Auckland Council’s planning committee agreed last week to remedy the council’s failure to consult the public over plans for reserves in the Tamaki regeneration area.
Consultation had been promised, but council staff arrived at last Tuesday’s meeting with a recommendation to notify the proposed open space plan change without that prior notification going ahead.
However, the committee agreed public consultation should be carried out on the Tamaki open space network plan before proposed rezoning & land exchanges of Taniwha Reserve, Maybury Reserve West & Boundary Reserve are progressed.
Planning team leader Tony Reidy said the council had acquired about 200 land parcels on subdivision over the last year, including the 3 Tamaki reserves & some land swaps in the Tamaki regeneration area.
The council-controlled organisation in charge of its land management & disposal, Panuku Development Auckland, had discussed with council departments & iwi the rezoning of 10 land parcels as part of its land disposal & rationalisation process, and intended to bundle them into one open space plan change to dispose of them efficiently & cost-effectively.
Quizzed by former Tamaki-Maungakiekie Local Board chair Josephine Bartley – who was elected as a councillor last year, replacing Denise Lee after she was elected to Parliament – Mr Reidy said the local board had consulted “at a broader level”.
He told Cllr Bartley the current batch of changes were for land swaps and were more straightforward than a number of others where more controversial changes were proposed, and on these later changes the board had asked for community consultation.
While Mr Reidy said the board had told staff they were comfortable with these 3 reserve changes proceeding, but wanted to see consultation on others, Cllr Bartley commented: “It’s a very piecemeal approach… They’ve almost given up hope on the consultation. I don’t think that’s good enough – the local board are just another tick in the box, and one that has implications for other areas of Auckland. It doesn’t make sense to do it this way.
“The only implication I can see is timing [for the Tamaki regeneration project], but this is just doing it the right way in the community that has lost trust. The good thing is that trust could be rebuilt.”
Links for 7 August 2018 planning committee agenda:
9, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – proposed open space plan change Recommendation
Proposed open space plan change maps [published separately]
Proposed open space plan change section 32 evaluation report [published separately]
Panuku land disposal & rationalisation process
Open space zoning guidelines
Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda.