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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)

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Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 11-17 June 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

Committees

Environment & community committee, Tuesday 12 June at 9.30am, Town Hall:
9, Hearing panel recommendations on the draft Auckland waste management & minimisation plan 2018
Recommendations (191-page attachment, including zero waste report)
10, Litter (Increased Infringement Fee) Amendment Bill – draft Auckland Council submission
14, Thriving communities action plan, status report
15, Te Henga, 240A Bethells Beach Rd, Kainga Whakahirahira Recommendation – proposal to reclassify reserve for marae
16, Auckland’s waters strategy: proposed scope, timeframe & budget
17, Summary of committee information – updates, memos & briefings
C1, Acquisition of land for open space at Mt Roskill South (in confidential agenda)

Regulatory committee, Thursday 14 June at 9.30am, 135 Albert St:
9, Trade waste bylaw findings report – (from Watercare)
10, Review of the Public Safety & Nuisance Bylaw 2013
11, Findings of the Auckland Council policy on dogs 2012 and Dog Management Bylaw 2012 review
12, Request to appoint hearing commissioners for plan change 7 (additions to heritage schedule) to the Auckland unitary plan (operative in part)
13, Request to appoint hearing commissioners for plan change 10 (errors, anomalies & information update) to the Auckland unitary plan (operative in part)
14, Committee summary of information items

Strategic procurement committee, Monday 11 June at noon, 135 Albert St:
9, ICT software category strategy 
10, Update on FY19 capex forward work programme
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)
15, Information report

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

Mangere, 63 McKenzie Rd, application by Chinmaya Mission to construction & operate a community centre; hearing Tuesday 26 June at 9.30am, Manukau civic annex building, 31-33 Manukau Station Rd

Meadowbank, 55 & 57 Ripon Crescent, application by Summerset Villages (St Johns) Ltd for a retirement village comprising 7 buildings with 344 residential units (apartments & care beds) with heights between 3-7 floors & a 2-level basement; hearing Thursday-Monday 14-18 June at 9.30am, Town Hall

Waiheke Island, 22 Kuaka Rd, application by Haydan Investments Ltd to construct 2 self-contained visitor accommodation units; hearing Wednesday 13 June at 10am, Waiheke Local Board office, 10 Belgium 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; the council website gives an opening date for submissions (this Wednesday), no closing date

Henderson, 31B Garelja Rd, application by Solution Street Ltd (Gary Gordon) to construct 6 residential units and subdivide to create 6 freehold lots around the approved residential units & a jointly owned access lot; and a section 127 application to change conditions 10, 11, 12 & 14 of application SUB6006895 as they relate to consent notice conditions; submissions close Thursday 21 June

Herne Bay, 113 Jervois Rd, limited notification of application by Artifact Property Ltd (Liam Joyce) to demolish existing buildings and construct a 5-storey mixed-use building with ground-floor retail unit & 9 apartments – one on the ground floor & 2 on eac of the 4 upper floors; parking for 16 vehicles on 3 half-level basement levels with vehicle access on the south-eastern side; submissions close Wednesday 13 June

Rosedale, 54 Parkway Drive, application by Lucy Li (of Li NZ Investments Ltd & Kayes Development Ltd) to construct 3 5-storey buildings on a 7291m² site to provide a mixed-use development including commercial floorspace & 84 apartments; the site backs on to Sunset Rd and is beside the North Shore police station; submissions close Wednesday 20 June

Rosedale, 52 Rosedale Rd, application by Rosedale Apartments Ltd (Zhang Chenggang & Zheng Lu) to construct 55 terraced dwellings and subdivide the site into 9 lots (to be broken into individual lots around each dwelling), to be developed over 10 stages; submissions close Thursday 14 June

St Marys Bay & Masefield Beach improvement project, 94 Shelly Beach Rd, St Marys Rd Park & Pt Erin Park, application by Auckland Council (Healthy Waters department) to install & operate a new underground stormwater & sewage conveyance & storage pipeline, via 3 shafts, replace & extend a marine pipeline outfall in the Waitemata Harbour, establish a weir & pump station structure & odour control in Pt Erin Park and smaller weir structure & odour control in St Marys Rd Park, and install a new rising main in the road reserve along Sarsfield St, Herne Bay; submissions close Tuesday 19 June

Te Arai Pt, 205 Lake Rd, application by Pacey Family No 2 Trust for consents to expand the existing quarry activity on the site to provide for an increase in annual production to about 130,000m³/year (increasing over a number of years), and associated cleanfill activity; the proposal would increase the quarry area from 15ha to about 38ha, with a quarry pit of about 20ha; submissions close Friday 22 June

Westhaven marina, application by council-controlled organisation Panuku Development Auckland to extend the north-western breakwater & causeway (via land reclamation) to connect to the north-eastern breakwater to create public open space, a carpark area for public & private use and access to new marina berths, including some which will replace existing pile moorings; submissions close Wednesday 20 June

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, commercial Thursday 28 June at 10am, apartments Thursdays at 10am, residential Tuesday-Friday at 10am & 1.30pm; 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, commercial, Total Property 4, Wednesday 27 June at 11am; residential, Wednesdays at 2pm, Bayleys House, Wynyard Quarter, 30 Gaunt St
City Sales, apartments, Wednesday 13 June at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
NAI Harcourts, commercial, Thursday 28 June 6.30pm, Takapuna, 128 Hurstmere Rd
Ray White City Apartments, Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

Accommodation survey: April, Wednesday 13 June
Balance of payments & international investment position: March quarter, Wednesday 20 June
Building consents: May, Friday 29 June
Electronic card transactions: May, Tuesday 12 June
Food price index: May, Wednesday 13 June
Gross domestic product: March quarter, Thursday 21 June
Manufacturing, economic survey: March quarter, Monday 11 June
Migration, international travel: May, Friday 22 June
National accounts (change in assets): 2008–16, Thursday 28 June
Reserve Bank, official cashrate: Thursday 28 June
Trade – overseas merchandise: May, Wednesday 27 June
Transport vehicle registrations: May 2018 – Infoshare tables, Monday 18 June
US Federal Reserve, open market committee: Tuesday-Wednesday 12-13 June

