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ARC draft Annual Plan hearings start

ARC draft Annual Plan hearings start with nearly 600 submissions to consider

The ARC starts the process of hearing submissions to its draft Annual Plan on Tuesday (20th May) morning and will adopt the final plan on 23 June.

Before starting the first session Auckland Regional Council Chair, Gwen Bull said, “ we have an enormous amount of work to do over the coming weeks. The number of submissions and the variety of issues and subjects raised in them are a huge increase on previous years. I would like to thank the community for their interest and assure them that we will consider all submissions before making our final decisions. We will not be able to satisfy everyone however. For example, all of the city and district councils have submitted and each has his their view on our proposals and they are not all in agreement with each other. This is one of the reasons we have a regional council, to consider the needs of the region as a whole and not just one part of it.”

Hearing of submissions is scheduled for 20, 21, and 27 and with deliberations due to start on the afternoon of the 28 and to continue on the 29 and 30 May. The Auckland Regional Council Annual Plan for 2003/4 is scheduled for adoption on 23 June.

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