Auckland Council is winning. It’s now some two months since the Council secretly voted to suspend Special Housing Areas in greenfield areas.
The Council has always preferred its compact city plan. The troughing Councillors all want it and the hungry planners want it even more. They hate the idea of people owning a house and want everyone stacked into same same communist styled apartment buildings, riding trains and doing precisely what they are told.
And so what has the Government done about this? Nothing.
Developers are now sitting on vast land holdings they can’t develop. In good faith they have gone out, borrowing tens of millions to buy land because they were led to believe the Special Housing Areas were going to make consenting easier, faster and with less hassle from Auckland Council.
Except that hasn’t happened. The Council has cut off the supply and left the greenfield developers stranded. Withholding infrastructure Auckland Council is wielding an iron fist over greenfield expansion.
In the meantime the Council is also thumbing it’s nose at the directions advice of the Independent Hearings Panel on the Unitary Plan.
In short Council is doing what it wants. Screw everyone else. Read more »