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We have a super-city plan, now change it

Auckland council planners say the Government’s proposals for national planning standards will conflict with important features of the Auckland unitary plan, which took 6 years to formulate and is close to becoming fully operative.

110 pages of the council planning committee’s agenda last Tuesday were devoted to the draft standards and the council staff’s proposed submissions on them.

The big issue for councillors was to ask – or, to varying suggested degrees, tell – the Government & Ministry for the Environment the council would need more time to put the standards in place. The proposal is 7 years but Auckland wants 10.

The big issue for staff is the complexity, including likely needless doubling up of terminology for 2 large plan changes coming up soon, and that will mean extra cost.

Linley Wilkinson, the council’s lead planner on Auckland-wide planning, whose previous role was to lead the integration of the old councils’ plans into the super-city Auckland Council’s unitary plan, told the committee the idea of national standards had been around for a long time, especially when the Resource Management Act was introduced in 1991.

Now that the draft has been written, the Ministry for the Environment wants the standards gazetted by next April.

The draft’s aim is to standardise the structure & form, chapter layout, spatial planning tools, zone framework, metrics for noise & vibration and digital & planning requirements for plans & policy statements throughout New Zealand.

Ms Wilkinson said some of the standards would have significant impacts for Auckland, which had the most complex & largest plan in the country, combining both regional & district plans (assessments previously separated into the functions of regional & local councils).

“We’ve really scrutinised each standard to see what impact they will have on the unitary plan. There is quite a lot of significance. The zoning framework does not cover the full sweep of what our plan moves in. They are pitching these standards at more medium-sized councils. It has been a little bit disappointing for us, and we feel some of the standards will substantially unpick some of the unitary plan.”

She said that if the council was forced to produce a revised plan in 7 years, it wold have to start work on it 2-3 years earlier than projected.

Auckland Council’s planners generally supported the standardisation intent to achieve consistency & improve accessibility. But they said the standards would have a significant impact on the regional policy statement, regional coastal plan, zone framework & definitions.

Main points in the council submission

The standards:

  • would challenge the Auckland unitary plan’s policy direction
  • would reverse agreements or decisions made in partnership with iwi or other stakeholders
  • don’t reflect the outcomes the community anticipates
  • would reduce the number of zones
  • didn’t contain a section specifically on urban growth, and
  • didn’t contain a section specifically relating to mana whenua.

The council planners are concerned that reducing zone numbers will mean revisiting the whole underlying policy framework, after they’d gone to great lengths to harmonise the legacy zonings of the pre-super-city councils. Instead of relitigating those issues, the council planners say the council should build on work already completed through the unitary plan – that one, point 3.6 in the submission, is likely to leave the standards writers about as confused as I am at what is meant.

Perhaps the biggest conflict will come in the naming & basis of zones. The council used names to describe zones whereas the standards proposal is for residential zone names based on density.

The submission: “This does not make sense in the Auckland context, where 3 of the residential zones in the Auckland unitary plan have no density limit. Instead, the zones are names in accordance with the housing typology provided for.”

While the key concern at the committee was around how mayor Phil Goff might best convey the council’s unhappiness at conflicting versions, members generally ignored that – as with the way different versions of the old councils’ plans were worked through to reach an agreed formula – the best course might be a delay in gazetting the current draft.

In that case, the debate ought to have been about how to present a delay in a good light.

That good light could be:

  • To agree some more complexity for large urban regions than would be needed for smaller towns & cities
  • To spend another year getting more agreed uniformity,
  • Alternatively, educate members of Parliament before the draft is gazetted on what unworkable sections will cost the country, landowners, developers, home owners.

Links, Auckland Council planning committee agenda 7 August 2018:
12, Draft national planning standards – Auckland Council submission
Recommendation
Attachments
Process for developing national planning standards
Planning standards relevant for the unitary plan
Auckland Council submission on draft national planning standards

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Unitary plan on track to be fully operational next year

Auckland Council’s unitary plan, promulgated in 2016, could be fully operational next year.

A report to the council’s planning committee meeting tomorrow says 13 appeals remain out of a total 119 to the Environment & High Courts, plus 8 judicial review proceedings.

The council formulated the unitary plan during its first 3 years, after the Government created a super-city council for the region to replace the former 7 territorial councils & one regional council.

The super-city council completed its proposed unitary plan in September 2013, sent it to an independent hearings panel to consider submissions, and the panel sent its recommendations back to the council in July 2016. The council publicly notified its decisions – some conflicting with panel recommendations – in August 2016, making the bulk of the plan operative and triggering appeals for some of it.

The council was served in September 2016 with 67 Environment Court appeals, 41 High Court appeals & 8 judicial review proceedings.

The Environment Court has issued decisions on 2 significant matters in the last 2 months, on the rural:urban boundary at Okura and rural subdivision provisions. The court decision found in favour of the council’s position on Okura, and Okura Holdings Ltd has been appealed the decision to the High Court.

The rural subdivision provisions decision went in favour of the appellants, and the council has appealed to the High Court.

The Environment Court ended up dealing with 72 appeals, and 6 appeals remain. In the High Court, there were originally 41 appeals, rising to 47 via Environment Court appeals, and 5 remain – plus the 2 new ones.

