The Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan
OUTCOME OF PRE-HEARING MEETING AND REQUEST FOR ADJOURNMENT: 029 and 030: Special Character and Pre-1944
The pre-hearing meeting for the above topics was held on Thursday, 15 January 2015. A copy of the Pre-Hearing Meeting Record, updated Parties and Issues Reports and updated Submission Point Pathways can be found on the panel website. Prior to the Pre-Hearing meeting, Auckland Council had requested that the hearing for these topics be deferred. The Panel invited feedback on this adjournment request and after consultation with submitters; the Panel has made the following decision:
- The hearing will take place as scheduled for the text provisions for 029 and 030 Special Character and Pre-1944 (i.e. objectives, policies, rules, notification, assessment criteria, special character statements);
- Those submission points relating to the spatial, site specific and/or mapping aspects of this topic will be reallocated to a new hearing topic 079: Special Character and Pre-1944 Mapping which will be heard in later 2015.
Resident groups have formed to support site specific PAUP hearing for Spring Street, Franklin Road and Ryle Street. Other areas are also in progress. Contact admin@ freemansbay.org.nz for more details.
Applicability to Freemans Bay: Housing NZ's has requested the removal of the special character overlay from all of its properties in Freemans Bay. Many are character villas and/or on character streets. The Freemans Bay Residents’ Association and many residents put in further submissions objecting to these requests. These submissions relate to the second point above and hence the hearing for this is now deferred until late 2015. A new hearing number (079) has been assigned. The Parties and Issues Report, Submission Points Pathway and the dates for topic 079: Special Character and Pre-1944 Mapping will be available on their website and those who asked to be heard, will be notified. The hearing date for point 1 above remains unchanged and will provide a heads up about decisions on character overlay objectives and policies prior to the site specific hearings. The Parties and Issues Report, Submission Points Pathway and the dates for topic 079: Special Character and Pre-1944 Mapping will be available on their website and those who asked to be heard, will be notified. The hearing for point 1 above will still occur as scheduled and will provide a heads up about decisions on character overlay objectives and policies prior to the site specific hearings. PAUP contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org(09) 979 5566 www.aupihp.govt.nz Check their website regularly for updates A brief summary of the process is as follows:
- If you indicated you wish to be heard in relation to your submission, you will be provided 10 working days’ notice of attendance and a link to the Parties and Issue Report
- The Parties and Issues Report outlines (i) hearing topic, (ii) original submitters and further submitters with an interest in the topic; (iii) issues raised in the submissions relating to the topic; and (iv) proposed pathway i.e. pre-hearing meeting, expert conference, mediation or hearing). The pathway proposed will aim to resolve or clarify issues, thereby narrowing down what needs to be discussed at the formal hearings. Note the Parties and Issues Report is updated with results from each pre-hearing steps and will be presented at the formal hearing.
- Pre-hearings are expected to start Aug / Sep 2014 and hearings from Oct / Nov 2014. Hearings will likely continue until Apr 2016. Schedules will be available on the website from September 2014. Note the Panel is unlikely to begin hearings on specific sites before the end of 2015 as policy matters will be first addressed
- Pre hearing and hearings are open to the public but only those requesting to be heard or their delegate can speak. Expert conferences and mediation are not open to the public
- Panel recommendations are due to Council 22 July 2016 who must notify its decision (i.e. whether to accept or reject the recommendations) within 20 working days i.e. 19 August 2016. This time period can be extended up to one year on application by Council or the Panel, if permission is granted by the Minister for Environment