Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has supported a community-driven spatial planning process, which is underway in Warkworth.
At a meeting with Mahurangi Matters on June 21, Mr Goff acknowledged that the growth predicted for Warkworth over the next couple of decades would completely change the town.
“The mood I detect is that while growth will bring some advantages, the Warkworth community does not want to lose the character of the town,” Mr Goff said.
“I applaud the local initiative of well-informed and competent people to do that (Spatial Plan) work and, hopefully, work with Council officers.”
Mr Goff said that while the rules of the Unitary Plan were more permissive, it was important to make sure that local people had the opportunity to shape what their community looked like.
“Creating a Supercity doesn’t mean people lose any influence over the actual design of how they want Warkworth to look and what they want to protect and preserve, and how they want to see the town develop.
“I hope the Local Board and Ward councillor picks up and refers these sentiments through to us. That is important. I would also hope Council officials are responsive to those views and the sort of sentiments that are being expressed. I encourage the Warkworth group to maintain its efforts and get its voice heard.”