Len Brown’s big focus at the moment is intensification and public transport. Both of these projects are unpalatable and both have raised their head at an in-opportune time in the electoral cycle.
So what to do?
Len has problems. He promised a referendum on transport options in particular congestion charging. He has quietly backed away from that breaking yet another promise to the voters. His intensification will also start to cause him problems once residents of the areas that are signalled for massive intensification, in some cases blocks up to 18 storeys high, start to work out that their view shaft and sunlight are going to be dramatically affected by the plans.
His preferred solution is what he calls a “consensus group”. You will hear a lot about these groups in the coming months and about how wonderful they alla re in delivering the preferred outcome for “all of Auckland”. Read more »