On Thursday WhaleOil exposed yet another lie from Len Brown where it concerns the cost of greenfields versus the costs of intensification. The Mayor and deputy Mayor have for some time insisted that the justification for a compact Auckland is that the cost of expansion on infrastructure is not sustainable.
However this week the Council issued a Request for Expressions of Interest to the market place seeking to specifically assess the true cost of infrastructure to Auckland in terms of greenfields and intensified typologies. To the lay person this means they want to know if it is more expensive to expand infrastructure like sewerage, stormwater, potable water and roads out into Greenfield areas or if it is more expensive to retro-fit existing suburbs for intensification.
The utterly shocking revelation in that REOI was the statement that ‘no specific work has been done for Auckland’.
So how can they justify the plan or the rhetoric when they simply don’t know? Read more »