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Committee adopts Auckland Plan 2050

Published: 5 June 2018

Auckland Council’s Planning Committee today adopted the Auckland Plan 2050, the strategic plan guiding how Auckland will meet its key opportunities and challenges over the next 30 years.

Councillor Chris Darby, Planning Committee chair, says the refreshed plan plots a course by which Auckland can navigate the challenges facing the city providing a robust framework for future change.

“Auckland Plan 2050 focuses on the critical issues that we and our children will have to deal with over the next 30 years – the unprecedented pace of population growth, how housing and infrastructure needs are met, ensuring that our prosperity is shared among all Aucklanders, and dealing with the increasing pressures on our stunning environment, not least being climate change.

“The plan outlines how we can address these challenges to achieve more positive outcomes for Aucklanders, reflecting our existing partnerships with central government on key issues, such as transport and housing.

“This includes better transport choices, quality and affordable housing, our sense of belonging, Māori wellbeing, protecting the natural environment, and employment opportunities.”

“It not only reflects the council’s core priorities but also what Aucklanders want for the future of their city with more than 18,700 written submissions and over 5,000 people attending feedback events during formal consultation”, says Councillor Darby.

An implementation framework will now be developed with a set of core targets and priorities.

In a first for Auckland Council, the final Auckland Plan 2050 will be available as a digital plan on the council website in August 2018.

More information is available on OurAuckland

Other decisions made at the Planning Committee were:

Bringing the Hauraki Gulf Islands into the Auckland Unitary Plan

The Committee approved a two-stage approach to include the Hauraki Gulf Islands into the Auckland Unitary Plan.

The Hauraki Gulf Islands Section of the Auckland Council District Plan – (Islands Plan) was only recently made operative and was not available during development of the Auckland Unitary Plan.

The Hauraki Gulf Islands are currently subject to the regional provisions of the Auckland Unitary Plan with the district plan provisions of the Islands Plan managing subdivision, land use and development.  Including the Islands Plan into the Auckland Unitary Plan removes the need for two plans.

The two stage approach begins will development of area plans for Waiheke Island and Aotea Great Barrier Island to be completed by September 2019. These area plans will then inform a plan change to the Auckland Unitary Plan to be notified by mid to late 2021.

Auckland Unitary Plan (Operative in Part) - Update on appeals and making additional parts of the plan operative

Additional parts of the Auckland Unitary Plan are now operative with more appeals having been resolved. This means the vast majority of the Auckland Unitary Plan is now in place.

Of the total 113 appeals, received against the council’s decisions on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan in September 2016, only 23 remain currently active. 

The remaining appeals include 17 Environment Court appeals which are either awaiting a decision from the court, subject to continuing settlement discussions or awaiting hearing dates, five High Court appeals and one judicial review.

Details of each appeal can be found on the Auckland Unitary Plan website here

Regional Historic Heritage Grants Programme 2017/2018 allocations

The Committee approved grants for the 2017/2018 Regional Historic Heritage Grants Programme.

Funding was approved for eight applications totalling $82,000 with the successful applicants including Christ Church in Ellerslie, the former Onehunga Post Office, and Selwyn Church in Mangere.

The Regional Historic Heritage Grants Programme aims to incentive best practice, increase understanding and encourage community involvement in the care of regionally significant heritage sites and places.

More information and the full list of approved applications is on OurAuckland.  

Appointment of a replacement member of the Planning Committee for Structure Planning Political Reference Group

The Committee appointed Councillor Wayne Walker to the Structure Planning Political Reference Group to replace Councillor Sayers who resigned from the group in February.  

The purpose of the Structure Planning Political Reference Group is to provide direction to staff working on the Southern and Northern Structure Plans currently being developed.

Today’s Planning Committee agenda is available on Auckland Council’s website and minutes will be added once confirmed. This meeting was also webcast on the council’s website and items are available on demand.