Of the 8 judicial reviews, 3 have been discontinued and 5 have been the subject of High Court decisions. 2 of those decisions have been appealed to the Appeal Court. Each of these High Court decisions related to a judicial review proceeding and a related High Court appeal. The council was successful in each of the High Court decisions.

Planning team leader Tony Reidy said in his report to tomorrow’s planning committee meeting all appeals were expected to be resolved in early 2019.

Links:
Planning committee agenda, 7 August
11, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – update on appeals & making additional parts of the plan operative
Recommendation   
Attachments

Attribution: Council committee agenda.

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Tamaki reserve rationalisation up for approval

Auckland Council’s planning committee will consider a proposal tomorrow to rezone open space, primarily arising from land exchanges under the Tamaki regeneration project and under Panuku Development Auckland’s land disposal & rationalisation process.

At Tamaki, changes are proposed to the 3 reserves in the regeneration area.

Planning team leader Tony Reidy says in his report to the committee the rationale is that many of Tamaki’s parks are poorly located with respect to the built environment around them.

“For example, many parks are located behind private residential properties. These parks generally have little street frontage, small alleyway-type entrances and are bounded by high solid fences.

“The shape & topography of much of the open space restricts its usefulness for recreation activities. Many of the parks consist of sloping ground, are fragmented by creeks and are of narrow, linear shape. Many open spaces also serve a drainage function and, as a result, become boggy during wet periods, reducing access & useable space.

“There is generally an unco-ordinated approach to the provision of amenities such as playgrounds & walkways within Tamaki. The varying quality of existing assets, missing sections of path network and poor surveillance of many parks greatly reduces the recreational potential of Tamaki’s uniquely connected network of open spaces.”

Links:
Planning committee agenda, 7 August
9, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – proposed open space plan change Recommendation   
Attachments
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    
10, Request to make operative private plan change 9 to the Auckland unitary plan (operative in part)
Recommendation

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Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 6-12 August 2018

The diary is updated weekly and lists auctions, council meetings & agendas, hearings & submissions, economic release dates, events, Parliament order paper items and securities.

Council links

All Auckland Council agendas can be reached via http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/. The council livestreams (and archives) Town Hall meetings and some other meetings. You can check those at http://councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/.

Auckland Council

As Auckland Council makes changes to its website, hearing & submission pages can be hard to find. This is the new link to the page for submissions on consent applications:

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/have-your-say-notified-resource-consent/notified-resource-consent-applications-open-submissions/Pages/default.aspx

Governing body

Governing body, Thursday 23 August at 9.30am, Town Hall

Committees

Appointments, performance review & value for money committee, Thursday 2 August at 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Auckland Domain committee, Thursday 30 August at 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Audit & risk committee, Monday 27 August at 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Civil defence & emergency management committee, Wednesday 29 August at 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Community development & safety committee, Thursday 16 August at 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Environment & community committee, Tuesday 14 August at 9.30am, Town Hall
Finance & performance committee, Tuesday 21 August at 9.30am, Town Hall

Planning committee, Tuesday 7 August, powhiri at 9.30am, meeting at 10am, Orakei marae
8, Lodgement of iwi management plan for Ngati Whatua Orakei Recommendation
Attachments
Ngati Whatua Orakei iwi management plan – Te Pou o te Kahu Pakere
9, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – proposed open space plan change Recommendation
Attachments
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
10, Request to make operative private plan change 9 to the Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) Recommendation
11, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – update on appeals & making additional parts of the plan operative Recommendation
Attachments
List of additional unitary plan appeals resolved
12, Draft national planning standards – Auckland Council submission Recommendation
Attachments
Process for developing national planning standards
Planning standards relevant for the unitary plan
Auckland Council submission on draft national planning standards
13, Development of core targets with central government for Auckland Plan 2050 Recommendation
14, Impacts of the unitary plan on residential development Recommendation
15, Summary of planning committee information memos & briefings Recommendation
Attachments
Committee forward work programme
Schedule of August planning committee workshops [published separately]
National policy statement on urban development capacity, quarterly monitoring report June 2018 [published separately]
Memo on Environment Court decision – rural subdivision appeals (Auckland unitary plan) [published separately]
Auckland Plan refresh workshop, 26 documents [published separately]
Transpower’s Emerging Strategy for Auckland workshop minutes [published separately]

Regulatory committee, Thursday 9 August at 9.30am, 135 Albert St:
8, Request to appoint hearing commissioners for plan change 12 (Hobsonville corridor precinct) to the Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) Recommendation
9, Freedom camping bylaw development, update Recommendation
10, Regulatory committee summary of information items Recommendation
Attachments
Regionwide appeals report & register
Committee forward work programme
Freedom camping bylaw development update memo [published separately]

Strategic procurement committee, Wednesday 8 August at 9.30am, 135 Albert St:
8, Information report Recommendation
Attachments
Committee forward work programme
9, Information report – group source procurement update Recommendation
Attachments
Group source procurement, update results
10, Westgate multipurpose facility (integrated library & community centre) construction, status update Recommendation
C1, confidential: Westgate multipurpose facility (integrated library & community centre) construction, status update

Boards, forums & panels:

Auckland City Centre Advisory Board, Wednesday 22 August at 3pm, 135 Albert St
Hauraki Gulf Forum, Monday 20 August at 1pm, Town Hall

