Weekly Roundup – 5-Mar-20

Here’s our wrap up for the week. Federal St The Council has announced that they’re finally starting to convert Federal St between Mayoral Dr and Wellesley into a shared space. A new shared space is coming to the city centre with work commencing in March to transform Federal Street between Mayoral Drive and Wellesley Street into a safer space for pedestrians.…
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The NPS and the upzoning of the city

In the attachments to the agenda for the Council’s Planning Committee tomorrow is a copy of a presentation used in a workshop with councillors on changes that will need to be made to planning rules in relation to the Government’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) that was released last year.…
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Weekly Roundup – 19-Feb-21

Here’s our roundup for the week. Te Wananga The Council and Auckland Transport have put out a new video on Te Wananga, the new public space being built over the water next to the ferry terminal. Construction is due to be completed by the end of April and the space open to the public in May, though planting will continue through to June and includes returning the large Pohutukawa to the area.…
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NIMBY Bingo!

While I get my thoughts in order for the ‘Housing 2020’ programme which has largely spilled over into 2021, please enjoy something from the unwritten archives. There are a few common elements when people complain about new housing. You see the same arguments raised, and often the same photo of dour residents with their arms crossed.…
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How big is our Housing Shortfall?

For some time now we’ve been seeing housing consents set new records set again and again. In total, 16,656 consents were issued in the 12 months to the end of December, up 10% on the same time the year before. We’re also seeing new records for the types of dwellings being consented with 44% (7,285) of those consents being for townhouses compared with 39% (6,535) for single houses.…
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Weekly Roundup – 12-Feb-21

Here’s our weekly roundup. Survey on Incidents involving small electric vehicles in Auckland Transport consultancy Abley are currently running a survey looking at incidents small electric devices such as e-scooters, e-bikes and e-scateboards. Have you had or witnessed an incident or near miss in Auckland involving an e-micromobility vehicle (e-scooter, e-bike, e-skateboard, hoverboard, or Segway)?…
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Cut and cover spaghetti junction?

This is a guest post from Nick R The great irony of urban motorways is that they use up huge amounts of the very thing they are intended to access: land. All surface transport infrastructure naturally consumes land. However, while a street, busway or railway fits in a corridor 10 to 20m wide, even a small motorway corridor is at least five times as wide.…
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Weekly Roundup – 15-Jan-21

Welcome back to the Weekly roundup. The news has been light over the last few weeks but there are a few things that have caught out eye. Firstly, how great is this effort from Alex It's taken months of part collecting and assembling, but finally the Lego @AklTransport inspired station is (almost) complete!…
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Of Trees and Housing

Urban trees have become an increasingly heated topic over the last few years, and understandably so given how many have been lost after the previous government removed blanket protections from the RMA. This is manifesting itself currently in Avondale in a battle between a much needed housing development and the fate of a single but significant tree.…
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