Events:

Property Council, Rider Levett Bucknall national property awards, Friday 15 June, Spark Arena

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

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

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
Evolve Education Group Ltd, annual meeting, Tuesday 31 July at 3pm, 80 Queen St, level 11
Goodman Property Trust, annual meeting, Wednesday 4 July at 1.30 pm, Eden Park, South Stand
Investore Property Ltd, annual meeting, Wednesday 27 June at 10.30am, Pullman Hotel
Kiwi Property Group Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 7 June at 10am, Eden Park, South Stand, Kingsland, 42 Reimers Avenue
Ryman Healthcare Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 26 July (time not yet advised), Pukekohe, Possum Bourne retirement village

Parliament

Provisional order paper for Tuesday 12 June [PDF 456k]

Government orders of the day:

1, Appropriation (2018/19 Estimates) Bill, interrupted debate on second reading (Budget debate) & amendment proposed to it
2, Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Finance & Expenditure Committee presented 21 May)
3, Taxation (Neutralising Base Erosion & Profit Shifting) Bill, committee stage
6, Appropriation (2017/18 Supplementary Estimates) Bill, first reading (introduced 17 May)
7, International treaty examination of the Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPATPP; report of the Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade Committee presented 24 May)
8, Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2), second reading (report of the Governance & Administration Committee presented 16 April)
9, Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Economic Development, Science & Innovation Committee presented 4 May)
11, Ngati Tamaoho Claims Settlement Bill, committee stage
12, Heretaunga Tamatea Claims Settlement Bill, committee stage
13, Iwi & Hapu of Te Rohe o Te Wairoa Claims Settlement Bill, committee stage
14, Ngai Tai ki Tamaki 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)
20, Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2), committee stage
21, Insolvency Practitioners Bill, committee stage

Business not available for debate:

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)
Exclusive Economic Zone & Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Amendment Bill, second reading (report of the Environment Committee presented 6 June)

Members’ orders of the day:

1, Friendly Societies & Credit Unions (Regulatory Improvements) Amendment Bill, Stuart Smith, committee stage

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Giant Auckland Plan revision completed, task programme to come, omission already spotted

Auckland Council adopted the Auckland Plan 2050 yesterday, replacing the original plan adopted in 2012.

A reader asked me yesterday where this plan dealt with public spaces, and protecting & developing new ones.

It ought to be in the environment & cultural heritage section, starting at page 171 of the 362-page draft document, but the message there is small. In the fourth of the 7 paragraphs on green corridors, the network of public spaces & parks, and cultural heritage sites, the draft comment is one of hope & aspiration, not of practical intent: “As Auckland grows, additional pressure will be put on these spaces, and additional spaces will be needed.”

Exhorting Aucklanders to add open spaces amid the rush to lay a carpet of houses over the region is akin to the more directly obvious exhortation for residents to mow the public berms outside their homes: “You do it.”

When you look more closely at these messages, you will see an abdication of responsibility in places where, for example, council staff mowed those berms (not everywhere – in Rodney, it was taken for granted that residents did this). But the message needs to be clear that provision will be made in development plans for new areas of open space, and it’s not there.

Planning committee chair Chris Darby said in a release post-plan adoption yesterday: “The plan sets the direction for Auckland’s growth & development over the next 30 years, responding to the key opportunities & challenges faced by Auckland.

“The Auckland Plan 2050 focuses on the critical issues that we & our children will have to deal with over the next 30 years – the unprecedented pace of population growth, how housing & infrastructure needs are met, ensuring that our prosperity is shared among all Aucklanders, and dealing with the increasing pressures on our stunning environment, not least climate change.”

Cllr Darby said early engagement with communities on the new plan identified better housing, reinventing transport & a healthy natural environment as the fundamental issues for Auckland’s future.

Feedback in March led to the development of a new ‘quality of life’ focus area and changes in the timing & number of areas for development. Transport outcomes now reflect the 2018 update of the Auckland transport alignment project (ATAP), a partnership between central government agencies & the council.

Cllr Darby said that, using a new digital-first approach, the plan would be website-based and available by August.

What you see on the website today is a draft containing rewrites, demonstrating the extensive effort that has gone into the plan – despite the criticism of over-exhortation, less of feet on the ground.

Cllr Darby again: “The confirmation of the Auckland Plan 2050 & the 10-year budget 2018-28 (on Tuesday) is the culmination of 8 years of integrated planning for Auckland’s future. Auckland Council is the only regional authority to undertake planning on such a detailed & long-range scale.

“The work isn’t over. An implementation framework will follow later this year, along with a set of targets & priorities. This enables us to move into a massive ‘build-it’ decade.”

Planning committee agenda 5 June, Auckland Plan items:
9, Adoption of the Auckland Plan 2050
Auckland Plan 2050 text
Auckland Plan 2050 maps
Submissions overview
Summary of feedback & response
Auckland Plan 2050 website improvements
Local board resolutions
10, Bringing the Hauraki Gulf Islands into the Auckland unitary plan
Planning committee resolution – place-based spatial planning programme
Options analysis – process for bringing the HGI into the AUP

Attribution: Council committee agenda, draft plan, release.

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Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 4-10 June 2018

Foiling inquiry – with great skill

I’ve foiled Auckland Council’s website inquiry detection devices just long enough to track down a handful of resource consent hearings coming up over the next month.

The council has invented this wonderful means of deterring visitors, called the circular helping hand. Simply, it takes you from the page you were on, through some pages you don’t want to visit and back again. And then the nice page asks, “Did you enjoy that wasted effort as much as we did?” (or something along those lines).

The same device operates the council’s consent submission pages, but is less adept at fobbing off visitors.