Hearings:

Find hearings: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/hearings/find-hearing/Pages/find-resource-consent-hearing.aspx

Birkdale, 33 Salisbury Rd, application by Horizon Resources Ltd (Wayne Wright) for 2-level early childcare centre for 114 children; hearing Wednesday 15 August at 9.30am, Takapuna, ex-council chamber, 1 The Strand

Flat Bush, 508 Chapel Rd, application by 508 Chapel Road Partnership to create a childcare centre for 60 children; hearing Monday 27 August at 9.30am, Manukau Civic Building, 31-33 Manukau Station Rd

Herne Bay, 113 Jervois Rd, application by Artifact Property Ltd (Liam Joyce) to demolish the buildings onsite and construct a 5-storey mixed-use building with ground-floor retail unit & 9 apartments one residential unit at ground floor and 2 on every upper floor, parking for 16 cars on 3 half-level basement levels; hearing Monday 3 September at 9.30am, Town Hall

Hillsborough, 2 Waikowhai Rd, application by Gong Yu to create 3 new dwellings and subdivide around them & the existing dwelling; hearing Thursday 13 September at 9.30am, Town Hall

Ponsonby, 94 Shelly Beach Rd, application by Auckland Council Healthy Waters Unit to construct wastewater & stormwater infrastructure to deliver water quality improvements in St Marys Bay & Masefield Beach: to install via tunnelling and operate a new underground sewage conveyance & storage pipeline connecting from New St/London St through to Pt Erin Park; a weir structure, pump station & odour control unit within Pt Erin Park; a smaller weir structure & odour control within St Marys Rd park; and a 450m outfall into the channel from the vicinity of Masefield Beach; hearing Tuesday-Friday 18-21 September at 9.30am, Town Hall

Regionwide, stormwater diversion, application by Auckland Council Healthy Waters Unit, hearing Tuesday-Friday 20-23 November at 9.30am, Town Hall

Westhaven Marina, application by Panuku Development Auckland to extend the north-western breakwater & causeway; hearing Tuesday-Thursday 23-25 October at 9.30am, Town Hall

Submissions:

Beachlands, 17a Bell Rd, application by Signature Building Ltd (Gavin Hunt) to establish & operate a childcare facility for 105 children & 17 staff, removing the existing dwelling & garage and constructing a purpose-built building comprising 678m² of floor area, 564m² of associated outdoor play area to the east & south, and 19 onsite parking spaces + manoeuvring area at the front; submissions close Wednesday 15 August

Manukau Central, 17 Lambie Drive, unit 1, application by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi to establish & operate a tertiary education facility within an existing building; limited notification, submissions close Monday 6 August

Manurewa, 46 Halver Rd, limited notification application by Harsh Diwan to convert a dwelling & sleepout to a childcare centre for 60 children & 8 staff; submissions close Wednesday 15 August

Onehunga, 1A Bamfield Place, application by Auckland Council Community Facilities for resource consent to build a coastal boardwalk running from Bamfield Reserve, Onehunga, to Taylors Bay Rd Reserve, Hillsborough; submissions close Friday 17 August

Ponsonby, 10 Seymour St, limited notification of application by Craig & Kym Andersen to undertake dwelling additions & alterations, including expanding the basement level to provide a rumpus room & double garage, extending at ground level at rear & front, reconfiguring the rooms to fit the enlarged space, and constructing a new upper level; widening the driveway to provide for access from 2 internal parking spaces, re-landscaping rear of the property to include a swimming pool; submissions close Thursday 23 August

Takapuna, western stormwater network – 37 Lake View Rd, Killarney Park & the road reserve of Lake Pupuke Drive, Rangatira Avenue, Lake View Rd & Kowhai St, limited notification of application by Auckland Council Healthy Waters to replace, upgrade & extend the stormwater network in Takapuna; the proposal has been divided into 2 sections – the western & eastern networks; submissions close Tuesday 28 August

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, residential Tuesday-Friday at 10am & 1.30pm, commercial Thursday 9 August at 10am; 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, commercial, Total Property 5, Wednesday 8 August at 11am; residential, Wednesdays at 2pm, Bayleys House, Wynyard Quarter, 30 Gaunt St
City Sales, apartments, Wednesday 15 August at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Colliers, commercial, Wednesday 15 August at 11am, Takapuna, 129 Hurstmere Rd
NAI Harcourts, commercial, Thursday 23 August at 1pm, Takapuna, 128 Hurstmere Rd
Ray White City Apartments, Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

Accommodation survey, June, Friday 10 August
Building consents, July, Thursday 30 August
Business price indexes, June quarter, Friday 17 August
Cruise ship traveller statistics, June, Thursday 16 August
Electronic card transactions, July, Friday 10 August
Food price index, July, Monday 13 August
Labour market statistics (income), June quarter, Wednesday 15 August
Migration, international travel, July, Tuesday 21 August
Population, national estimates at 30 June, Tuesday 14 August
Ready-mixed concrete secondary production, June quarter – Infoshare tables, Thursday 9 August
Reserve Bank, official cashrate & monetary policy statement, Thursday 9 August Retail trade survey, June quarter, Wednesday 22 August
Trade – overseas merchandise, July, Friday 24 August
Transport vehicle registrations, July – Infoshare tables, Friday 17 August

