Published 13 December 2010
The council’s unitary plan & urban design forum has recommended expanding the former Auckland & Manukau City Councils’ urban design panels as a single independent design panel covering the new whole region.
The existing panels of about 40 experts would be amalgamated, gaps in membership identified and the council would fund the full cost, estimated at $350,000/year, for at least 3 years.
Forum chairman Cameron Brewer said: “The Auckland & Manukau panels have both made a major contribution in lifting urban design standards. The forum is keen to see the concept expanded across the entire Auckland region. We’re confident the full council will accept our recommendation and the public will view this as an early win for urban design.”
The panel would provide an independent peer review & advice service to the design & development industry & the council, supplementing the internal urban design advice given by the council’s built environment unit.
The recommendation will go to the full council meeting on Thursday 16 December for ratification.
Velodrome decision deferred
Auckland Council’s strategy & finance committee deferred a decision on a new velodrome last week for more discussion at a workshop today. Cllr Cathy Casey had proposed deferring the decision, which was over the council making up the $19 million shortfall.
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Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.