Council Risks Government Intervention with Release of Plan
Media Release Councillor Dick
Council Risks Government
Intervention with Release of Plan
Unitary Plan released today focused on Auckland becoming a
more compact city with more infill housing, terraced housing
and multi storey apartments.
This Plan does nothing to
address the critical shortage of land the city is facing,
said Clr Quax.
“In the last week we have learned that
Auckland has less than 2,000 sections available to be built
on as of today. The mayor has claimed that there are 15,000
sections ready to be built on and this Plan was written with
these kinds of incorrect figures to work from.”
Government has now seen just how dire the land supply
situation is in Auckland and there is a risk that it will
remove the council’s planning
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