Mt Eden application back, Meadowbank retirement village up for hearing in a week

The new consent applications listed below include a reconvened one on the Panuku (council) application to remove 2 “character-supporting” buildings and construct 4 buildings containing 102 apartments & 9 retail units for the Dominion-Valley Rds corner in Mt Eden. That application’s back at the Town Hall on Thursday.

Summerset’s application to build a retirement village in Meadowbank containing buildings ranging from 3-7 storeys is scheduled for hearing starting 14 June, also at the Town Hall.

Auckland Plan – what it’s about

The council planning committee meets Tuesday morning to adopt the refreshed Auckland Plan – the view 30 years hence. Story: Revised Auckland Plan up for approval

Value for money

The value for money committee (that added part of the title seems to be taking precedence over the more hum-drum ‘appointments’ & loftier ‘performance’ parts of the title) meets on Thursday and has a series of updates before it.

This 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

Committees

Appointments, performance review & value for money committee, Thursday 7 June at 9.30am, 135 Albert St:
9, Value for money (s17A) quarterly progress reports
10, Value for money (s17A) review programme
11, Value for money (s17A) forward work programme
12, Board performance review framework
C1, Approve the council-appointed board member to the Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board (in confidential agenda)
C2, Shortlist candidates for chair vacancies on Auckland Council’s council-controlled organisations (in confidential agenda)
C3, Chief executive’s employment review: Part 2 (in confidential agenda)
Finance & performance committee, Wednesday 6 June a 9.30am, Town Hall:
9, Auckland Council group quarterly financial report & financial results
10, Council-controlled organisations, third quarter report
11, Auckland Council parent performance report 1 January-31 March
Third quarter appendices 1-7
Appendix, capital projects report 
Planning committee, Tuesday 5 June at 9.30am, Town Hall:
9, Adoption of the Auckland Plan 2050
Auckland Plan 2050 text
Auckland Plan 2050 maps
Submissions overview
Summary of feedback & response
Auckland Plan 2050 website improvements
Local board resolutions
10, Bringing the Hauraki Gulf Islands into the Auckland unitary plan Recommendation

Planning committee resolution – place-based spatial planning programme
Options analysis – process for bringing the HGI into the AUP
Aotea Great Barrier Local Board resolution and Waiheke Local Board resolution February
11, Auckland unitary plan (operative in part) – update on appeals and making additional parts of the plan operative
List of additional unitary plan appeals resolved
12, Regional historic heritage grants programme 2017-18 allocations Recommendation
Regional historic heritage grants programme 2017-18
Regional historic heritage grants programme 2017-18 recommendations
13, Appointment of a replacement member of the planning committee for structure planning political reference group Recommendation
Structure planning – political reference group – Cllr Sayers  (Cllr Greg Sayers resigned from this committee, the audit & risk committee and the structure planning working group on 27 February, citing the “very heavy workload… along with my comfortability of their operations”)
Planning committee forward work programme
14, Summary of planning committee information memos & briefings
Attachment B, schedule of June planning committee workshops
Attachment C, council’s submission on the draft government policy statement on land transport 2018/19-2027/28
Attachment D, council’s submission on the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill
Attachment E, memo on plan update to the Auckland unitary plan (operative in part)
Attachment F, Auckland Plan refresh workshop 23 documents
Attachment G, Auckland Plan refresh workshop 24 documents
Attachment H, Auckland Plan refresh workshop 25 documents
Related story, 5 June 2018: Revised Auckland Plan up for approval

Hearings:

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

Mangere, 63 McKenzie Rd, application by Chinmaya Mission to construction & operate a community centre; hearing Tuesday 26 June at 9.30am, Manukau civic annex building, 31-33 Manukau Station Rd

Meadowbank, 55 & 57 Ripon Crescent, application by Summerset Villages (St Johns) Ltd for a retirement village comprising 7 buildings with 344 residential units (apartments & care beds) with heights between 3-7 floors & a 2-level basement; hearing Thursday-Monday 14-18 June at 9.30am, Town Hall

Mt Eden, 198-222 Dominion Rd & 113-117 Valley Rd, application by Panuku Development Auckland to remove 2 “character-supporting” buildings and construct 4 buildings containing 102 apartments & 9 retail units; the sites are in the business – local centre and terrace housing & apartment building zones; hearing Thursday-Friday 5-6 April – hearing reconvened, Thursday 7 June at 9.30am, Town Hall

Mt Wellington, 12-26D Barrack Rd, application by Austino Parkside Ltd (Chen Yawen) for 7-level building containing 138 apartments, basement parking; council planner Katherine Exeter has recommended consent; hearing Friday 8 June at 9.30am, Town Hall

Submissions:

Henderson, 31B Garelja Rd, application by Solution Street Ltd (Gary Gordon) to construct 6 residential units and subdivide to create 6 freehold lots around the approved residential units & a jointly owned access lot; and a section 127 application to change conditions 10, 11, 12 & 14 of application SUB6006895 as they relate to consent notice conditions; submissions close Thursday 21 June

Herne Bay, 113 Jervois Rd, limited notification of application by Artifact Property Ltd (Liam Joyce) to demolish existing buildings and construct a 5-storey mixed-use building with ground-floor retail unit & 9 apartments – one on the ground floor & 2 on eac of the 4 upper floors; parking for 16 vehicles on 3 half-level basement levels with vehicle access on the south-eastern side; submissions close Wednesday 13 June

Mangere, 72 Tidal Rd, application by Ambury Properties Ltd to establish an integrated bed & foam manufacturing facility, now down from the original application for 53,000m² to 48,900m²; the proposal includes a 107m-long retaining wall up to 5.8m high at the base of the Crater Hill outstanding natural features overlay; the bundled application & land use application went separately out for submissions last year, but the notified proposal has since been modified – revised building footprint & reduced gross floor area, reduced earthworks within the outstanding natural features overlay, manufacturing facility building moved to central & northern portions of the site, parking location changed, landscaping updated, and pedestrian link introduced along paper road running along the southern boundary to the Waokauri watercourse; submissions close Tuesday 5 June

