This report covers my Waitematā Local Board Activities during April 2017 as Lead of the Heritage, Urban Design and Planning portfolio; co-holder of the Transport portfolio; Local Board representative on the Parnell Business Association; and member of the Auckland Domain Committee.
- I laid the wreath on behalf of the Local Board at the Anzac Day Civic Ceremony at the War Memorial Museum.
- A very significant variation of conditions for the Bunnings on Great North Road, Grey Lynn, was countered by my sharing of the (publicly-available) application information with residents who then passed it on to the New Zealand Herald. Following an on-site meeting with Council’s Urban Design and Consents teams, Bunnings resiled from much of the application which would have altered conditions that were hard-won in the original hearings process. There is more detail on this below under ‘Resource Consents’.
- I drafted the Local Board’s feedback on the proposed Urban Development Agencies legislation, a law that is of potentially major significance in the area although a significant duplication of the role of Panuku Development Auckland. This is set out in full below.
- I keep track of resource consent applications as they are received by Council, requesting further information, plans and Assessments of Environmental Effects for applications of interest. Significant applications are referred to the relevant residents’ associations for their input which I then relay to planners as part of the Local Board’s input. Reporting of resource consent applications, planning portfolio input, hearings and decisions in the Local Board area for this month is detailed in the Heritage, Urban Design and Planning section of this report under the headings ‘Planning’: ‘Resource Consents’.