Events:

NZ Institute of Building, national awards, Friday 24 August

Property Council, annual conference, Wednesday-Friday 29-31 August, Rotorua

Facilities Integrate, facilities management expo, Tuesday-Wednesday 25-26 September, ASB Showgrounds, Epsom, 217 Greenlane West

Listeds – NZ:

Argosy Property Ltd, annual meeting, Monday 6 August at 2pm, Royal NZ Yacht Squadron, Westhaven Marina
Asset Plus Ltd, annual meeting, Friday 17 August at 1pm, 80 Queen St, Deloitte Centre, Link Market Services
Fletcher Building Ltd, annual result, Wednesday 22 August
Heartland Bank Ltd, annual result, Wednesday 15 August; annual meeting, Wednesday 19 September at 10am, Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre
Metlifecare Ltd, annual result, Monday 27 August
Metro Performance Glass Ltd, annual meeting, Friday 24 August at 10am, Ellerslie Events Centre
Oceania Healthcare Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 28 August at 2pm, Heritage Hotel, 35 Hobson St, Auckland
SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd, annual result, Wednesday 8 August
Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd, annual result, Friday 31 August
Stride Property Ltd & Stride Investment Management Ltd (together Stride Property Group), annual meeting, Thursday 30 August at 11am, Pullman Hotel
Vital Healthcare Property Trust, annual result, Thursday 9 August

Parliament

Provisional order paper for Tuesday 7 August [PDF 464k]

Government orders of the day:

1, Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill, committee stage (bill to uphold the proportionality of political party representation in Parliament, preventing waka-jumping)
2, Tariff (PACER Plus) Amendment Bill, second reading (bill enables the application of preferential tariff rates and contains majority amendments; report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade Committee presented 6 July)
4, Overseas Investment Amendment Bill, committee stage continued
5-7, Regulatory Systems (Economic Development) Amendment Bill, Regulatory Systems (Housing) Amendment Bill & Regulatory Systems (Workforce) Amendment Bill, first reading for each (all cognate bills introduced 11 July – business committee determination)
8, Appropriation (2018/19 Estimates) Bill, third reading
9, Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal Bill, first reading (introduced 1 August)
11, Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Economic Development, Science & Innovation Committee presented 4 May)
16, Courts Matters Bill, committee stage
17, Tribunals Powers & Procedures Legislation Bill, committee stage (omnibus bill with the Courts Matters Bill)
18, Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2), second reading (report of the Governance & Administration Committee presented 16 April)
19, Financial Services Legislation Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Economic Development, Science & Innovation Committee presented 31 July)
23, Ngati Rangi Claims Settlement Bill, first reading (introduced 21 June)
24, Iwi & Hapu of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill, committee stage
25, Ngati Tuwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill, committee stage
26, Ngai Te Rangi & Nga Potiki Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 21 November 2016)
27, Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective Redress & Nga Hapu o Ngati Ranginui Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 3 March 2017)
30, Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2), committee stage
32, Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill, second reading (report of the Local Government & Environment Committee presented 22 July 2016; bill title change recommended)

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Updated: Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 23-29 July 2018

Update, 24 July 2018: Auckland Council governing body agendas come out on Mondays, usually after this diary is posted. The primary focus at this Thursday’s meeting is on representation, and especially on shifting boundaries.

Listed in the confidential section of the agenda is a report (not available) on changing the scope of the city rail link project to provide additional capacity.

Also on the agenda are health & safety and wastewater matters (not highlighted below, but you can click through to the agenda).

Link: Governing body agenda (for individual items, check links below).

The diary is updated weekly and lists auctions, council meetings & agendas, hearings & submissions, economic release dates, events, Parliament order paper items and securities.

Council links

All Auckland Council agendas can be reached via http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/. The council livestreams (and archives) Town Hall meetings and some other meetings. You can check those at http://councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/.

Auckland Council

As Auckland Council makes changes to its website, hearing & submission pages can be hard to find. This is the new link to the page for submissions on consent applications:

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/have-your-say-notified-resource-consent/notified-resource-consent-applications-open-submissions/Pages/default.aspx

Governing body

Governing body, Thursday 26 July at 9.30am, Town Hall:
10, Review of Auckland Council’s representation arrangements for the 2019 elections Recommendation
Formal feedback from local boards
Report from the member for the Waitemata & Gulf ward
Proposed boundaries for the Waitemata & Gulf, Orakei, Maungakiekie-Tamaki & Whau wards
Proposed boundaries for Rodney Local Board subdivisions
Options for Waitemata & Gulf ward
Options for Rodney Local Board subdivisions
14, Governing body’s forward work programme Recommendation
Governing body’s forward work programme
15, Summary of governing body information memos & briefings
Memo – accountability review of council-controlled organisations
Deputy mayor’s report on tripartite business delegation & visit report to Los Angeles, May 2018
C1, Confidential, City rail link: approval for change of project scope to provide additional future capacity (covering report)

Committees

Finance & performance committee, Tuesday 24 July at 9.30am, Town Hall:
8, Disposal recommendations report
9, Recommendation from the environment & community committee, proposed land exchange at Harlow Place, Glen Innes, & Taniwha Reserve 

Hearings:

Find hearings: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/hearings/find-hearing/Pages/find-resource-consent-hearing.aspx