Rosedale, 54 Parkway Drive, application by Lucy Li (of Li NZ Investments Ltd & Kayes Development Ltd) to construct 3 5-storey buildings on a 7291m² site to provide a mixed-use development including commercial floorspace & 84 apartments; the site backs on to Sunset Rd and is beside the North Shore police station; submissions close Wednesday 20 June

Rosedale, 52 Rosedale Rd, application by Rosedale Apartments Ltd (Zhang Chenggang & Zheng Lu) to construct 55 terraced dwellings and subdivide the site into 9 lots (to be broken into individual lots around each dwelling), to be developed over 10 stages; submissions close Thursday 14 June

St Marys Bay & Masefield Beach improvement project, 94 Shelly Beach Rd, St Marys Rd Park & Pt Erin Park, application by Auckland Council (Healthy Waters department) to install & operate a new underground stormwater & sewage conveyance & storage pipeline, via 3 shafts, replace & extend a marine pipeline outfall in the Waitemata Harbour, establish a weir & pump station structure & odour control in Pt Erin Park and smaller weir structure & odour control in St Marys Rd Park, and install a new rising main in the road reserve along Sarsfield St, Herne Bay; submissions close Tuesday 19 June

Te Arai Pt, 205 Lake Rd, application by Pacey Family No 2 Trust for consents to expand the existing quarry activity on the site to provide for an increase in annual production to about 130,000m³/year (increasing over a number of years), and associated cleanfill activity; the proposal would increase the quarry area from 15ha to about 38ha, with a quarry pit of about 20ha; submissions close Friday 22 June

Westhaven marina, application by council-controlled organisation Panuku Development Auckland to extend the north-western breakwater & causeway (via land reclamation) to connect to the north-eastern breakwater to create public open space, a carpark area for public & private use and access to new marina berths, including some which will replace existing pile moorings; submissions close Wednesday 20 June

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, apartments Thursdays at 10am, residential Tuesday-Friday at 10am & 1.30pm; 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, Commercial, Total Property 4, residential, Wednesdays at 2pm, Bayleys House, Wynyard Quarter, 30 Gaunt St
CBRE, commercial, Thursday 31 May at 11am, ANZ Centre, 23 Albert St
City Sales, apartments, Wednesday 13 June at 12.30pm, 445 Karangahape Rd
NAI Harcourts, commercial, Thursday 31 May at 1pm & 6.30pm, Takapuna, 128 Hurstmere Rd
Ray White City Apartments, Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

Accommodation survey: April, Wednesday 13 June
Balance of payments & international investment position: March quarter, Wednesday 20 June
Building consents: May, Friday 29 June
Building work put in place: March quarter, Wednesday 6 June
Electronic card transactions: May, Tuesday 12 June
Food price index: May, Wednesday 13 June
Gross domestic product: March quarter, Thursday 21 June
Local authority statistics: March 2018 quarter, Wednesday 6 June
Manufacturing, economic survey: March quarter, Monday 11 June
Migration, international travel: May, Friday 22 June
National accounts (change in assets): 2008–16, Thursday 28 June
Property transfer statistics: March quarter, Thursday 7 June
Story, 28 May 2018: First statistics on property transfers out in 10 days
QV house price index: May, Thursday 7 June
Reserve Bank, official cashrate: Thursday 28 June
Trade – overseas merchandise: May, Wednesday 27 June
Transport vehicle registrations: May 2018 – Infoshare tables, Monday 18 June
US Federal Reserve, open market committee: Tuesday-Wednesday 12-13 June
Wholesale trade survey: March quarter, Friday 8 June

Events:

Property Council, Rider Levett Bucknall national property awards, Friday 15 June, Spark Arena

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

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

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
Investore Property Ltd, annual meeting, Wednesday 27 June, Auckland – venue to come in notice of meeting
Kiwi Property Group Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 7 June at 10am, Eden Park, South Stand, Kingsland, 42 Reimers Avenue
Ryman Healthcare Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 26 July (time not yet advised), Pukekohe, Possum Bourne retirement village

Parliament

Parliament resumes sitting Tuesday 12 June

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Revised Auckland Plan up for approval

Auckland Council’s planning committee is set to adopt the second iteration of the Auckland Plan this Tuesday.

The plan promises that already developed areas will be redeveloped & intensified, future urban areas will get newly established communities, and rural areas outside the urban footprint will see only a small amount of additional growth.

The website (the digital plan) will be updated with the final plan content and minor functionality & design improvements by the end of July.

The council produced the first Auckland Plan in 2012, with an outlook over the next 30 years. This refresh plan has a timeframe through to 2050.

Council strategic advice manager Denise O’Shaughnessy says in her report to the committee a substantive change from the refresh draft prepared last year is the development of a new “quality of life” focus area under the Belonging & participation outcome.

Changes are proposed in the development strategy with regard to development areas & their timing. Changes are also proposed to meet the national policy statement on urban development capacity. The transport & access outcome reflects the 2018 update of the Auckland transport alignment project.

Following adoption, the council will:

  • finalise the digital plan and “closing the loop” with submitters & key stakeholders
  • seek committee approval for an implementation framework & priority initiatives for implementation, and
  • focus immediately on the monitoring & reporting framework, including the preparation of a baseline monitoring report for the 33 measures in the plan and the development of a set of core targets in collaboration with the Government.

Links to Tuesday’s agenda items are below.

The plan submitted for adoption says Auckland will move to a multi-nodal model over the next 30 years as Albany, Westgate & Manukau & their catchments show how critical they will be to growth: “Over time, they will offer a broad range of business & employment activity, civic services and residential options.”

These nodes will be interconnected by a range of efficient transport links, while satellite towns Warkworth & Pukekohe will be rural nodes.

The draft plan envisages a “quality compact” approach:

  • increasing economic productivity through proximity
  • using existing infrastructure better
  • bringing more people closer to their work: “Greater population density supports faster, more frequent public transport services”, and
  • rural productivity & character can be maintained.

