Yesterday I wrote about the Bill Burrill story, but it goes much further than the article as mentioned in the Herald and here on Whale Oil.
Bill Burrill was an Auckland Council Regional Councillor for 18 years until it was dissolved into the Auckland SuperCity amalgamation. During that time he sat on many committees including the finance committee.
Bill’s wife Maggie Burrill was a former Manukau City Councillor and a duty commissioner having performed both roles for as long if not longer than Bill.
So that’s Bill on the Regional Council and Maggie on the Manukau City Council. Both in very influential positions – and just like Councillors today – decided the planning fate of Auckland.
The land in question that they owned is on Flatbush Road in Manukau. They have not lived on the land for over a decade and it has been grazed by others.
Whilst on the ARC as Councillor the ARC implemented two principle planning documents:
1. The Auckland Regional Policy Statement;
2. The Auckland Growth Strategy.
Both of these documents dictate the manner in which the Region could be developed/expanded and paid particular attention to setting criteria for how the City could be expanded on the Rural Urban fringes and all District Councils in the Auckland region were required to adhere to that. The Regional Council implemented the Metropolitan Urban Limit as part of the policy tools and this is now more commonly referred to as the Rural Urban Limit in recent documents.
The first document has since been superseded by the ARPS 6 which was implemented through an LGAAA process and is more or less the same as the former with improvements and more detail.
The MUL and RUB concepts are a crude planning tool that seeks to stop greenfield expansion in favour of intensification. At the time the Regional Council believed that the only way to achieve intensification was for the city to be forced to change. Read more »