Birkdale, 33 Salisbury Rd, application by Horizon Resources Ltd (Wayne Wright) for 2-level early childcare centre for 114 children; hearing Wednesday 15 August at 9.30am, Takapuna, ex-council chamber, 1 The Strand

Herne Bay, 113 Jervois Rd, application by Artifact Property Ltd (Liam Joyce) to demolish the buildings onsite and construct a 5-storey mixed-use building with ground-floor retail unit & 9 apartments one residential unit at ground floor and 2 on every upper floor, parking for 16 cars on 3 half-level basement levels; hearing Monday 3 September at 9.30am, Town Hall

Submissions:

Beachlands, 17a Bell Rd, application by Signature Building Ltd (Gavin Hunt) to establish & operate a childcare facility for 105 children & 17 staff, removing the existing dwelling & garage and constructing a purpose-built building comprising 678m² of floor area, 564m² of associated outdoor play area to the east & south, and 19 onsite parking spaces + manoeuvring area at the front; submissions close Wednesday 15 August

Clevedon, 52 North Rd, application by Clevedon North Ltd (Allan Drinkrow) for resource consents to subdivide the 9.04ha site into 70 residential lots; submissions close Thursday 26 July

Clevedon, 116 North Rd, application by Watercare Services Ltd to build a 300m² water reservoir & associated pipelines on a site subject to an outstanding natural landscape overlay & partly in a significant ecological area, requiring removal of up to 600m² of vegetation; Watercare has proposed mitigating that loss by planting a similar area; submissions close Thursday 2 August
Link: Cohaus Group

Manukau Central, 17 Lambie Drive, unit 1, application by Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi to establish & operate a tertiary education facility within an existing building; limited notification, submissions close Monday 6 August

Manurewa, 46 Halver Rd, limited notification application by Harsh Diwan to convert a dwelling & sleepout to a childcare centre for 60 children & 8 staff; submissions close Wednesday 15 August

Onehunga, 1A Bamfield Place, application by Auckland Council Community Facilities for resource consent to build a coastal boardwalk running from Bamfield Reserve, Onehunga, to Taylors Bay Rd Reserve, Hillsborough; submissions close Friday 17 August

Puni, 166 Waiuku Rd, application by Powell Transport Ltd for consent to establish a freight transport & service depot, including site works & redistribution of elite soils to 25 Fulton Rd, Puni; submissions close Monday 30 July

Te Arai Point, 205 Lake Rd, renotified application by Pacey Family No 2 Trust for a range of resource consents (including replacements) to allow for ongoing mineral extraction & long-term expansion; the trust is seeking to increase the annual output to a maximum of 130,000m³ and mineral extraction activities to cover up to 38ha over time; submissions close (for new submissions) Tuesday 24 July

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, residential Tuesday-Friday at 10am & 1.30pm, commercial Thursday 9 August at 10am; 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, commercial, Total Property 5, Wednesday 8 August at 11am; residential, Wednesdays at 2pm, Bayleys House, Wynyard Quarter, 30 Gaunt St
City Sales, apartments, Wednesday 25 July at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Colliers, commercial, Wednesday 25 July at 11am, SAP House, 151 Queen St
NAI Harcourts, commercial, Thursday 26 July at 6.30pm, Takapuna, 128 Hurstmere Rd
Ray White City Apartments, Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

Building consents issued: June, Tuesday 31 July
Household living-costs price indexes: June quarter, Thursday 26 July
IMF external sector report individual economy assessments (29 major economies, including Australia but excluding NZ), Wednesday 25 July
Overseas merchandise trade: June, Wednesday 25 July
Property transfer statistics: June quarter, Friday 27 July
US Federal Reserve, open market committee: Tuesday-Wednesday 31 July-1 August

Events:

HotelsWorld 2018, Sydney, Tuesday-Thursday 24-26 July

NZ Institute of Building, national awards, Friday 24 August

Property Council, annual conference, Wednesday-Friday 29-31 August, Rotorua

Facilities Integrate, facilities management expo, Tuesday-Wednesday 25-26 September, ASB Showgrounds, Epsom, 217 Greenlane West

Listeds – NZ:

Argosy Property Ltd, annual meeting, Monday 6 August at 2pm, Royal NZ Yacht Squadron, Westhaven Marina
Asset Plus Ltd, annual meeting, Friday 17 August at 1pm, 80 Queen St, Deloitte Centre, Link Market Services
Augusta Capital Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 24 July at 2.30pm, Northern Club, 19 Princes St
Evolve Education Group Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 31 July at 3pm, 80 Queen St, level 11
Fletcher Building Ltd, annual result, Wednesday 22 August
Metro Performance Glass Ltd, annual meeting, Friday 24 August at 10am, Ellerslie Events Centre
Oceania Healthcare Ltd, annual result, Thursday 26 July; annual meeting, Tuesday 28 August at 2pm, Heritage Hotel, 35 Hobson St, Auckland
Ryman Healthcare Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 26 July at 10am, Pukekohe, Possum Bourne Retirement Village, Lisle Farm Drive
SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd, annual result, Wednesday 8 August
Steel & Tube Holdings Ltd, annual result, Friday 31 August
Stride Property Ltd & Stride Investment Management Ltd (together Stride Property Group), annual meeting, Thursday 30 August, Auckland, further details to come
Vital Healthcare Property Trust, annual result, Thursday 9 August

