Bill English should act on Auckland Council’s intransigence

Auckland Council don’t want to zone greenfield land. We know that. They want their utopian compact city dream.

During the week Bill English fired a shot across their bow telling them to release more land or face consequences – which include use of commissioners.

As it is the Government has had enough of the nonsense around zoning and release of land so it is busy considering changes to the RMA that would require Councils to consider demand and supply within their functions and duties.

That means they would be expected to ensure supply is keeps up with demand and have a long plan for release of land. Sounds simple enough.

But Auckland Council has opposed it. In their submission to the select committee they say that they don’t want to have to consider supply and demand.  

In short Auckland Council doesn’t care about supply of housing. And so the Council doesn’t want to have to do its job.

What they want is to be left alone because – Council knows best.

Everyone else is wrong. The Council has got it all sussed out.

Except they haven’t.

I really don’t know why Billy is going to wait. The facts are all about them that the a Council is belligerent and unwilling to release land. It has stymied the SHA’s and is opposing every move the Government makes to get supply happening.

Including now – RMA reforms.

What more do they need to do before someone steps in?


Auckland Council Submission to Parliament Full-evidence-text

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