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Appeals pass half-way mark

Published: 29 June 2017

The vast majority of Auckland Unitary Plan appeals are expected to be completed by the end of the year, with Auckland Council now past the midpoint in appeals resolved.

A total of 60 appeals have been resolved to date, which is detailed in a report to Auckland Council’s Planning Committee available on the Auckland Council website.

This is about half of the 108 appeals - 67 Environment Court and 41 High Court – that were lodged on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

Councillor Chris Darby, Chair of the Planning Committee, says the milestone is a significant achievement given the Auckland Unitary Plan’s immense size and the large number and complexity of the appeals received.

"As appeals are resolved, more of the Auckland Unitary Plan is put into place meaning we are better equipped to manage the city's unprecedented growth of 45,000 more people every year.

"Good progress also continues on some of the remaining larger appeals with court hearings already scheduled for later this year.

"This leads the council to be confident that by the end of the year most of the appeals will be concluded," Cr Darby says.

By the numbers

The 60 appeals resolved as at 20 June 2017 are made up of:

  • 27 resolved/settled (15 Environment Court and 12 High Court, plus one settled in part)
  • 33 withdrawn/dismissed/discontinued (19 Environment Court and 12 High Court, plus two partially withdrawn)

Court hearings are scheduled for later this year regarding appeals on car parking requirements, outstanding natural landscapes, the future urban zone, and the Rural Urban Boundary at Puhinui and Okura. 

More details on the status of Auckland Unitary Plan appeals, including a breakdown of completed and on-going appeals, is available in the Planning Committee agenda on the council's website.

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