Guest Post: Co-Housing Part Three

This is a guest post by Biddy Livesey who is a housing policy analyst, researcher, and future resident of Cohaus. Post Three – Planning for collective housing development: Consenting Cohaus In this third post on cohousing, we consider how cohousing is supported through the Auckland Unitary Plan, and the specific planning challenge for innovative collective housing development in the inner suburbs of Auckland. …
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Transit Oriented Developments and some of the underlying factors influencing them

This guest post is brought to you by Aaron Rodrigues. He is a consultant within Stantec’s Transport Planning and Future Mobility practice and his interests include transport and urban development strategy, integrated land use and transport planning, and new mobility. Additionally he recently completed his post graduate studies in Transport at Imperial College London where his research focused on Transit Oriented Developments, specifically concerning the factors influencing such developments in Auckland.…
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July-18 AT Board Meeting

Today is the latest Auckland Transport board meeting. As usual, I’ve been through the papers. Closed Session Agenda There are quite a few items on the closed session agenda this month and all are up for approval/decision. The most interesting ones are: AT Board Policies Contract Variation Agreement for the Provision of Manned Services Ferry PTOM Procurement Update Future Ferry Strategy Deed of Lease of KR Land at Takanini Park and Ride Lease of Units at Devonport Wharf AMETI EB1 Revised Forecast Procurement of ETCS equipment Review and Approval of AT Board Subcommittee Charters Open Session Board Report There’s quite a few interesting items in this report and I skipped some of it due to how long the post was already getting.…
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HOP improvements stopped

Promised upgrades and improvements to ATs HOP card due to roll out this year have been dropped due to a new national ticketing system that may take six to eight years to introduce. Of all the improvements to public transport in the last few decades, one of the most important and successful was the introduction of HOP.…
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Flashback Saturday: Want lower rates? Cut back on urban sprawl

Every weekend we dig into the archives. This post by Kent was first published in October 2014. Suburban sprawl is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats. Charles Marohn In the recent article The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs Charles Marohn (@StrongTowns) takes on the awkward relationship between conservative Americans and cities.…
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K Rd enhancements pop-up hub today

Karangahape Rd is one of Auckland’s most important, historic and iconic streets. It’s a street that’s going to see even more people and transformation in coming years, especially with the construction of the City Rail Link and Light Rail. Auckland Transport have been working on plans to improve the street for some time, particularly for people on foot, bus or bike.…
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Guest Post: Light Rail for the Isthmus… with room for bikes!

This is a Guest Post from Bike Auckland’s Max. It first appeared here and is reproduced with permission. Light Rail (LRT) across the isthmus and to the airport is a hot topic, and Bike Auckland supported it in principle in our recent submission on the Regional Long Term Plan… with one clear caveat: Bikeways must be included in LRT projects, both to and along the future routes.…
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