Published 15 September 2010
North Shore City Council has decided a list of notable trees to be scheduled, is sending letters to their owners today and will publicly notify the required plan change for further submissions tomorrow.
Council city environmental group manager Trevor Mackie plan change 36, a summary of submissions & maps would be notified.
But a number of councillors were upset by the approach. Cllr Tony Holman commented: “I do like trees but I also do like things to be done properly, and I believe this whole process has been beset with problems.”
He said there was to have been a veto for people who had trees notified on their property, but eventually the veto was overcome. “Worse, so far as I am concerned, was the secrecy with visits to properties. Property owners were not advised that people from this council were going to go on their property to assess their trees, nor were they advised afterwards that their trees were to be nominated, and now at least 1500 of them are going to be notified, in today’s envelopes.
“At last people whose properties are affected – and trees nominated by others – are going to be told. About bloody time, somewhat secretive and lacking in the sort of information this council has normally been very good at.”
Mr Mackie said tree owners would be able to find out from the submissions who’d nominated their trees, although in many cases the nomination might have come from the community board.
The decision to notify was passed by one vote.
The further submissions period will run for 4 weeks, after which council staff are to assess the trees. However, that will take the plan change into the era of the replacement Auckland Council.
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Attribution: Council committee meeting & agenda, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.