Want to know what a Phil Goff led council will be like?…look at Labour’s local body policy

Want to know what a Phil Goff led council will be like?

Well take a look at Labour’s local body policy…the one where they want to override local wishes and dictate what they want on to communities.

Meanwhile, Labour says it will change the law so local councils can override concerns of local communities and push through plans for more apartment blocks and terraced housing in inner suburbs, especially Auckland.

Labour’s housing spokesman Phil Twyford said restricting the use of density and height controls in inner suburbs would allow for more affordable housing.

While Auckland Council was trying to do that through its Unitary Plan, “it’s facing pretty staunch opposition from some nimby groups.”  

“That’s denying a whole generation of New Zealanders affordable housing options in areas where they want to live. We are going to say from central Government’s view that affordable housing is a matter of national importance and we are going to require councils, like Auckland Council, to restrict the use of density and height controls so they can’t be used to prevent affordable housing being built.”

Labour planned to change the Local Government Act to restrict the use of controls and require councils to give priority to the overriding need for more affordable housing.

“It will be a reduction in the veto power of existing residents. At the moment … they put a premium on the right of neighbours to object in a community. What we are saying is we have to take into account the whole of New Zealand and future generations who desperately need affordable housing.”

Nice of Phil Twyford to announce Labour is planning on a  Stalinist-style Central Planning Committee for Auckland where the proles will be told what and where they can live.

At least we know now where Phil Goff will stand…increasing arrogance and state control over our lives. As if it isn’t already bad enough in Auckland Council without them being empowered by this policy to ignore local communities.

Phil Twyford would do well to explain his own nimbyism over a development on Te Atatu peninsula that he is vociferously opposing at the moment. Then again, rank hypocrisy is a requirement these days to speak on behalf of the Labour Party.


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