Another sneaky addition to the Unitary Plan


Earlier I blogged about the sneaky stealth tax that Len Brown is planning for Auckland.

Hidden in the bowels of the draft Unitary Plan is a whole lot of fine print.  Part of that fine print includes two next tools designed to gouge Aucklanders of more (and more and more) of their money to bail out Mayor Len Brown’s 10-year budget.

The Addendum of Len Brown’s blueprint includes discussion of two proposals –

1.            ‘Shared land value uplift

2.            ‘Inclusionary zoning’ 

‘Inclusionary zoning’ is proposed to enable a certain quota of houses in a new development to be set aside for a poor family.  Under this scheme, the developer has to charge 10 homeowners more so that the 11th house will be ‘affordable’ for a lucky family (presumably drawn from a lucky ballot in the Mayor’s office?).



“Generally affordable in perpetuity”…I wonder what that means…rubbish quality, in a street of good value homes…degrading the values of the other houses too because of the tenants or broken arsed owners.

I wonder how they will mark that house as affordable so people know it is cheaper in the future…Is Len Brown planning on having a special marking put on the house so we know they are the affordable houses in perpetuity? Or will the rusting car bodies on blocks identify these affordable homes.

With plans like that it is little wonder that Len Brown has managed to make sure his house is not included in any of the zones where this is proposed.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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