On 21 November Bob Syron and Frank Newman presented the following submission to the hearings panel.
Our submission will state out our 9 points of general submission, then make 3 points regarding process, and lastly suggest a way forward.
GENERAL POSITION – 9 points
1) That environmental effects should not be defined by race. Effects are effects regardless of the race of the landowner that causes them. If the environment had a persona, it probably would not care who caused it harm – it would simply care that harm was caused.
2) That the underlying Environment provisions shall apply to papakāinga developments.
a. We believe allowing a departure from the underlying Environment provisions would conceivably permit intensive housing and commercial and industrial activities that are unacceptable from an environmental effects perspective. Continue reading →
I commented recently that there appeared to be little interest in the local body elections. That changed with the arrival of a team waging a serious challenge to the Whangarei District Council (WDC) with a full slate of candidates and a high profile campaign. http://www.gowhangarei.kiwi/
Among their policies is a nil rates increase, which is likely to create interest given rates is emerging as an election issue, and a common complaint about the current council. To see how justified those complaints are, I compared the rates a householder was paying immediately before the current council was elected, to what they pay now – last week in fact, when the first rates instalment was due.
I then looked at the council’s projections to see how much that same householder will be paying in three years time should all of the existing councillors and the mayor be re-elected. Here are the results. Continue reading →
DoC and Environmental Defense Society (EDS) have remained silent about Plan Change 94b Papakāinga developments. They have not made any submission to the plan change.
Why? If passed in its current form, the effects on the environment would be potentially very significant.
Is it that DoC and EDS believe developments by Maori for Maori do not create adverse effects? Or are they remaining silent because they don’t want to offend those they often collaborate with when opposing developments and permissive plan changes?
Local Government and Environment
Submission: Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2)
This submission is on behalf of the Landowners Coalition Inc – a non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection of private property rights.
We are generally supportive of measures that reduce the size of local government and transfer the management of essential services to Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs), which in our view are better able to manage critical infrastructure. We support the creation of CCOs for the delivery of potable water, waste water, roading, and consent processing.
It is our view that the level of competency within local government is such that it is not best able to manage complex organisations or matters requiring expertise. Continue reading →
By Alexandra Newlove
3:30 PM Friday Jun 17, 2016
Outstanding has become a dirty word to some as Northland councils formulate rules that will restrict development on land deemed visually significant.
About 2000 property owners in Whangarei and hundreds more in Kaipara and the Far North were affected by the mapping of Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Outstanding Natural Features (ONL and ONF), under which resource consent would be needed for activities like clearing native vegetation, extending a house, building a shed and earthworks... See full article >>>>
Our first distribution of flyers about Plan Change 114 Landscapes is hitting letterboxes now. We have already received a large number of requests to be added to our mailing list. Thank you to everyone who has responded.
The general election is more than a year away but the battle lines are already forming. Two combatants, Labour and the Greens, have entered into a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together with the simple objective of ousting National from the treasury benches. It creates an interesting dynamic, given NZ First has repeated its view that it would not be part of a coalition that involved the Greens.
Now that Labour has stated a clear preference for the Greens, it makes a post-election coalition arrangement between Labour and NZ First less likely. NZ First also has a hard-line against working with the Maori Party (and any other party, which includes the Greens, that wants to put the Treaty of Waitangi as the core of our constitutional arrangements) so it is fast running out of dance partners; although it appears content to dance alone! The outcome of the next general election is already becoming set in stone, but more on that later.
If a Labour-Green coalition were to gain power, what would it mean for property investors? Continue reading →