Parliament

Provisional order paper for Tuesday 24 July 2018 [PDF 450k]

Government orders of the day:

1, Appropriation (2018/19 Estimates) Bill, committee stage (estimates debate)
5-6, Courts Matters Bill and Tribunals Powers & Procedures Legislation Bill, omnibus bills forming “an integrated package of amendments that will contribute to the goal of a modern, efficient & effective courts & tribunals system”, interrupted debate on second reading for each (reports of the Justice Committee presented 25 May)
8, Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Economic Development, Science & Innovation Committee presented 4 May)
9, Overseas Investment Amendment Bill, committee stage
11, Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2), second reading (report of the Governance & Administration Committee presented 16 April)
13, Ngati Tuwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 19 June)
14, Iwi & Hapu of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill, committee stage
15, Ngai Te Rangi & Nga Potiki Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 21 November 2016)
16, Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective Redress & Nga Hapu o Ngati Ranginui Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 3 March 2017)
17, Ngati Rangi Claims Settlement Bill, first reading (introduced 21 June)
21, Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2), committee stage
22, Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill, second reading (report of the Local Government & Environment Committee presented 22 July 2016; bill title change recommended)

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Council to fight Crater Hill & Okura appeals, and appeals itself over rural subdivision

Auckland Council said yesterday it would fight appeals by landowners against 2 unitary plan decisions in favour of the council, and will also appeal on a third issue where the council lost.

Almost all 108 appeals against the Auckland unitary plan have been resolved in the Environment & High Courts.

But landowners have lodged appeals to the High Court against 2 of the 3 decisions the Environment Court has issued in the last 2 months. They relate to the location of the rural:urban boundary & zoning in the Crater Hill/Pukaki area at Mangere and at Okura, at the top of the North Shore.

The third recent decision concerns planning controls for subdividing land in rural Auckland. The Environment Court went against the council on that, and the council has decided to appeal.

The council released its decisions on the unitary plan in August 2016.

At Crater Hill/Pukaki, the Self Family Trust & adjacent landowners want their land included inside the rural:urban boundary.

At Okura, Todd Property Group Ltd has appealed against the Environment Court’s decision not to include its land inside the rural:urban boundary, where the company wants to build 1000 houses. That land is beside the Okura estuary marine sanctuary.

Council planning committee chair Chris Darby said yesterday: “We will actively support the Environment Court’s decisions in the High Court through the presentation of legal submissions.

“For a wide range of reasons, the Crater Hill/Pukaki and Okura areas are not suitable for urban development.

“In relation to the recent decision that deals with subdividing land in rural Auckland, our legal advice is that the Environment Court has made a number of errors in law. For that reason, and given the importance of protecting the rural economy’s finite resources such as high quality soils & sensitive rural landscapes, the council has decided to appeal this decision to the High Court.”

Link:
[2018] NZEnvC 087 Okura Holdings Limited & Others v Auckland Council [PDF, 11 MB]

Earlier story:
23 April 2018: Court rejects housing on Crater Hill & peninsula near airport

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Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 2-8 July 2018

In case you weren’t already worried about how Auckland Council manages itself, it advertised its July meetings schedule today, showing the last meeting for the month, of the governing body, will be held on Wednesday 26 July. That, according to my 21st century calendar, means it won’t meet in July until 2028… I’ve marked it down as a Thursday meeting (to be confirmed).

The diary is updated weekly and lists auctions, council meetings & agendas, hearings & submissions, economic release dates, events, Parliament order paper items and securities.

Council links

All Auckland Council agendas can be reached via http://infocouncil.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/. The council livestreams (and archives) Town Hall meetings and some other meetings. You can check those at http://councillive.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/.

Auckland Council

As Auckland Council makes changes to its website, hearing & submission pages can be hard to find. This is the new link to the page for submissions on consent applications:

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/have-your-say-notified-resource-consent/notified-resource-consent-applications-open-submissions/Pages/default.aspx

Governing body:

Governing body, Thursday 26 July at 9.30am, Town Hall

Committees:

Appointments, performance review & value for money committee, Thursday 5 July at 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Community development & safety committee, Thursday 5 July at 1.30pm, Town Hall
Environment & community committee, Tuesday 10 July at 9.30am, Town Hall
Finance & performance committee, Tuesday 24 July at 9.30am, Town Hall
Regulatory committee, Thursday 12 July at 9.30am, 135 Albert St
Strategic procurement committee, Wednesday 11 July at 9.30am, 135 Albert St

Boards, forums & panels:

Auckland city centre advisory board, Wednesday 18 July at 3pm, 135 Albert St

Weed management political advisory group, Wednesday 4 July at 1pm, 135 Albert St:
Update on implementation of the weed management policy

Hearings:

Find hearings: https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/hearings/find-hearing/Pages/find-resource-consent-hearing.aspx

Hauraki, 297-299 & 301 Lake Rd, application by BP Oil NZ Ltd to upgrade & expand the service station, hearing Wednesday-Thursday 4-5 July at 9.30am, Takapuna, ex-council chamber, 1 The Strand

