Auckland Council has received 106 appeals against its decisions on the proposed Auckland Unitary Plan, which replaces legacy councils’ District Plans and sets out the rulebook for Auckland’s growth over the next 30 years.
Puhoi residents are planning to launch a legal challenge to the Unitary Plan, after last-minute zoning changes opened the door to substantial housing development in the village.
Proposed changes to the Local Government Act could see further amalgamations by force and take core services out of democratic control, according to critics.
An historic moment in New Zealand planning history and a new landmark for Auckland’s future has been reached today with final decisions completed on the Auckland Unitary Plan.
Five new appointments have been made to the boards of the Auckland Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs), including former Rodney District Council chief executive Wayne Donnelly.
2016 Local Elections
It’s a new era for local government in Rodney, with Penny Webster trounced by Greg Sayers for the Rodney Ward Councillor position and six new members on the Rodney Local Board.
At the age of 18, Caitlin Watson voted for the first time, while also standing as a candidate for the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board.
It’s more of the same for the Hibiscus Coast after both sitting councillors, John Watson and Wayne Walker, were re-elected to represent Albany Ward.
There have been growing calls to split the Rodney Local Board in two as submissions on the Northern Action Group’s application were made public this month.
There has been a trend in New Zealand for councils to grow bigger, but a number of studies have found there are few benefits from increasing the size of councils.
Sports and parks are the winners in the Rodney Local Board’s $20.9 million budget for the next year.
It’s been nearly six years since the Supercity was created and Rodney District Council was controversially incorporated into Auckland.
It appears that Rodney is the epicentre of Auckland Council discontent after a recent Council survey found Rodney residents had the least favourable view of Council.
A plethora of new ideas for local government in Auckland have been proposed, with the Local Government Commission (LGC) receiving 38 alternative applications for local government in the region.
There has been a growing chorus of calls for a review of Auckland Council’s structure to give greater power to communities and local boards.
Just as the process to form a break-away north Rodney council moves forward, the Government has announced proposed changes to the Local Government Act, which could have a major impact on the NAG application.
The time has come for Rodney residents speak out on the issues with the Supercity and propose ways to improve the governance of the region.
The whole of Auckland will be consulted on north Rodney’s application to exit the Auckland supercity.