Locals have say on Johnsonville planning changes
23 November 2009
Chauvel encourages local residents to have their say on Johnsonville planning changes
Labour List MP based in the Ohariu electorate Charles Chauvel has encouraged the people of Johnsonville to make their views heard, raising awareness on an apparently rushed process by the Wellington City Council to change local planning rules.
“I have received messages from concerned residents saying that the process for public consultation on the proposed changes by the Wellington City Council has been rushed, curtailing public debate. Any proposed changes should reflect the feelings of local residents” Chauvel said.
The proposed changes to the District Plan include the extension of building heights in the suburb’s centre.
“Last Thursday I wrote to the 5000 householders in Johnsonville asking for them to make their views known on District Plan Change 72. I believe that the most important thing is for those who live in the area to have their views heard properly, and not dictated to them by politicians scoring points”.
In addition to informing local residents, Chauvel has written to the Mayor of Wellington, requesting an extension to the deadline for submissions
“At the very least, the public could have been made aware of the proposed changes in a better way. If the submission deadline is extended, this oversight can be rectified."