The planning framework for Auckland ‘Super City’: an insider’s view
Keywords:Auckland ‘Super City’, Royal Commission on Auckland Governance, strategic planning framework, Torremolinos Charter, Auckland development strategy, housing affordability crisis, NIMBYism, Auckland Unitary Plan, Auckland Housing Accord, New Zealand Productivity Commission, Tämaki Redevelopment Company
Auckland Council was launched five years ago, on 1 November 2010. This article examines the planning framework set in place to enable the growth of Auckland over the next 30 years. The author was chief planning officer of Auckland Council from its inauguration until mid-2015. It therefore gives an insider’s view on the framework, which may aid wider understanding in the policy community. The author has also had the opportunity since leaving the council to reflect on what has been learned, and the hurdles still to be cleared. The premise that Auckland’s success is critical to New Zealand’s success underpins this article.
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