Auckland’s growth planning remains unresolved

Last night’s Milford Residents Association AGM contained a sobering reflection on the still unresolved tensions with growth planning in Auckland.

A strong local residents group raised tens of thousands of dollars to fight the Milford Mall development plans. The developer NZ Retail Property Group would have spent more arguing its case.

A compromise (of sorts) was decided by the Environment Court, but that’s not where Auckland’s growth plans should be resolved. The Unitary Plan process should have been where we had the big debates and resolved the big tensions. Instead we struck compromises which are unlikely deliver the development we need, which may well not protect our valuable character areas, and which are unlikely to hold. Risking further future tensions like this. The current Council will decide which of the Unitary Plan Hearings Panel decisions to accept or reject by 16 August 2016.

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