You’re A Slack Lot (Well Some Of You..)
No matter what spin is put on it, too many Aucklanders have either been slack or disinterested in making comments on Auckland Council’s visionary Auckland Plans.
8 days out from submissions closing only 143 submissions had been received from a regional population of nearly 1.5 million.
Cr Cameron Brewer pointed out the closing date came too soon after the RWC was ending so got an extension.
So the total is now a more respectable 2500 submissions. Good on those who took the effort. For those who didn’t, you’ll get the city you are given so don’t complain.
And transport including the CBD Link, a focal point of the Mayor’s vision, is not the hot issue by itself.
The ten most popular topics are
- Making a quality compact city
- The city centre master plan
- Building enduring town centres and neighbourhoods
Provisional totals of the submissions are:
- Auckland Plan 1700 (with final count expected to be 2000)
- Economic Development Strategy 80
- City Centre Master Plan 200
Again for a subject that seems to get so many Aucklanders going – the future of our waterfront – 600 is not huge.
Pedestrian and light rail in Queen St as envisaged by the plan
The Auckland Plan is subject to statutory consultation and public hearings. About a third of submitters want to speak at hearing – you can choose whether to speak at a formal hearing or informal workshop forums. The hearings panel will comprise all councillors. 2/3rds of company submitters want to be heard and 25% of personal submitters.
Following the public hearings – which start on November 14 and include marae, Pacific Island and key stakeholder hearings – the draft Auckland Plan will be finalised in December and adopted in February.