After six years if shilly-shallying the government is finally making noises about sorting out Auckland and has shown the stick.
If Auckland politicians don’t pass a coherent new plan for the city the government could step in as soon as September, the council’s chief executive says.
Council officials are preparing to receive the electronic equivalent of a “wheelbarrow of printed stuff” detailing Auckland’s new Unitary Plan.
After four years, more than 13,000 submissions and 249 days of hearings, Auckland’s first region-wide planning document will be delivered on July 22.
Councillors then have until August 19 to either accept or reject key planning recommendations, such as more intensified zoning and whether to move the city limit.