This model also envisages a better environment and a more vibrant Auckland socially & culturally.

To ensure there’s capacity for both residential & business growth, the national policy statement on urban development capacity requires the council to watch 3 horizons: 1-3 years, 4-10 years & 11-30 years.

The unitary plan’s “enabled” extra capacity is about 1 million dwellings – nearly 3 times demand at the present rate – while “feasible” capacity is 326,000. Auckland’s building consents for the last 12 months totalled 11,629, but that consent rate would increase if the Government’s KiwiBuild scheme takes off, if lending structure regulations are loosened or if ratios of income:home prices are narrowed.

According to the draft plan, feasible capacity is enough for 10 years but would fall 82,000 short over 30 years.

What the committee needs to take into account

The planning committee’s responsibility is to “guide the physical development & growth of Auckland through a focus on land use planning, housing & the appropriate provision of infrastructure and strategic projects associated with these activities. Key responsibilities include:

  • Relevant regional strategy & policy
  • Infrastructure strategy & policy
  • Unitary plan
  • Spatial plans
  • Plan changes to operative plans
  • Housing policy & projects
  • Special housing areas
  • City centre development
  • Tamaki regeneration
  • Built heritage
  • Urban design
  • Environmental matters relating to the committee’s responsibilities
  • Acquisition of property relating to the committee’s responsibilities and within approved annual budgets.

The committee also has an overview of initiatives of the following council-controlled organisations that have a significant impact upon the implementation of the Auckland Plan & other relevant plans, policies & strategies:

  • Panuku Development Auckland
  • Auckland Transport
  • Watercare Services Ltd, and
  • Regional Facilities Auckland (stadiums).

Links to planning committee agenda items, Tuesday 5 June at 9.30am, Town Hall:
9, Adoption of the Auckland Plan 2050
Auckland Plan 2050 text
Auckland Plan 2050 maps
Submissions overview
Summary of feedback & response
Auckland Plan 2050 website improvements
Local board resolutions
10, Bringing the Hauraki Gulf Islands into the Auckland unitary plan

Attribution: Council committee agenda.

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Updated: Bob Dey Property Report diary, week 28 May-3 June 2018

Update Tuesday 29 May 2018:
The council finance committee agenda for Thursday has been updated to include the mayor’s final proposal for the 10-year budget & related papers.

The governing body meeting, now scheduled to run first, will deal with the proposed regional fuel tax.

How to confuse interested parties about council business

Auckland Council issued a public notice a few days ago saying it had switched the order of its governing body and finance & performance committee meetings this Thursday.

Each agenda item has the new meeting time – but, unless the first meeting is adjourned then resumed after the second, the recommendations listed in those agendas don’t take account of the switch in meeting order.

The governing body is now scheduled to meet first, but the agenda shows it will vote on recommendations now scheduled to follow at the committee meeting. (Update Tuesday: The meetings are now dealing with separate issues).

If an adjournment & resumption of the governing body meeting was envisaged, it would have made sense for the council to say so in its public notice and in the agendas. It hasn’t done so.

Mayoral proposal

The mayor, Phil Goff, will brief media on Monday afternoon on his final budget proposal. There’s an embargo on releasing that information – “until such time as the papers supporting the 10-year budget are made publicly available. Presently, that embargo looks like being lifted at 5am Tuesday” – a time of day which various organisations use for embargoes, which just happens to suit morning newspapers but no other media.

Extensive agenda details for 4 council committees

You can check all the finance committee agenda items below, plus agendas for 3 other council committees meeting this week – Auckland Domain, audit & risk, and civil defence & emergency management.

The Domain committee has concept plans for a new play space down the slope from Auckland Hospital, the audit committee looked into allegations of mismanagement in council procurement and the civil defence committee had the unusual 10 April storm to deal with.

This 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 31 May at 9.30am (was 1.30pm or the conclusion of the finance & performance committee meeting), Town Hall:
9, Proposal for a regional fuel tax for Auckland (Covering report)
10, Adoption of the 31 May 2018 Finance and Performance Committee’s 10-year budget 2018-28 recommendations Recommendation

Committees

Auckland Domain committee, Wednesday 30 May at 6pm, Town Hall:
9, Natural play and Kari St Commons concept approval Recommendation
Kari St Commons draft concept design
Natural play space draft concept design
Te Aranga design principles assessment relative to both play concepts (presented to mana whenua in December)
10, Auckland Domain event approvals & reporting from 1 July 2018-30 June 2019 Recommendation
Attachment A – Event proposal – pink star walk
Attachment B – Event proposal – Fidelity Life corporate challenge
Attachment C – Event proposal – walking stars
Attachment D – Event proposal – Coca Cola Christmas in the Park
Attachment E – Event proposal – Armistice Day memorial field
Attachment F – Event proposal – Armistice Day 2018 dawn and civic services
Attachment G – Event calendar 2017-18 season
11, ATEED event approval request & summer 2018 event update Recommendation
2017 Auckland Domain Committee resolutions re: Lantern and ASB Classic
12, Auckland Domain – general update Recommendation
Story, 28 June 2018: Bottom-of-Domain play areas up for concept approval Wednesday

Audit & risk committee, Monday 28 May at 11am (was 10.30am), 135 Albert St:
9, Review engagement management report for the 6 months ended 31 December 2017 Recommendation
Review engagement management report 31 December 2017
10, Risk & insurance quarterly update Recommendation
Annual top risk register
Proposed top risks review (deep-dive) schedule
Top risk review (deep-dive) template
Our charter foundation principles – summary
Group money & assets/sensitive expenditure policy 
Key projects & significant risk matters update
11, Review of aspects of council’s procurement given media commentary Recommendation
12, Quarterly health & safety performance report Recommendation
Appendix A – graphs & charts
Health & safety policy statement
Health & safety framework
13, NewCore programme closure report Recommendation
NewCore programme closure report
14, Forward work programme Recommendation
Audit & risk committee 2017-19 workplan update
Story 28 June 2018: Internal council audit doesn’t support Sayers procurement allegations

