Auckland Council doesn’t give a toss about anything but its compact city.
They’re prepared to ride rough shod over the locals of every suburb. Don’t want cruddy rear yard subdivisions and poxy low quality terrace houses? Too bad! They do.
That’s hardly a surprise – they arrogantly think they know better than anyone else.
But locals are peaved and they are starting to revolt.
Dramatic plans to rezone thousands of properties for more intensive housing face a rocky ride after a public meeting drew a crowd of 660 in Auckland last night.
The Herald understands as many as 10 of Auckland Council’s 21 councillors and mayor want to overturn the latest zoning changes, and may put the issue to a fresh vote.
In December, the council announced large swathes of suburban Auckland could be rezoned for multi-storey buildings, terraced housing and apartments in revisions to the proposed Unitary Plan, a new planning rulebook for the city.
The latest changes were made and voted on behind closed doors, property owners were not consulted and have no formal right of reply.
Last night members of the Auckland 2040 community group accused the council of being “devious” and “hijacking the democratic process”, which several residents and ratepayers groups said would change the character of their suburbs.
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