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

 


Community View Sidelined on North Shore as SHAs Revealed

Media Release

7th May 2014

Community View Sidelined on North Shore as SHAs Revealed

Jan O’Connor, Dr. Grant Gillon, Lorene Pigg, John Gillon - Members of North Shore Local Boards

*** EMBARGOED UNTIL 12PM 7 May 2014 ***

• North Shore submissions on Unitary Plan to be sidelined by SHA process.

• SHAs to cover 41 Auckland areas, including suburbs of Northcote Central and Albany East.

Team of Independents and Local Board members Jan O’Connor, Dr. Grant Gillon, Lorene Pigg and John Gillon are appalled at the whole suburb of Northcote Central, a portion of Beach Haven, the Smales Quarry land bordering Lake Pupuke, and other land on the North Shore, being designated as Special Housing Areas (SHAs) so that development can be fast-tracked without public consultation.

Council is proposing 41 new Special Housing Areas across Auckland and the extension of three current SHAs to the Minister of Housing who will effectively rubber-stamp the proposal. The new SHAs include seven “Strategic Areas” which are effectively whole suburbs, including Northcote and Albany East on the North Shore.

Unitary Plan Submissions Ignored

Local residents have expressed deep concerns about Council’s intensification proposals in Unitary Plan feedback and submissions and at several well-attended public meetings, in the belief that their views would get a fair hearing. Unfortunately, there is a strong risk that their views will be discarded as the SHA process means that the Minister can sign-off the SHAs to proceed before the Unitary Plan is final and without the proposal going before Parliament or a public hearing. In effect, North Shore residents’ Unitary Plan submissions will be ignored.

Northcote Strategic Area

The boundary of the Northcote Strategic Area SHA stretches from Tonar Street to Raleigh Road, and from College Road to Ocean View Road. This is a greater area than revealed to us under the Local Government and Official Information Act earlier this year, and encompasses both state-owned land and private land.

The Northcote SHA is of particular concern, as there are known to be severe stormwater and flooding issues which make this area unsuitable for intensification in this way.

Our View

We do not support SHAs as they bypass the natural democratic process whereby the public has a say on developments in their communities. We especially do not support any SHAs being signed off prior to the Auckland Unitary Plan being finalised as this means that developers could be able to build according to the Proposed Unitary Plan rules rather than the final Unitary Plan that incorporates public input.

We support the rejuvenation of Housing New Zealand housing stock, however HNZ have stated publically at a Kaipatiki Local Board meeting that they can proceed with this at any time and do not require a SHA status to do so.

We also support affordable housing for our community, but that should not be achieved through reduced housing standards, ever-smaller dwellings and the removal of backyards. It also should not be achieved through Housing New Zealand selling off new dwellings constructed in a SHA area, which is an effective privatisation of public land and assets.

Our thanks go to the committed members of our community for their continued championing of our neighbourhoods in the face of these relentless attempts to ignore their views.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news