Civil defence & emergency management group committee, Wednesday 30 May at 10.30am, 135 Albert St:
9, 10 April storm event Recommendation
Auckland weather situation report 21 
Information pamphlet issued to affected communities
Project brief for independent review
10, 10 April 2018 storm group recovery action plan Recommendation
Draft 10 April 2018 storm group recovery action plan 
11, Minor amendments to the CDEM group plan (transition and strategic planning for recovery) and alternate group recovery manager Recommendation
Attachment A – strategic actions
Attachment B – draft minor amendments to CDEM group plan
12, Auckland CDEM group committee forward work programme Recommendation
Auckland CDEM group committee forward work programme
13, Civil defence & emergency management group committee – information report Recommendation

Finance & performance committee, Thursday 31 May at 10.30am or the conclusion of the governing body meeting, whichever is later (was 9.30am), Town Hall:
8, 10-year budget 2018-28 – local board feedback and advocacy Recommendation
Local board advocacy priorities
Local board resolutions on the 10-year budget [published separately]
Local board feedback and advocacy
Attachment B – local board resolutions on the 10-year budget
9, 10-year budget 2018-28 – mayor’s final proposal Recommendation
Key budget issues
Water quality targeted rate
Natural environment targeted rate
Rating of online accommodation providers
Waste management service charges
Proposal to disestablish Auckland Council Investments Ltd
10, Proposal for One Local Initiatives Recommendation
Proposal for One Local Initiatives
11, Local board budget update Recommendation
Local discretionary operating budgets for deferral
12, Rodney Local Board targeted rate: Rodney Local Board decision Recommendation
Attachments
Original report to the Rodney Local Board meeting of 24 May 2018
Amended attachment B and full version of the 10-year budget consultation document
13, Local transport capital fund: options for distribution and size of the fund Recommendation
Attachments
Population-based distribution modelling
Local board funding policy distribution
Fixed and variable costs distribution 50/50
14, Fees, charges and other rating matters Recommendation
Attachments
Fees, charges and deposits for land advisory activities
15, Adoption of the rates remission and postponement policy (covering report)
16, Contributions policy Recommendation
17, Approval of council-controlled organisation accountability policy Recommendation
Attachments
Revised CCO accountability policy
Watercare comments and proposed response
Summary of local board resolutions

Submissions:

America’s Cup, Wynyard Hobson application by council organisation Panuku Development Auckland relating to the physical infrastructure for the syndicate bases, event infrastructure and associated operations & activities for the 2021 America’s Cup regatta; submissions close Monday 28 May; Panuku has sought direct referral of the application to the Environment Court
Link: America’s Cup – Wynyard/Hobson
Earlier story, 4 April 2018: More consents plus Sealink & fishing fleet relocation needed as America’s Cup agreement reached

Birkdale, 33 Salisbury Rd, application by Horizon Resources Ltd (Wayne Wright) for early childcare centre for 114 children; submissions close Monday 28 May

Henderson, 31B Garelja Rd, application by Solution Street Ltd (Gary Gordon) to construct 6 residential units and subdivide to create 6 freehold lots around the approved residential units & a jointly owned access lot; and a section 127 application to change conditions 10, 11, 12 & 14 of application SUB6006895 as they relate to consent notice conditions; submissions close Thursday 21 June

Herne Bay, 113 Jervois Rd, limited notification of application by Artifact Property Ltd (Liam Joyce) to demolish existing buildings and construct a 5-storey mixed-use building with ground-floor retail unit & 9 apartments – one on the ground floor & 2 on eac of the 4 upper floors; parking for 16 vehicles on 3 half-level basement levels with vehicle access on the south-eastern side; submissions close Wednesday 13 June

Mangere, 72 Tidal Rd, application by Ambury Properties Ltd to establish an integrated bed & foam manufacturing facility, now down from the original application for 53,000m² to 48,900m²; the proposal includes a 107m-long retaining wall up to 5.8m high at the base of the Crater Hill outstanding natural features overlay; the bundled application & land use application went separately out for submissions last year, but the notified proposal has since been modified – revised building footprint & reduced gross floor area, reduced earthworks within the outstanding natural features overlay, manufacturing facility building moved to central & northern portions of the site, parking location changed, landscaping updated, and pedestrian link introduced along paper road running along the southern boundary to the Waokauri watercourse; submissions close Tuesday 5 June

Mt Eden, 43-45 Mt Eden Rd, limited notification, application by Anscot Property Ltd (Graeme & Melissa Scott) to construct a 5-storey building with 2 basement levels, containing 15 apartments & 15 parking spaces; submissions close Thursday 31 May

Rosedale, 54 Parkway Drive, application by Lucy Li (of Li NZ Investments Ltd & Kayes Development Ltd) to construct 3 5-storey buildings on a 7291m² site to provide a mixed-use development including commercial floorspace & 84 apartments; the site backs on to Sunset Rd and is beside the North Shore police station; submissions close Wednesday 20 June

Rosedale, 52 Rosedale Rd, application by Rosedale Apartments Ltd (Zhang Chenggang & Zheng Lu) to construct 55 terraced dwellings and subdivide the site into 9 lots (to be broken into individual lots around each dwelling), to be developed over 10 stages; submissions close Thursday 14 June

St Marys Bay & Masefield Beach improvement project, 94 Shelly Beach Rd, St Marys Rd Park & Pt Erin Park, application by Auckland Council (Healthy Waters department) to install & operate a new underground stormwater & sewage conveyance & storage pipeline, via 3 shafts, replace & extend a marine pipeline outfall in the Waitemata Harbour, establish a weir & pump station structure & odour control in Pt Erin Park and smaller weir structure & odour control in St Marys Rd Park, and install a new rising main in the road reserve along Sarsfield St, Herne Bay; submissions close Tuesday 19 June

