Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse letter to Housing Minister
13 March 2013
Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse
letter to Housing Minister
Penny Hulse has today written to Housing Minister Nick Smith
to request a meeting to explain Auckland Council’s request
to allow the Unitary Plan to take effect on notification.
“The Minister has been clear that he doesn’t
want to see any delay in action on Auckland’s housing
issues. I’ve offered to meet with him to explain our
proposal, which is crucial to meeting Auckland’s housing
challenges without delay.
proposal addresses an issue government says is central to
housing affordability, by bringing the new rural-urban
boundary into effect much more quickly.
Government’s current approach, which requires Council to
work under the rules of the existing District Plans and
Regional Policy Statement, will delay this new boundary
until 2017. Our proposal means this process could be
completed by as early as 2015.”
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