Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


AK Unitary Plan should be withdrawn, clarified & amended

NoMoreRates

The nationwide campaign to replace the present system of council rates and to comment on issues which affect rates and ratepayers.

Founder – David Thornton David@nomorerates.co.nz

MEDIA RELEASE

27 Feb 2014

[statement by David Thornton}

Auckland Proposed Unitary Plan should be withdrawn, clarified and amended.

The Auckland Council today approved a submission to the Proposed Unitary Plan which allows substantial influence to local iwi and is likely to add delays and additional costs to both property owners and ratepayers.

Many residents and others have been expressing concern at recently revealed sections of the Unitary Plan which permit 19 local iwi to become involved in resource consent applications.

The provisions causing concern are those which require Cultural Impact Assessments {CIA} on any site identified within the Unitary Plan.

The CIAs involve consultation with appropriate iwi which will lead inevitably to additional costs to affected projects.

Applicants can be asked to provide CIAs at any site where building or development is being proposed.

Council’s ‘fact sheet’ states there are only 61 sites and places of significance to Mana Whenua and an unknown number of sites and places of value to Mana Whenua – later identified as 3,600 sites with thousands more possible sites.

I attended today’s meeting of the Council’s Governing Body and witnessed the overwhelming power the Council seeks to exert in pushing ahead with a Plan which has considerable flaws, largely caused by the sheer size of the 9,000 page plan, plus the indecent haste with which it has been progressed under the Mayor’s repeated demands for ‘pace’ over the last three years.

The senior planner told council that it cannot amend the plan at this late stage, and that the Chairman of the Hearing Panel has refused an extention of time which would allow submissions on the serious concerns being expressed on the recently clarified provisions for significant iwi involvement in resource consents.  

In view of the significant concerns arising at this late stage, and the inability to change the Plan, I believe the proper course of action is for the Council to withdraw the plan, reconsider these issues, and then re-notify.

The process for withdrawal is specifically permitted under the Resource Management Act

It should be noted that Council planners have acknowledged that there are a number of errors in the plan which have been identified.

The Ministry for the Environment has also commented on matters where insufficient information has been provided for a variety of issues in the Plan.

The rush to notify the Plan prior to last year’s Local Elections has resulted in the Unitary Plan being deficient in terms of careful and thorough preparation and consideration by Mayor and Councillors, and subsequently by ratepayers and residents.

Withdrawal is the only satisfactory way forward.

[David Thornton has more than 20 years’ experience in Local Government including elected member status at city and regional council and community board level. He writes and comments in various media.]

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Debate, And The Collins Accusation

Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ.

Cunliffe marshalled his points better, kept Key off balance and – more often than not – was in control of the general tenor of the contest. Labour supporters would have been heartened, and given some belated reassurance that maybe the change of leadership last year had been the right decision. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

ALSO:

More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

ALSO:

Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

ALSO:

From The Scoop Video Archive: PM Says SIS "Told Me" About OIA Release

In a press conference immediately following an controversial OIA release of notes on an SIS briefing to then Labour leader Phil Goff, Key said "at that point [Tucker] told me he'd release it ...". Since the release of Nicky Hager's 'Dirty Politics' Key has denied being personally informed and said references by officials to 'the PM' being told briefed referred to his office. He now says the same about his own statement. More>>

ALSO:

  • Scoop Video in the news - New questions over Key claims | NZ Herald News - Stuff.co.nz
  • Earlier - Felix Marwick: Laying out facts over SIS documents - Newstalk ZB
  • Labour - Director’s letter contradicts Key’s claims
  • ACT - The Letter - 26 days to go
  • TV3 Video - Housing issue nudges Dirty Politics aside - David Cunliffe: Key's SIS explanation 'defies belief' - SIS leak came from Key's Office - Goff - Key 'categorically denies' Slater OIA discussion - Video: Key faces more Dirty Politics questions

  • TVNZ - Winston Peters: ‘Dirty Politics' is a new low
  • The Nation - Debate Between Grant Robertson And Russel Norman
  • NZ First - “The Words Mean What I Say They Mean”
  • Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
    More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news