Manurewa, 248 Great South Rd, application by NK Rathod to clear the site of all buildings, and construct & operate a childcare facility for 60 children; hearing Wednesday 11 July at 9.30am, Manukau, council service centre, 31-33 Manukau Station Rd

Parnell, 144 Parnell Rd, application by 144 Parnell Properties Ltd (Justin Wyborn) to demolish parts of the existing building, modify the existing heritage building and construct a new building, which will comprise 5 levels & a basement level; hearing Monday 9 July at 9.30am, council offices, 35 Graham St

Submissions:

Beachlands, 40 Kahawairahi Drive, application by RJ Rentals Ltd (Vaughan Crang & Clinton Healy) to subdivide a 1725m² corner site in the single house zone, Beachlands 1 precinct, into 5 residential lots ranging between 269-527m² and to construct a dwelling on each; in that precinct the minimum net site area is 800m²/lot; submissions close Tuesday 10 July

Clevedon, 52 North Rd, application by Clevedon North Ltd (Allan Drinkrow) for resource consents to subdivide the 9.04ha site into 70 residential lots; submissions close Thursday 26 July

Clevedon, 116 North Rd, application by Watercare Services Ltd to build a 300m² water reservoir & associated pipelines on a site subject to an outstanding natural landscape overlay & partly in a significant ecological area, requiring removal of up to 600m² of vegetation; Watercare has proposed mitigating that loss by planting a similar area; submissions open Friday 6 July (no closing date given)

Glen Eden, 4019 & 4021 Great North Rd, limited notification of application by Norwest Properties No 2 LP (general partner Norwest Properties Holding Ltd – Gavin Muldoon) to establish & operate a childcare centre accommodating up to 120 children, 20 parking spaces; submissions close Thursday 5 July

Grey Lynn, 11 Surrey Crescent, application by Cohaus Group to relocate villa, combined and use & subdivision consent for 19-unit cohousing development; limited notification – submissions close Monday 23 July
Link: Cohaus Group

Hobsonville Point, 258-268 Hobsonville Point Rd, Marlborough Precinct Holdings Ltd (Chris & Michaela Meehan, Queenstown) has applied for resource consent to construct 2 apartment buildings ranging from 3-15 storeys and a 3-storey terraced townhouse block, providing for a total of 101 dwellings, above 2 basement parking levels accommodating 147 spaces; submissions close Friday 20 July
Link:
Hobsonville Point community news, 5 December 2016: Plans for Marlborough precinct unveiled

Puni, 166 Waiuku Rd, application by Powell Transport Ltd for consent to establish a freight transport & service depot, including site works & redistribution of elite soils to 25 Fulton Rd, Puni; submissions open Tuesday 3 July (no closing date given)

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, residential Tuesday-Friday at 10am & 1.30pm; 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, residential, Wednesdays at 2pm, Bayleys House, Wynyard Quarter, 30 Gaunt St
City Sales, apartments, Wednesday 11 July at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
Colliers, commercial, Friday 6 July at 11am, SAP House, 151 Queen St
NAI Harcourts, commercial, Thursday 19 July at 6.30pm, Takapuna, 128 Hurstmere Rd
Ray White City Apartments, Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

Accommodation survey: May, Wednesday 11 July
Building consents issued: June, Tuesday 31 July
Consumers price index: June quarter, Tuesday 17 July
Dwelling & household estimates: June quarter, Friday 6 July
Electronic card transactions: June, Tuesday 10 July
Food price index: June, Thursday 12 July
Household living-costs price indexes: June quarter, Thursday 26 July
International travel and migration: June, Friday 20 July
Overseas merchandise trade: June, Wednesday 25 July
Property transfer statistics: June quarter, Friday 27 July
QV house price index: June, Wednesday 4 July

Events:

HotelsWorld 2018, Sydney, Tuesday-Thursday 24-26 July

NZ Institute of Building, national awards, Friday 24 August

Property Council, annual conference, Wednesday-Friday 29-31 August, Rotorua

Facilities Integrate, facilities management expo, Tuesday-Wednesday 25-26 September, ASB Showgrounds, Epsom, 217 Greenlane West

Listeds – NZ:

Argosy Property Ltd, annual meeting, Monday 6 August at 2pm, Royal NZ Yacht Squadron, Westhaven Marina
Arvida Group Ltd, annual meeting, Friday 6 July at 10.30am, Stamford Plaza
Asset Plus Ltd (ex-NPT Ltd), annual meeting, Friday 17 August, Auckland (venue to be announced)
Augusta Capital Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 24 July at 2.30pm, Northern Club, 19 Princes St
Evolve Education Group Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 31 July at 3pm, 80 Queen St, level 11
Fletcher Building Ltd, annual result, Wednesday 22 August
Goodman Property Trust, annual meeting, Wednesday 4 July at 1.30 pm, Eden Park, South Stand
Ryman Healthcare Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 26 July at 10am, Pukekohe, Possum Bourne Retirement Village, Lisle Farm Drive

Parliament:

Provisional order paper for Tuesday 3 July [PDF 458k]

Government orders of the day:

