A political working party to prepare a single unitary plan bringing together a number of regional plans and policies has been appointed to produce a draft document by the end of 2012.
The unitary plan will give effect to the strategic direction of the Auckland Plan, a 20 to 30 year blueprint for the city’s growth and development. It also links to the council long-term plan, which covers the council’s intended programme of activities and funding over a ten-year period.
“The Royal Commission into Auckland’s governance recognised the opportunity for one council to simplify and reduce the volumes of resource planning documents for Auckland,” said Councillor Ann Hartley, chairperson, Regional Development and Operations Committee.
“This is an incredibly important document. It’s the biggest Resource Management plan of its kind in New Zealand, with rules and regulations controlling all planning activities and development in Auckland,” she said. “It will simplify the planning process and create significant efficiencies and more consistency for people dealing with resource management planning issues across the region while recognising local characteristics.”
At the committee meeting, councillors called for a unitary plan that was user-friendly, with plain English and easy to navigate.
Appointed to the working party were: Councillors Penny Hulse (chair), Cameron Brewer, Sandra Coney, Michael Goudie, Ann Hartley, Des Morrison, Noeline Raffills, Wayne Walker and a representative from the Maori Statutory Board.