Councillor Ross Clow yesterday indicated he would vote with 11 councillors who want to dump a proposal to rezone thousands of homes for more intensive development without consulting affected property owners.
This would give opponents a 12-9 majority to withdraw the proposed changes from the council’s latest submission to the Unitary Plan.
Mayor Len Brown has called an extraordinary council meeting tomorrow to discuss the issue of the ‘out-of-scope’ changes – meaning residents did not ask for them in the proposed Unitary Plan and there is no formal right of reply.
Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett said further intensifying the inner-city suburbs knowing it would disenfranchise most property owners of the right to respond was provocative.
It was stupid he said to destroy the special character of the inner-city suburbs when large areas of Auckland’s south and west were seeking to intensify and grow their population and business opportunities.