $80,000."

Bill English needs to win Auckland to win the election, but his latest immigration changes seem to ignore one of its citizens’ biggest concerns.
As more than 800 people are added to Auckland’s population each week, transport, housing and sewerage just can’t cope.

Interview on Jim Mora's panel

Sally Hughes from the Character Coalition joins the panel to talk about losing the fight to preserve the heritage of Auckland's houses.

We regret to advise that we lost our joint High Court appeal with the Character Coalition. This decision means that very general submissions with no mention of street name or area can be used to make wholesale changes to zoning without property owners being notified or having any realistic expectation of finding out whether their property is actually affected. A sad day for public participation in the planning process.

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This article reaffirms what we have been saying for the last few years.

"The tragedy is that, in the past decade, Aucklanders have been persuaded their city is a world centre. There is very little evidence for this."

With a new mayor and council in place, it’s time Aucklanders admitted that soaring house prices and a tidal wave of immigrants won’t make the city a “world centre”.

Auckland 2040 has lodged a joint appeal with the Character Coalition to the High Court on the Auckland Unitary Plan decisions. The main focus of our appeal is the decision by the Auckland Council to make residential zoning changes in scope which it had previously decided were out of scope. They can't have it both ways. By making the zoning changes in scope they have denied residents affected by the changes the right of appeal to the Environment Court. These residents never had the opportunity during the Unitary Plan process to have their say.

View our interactive map of Auckland's proposed Unitary Plan to see the building heights and density allowed in your street and suburb.

Auckland Council has released the recommendations of the IHP on the Unitary Plan.…

The IHP seems to have adopted the view that growth should be provided for at any cost rather than ensuring that growth occurs in a planned way. A lot of smaller multi unit developments will be allowed as of right with no design controls - are they taking us back to the '60s?

• New proposal to provide 422,000 dwellings • 22% of single homes on traditional sections to be rezoned for intensification • Density controls will go in residential - New Zealand Herald

Only 2 days until the IHP has to send its recommendations on the Unitary Plan to the Auckland Council. On 27 July these recommendations will be available to the public on the Council website.

Auckland Transport has released its draft plan for a Rapid Transit Network which it implies will sort out Auckland's traffic problems -but it seems to be ignoring some of the areas with the most rapid growth or the worst congestion. And you can't expect satellite towns to be successful without a good frequent rail link into the city yet it is suggesting just that.

Make sure you have your say…/transport-for-future-urban-growth/

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For the first time, Aucklanders can see how transport-poor suburbs and areas of intense housing development will be served by newly proposed public transport lines. - New Zealand Herald

Have a look at this You tube video of an interview of Richard Burton, our Chairperson, with Bernard Hickey. This interview was posted uncut which gave Richard an excellent opportunity to explore the real issues.

Auckland Council CEO again suggested a working group to consult on the out of scope zoning changes later in the process so that the Council could keep the changes - after the suggestion had been vetoed in the Council meeting!…

Peace talks aimed at breaking the impasse over housing density in Auckland appear to have fallen over at the first hurdle. - New Zealand Herald

This seems strange.

The political revolt against some of Auckland Council's higher density housing proposals may have scored only a partial victory.

Mike Lee writes and excellent summary of the issue.

After years of disruptive change, rates and user charge increases, and various scandals, Auckland really did need a period of political stability and civic calm. But no. Last November, the Council’s Unitary Plan committee, in secret meetings led by deputy mayor Penny Hulse and committee chair Alf Fi…

This article is worth reading. At last someone has read between the lines and worked out what is really going on.…

It's taken an election looming to finally jolt Auckland's Rip Van Winkle councillors out of their long torpor and do what politicians are supposed to do. Govern. - New Zealand Herald

Great piece by Chris Trotter about the awful wedge between old and young that some people including the Council have been encouraging since the beginning of the... UP debate. That is not what this is about. Hey baby boombers mostly have children and grandchildren for goodness sake. Of course they want young people to be able to afford houses.

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Forgive me, Comrade, but fomenting inter-generational warfare (which, ultimately, entails turning children against their parents or grandparents) is not, and can never be, a progressive cause. Indeed, it strikes at the most primal forms of human solidarity, and at the most essential drivers of human…