1, Taxation (Annual Rates for 2018-19, Modernising Tax Administration & Remedial Matters) Bill, first reading (introduced 28 June)
2, Exclusive Economic Zone & Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Amendment Bill, second reading (bill to allow the minister to recover from an applicant the actual & reasonable costs incurred in relation to a board of inquiry appointed under the act to decide an application for marine consent; report of the Environment Committee presented 6 June)
3, Maritime Powers Extension Bill, first reading (introduced 27 June)
5-6, Courts Matters Bill and Tribunals Powers & Procedures Legislation Bill, omnibus bills forming “an integrated package of amendments that will contribute to the goal of a modern, efficient & effective courts & tribunals system”, second reading for each (reports of the Justice Committee presented 25 May)
10, Overseas Investment Amendment Bill, committee stage
11, Appropriation (2018/19 Estimates) Bill, committee stage (estimates debate)
12, Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2), second reading (report of the Governance & Administration Committee presented 16 April)
13, Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Economic Development, Science & Innovation Committee presented 4 May)
15, Ngati Tamaoho Claims Settlement Bill, committee stage, third reading (Business Committee determination)
16, Ngati Tuwharetoa Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 19 June)
17, Iwi & Hapu of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill, committee stage
18, Ngai Te Rangi & Nga Potiki Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 21 November 2016)
19, Tauranga Moana Iwi Collective Redress & Nga Hapu o Ngati Ranginui Claims Settlement Bill, second reading (report of the Maori Affairs Committee presented 3 March 2017)
20, Ngati Rangi Claims Settlement Bill, first reading (introduced 21 June)
24, Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2), committee stage
25, Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill, second reading (report of the Local Government & Environment Committee presented 22 July 2016; bill title change recommended)

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Auckland Council reappoints chief executive

Auckland Council approved the reappointment of chief executive Stephen Town for 2 more years on Wednesday. Mr Town’s initial 5-year term as chief executive expires on 31 December. To go beyond 7 years, the council must advertise the position.

The council’s governing body also agreed to a 1.16% increase in his salary, from $690,000 to $698,000. The remuneration package consists of a base salary of $677,669.90 & a $20,330.10 employer’s KiwiSaver contribution.

Mayor Phil Goff said: “Stephen’s contract extension reflects the stable leadership he has provided over the last 5 years and the steps he has taken towards creating a more cost-effective & customer-focused council.

“Stephen’s leadership will help ensure stability & continuity in council as we deliver transformational infrastructure investment in Auckland and continue to find efficiencies.”

Attribution: Council release.

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Council bond issue fully subscribed

Auckland Council’s offer of $200 million of 5-year unsubordinated fixed-rate vanilla corporate green bonds opened last Monday and closed fully subscribed on Thursday. They’ll be issued on Wednesday with a maturity date of 27 June 2023.

The interest rate is 3.17%/year, reflecting a margin of 0.5%/year over the swap rate for the 5-year period.

The bonds will be quoted on the NZX debt market (NZDX).

Attribution: Council release.

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Decision Monday on how to meet building consent flows

Auckland Council’s strategic procurement committee will decide tomorrow (noon Monday) whether to renew its overflow delivery model for building consent services.

The item is listed in the committee’s open agenda but the main discussion will be confidential.

The question for the council is how to provide an efficient service at peak times without employing its own staff to cover those peaks.

The council’s head of physical works & technical services procurement, Peter Cunningham, says in his meeting report: “Building consent services are currently provided through a combination of inhouse delivery, an overflow delivery model that operates across the Auckland region and a legacy outsourced provider model that operates exclusively in Manukau.

“In the central region, in addition to the overflow model there is also an agency provider to manage building consenting volumes.”

The current contracts expire on 30 June.

In further explanation, Mr Cunningham says: “The preferred regional service delivery model for building consents is one where third-party suppliers are used to process consents and inspect buildings that council staff do not have the capacity to process, eg, an overflow delivery model.  In an overflow model, the suppliers would act as an agent of Auckland Council.

“Due to restraint on additional staff and to manage risk of over-capacity, the overflow model is considered an essential component to ensure the delivery of an efficient, quality, timely building consenting service.

“The overflow model is considered a more feasible alternative to delivering the full service inhouse, as it provides flexibility during seasonal peaks & troughs in building consent volumes.”

Also listed in both the open & confidential sections of the agenda are:

  • an update on the 48 council projects with a budget over $5 million, and
  • the council’s vertical construction procurement category strategy
  • an update on the Westgate town centre integrated library & community centre.

Web notification issues

Through Auckland Council’s changes to its website it’s been hard at times to track the whereabouts of information such as resource consent application hearings and submissions on them.

The latest trick I’ve stumbled upon under submissions is submission documents with an opening date for submissions – but no closing date.

I’m writing this on Sunday, so ringing the council to check today would be pointless.

Similarly, the Eden Park Trust’s application for resource consent for a concert at Eden Park stadium on the evening of Waitangi Day (6 February) next year has the submissions period opening on Wednesday, no closing date.

The closing date will very likely appear on the website once the opening date has passed. But tell me, which would you, as a submitter, find the more useful?

Links:
Strategic procurement committee, Monday 11 June at noon, 135 Albert St
11, Update on capital projects over $5 million (addressed further in confidential agenda)
12, Procurement of building consents overflow services (decisions to be made in confidential agenda)
13, Status update: Westgate multipurpose facility (integrated library & community centre) construction (addressed further in confidential agenda)
14, Vertical construction procurement category strategy (addressed further in confidential agenda)

Attribution: Council committee agenda.

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