Auckland’s Climate Plan

Yesterday wrote about the new National Policy Statement on Urban Development, one of two important events last week that mean the council is going to drastically rework its Unitary Plan. Today I’ll cover the second one, the council’s unanimous adoption of Auckland’s Climate Plan (ACP) – although this requires more than just a change to our planning rules.…
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Weekly Roundup – 17-July 2020

Here’s our roundup of items for the week. If you’re a Western Line user I hope you’re found other solutions for today as the line is closed for works. Queen St Pedestrian Mall The area in front of Britomart is currently undergoing a massive renovation into a public space now that the City Rail Link tunnels have been built underneath it.…
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Council votes tomorrow on budget

Tomorrow councillors will make their decision on the council’s emergency budget which is in response to the $525 million hole that has been punched in the council’s finances by COVID-19. In their consultation, launched at the end of May, they asked about two solutions, a 3.5% increase which would see many projects put on hold with Auckland Transport estimating it would put mean $312m to $352m of shovel ready projects would be paused.…
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Weekly Roundup – 10-July 2020

It’s Friday and here’s our weekly roundup National’s recycled policy Who says the National Party doesn’t have a green side, they clearly like recycling if some of their first election policy announcements are anything to go by. It started last Friday with them announcing they would spend $570 million on a 16km extension of the Waikato Expressway from Cambridge to Piarere.…
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The Power of Disruption

Image: CICLOVÍAS EMERGENTES Lineamientos de Implementación – Gobierno de la Ciudad de México Good leaders seek ways to change what needs to be changed. And for climate, safety and equity, there is much that needs to be changed. One powerful, democratic tool to enable change, is disruption.…
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Weekly Roundup – 26-June-2020

It’s Friday again so here’s our weekly roundup. Aotea Station Construction Begins The City Rail Link reached another milestone this week with the two Phil’s (Twyford and Gofff) officially kicking off the work to build the walls of the station. Up until now the work in and around the station location has been about moving services but is now starting to move to the actual station itself.…
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From Ugly Car Parks to Loved Buildings

Guest post from Brendon Harre that although Christchurch focused, raises New Zealand wide questions of importance, such as, inner-city car parking policy and how to rebuild extensively damaged city centres. Christchurch’s earthquake damaged city exposes many underlying urbanism lessons. Minimising land wastage on car parking is one lesson.…
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