Auckland Council goes to war against critics

The desperados at Auckland Council can’t help but act belligerently. They’re also becoming a bunch of angry wasps.

So last week Labour and the Greens ganged up with National and Act to clearly state that Auckland’s city limits have to be abolished. It’s clear Auckland Council needs to dispense with it and do as it’s told. Everyone is against them.

But they can’t. Because they think they are right and they think everyone else is wrong. And you can all stuff off because they spent loads of time dreaming about their compact city and they bloody well should get it.

As always the filthy PR machine swings into action and waddayaknow they are trying tell us all that they do know best and the RUB is ok.

And here is what they say…

“Auckland Council is busting the myth that there is a constraint on building beyond Auckland’s current Metropolitan Urban Limit (MUL).”

“23,000 homes already planned outside the MUL

Over the past three years Auckland Council has approved developments outside of the MUL that could provide up to 23,000 new homes. This is possible through Special Housing Areas legislation, but it is also part of council’s strategy for the forward supply of urban land.

The Unitary Plan could open up 11,000 hectares outside the MUL.  

The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, which is currently before the Independent Hearings Panel, includes proposals to open up 11,000 hectares of land (that’s about one and a half times the size of Hamilton) outside the MUL to cater for growth over the next 30 years, with the potential to build 110,000 new homes.

The new Rural Urban Boundary would not be a ‘hard line’

While the proposed plan talks about a Rural Urban Boundary, this is not a hard line, unlike the existing MUL that has been in place since the 1990s and was located hard up against the urban development.

In fact, the idea of a hard ‘urban limit’ would be scrapped in favour of a commitment that there is always a boundary that ensures 30 years of land available to expand into. This will ensure there is always a seven year supply of ‘ready-to-go’ land.

Servicing land outside the MUL would cost $17bn over 30 years”

Total bollocks. Most of that number is inflated rudimentary nonsense made up with gold plated public transport projects. Council won’t release the detail of this total number because even they know that it is off the planet. But those who have analysed the costs say that around $2b is costs for pipes and roads.

“Additionally, expanding into the RUB can’t happen overnight. The land is currently not serviced and it will take time and in excess of $17 billion to put the right bulk infrastructure in place. No-one wants to see development in areas which aren’t properly serviced – it needs to be properly sequenced and thought out.”

Sure will take time. Because Council will sit on its hands and refuse to supply the infrastructure.

The problem is – the rhetoric is still the same. More repugnant and belligerent bullshit from a Council filled with failed city planners.

Let’s not forget that the same people – when employed in the former seven Councils – have been planning this compact city and implementing planning tools to stop it expanding since the beginning of last decade.

And it’s a total failure.

Time for some heads to roll. Like most of them.


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