Council Plan Steamrolls On

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Devonport missed its opportunity to be heard at the Auckland Plan hearings last year, after council officials apparently overlooked the Devonport Business Association’s (DBA) submission for Devonport’s future in the new structure.

DBA President Eddie de Heer was “..particularly disappointed and let down that the opportunity to present (the submission) has been lost due to Council’s poor internal systems.”

Despite this oversight, the process marches on; below is a quick summary of where the council is at with its plethora of plans.

The Auckland Plan
Hearings on the draft Auckland Plan have taken place and the council will now consider what changes are needed in response to the feedback received. It is expected that the final Auckland Plan will be adopted at the end of March.
The Long-term Plan (2012-22)
This is Auckland Council’s 10-year business plan where the aspirations of the Auckland Plan and the 21 Local Board Plans turn into action.

It outlines our priorities for the next 10 years and how we plan to pay for it. Content will include:

  • Rates and funding policies
  • Key activities and projects
  • Local Board Agreements

The draft Long-term Plan (LTP) is being audited before councillors adopt it in mid-February. It will then be released for public consultation from 24 February to 23 March.

The final LTP will be adopted by the end of June 2012.   Click here to find out more.
Auckland Unitary Plan
The Auckland Unitary Plan will replace the existing regional and district plans of the former councils. As the rulebook for what you can do on your land and property, and how we use the natural and physical resources of the region, it will be Auckland Council’s key land use planning document and New Zealand’s biggest single resource management plan.

Further details are available on the council’s website.


Area Plans
These give local level application to the directions and outcomes of the Auckland Plan and also Local Board Plans. They will help shape the future of local areas and the way people live, work and play in the next 20 to 30 years. Based on the 21 local board areas, the 3-4 year programme to develop Area Plans will also inform the new Auckland Unitary Plan which sets controls on what activities can take place in neighbourhoods and communities. The first Area Plans will be prepared in 2012 for the Hibiscus and Bays and Mangere-Otahuhu local board areas.

Further details are available on the council’s website.
Other consultations and staying in touch
The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan is also currently being consulted on. Submissions close on 31 January. Find out more on this and other local consultations via the council’s ‘have your say’ page.

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