Removing the urban limit is a good start, now axe the FULSS

Abolishing Auckland’s stupid city limits is not going to work unless the Government also climbs into Local Government reforms.

There is no question that the city limits have to go. For a city as small as Auckland (530sq km vs Sydney -1800 sq km or New York at 8,000 sq km) the idea that it needs to be compacted is bat-shit crazy.

Only a handful of utopian idealists think it’s a good idea.

So getting rid of the Urban Limit through RMA reforms is ‘A’ for Awesome!

But the Council has a back door opportunity to stop the city expanding. And that is through supply of infrastructure.

No pipes or roads – no new subdivisions. Easy.  

The Council introduced this backstop a while back by introducing the ‘Future Urban Land Supply Strategy’ or FULSS. You can read it on their website. It’s filled with overlooked numbers to make greenfield growth look impossible (hint – your kid’s books and computer games are less fanciful).

This strategy plans out infrastructure supply to new greenfield areas over a 30 odd year horizon. Although there is virtually no budget to go with it. Council implements that strategy through the Local Government Act.

So if National, Labour and Act are to burn the city limits they can’t forget to also amend the LGA to ensure Council plans, budgets and provides for infrastructure in a timely manner. You can’t trust the scumbags at Council not to seek revenge either.

Of course Council will cry poor – and they are broke – but they can afford the infrastructure if they stop blowing money on fancy offices and loads of useless staff. And the staff are useless.

So closing off the loopholes that let Auckland Council root good plans can’t be missed. Starting with that pile of poo – the FULSS.

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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.  And 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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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