Written by Bob Dey
The Auckland Council set a very different way forward yesterday with the release of 4 draft planning documents – the 30-year spatial plan (the Auckland Plan), its draft economic development strategy and 2 area plans, the city centre masterplan & the waterfront plan.
The documents are aspirational, but with the detail that will enable the council to implement change. All up, they contain more than 650 pages of proposals that, implemented, would send Auckland on a quantum leap into the future.
They were released for consultation yesterday for a 5-week consultation period closing Tuesday 25 October.
More associated plans are to come. On top of the city centre masterplan, a transport strategy is to be delivered by next May. Other area plans are to be delivered by the end of 2012 and the key implementation document, the unitary plan, will also be released next year. But the Auckland Plan umbrella document will be bedded into place by then, after hearings in November, finalisation in December for adoption in February.
The best way to get a quick understanding of the documents and the council intent is through a summary booklet, Creating the world’s most liveable city, which outlines transformational shifts – in particular, accelerating prospects for the region’s young people, getting one integrated transport network including the city rail loop and lifting living standards.
The southern strategy looks on the region’s high proportion of under-educated & underskilled as a problem to be defeated over the next 30 years: an untapped economic opportunity.
The key property measure is the 75:25 ratio for future development, meeting the aim of the compact city by ensuring 75% of new development is within the rural urban boundary (RUB), which replaces the MUL (the metropolitan urban limit).
Mayor Len Brown said that of the 400,000 new homes required to house one million more residents, 300,000 could be built within the RUB, which includes new development areas.
The council will look at incentives, sequencing of the availability of development land and new funding mechanisms to get its way.