Council heavy handed in proposed regulation

Manukau City Council has proposed a CPTED draft strategy which has been  released for public comment.

So what you might ask and What the hell is CPTED?

Well, CPTED(crime prevention through environmental design) is a crime prevention philosophy based on design and use of a constructed environment. A range of planning and design principles is used to make a site less attractive for would-be criminals. 

Implemented correctly CPTED has enormous potential to alter peoples behaviour, especially those of us who are more anti-social than others. Good CPTED design includes roadways that are well lit, designed to slow traffic at critical points to enhance vamera capture of number plates, cars and people. CPTED is usually used in commercial environments to create appealing borders that prevent drive-by burglaries. Large rockeries and cacti go along way to deterring vehicles and people.

The problem with inappropriate CPTED is that in keeping crims out you are also preventing egress from the property. So if you plant cacti under all your windows to prevent burglars you are also harming your chances of escaping fire out the same window.

Great CPTED design is practised by many rural folk almost be default. They have lots of gravel surrounding their houses. This makes heaps of noise for any one trying to approach.

Anyway enough about CPTED. What is wrong with the MCC proposal? It sounds perfect doesn't it?

Well Councillors Dick Quax and Jami-Lee Ross don't think so. They have quite rightly drawn attention to the council's porpsal to include private dwellings in their draft plan. 

This means the council could scupper your dream home plans because they don't like where on your section you are going to put the house. 

Now I believe it is quite right for the council to have a say over how streets, lighting and new parks are developed in new residentail developments, but to step inside the boundaries of private citizens goes just a bit too far.

 


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