Te Arai Pt, 205 Lake Rd, application by Pacey Family No 2 Trust for consents to expand the existing quarry activity on the site to provide for an increase in annual production to about 130,000m³/year (increasing over a number of years), and associated cleanfill activity; the proposal would increase the quarry area from 15ha to about 38ha, with a quarry pit of about 20ha; submissions close Friday 22 June

Westhaven marina, application by council-controlled organisation Panuku Development Auckland to extend the north-western breakwater & causeway (via land reclamation) to connect to the north-eastern breakwater to create public open space, a carpark area for public & private use and access to new marina berths, including some which will replace existing pile moorings; submissions close Wednesday 20 June

Auctions:

Barfoot & Thompson, apartments Thursdays at 10am, residential Tuesday-Friday at 10am & 1.30pm; 34 Shortland St
Bayleys, Commercial, Total Property 4, residential, Wednesdays at 2pm, Bayleys House, Wynyard Quarter, 30 Gaunt St
CBRE, commercial, Thursday 31 May at 11am, ANZ Centre, 23 Albert St
NAI Harcourts, commercial, Thursday 31 May at 1pm & 6.30pm, Takapuna, 128 Hurstmere Rd
Ray White City Apartments, Thursdays at 12.30pm, 2 Lorne St

Economy:

May

Building consents: April, Wednesday 30 May

June

Accommodation survey: April, Wednesday 13 June
Balance of payments & international investment position: March quarter, Wednesday 20 June
Building consents: May, Friday 29 June
Building work put in place: March quarter, Wednesday 6 June
Electronic card transactions: May, Tuesday 12 June
Food price index: May, Wednesday 13 June
Gross domestic product: March quarter, Thursday 21 June
Local authority statistics: March 2018 quarter, Wednesday 6 June
Manufacturing, economic survey: March quarter, Monday 11 June
Migration, international travel: May, Friday 22 June
National accounts (change in assets): 2008–16, Thursday 28 June
Property transfer statistics: March quarter, Thursday 7 June
Story, 28 May 2018: First statistics on property transfers out in 10 days
QV house price index: May, Thursday 7 June
Reserve Bank, official cashrate: Thursday 28 June
Trade – overseas merchandise: May, Wednesday 27 June
Trade – overseas trade indexes (prices & volumes): March 2018 quarter (provisional), Friday 1 June
Transport vehicle registrations: May 2018 – Infoshare tables, Monday 18 June
US Federal Reserve, open market committee: Tuesday-Wednesday 12-13 June
Wholesale trade survey: March quarter, Friday 8 June

Events:

Property Council, Rider Levett Bucknall national property awards, Friday 15 June, Spark Arena

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

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

Listeds – NZ:

Argosy Property Ltd, annual meeting, Monday 6 August at 2pm, Royal NZ Yacht Squadron, Westhaven Marina
Arvida Group Ltd, annual result, Tuesday 29 May; annual meeting, Friday 6 July at 10.30am, Stamford Plaza
CDL Investments NZ Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 31 May at 10am, M Social Auckland, 196-200 Quay St
Goodman Property Trust, annual results, Monday 28 May; annual meeting, Wednesday 4 July at 1.30pm, Eden Park
Investore Property Ltd, annual meeting, Wednesday 27 June, Auckland – venue to come in notice of meeting
Kiwi Property Group Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 7 June at 10am, Eden Park, South Stand, Kingsland, 42 Reimers Avenue
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels NZ Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 31 May at 2pm, M Social Auckland, 196-200 Quay St
NPT Ltd, preliminary annual result, Tuesday 29 May
Ryman Healthcare Ltd, annual meeting, Thursday 26 July (time not yet advised), Pukekohe, Possum Bourne retirement village

Parliament:

Parliament resumes sitting Tuesday 12 June

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Council approves quest for $300 million of government housing infrastructure money

Against the possibility of rejecting $300 million of state support for housing development for reasons not clearly enunciated, Auckland Council’s governing body voted yesterday to apply for the money through the Government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund.

I left yesterday’s council meeting towards the last round of an interminable debate on fuel tax (which was approved), having gone to the meeting hoping for a quick decision on the tax and a good explanation of why the council shouldn’t accept Government funding to support suburban housing expansion.

At the end of the infrastructure money debate, the council agreed to apply for $300 million from the infrastructure fund, which would yield 6200 new homes in Auckland’s north-west.

About $130 million of it will be an interest-free loan, saving the council an estimated $50-60 million in interest over 10 years. This part will be reflected in the council’s financial liabilities, but the council can accommodate it within its prudential debt limits.

The council will repay the money from the fund through a combination of development contributions, infrastructure growth charges & developer agreements.

Financial policy principal advisor Bobbi Parkinson & Development Programme Office infrastructure funding agreements head Fiona Docherty Wright said in their report to the governing body the council must submit its detailed business case to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment before the end of this month, and funding agreements between the council & ministry must be completed by June.

They added: “If further changes to costs undermine the benefits of continuing with the proposal or developers are unwilling to meet their commitments, then Auckland Council will have the option not to proceed.”

If the business case is accepted, the Housing Infrastructure Fund will support the development plans set out in the Auckland Plan development strategy, the Auckland unitary plan, the future urban land supply strategy and the transport for urban growth programme business case.

Former prime minister Sir John Key announced the fund in July 2016, to accelerate the supply of new housing.  It was intended to provide an interim funding source to bring forward specific transport & water projects for high-growth councils with infrastructure financing constraints – specifically Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Christchurch & Queenstown.

Auckland Council’s governing body considered its final proposal in March last year, estimating it would unlock 37,100 dwellings in 4 areas at an estimated cost of $973 million.

Alternative funding arrangements were presented due to financing constraints on the council. The proposal included directly accessing the Government fund for the north-west & Northcote, and using a special purpose vehicle for the north & south.

However, the ministry assessed that only the north-west area complied with fund criteria and made the indicative assignment to Auckland Council of $300 million, which was intended to unlock 10,500 dwellings.

The ministry rejected proposals for the north & south because they were contingent on the special purpose vehicle arrangement, which was outside the criteria the Government had set. The Northcote proposal was not big enough.

