Transport Minister Phil Twyford & Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced on Wednesday that Cabinet had agreed to launch a procurement process for the Auckland rapid transit light rail network.
The Environment Court has granted Hillman White Ltd integrated land use consent to develop up to 50 residential units on a Rosedale Rd site at Albany – down from the original proposal for 65, but a success for the developer after a long battle over picky commissioner rulings & measurement of a stream.
Auckland Council will put the final draft of its unitary plan out for public notification on Monday. It will also release the non-statutory Auckland Design Manual, and notification will trigger the council’s housing accord with the Government. But the developer who raised questions 2 years ago about the likelihood of building the desired proportion of houses inside the rural:urban boundary, Patrick Fontein, said last-minute changes to the plan meant less than half the intended housing volume could be built.