You know Auckland Council thinks it can do things better than anyone else when it diversifies away from its core responsibilities to indulge in a particular activity that is best conducted by private enterprise. the supremacy and arrogance of the Council has been a bad smell for some time but is about to get stinkier.
It’s urban compact city plans are not happening and its frustrated and desperate to make it happen.
And its usually at times like this that stupid decisions are made.
Len Brown has now announced that Auckland Council will form an Urban development agency to improve the city’s ability to address some of its’ pressing urban development needs. In short – it is going to jump right on into the very high risk game of property development.
Auckland Councilâ€™s Governing Body today agreed to support the establishment of an urban development agency to improve the cityâ€™s ability to address some of its pressing urban development needs.
The new entity, called Development Auckland, will have a key role in helping deliver the council priority of quality urban living and will have the mandate to deal with the challenge of Aucklandâ€™s rapid growth through regeneration and investment.Â The agency will have the capability to deliver public and private development and infrastructure, including housing, across the region.
The new entity is a result of the realignment of Auckland Councilâ€™s council-controlled organisations (CCOs).
Mayor Len Brown said: â€śMeeting Aucklandâ€™s development needs over the next 10 to 20 years requires a transformational shift in the councilâ€™s approach to urban development and regeneration
â€śCentral government, the council, the private sector and the not-for-profit sector will be able to work together in a way that does not burden ratepayers further with the costs of growth, but rather sees them realise the benefits of it.
â€śThe CCO review has provided Auckland Council with an opportunity to address this.â€ť Â Â Read more »