According to the council report, to fully unlock Redhills & Whenuapai would cost substantially more than $300 million, but would enable about 13,000 dwellings. The report authors said: “This would not fit within the indicative fund assignment of $300 million or within council’s debt constraints. Choosing to unlock just one of these areas over the other would not maximise the dwelling yield for the funding available.”

However, they added: “In the absence of Housing Infrastructure Fund funding & subsequent infrastructure provision, some development would still occur in Whenuapai & Redhills in accordance with the unitary plan. Development on this basis will not progress housing & development outcomes and will not allow council to ensure that the wider transport network effects would be addressed.”

One of the problems the council has had with accepting the Government money now has been that it was likely to result in a less efficient development programme. Another was that costs in one area would be reduced, but could escalate in the next suburb to be developed.

The report authors suggested: “Proceeding with the detailed business case & completion of the funding agreements enables Auckland Council to progress with the Housing Infrastructure Fund process until further information on risks associated with potential cost escalation & developer commitment can be further assessed.”

They said the provision of $300 million would result in a cost of about $48,000/dwelling, and added: “Further enabling the remainder of the zones in the north-west area will require significantly more investment for a comparatively lower dwelling yield. Enabling the higher density areas now at a lower cost will result in the lower density areas facing higher costs in the future when compared to an average cost of enabling the entire area and averaging the costs across all land owners.”

Links:
Governing body, Housing Infrastructure Fund agenda report
MBIE, 21 August 2017: Housing Infrastructure Fund fully allocated

Attribution: Council agenda & release.

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Council considers green bonds for infrastructure funding

Auckland Council said on Wednesday it was considering issuing $NZ green bonds and intended to be the first council in New Zealand to establish a green bond framework.

Mayor Phil Goff said the prospect of green bonds was prompted by the significant investment the council needed to make in infrastructure to lower emissions and to adapt to climate change.

Green bonds are vehicles for raising funds which are invested in assets & projects which have positive environmental & sustainability impacts. They’d allow the council to diversify the pool of funds available to it by tapping into investors who wish to fund ‘green’ infrastructure assets & projects, but otherwise might not invest in infrastructure.

“We are investing significantly in our water infrastructure, to clean up our harbours & waterways, and in public transport infrastructure to reduce emissions & decongest our roads. These projects are an attractive investment opportunity for investors who are allocating larger segments of their portfolios to climate change & green investment activities.”

Attribution: Council release.

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Council confirms Wynyard America’s Cup preference, CBRE does numbers on retail

Auckland Council’s governing body confirmed the Wynyard Basin option as its preferred 2021 America’s Cup base location yesterday. It still has to negotiate on that with the Government & Emirates Team NZ.

Council staff will develop a resource consent application for the Wynyard Basin option for lodgement in January.

Mayor Phil Goff said: “Most New Zealanders, from all walks of life and from all parts of our community, want to see the America’s Cup raced in New Zealand. It’s a matter of pride. We saw that earlier this year when more than 90,000 people came out in our city to celebrate Emirates Team NZ returning home with the cup.

“The Government estimates between 4-8000 jobs will be created in bringing the America’s Cup to our region. This is a chance to showcase Auckland to the world in a unique way – through top sportsmanship, high quality technology and with the stunning backdrop of Auckland’s harbour.

“Today’s decision to confirm the Wynyard Basin option as the preferred location is based on timing, cost & legacy, and it paves the way for resource consent lodgement in the New Year.

“Wynyard Point is a valid alternative option for consideration and we have received strong professional advice from officials on both locations.”

The governing body also noted that no funding is available for a hosting agreement, and that investment in necessary infrastructure would be the extent of the council’s contribution.

Retail boost

Research by real estate services company CBRE suggests more international retailers might use pop-up stores during the America’s Cup to test the Auckland market.

For the last America’s Cup held in Auckland, in 2003, the CBRE researchers said the regatta brought an estimated $136 million of additional direct spending into the local retail economy, equating to 27% of total net expenditure generated by the event.

Looking ahead to the 2021 event and expanding on economic modelling used in Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment research released last month, the CBRE report forecasts a direct retail spending range of $142-253 million, with a base scenario of $197 million.

Food & beverage would account for $52 million, core retail (groceries, clothing & other general merchandise) the balance.

Compared to a typical retail spend in Auckland over a comparable 3-month period, this translates to a 3.2% boost to core retail sales, and 5.6% boost for the food & beverage sector.

CBRE NZ retail, advisory & transaction services director Tim Male said the additional spend would mainly support existing outlets, but also underpin both pop-ups in & around the cup village, as well as providing a good initial trade-up period for more permanent new entrants.

Attribution: Council & CBRE releases.

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Goff focuses on infrastructure – traffic, housing, and including water quality

Auckland mayor Phil Goff unveiled his proposed 10-year budget yesterday to a mostly welcoming council chamber.

He’s focused on increasing infrastructure spending to ease traffic congestion, improving housing affordability and cleaning up water quality in streams and on beaches.

The average rates increase would be 2.5% for each of the next 2 years, rising to 3.5% for the following 2 years.

“This 10-year budget will see Auckland Council’s transport infrastructure spend increase to $11 billion over the next decade. The investment is critical to ensure our city, with increasing population and cars on the road, doesn’t grind to a halt.

“We’re working with Government to introduce a fairer revenue source in the form of the regional fuel tax. This means we can remove the $114 interim transport levy, which doesn’t raise enough money and is unfair in how it impacts on retired folks and others who make less use of our roads.

“Accelerating investment in our transport network is critical to address congestion and to allow the development of brownfield & greenfield sites to increase the supply of housing.”

The budget proposal will go through 2 council workshops before approval on 11 December of the document to go out to consultation. The consultation period will run from 28 February-28 March, the final budget will be endorsed by the council at the end of June and it will come into effect on 1 July 2018.

Link: Auckland Council’s 10-year budget proposal

Attribution: Council committee meeting & council release.

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